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Far & Wide: Guide To Vancouver

So much to explore in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Photo: Destination British Columbia

With a showstopping location between the ocean and mountains, ample public transit options, and some of the best restaurants in Canada, there is a reason Vancouver tops many of the most prestigious ‘best cities in the world’ lists.

Don’t be fooled by its laid-back attitude: Vancouver has some of the best culinary and nightlife culture in the country.

Since Vancouver is such a dynamic city, your best bet is to prioritize what you want to do on your visit. Outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, urban exploring, or sightseeing can each provide at least a week’s worth of activity. To better help you plan your trip, check out some of our favourite places to stay, things to do and places to eat in the #FWGUIDE below.

Where To Stay

Gastown

Gastown, Downtown and Kitsilano are all vibrant community-driven neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Each offers incredible restaurants, shopping, parks and bars.

Gastown – Gastown is a historic district in Vancouver, complete with cobblestone streets and original facades. The area is rough around the edges but paradoxically home to some of the best restaurants and shops in the city. Want to stay close to all the action? Check out the L’Hermitage Hotel located a short cab or walk to Gastown.

Kitsilano – Kitsilano encapsulates what people think of when imagining Vancouver’s West Coast lifestyle: gorgeous beaches, boutique outdoor shopping, coffee shops, and sushi. If you’d prefer to remain a touch removed from the urban core while fully absorbing the mountain and ocean views, opt for this neighbourhood. If you’re looking for somewhere cost-effective check out the HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach hostel. Want something a little more cozy? Why not try one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area.

Downtown – If you want to be right in the mix you should stay in the downtown core. Here you will find department store shopping, high-end restaurants and popular nightclubs all at your front door. If you are looking for a boutique hotel try The Burrard. If you want something more glamorous, try The Fairmont Pacific Rim. On more of a shoestring budget? Check out HI-Vancouver Central hostel.

 

Where To Eat

Vancouver is the epicentre for fresh local cuisine with a fusion twist. Come to this city to experience fresh flavours crafted in a way you have never experienced. From Japanese-Italian to Canadiana fare, Vancouver has something for every palate.

Breakfast:

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ChambarThis might just be considered the breakfast of all breakfasts in Vancouver. Chambar, which was once connected to Medina Cafe (also very very good), still has a similar menu but sees less of a line on the weekends, so your chances of getting in on a Saturday are a little better (still we suggest you get there around 8 am when they open). You gotta try: Start your meal off with a lavender latte and a waffle with one or two of their dipping sauces. We love the dark chocolate and the berry compote.

Nelson The Seagull – Just two blocks off the main strip of Gastown lays Nelson The Seagull. This hidden gem features fresh-made bread and pour-over coffee and an eclectic collection of vintage furniture, all which attracts Vancouver’s finest freelancers. You gotta try: The avocado toast and their house-made almond milk in a latte.

Belgard KitchenA comfy eatery serving warm plates of creative local food, brunch and house-crafted beer and wine. You gotta try: The breakfast wrap with a side of Belgard bacon and a spicy beer caesar.

Lunch:

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Tacofino – If you love west coast-inspired Mexican bites and aesthetically pleasing interior design, then this is your spot. With several locations, Tacofino has everything from fresh fish tacos to unique vegetarian tostadas to tasty burritos. The menu is different at each location, so you can get something new each time you visit.  You gotta try: The albacore tuna taco, which features soy, sesame, salsa fresca, wakame, ginger, and a wasabi mayo that packs a serious punch.

Meat and Bread – The name says it all. This lunch spot is the go-to for a good fresh sandwich and a delicious selection of sides. You gotta try: Any of their specials, which change daily, so don’t feel bad when you go back the next day for seconds.

Downtown Food Trucks – Food trucks are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to try Vancouver’s myriad cuisines. Our favourite carts are JAPADOGVij’s Railway Express and The Reef Runner. Find out where the food carts are parked with the Street Food AppYou gotta try: JAPADOG’s signature hot dog, the Terimayo, which has teriyaki sauce, mayo, and nori seaweed.

Dinner:

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Bao Bei – A modern take on Chinese food. Ask the server for recommendations as this sharing plate-style restaurant has some of the most unique dishes you will find in Vancouver. You gotta try: Chinese pickles, pork and prawn wontons, beef tartare, and mantou dumplings alongside a chino margarita or two.

Guu GarlicGreat high-end Japanese izakaya restaurant with some of the best fresh sashimi. Come here with a group and share everything. You gotta try: The deep-fried brie, tuna tataki and one of their unique cocktails.

Kissa Tanto – New to the scene is Kissa Tanto, a restaurant that features Italian-Japanese cuisine and cocktails, served in a chic space that was inspired by 1960s Tokyo jazz cafes. You really feel like you are in the ’60s when you step into this restaurant, and that journey continues through dinner as you enjoy food from the best new restaurant in CanadaYou gotta try: The octopus salad and the house-baked bread with nori butter.

What To Do

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If you are looking for outdoor activities, Vancouver is the place to be. From biking the seawall to open-air shopping to hiking the mountains there is something to do for everyone.

The SeawallVancouver has the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path that runs right around iconic Stanley Park and beyond. You can’t go to Vancouver without biking, walking or running the seawall. Not only is it extremely beautiful, the 28-km Seaside Greenway offers a great view of the city. Stop along the way to check out traditional totem poles and beaches like the popular Third Beach. Want someone to show you around? Check out Cycle Vancouver city tours.

Quarry Rock – Drive over the Lion’s Gate bridge to beautiful Deep Cove. This neighbourhood is filled with cute shops, great coffee and a popular hike that ventures through the forest to an amazing lookout on top of Quarry Rock. Wear running shoes and be ready to navigate some rocks/roots as you hike through the beautiful temperate rainforest.

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Shop Gastown  Curated perfection is one way to describe Gastown shopping. With thought-leading stores like Haven, Neighbour, Stussy, Roden Gray, One of a Few and Old Faithful Shop, Gastown is a great way to explore the fashion and lifestyle scene in Vancouver.

Catch a Vancouver Whitecaps FC Game – You can’t come to Vancouver without experiencing a Whitecaps FC game. Head to the stadium early and watch the Southsiders march down the streets by the hundreds towards Terry Fox Plaza and the BC Place Stadium. Want to sit with this rowdy crew? Be sure to purchase your ticket in the 249–254 section to get the full experience.

Hike the Grouse Grind – If you like hiking and epic views, look no further than the Grouse Grind. This cardio-heavy hike goes from the base of Grouse Mountain right to the top where you can grab some water and a bite at the café. Best of all you get to take the tram back down.

Paddle in False CreekWant to do something memorable and unique to Vancouver? Head on down to the Ecomarine Paddlesports Centre and rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day. When you are done, you can go grab a bite and explore the Granville Island Public Market.

Go on a photo walk – Are you a photography lover? Or just want to learn more about photography while exploring a new city? This tour is for you. Join professional photographers as they show you Vancouver from a new perspective and help you better use your camera to capture the beauty of the city.

Where To Party

Looking for handcrafted cocktails, nightclubs, or classic pubs? Look no further than Vancouver. This city has much more to offer than just the outdoors and will satisfy any type of night owl in your group.

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Tag yourselves and friends!

Casual Drinks:

Craft Beer Market Restaurant & Bar – Come for the beer, stay for the food and the awesome atmosphere. This spot is one of the many new establishments forming a new ‘brewery district’ in Vancouver. Yougotta try:The fish tacos and the yam fries followed up by one of their many beers on tap.

The Bimini Public House – Want to go for a drink after a day at Kits beach? The Bimini is your spot. Come here for “just one” and stay for the night as this public house turns into the place to be at night in Kits. You gotta try:  Their large selection of beers on tap.

Clough Club – Step off the busy streets into a calm oasis of live music and well-crafted cocktails. You gotta try: Visit the hidden backroom on the weekends to experience a totally different bar.

The Diamond –  A great place to go after dinner at Mezcal to socialize, dance, and meet new people. It’s a local secret with a secret backroom. You gotta try: The 12-minute Old Fashioned. And don’t worry… they give you a beer while you wait for them to craft your cocktail.

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Clubs:

Celebrities Nightclub – This after-dark spot is for everyone who loves good music and dancing. As the LGBTQ institution of Vancouver, this space has an elaborate light show and heavy-hitting DJs to ensure you are dancing the night away any day of the week. You gotta try: Going out on a Tuesday: it’s one of the best nights.

Fortune Sound Club – Located in Chinatown, Fortune Sound Club is a hot spot that’s off the beaten path. Boasting one of the best sound systems in Canada, Fortune is the spot to see live shows and have a wild night of dancing. This club sees every type of person from hip hop enthusiasts to fashionistas. One of our favourite nights is #HappyEndingFridays. You gotta try: There are three hidden rooms that play completely different music: try and see if you can find them.

The Fox Cabaret –  This space is a two-floor venue and nightclub in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Hosting weekly events and live shows, it’s the place for artsy types to go dancing on Saturdays. You gotta try: Make sure you sneak up to the projection room to get a different taste of music and hand-crafted cocktails.

Local’s Tips

Take the Canada Line into downtown from the airport – there’s no need to rent a car.

Look out for happy hours around the city from 3 pm to 6 pm daily.

Get around faster by grabbing a bike from the Mobi bike share; it’s only $7.50 for a day pass.

Entry to the Vancouver Art Gallery is by donation on Tuesdays from 5-9 pm.

Dress in layers: the weather can change quickly throughout the day.

For the best deals and fewer crowds, hit popular restaurants at lunch rather than dinner.

With Vancouver’s mild climate, spring and fall are good times to visit. It’s not as busy as summer and you are more likely to find deals.

Far & Wide: How To Have A Clammin’ Good Time In PEI

Kayaking back from clamming GIF: Sasha Barkans
Kayaking back from clamming GIF: Sasha Barkans

Do your personal interests include outdoor activities, cooking and adventure? Do we have the perfect day trip for you! Not only is clam digging via kayak totally unique but you then get to kayak to shore and bask in your hard work over a fresh, hot cup of clam chowder made from the clams you dug up. Talk about cool. Want to know how to get in on this? Follow our two easy steps to having a clammin’ good time below.

Step One: Kayaking & Clamming

Call ahead as clamming in PEI is dependent on the tides as you want to go at low tide so you can get to the best spots. Once you know the timing of the tides head to By-The-Sea-Kayaking and sign up for the kayak n’ clamming adventure. From here you will get suited up in your waders and fitted to a kayak. The outfitter has everything you need including dry bags to keep your valuables in while you splash around on the kayak. From here you will launch your kayak and start paddling towards the middle of the Northumberland Strait. Eventually, the guide stops and gets out of the kayak into ankle deep water. Here is where the fun begins. In your bare feet walk around with your clamming gear and start looking. This experience is so exciting and relaxing as you wonder around the bay looking for signs that a clam lays below. When you get one, measure it to make sure it is fully grown and then toss it in your bag. Do this until you have enough clams to make clam chowder.

We got ourselves a clam GIF: Sasha Barkans
We got ourselves a clam GIF: Sasha Barkans

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Step Two: Cooking, Cleaning & Clam Chowderin’

Kayak back to shore with your bag of clams. From here you boil a big pot of hot sea water and dump in the clams, to cook and clean them. Your goal is to remove as much sand as possible in this process. Once you have cooked them given them a good wash and open them up to remove the ‘beard’ and put the clam meat into a bowl. Once you have shucked all your clams, give them another wash to make sure the sand has been removed to your best ability (or else your chowder will have a bit of crunch). Once you are done that, dice up one cup of carrots, celery sticks, minced onion and two cups of potatoes. Throw all your veggies into a pot, add 3/4 cup of butter, 1 quart of half-and-half, a dash of salt, a splash of red wine vinegar and ground pepper to taste. Now go and grab your clams and mince them. Throw it all together and cook till it is hot and enjoy!
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Far & Wide: Spend The Weekend In A Luxury Eco-Cabin

Spend the weekend in a luxury eco cabin on High Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba. Take a hike out to your cabin and disconnect as you enjoy the luxurious side to eco-living at Falcon Trails Resort on High Lake. With only six cabins on the lake, you will feel basically alone as you sit back and relax in nature, talk about a great way to de-stress! Enjoy stories by the fire, home-cooked dinner and a warm sauna to end the night. Learn more about these cabins at Falcon Trails Resort in the video below.

 

Everything You Need To Know To Go

Where is High Lake:

High Lake is a remote wilderness lake located 2.5 km from the Falcon Trails Resort welcome centre on Falcon Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba. There are only six outpost luxury eco-cabins on High Lake which you have to go on a short hike to get to (and don’t worry they bring your bags to the cabin). Three of the cabins were built using alternative building techniques by the daughters of the owner (and all the daughters, Emily, Caleigh and Brooke Christie, are under 30 years old) talk about #LifeGoals.

Where to stay:

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Of the High Lake cabins at Falcon Trails Resort, the Kingfisher cabin is the newest luxury eco cabin for rent, which opened in summer 2016. The structure is built around a white-pine post-and-beam frame featuring ‘live-edge’ Manitoba bur oak elements and fits four people comfortably. The cabin has a private dock, a complimentary canoe with lifejackets and paddles, a wood burning fireplace, a full kitchen and a BBQ to make sure you have the best time out in the woods.

How to rent the cabin:

The Kingfisher cabin sleeps four people and costs $215 – $245 a night depending on the time of year. The other High Lake eco cabins sleep anywhere from two to six people dependent on your cabin choice.

For most of the year, there is a minimum two-night stay. On long weekends it is a three-night minimum, and in July and August, the cabins are rented for week-long stays (seven nights) only.

What to bring:

The cabins are off the grid, so be sure to bring in all the food you need, extra clothing layers and a swimsuit!

Far & Wide: Glamping In The Dream Dome

New Brunswick Dream Dome Photo: Caley Vanular

Imagine driving down winding roads deep into New Brunswick only to pull up to a dreamy eco-dome? That is exactly what we did. This past September we visited Ridgeback Lodge in New Brunswick, the only geo-dome glamping accommodations in the province. And seriously, the most unique place you can stay in the Maritimes.

The domes were glowing under the night sky and the wood-fired hot tubs were ready to be started. The hot tubs take about 3 hours to get hot so we lit them right when we arrived. After that, we headed to the lodge. We had a group of 4 so we slept 3 in the Star Gazer domes and 1 in the Dream Dome.

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The Star Gazer domes feature just a bed and chairs but no washroom, so if nature calls in the middle of the night you have to walk to the main cabin.  The main cabin itself is more like a deluxe lodge. Not only does it have a wood burning stove it also has a fully stocked kitchen and epic waterfall shower. Far from the camping, most are accustomed to.
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Before we knew it the hot tub was ready. Wood fired hot tubs are the coolest invention. What you do is light a fire in a wood burning stove next to the tub so the cold water within the tub can move around the stove. Once it passes through the stove, it returns to the hot tub. Heating the water up is an easy task, the trick with these hot tubs is to not make them too hot.

We soaked in the wood-fired hot tub under the night sky until we were super relaxed and ready to experience a night in the dome. This was our first time sleeping in a dome and we weren’t disappointed. The domes are only a short walk from the cabin but they feel so isolated. It was a nice night so we kept the doors open and slept with just screens, staring at the night sky through the open roof. This was amazing. I couldn’t sleep out of pure excitement of sleeping in a dome. The sounds within the dome are similar to a tent, as the air passes by through the trees and rustles the leaves on the ground, but this tent has a queen bed and comforter.

The morning came too soon. We were all so content in our domes that we didn’t want to get out. But all good things must come to an end, and I left trying to figure out how I could get a dome of my own or book my next trip back to New Brunswick for an extended stay.

 

Everything You Need To Know Before You Go

What: Glamping accommodation in the beautiful wilderness just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick.
Where: An hour north of Saint John, NB
Tips: There’s an extensive waitlist, so book well in advance. There are first-come-first-serve cancellations. Get a group of six and rent out domes and the cabin. The social living room is nice.

Far & Wide: 10 Top Hikes In Alberta With Jeff Bartlett

Based in Jasper National Park, adventure photographer Jeff Bartlett knows a thing or two about the area. When I asked him to pick his top ten, Jeff replied:

“I am a touch biased about my 10 top sights and hikes in Alberta. I could visit a dozen locations that all qualify for this list without going more than an hour from my house; however, when I force myself to be impartial I’m always shocked by how diverse and, most importantly, beautiful Alberta is from border to border.”

Calling Alberta home for the past five years, Jeff has been fortunate to explore the majority of the province whether on assignment or simply exploring on his own. Take a look at Jeff’s top 10 Sights and Hikes in Alberta alongside his words below…

10. Hike Window Mountain Lake In Crowsnest Pass

Crowsnest Pass is so often overlooked as people race back and forth between Calgary, Alberta, and Fernie, British Columbia, but it is quite the destination in its own right.

While scrambling Crowsnest Mountain would be the region’s highest attraction, hiking to Window Mountain Lake remains memorable. The sunrise blew our minds.

9. Canoe To Spirit Island

It’s easy to reach Spirit Island on a Maligne Lake Boat Cruise, but it’s far more rewarding to canoe there while checking out the many coves and bays. For a true wilderness experience, spend the night at Hidden Cove or Fisherman’s Bay.

Another evening at Spirit Island and another image that I love. This place is amazing. #myjasper #explorealberta

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8. Watch Sunset Above The Peace River Valley

The Peace River doesn’t get a lot of attention; however, it cuts straight across Northern Alberta before joining the Athabasca River to form the world’s largest freshwater delta.

7. Hike/Scramble Mt Indefatigable

Upper Kananaskis Lake is one of the most stunning locations in Alberta, but it’s often overlooked because it’s located just outside the Banff National Park boundary. Hiking Mt Indefatigable to get an aerial view of the lake is stunning and it’s possible any month of the year.

Photo: Jeff Barlett
Photo: Jeff Barlett

6. Jasper’s Night Sky

As the world’s second largest dark sky preserve, Jasper is known for its limited light pollution footprint and the clear views of the night sky. The result is a stunning opportunity to see millions of stars and, on occasion, the northern lights.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

5. Travel The Entire Icefields Parkway

The Icefield Parkway links the two Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper and Lake Louise and passes the 230 ice fields that it’s named after. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic road anywhere on the planet.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

4. Stand Amid The Endless Prairies

The Rocky Mountains are Alberta’s most known destination; however, the majority of the province is located on the Canadian Prairies.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

3. Hike Bears Hump In Waterton Lakes National Park

It’s a short 45 minute hike from the Waterton Lakes National Park visitor centre to Bear’s Hump, which might make it the most rewarding hike for the effort required in the entire province.

Waterton Natuonal Park, you are one beautiful place! #explorealberta #stayandwander

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2. Hike The Tonquin Valley

There are plenty of backcountry experiences in Alberta, but hiking the Tonquin Valley wins my vote for the most spectacular. It’s a 40-km round trip hike that takes 2-3 days. The sight of the Rampart Mountains above Amethyst Lake is unforgettable.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

1. Take in Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is one of the easiest viewpoints to reach in the entire Canadian Rockies – it’s a 5-minute hike from the parking lot – but it remains the most stunning location to visit.

Photo: Jeff Bartlett
Photo: Jeff Bartlett

Do you agree with Jeff’s top 10 Sights & Hikes? Let us know in the comments below…

Far & Wide: How To Ski 3 Resorts In 3 Days This Winter

Wake up early to watch the sunrise… you won’t regret it. Photo: Mt Norquay

There is a reason Banff, Alberta, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. Not only does it have some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes and grin-inducing skiing in the country, but it is so easy to experience it should definitely be on your travel list. Located only 1.5 hrs from the Calgary International Airport, Banff is the home of three world-class ski resorts that you can ski with one lift ticket. That means three days of riding, three different mountains, all while staying at the same hotel and using one tri-area lift ticket. Bonus: If you read all the way to the bottom you can find out how to save money on lift tickets!

 

Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort

Situated on the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies within Banff National Park in Alberta and Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia is Sunshine Village Ski Resort. Due to its location, Sunshine receives more snow than any of the other resorts and is just 18 minutes out of the town of Banff. Local’s Tip: Go here on a sunny day… you won’t regret it.

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Mount Norquay

Want to go night skiing? Mount Norquay is your resort. Just minutes from the town of Banff, Mount Norquay offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise and it has a fully lit terrain park so you can hit jumps into the evening. Local’s Tip: This is a great place to take a lesson to learn how to ski or snowboard.

 

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Want spectacular scenery and over 4,200 acres of terrain spread across four mountain faces? Head north to Lake Louise Ski Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in North America to experience an iconic rocky mountain resort. And best of all there is an 8-kilometer long novice run to experience. Local’s Tip: On a windy day head to Lake Louise because the trees help protect the terrain from exposure.

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Everything You Need To Know To Go

How to purchase lift tickets:

The best part about skiing at all three resorts is you only need to purchase one tri-area lift ticket. And, if you purchase your tickets 21 days in advance you can save up to 17% off. Click here to purchase lift tickets.

Where to stay:

Check out the Juniper Hotel, Banff Aspen Lodge (which features Whitebark Cafe in the lobby) or Banff’s only ski-in-ski-out accommodation, Sunshine Mountain Lodge.

Where to eat: 

At Sunshine Village head to Creekside Grill, serving everything from ‘breakfast to beer’. Want to sit outside? Try the Mad Trapper’s Smokehouse for pub fare and aprés.

If you find yourself at Mount Norquay ski to the high alpine and eat at The Cliffhouse Bistro (originally built in the 1950’s) and experience some true Mount Norquay history.

While you’re at Lake Louise, head to the ten peaks lodge and enjoy a traditional aprés at Powder Keg Lounge which features an array of pub fare and local beers on tap. Want to switch it up? Try out their newest eatery Kuma Yama Sushi which features hot bowls of ramen and fresh sashimi.

Where to party:

If your legs aren’t skied out from a big day on the hill, head on down to The Dancing Sasquatch or Hoodoo in the town of Banff. If you think the locals are good at skiing, just wait till you see them party. Local’s Tip: Get there early. There is nothing worse than standing outside in the cold waiting in line to get into the club.

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Far & Wide: Surf The Longest Wave In North America

Surfing the tidal bore Photo: ABC news
Surfing the tidal bore Photo: ABC news

The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick is home to some of the most dramatic tides in the world. Twice a day, at high tide, the bay spills back into the mouth of the river, creating a wave that goes for miles called a tidal bore. The tidal bore is a phenomenon that happens in only a few places on Earth, one being right here in Canada. Typically, people will travel to the tidal bore for white water rafting—that is unless you’re a surfer. You only get two chances a day to catch the wave but if you do you are in for a ride—a two hour one, to be exact. We’re talkin’ the longest surfable wave in North America, and right here in New Brunswick.

Don’t believe us? Check out this video below…

Everything You Need To Know To Go:

How to surf in NB

To even attempt to surf in New Brunswick, you’ll have to come prepared. Not only should you be an expert surfer and swimmer, as it is very dangerous, you also need a big longboard,  a wetsuit (4/3 in the summer should be fine) and Sea-Doo support. Note: You will need to bring all your own gear as there are no surf shops in New Brunswick.

North American record holders

California’s JJ Wessels and Colin Whitbread rode the wave from Belliveau Village to the causeway in Moncton, NB for a total surf of 29km. The entire ride took two hours and holds the record for the longest surfed wave in the North America. Read the CBC article about it here.

Where to stay

There are only two tidal bore waves a day. That means you should stay up to a week to give yourself room for weather and multiple tries. Our favourite places to stay in Moncton are Delta Beausejour HotelV Hotel and Suites and Residence Inn Moncton.

Where to eat

While you are in Moncton, NB why not try some of our favourite restaurants. Go to Tide and Boar Gastropub for the polenta fries and Catch 22 Lobster Bar for the Cajun coconut shrimp. You won’t be disappointed!

Far & Wide: Road Trip Alberta This Winter

Road trips aren’t like they used to be. With the selection of luxury, glamping and spa offerings in Alberta, you can experience the most luxurious five-day winter road trip ever by simply following our route below. You can thank us later

Day One:

Fly into the newly renovated YYC Calgary International Airport and stay at the brand new Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel . Not only can you check into your hotel without leaving the airport, but there is a full-size gym, pool and multiple lounges to enjoy in the morning and evening. Once you are ready to start your road trip, rent a car from the airport and hit the road. First stop is UNA Pizza & Wine on 17th Ave for lunch. And when we say lunch we mean the best pizza you have ever had paired with a tasty glass of wine. And don’t worry if pizza isn’t your thing they have noteworthy salads. After lunch, explore 17th Ave (between 2nd and 14th st SW) for some shopping and then grab dinner at Pigeonhole for some world class vegetarian dishes. Is shopping not your thing? Why not check out The Calgary Tower instead and take in the best sights of the city. Once you are satisfied head to Le Germain Calgary, get a treatment at The Sante Spa and a good night’s sleep. If you are looking for a more rustic accommodation, why not drive 45 minutes south of the city to Aspen Crossing where you can glamp in the converted train cabooses.

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Far & Wide: Normandy Shoppe Owners Interview

Photo: Oledenim
Photo: Oledenim

Meet Amanda Redmon, Christopher Saniuk, and their mini auburn-coated golden doodle named Norman. Longtime Winnipeg locals, Amanda and Chris have a deep connection to the community and a clear eye for high-quality goods and aesthetics. On top of that, this good looking family also founded and recently sold one of Winnipeg’s finest menswear, housewares, accessories and lifestyle stores @NormandyShoppe. Thus, when we wanted to learn more about the growing Canadian city, there were no better people to ask than this power couple.

Itinerary from Amanda and Christopher ensures you will find the best of the best in Winnipeg. So what are you waiting for? Here are the best places to shop and snack in The Peg!

The Exchange District

Forth

A good Saturday morning. #forthwpg

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The team behind Parlour and Lil Sister Coffee have brought a heritage building back to life with the creation of Forth. It’s a coffee roaster, a cocktail bar, a cafe, an art gallery and an event space. Forth has a little bit of everything and is a must see for those passing through Winnipeg. @forth_wpg | 171 McDermott Ave

Into the Music

Give yourself a few hours to scan through everything one of Winnipeg’s oldest record stores has to offer. No matter your taste in music, you’ll end up leaving with an old favourite or a new artist (or two). / 245 McDermott Ave

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Heaps of lovely cads for mum in the shop! 👉🏻Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8.

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If you’ve got a soft spot for quality greeting cards, stationary, calendars, office supplies, textiles or if you’re looking for a great house warming gift, you’ll have to check out Tiny Feast. @tinyfeast | 217 McDermott Ave

Antiques and Funk

Photo adventure in the Exchange District today 🙌🏼 #wpg365 #fromhereandaway

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Antiques and Funk is a Winnipeg institution for anyone who prefers their housewares to come with a story. The treasure chest of a store carries everything from the old to unusual in one room. | 474 main

Downtown

Goodwill Social Club

If you can’t decide whether you want a coffee or a Caesar cocktail or maybe a piece of pizza, then stop in at Goodwill. It’s the best new venue in Winnipeg for live music and events like Drag Queen Bingo, Motown Mondays, and awesome weekly karaoke in the city. @thatgoodwill / 625 Portage Ave

Modern Supply Co. + Thom Bargen

A tropical paradise in the middle of downtown! Grab a coffee from the team at Thom Bargen and pass through the glass doors to Modern Supply Co. You’ll find a beautiful shop filled with ethically sourced housewares, womenswear, skin care, accessories and tropical plants, and you won’t find a selection like this anywhere else in the city. @modernsupplyco | @thombargen | 250 Kennedy St

Urban Bakery

Nike Roshe NM TP. Men's sizes 8-12 up for grabs. $140 #Winnipeg #WpgsGotSole

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The original tastemakers for street wear and sneaker heads in Winnipeg since 1999, Urban Bakery is a great stop for casual wear for men and women. @tub204 / 407 graham Ave

West Broadway/Osborne

Tallest Poppy

We are open today. We have fried chicken and mimosa.

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Home of the best chicken and waffles in Winnipeg and also an impressive cocktail list, Tallest Poppy also host the occasional party, which is guaranteed a good time. @tallestpoppy | 103 Sherbrook Ave

Lil Sister Coffee

Serving up your Friday coffee + treats allllllll day. ✌🏻️ Photo by @fullwpg

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Lil Sister Coffee is the cutest little coffee shop in the city, a fantastic place for a pit stop on your adventures around Winnipeg, and never short on good vibes and a great selection of baked goods, warm and cool drinks. @lilsistercoffee / 470 River Ave

Off The Beaten Path

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Hands down the best bakery in the city. You might end up leaving with one of everything, including a loaf of fresh baked bread, a dozen macaroons, and a couple pastries. Just make sure you get there nice and early before your favourites are sold out. | 1757 Main St, Winnipeg.

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Far & Wide: Shopping List For Eating On The Road

If you have never been on a road trip I highly suggest you start planning one ASAP. If you have been, then just reach around and give yourself a pat on the back. With the current cost of gas, the value of the Canadian dollar and summer on the horizon, there is no better time than now to hit the road in Canada.

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To do that, the first thing you need is a trusty automobile, some friends, lots of music and a destination. To help you pick a destination, check out some of these reads:

Best Places To See The Northern Lights

Bucket List: Swim With Beluga Whales In Manitoba

10 Canadian National Parks You Must Visit

Know where you are going now? Perfect. Check out the lists below to find out what to pack for a road trip this summer…

Road Trips To & Through Major Cities
If you are going through a major city or to a few populated areas most likely you will want to try the local cuisine. So splurge on dinner but know that eating out can get spendy night after night. So, to stay on a budget but still splurge on a meal a day, pack the essentials for lunch and breakfast. Doing this will allow you to still brag about the amazing lobster you had on the east coast or the amazing Quebecois cuisine in Quebec City without breaking the bank. To do this simply follow the 5-day packing list and take out the dinners items marked with an *.

5 Day Food Shopping List For Remote Road Trips. (Remote Canadian National Parks, Music Festivals & Across Country)
Here is where it gets fun. What you bring will be your main source of food for the next couple days. It is important to bring a variety because take it from me eating solely granola bars for a couple days can really make you go a little crazy.

  • Cooler – Look for a cooler with a flat top that way you can use as a prep station for food or as a seat while eating.
  • Reusable containers – Keeps your leftovers fresh.
  • Plates, Bowls, Cups & Sporks –You can get an enamel set at somewhere like MEC or any Army Surplus store. If you don’t have access to many retailers look for hard plastic ones at a dollar store. Either way, get something reusable and make sure everyone has their own plate, bowl, mug and a spork as they are a hot commodity once you get on the road.
  • Lighters – One is never enough.
  • A Good Knife & Headlamp – Try cooking with a dull knife and a flashlight in one hand and tell me I am wrong.
  • Jetboil or similar portable camping stove. (Don’t forget the gas)
  • Aero Press & Ground CoffeeNut Milk – Choose Almond, Cashew or Coconut (Nut Milk doesn’t need to be refrigerated before opening and keeps longer than cow milk on the road)
  • Big Box of Grainy Cereal
  • Box of Granola Bars & Fruit Sticks
  • Couple bags of Tortilla Chips or similar salty-crunchy snacks
  • Couple Bags of local fruit & veggies – If you are in an area of Canada where you can buy fruit and veggies on the side of the road do it! There is nothing like fresh from the farm Okanogan cherries or Niagara-on-the-lake Peaches.
  • Peanut Butter – Great quick protein that can be used on anything. (If you are allergic to nuts… I am sorry. Try hummus instead.)
  • Organic Sausages – Very easy to cook over the fire or on the portable stove. I usually grab some chorizo sausages and then use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you don’t eat meat grab one of the many veggie options.*
  • Couple cans of black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, olives and tomatoes.
  • Couple cans of soup – Mix any soup with quinoa for a filling meal.
  • Cooking Oil – I bring Coconut Oil as you can use it for cooking, sunburns, toast and dry hair.
  • Can of Coconut Milk & Curry Paste- for Thai night *
  • Some Potatoes – for Canadian night * (If you are cooking over a campfire bring tin foil)
  • Tomato Sauce & Noodles – for Italian night*
  • Salsa, Avocados, Fajita Seasoning and Shredded Cheese – for Mexican night *
  • Lettuce or Cabbage – Cabbage lasts longer than lettuce. Your call.
  • Tortilla Wraps – Anything as a wrap tastes better.
  • Fresh Eggs – Most countries in the world don’t refrigerate eggs… just sayin’.
  • Bag of Quinoa – Easier to cook than rice (1 cup water to 1 cup quinoa) and keeps longer. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Cook a large portion and store it in your reusable containers for later.
  • Marshmallows, Chocolate & Graham Crackers – For that iconic campfire night. If you can’t have fires try roasting them over your portable stove.
  • Spices & Sauces – This can make or break your road trip cook game. Bring salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, honey, hot sauce, mustard and soy sauce. You can pretty much make anything taste better with these ingredients.
  • Biodegradable Soap & A Sponge – Biodegradable soap allows you to wash your plates anywhere (like in the lake) and not hurt the environment. I use Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid Soap from Dr Bronner’s but any type does the trick.

 

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Me cooking a fish I just caught. Photo: Foster Huntington

These are the essentials that will get you through and in no way are they glorious. I usually rotate through the menu nightly: Canadian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean and Thai, as they can all be made with the same base ingredients and different spices. Meat is hard to bring on the road due to varying temperatures, that is why precooked sausages or jerky are your best bet. If you are going to a lake that allows fishing, try and catch your dinner. The hunt makes you appreciate where your food comes from. If you are vegetarian or vegan, life on the road is pretty easy as you can eat a raw based diet and be a happy-veggie-loving-camper.

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Far & Wide: Exploring Hot Springs Cove

Tofino is a magical little peninsula located on the west side of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. If you haven’t been, think pristine beaches, small town, and epic surfing. Often I find myself daydreaming how simple life could be as a Tofino surf bum… wake up, surf, get breakfast, surf, get lunch, take a nap and then… the crux of the day: surf and sleep or hit Shelter Restaurant and socialize into the night.

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For committed surf bums, this is enough entertainment to last a lifetime. For those on the brink, this routine can make you go a little loopy. That is why it is important to break free (like Ariana Grande), hop on a boat or plane and pop the bubble the beach dwelling culture affords. From water or sky (we recommend both), view the pristine coastline and many magical islands surrounding Tofino, and realize how expansive of a place Vancouver Island really is.

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Or at least, this was the case for me… I had spent so much time in Tofino surfing, eating and house partying but had never ventured farther than the surf break. To change this, I grabbed some friends and set out to Hot Springs Cove. If you have a boat (a real boat not an explorer 3000) you can go out without a tour, but if you are like most of us, to get there you will have to join a tour. We signed up with Ocean Outfitters on their boat & fly package to the Hot Springs Cove, talk about setting up for #TumblrGold! On our way there we weaved through the islands and into the open water. While venturing 27 nautical miles north-west of Tofino, we saw grey whales breaching, spouts of water spewing and seals lounging on their private islands. It was like we received a bonus wildlife boat tour on the way to the dock that marks the start of the trail to the hot springs.

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The walk in is half the fun, the trees are so beautiful and the path is a hovering deck that journeys above the forest floor with carved out messages from previous visitors. It is easy to get lost in the surroundings as you venture through the rainforest towards the springs. Eventually, you can start to smell the sulphur and see the steam rise from a waterfall to the left. Excitement sets in and we ended up semi sprinting to drop the bags and get our butts down to the cove for some good ol’ BC hot springin’. The hot Springs are nestled in a cove of rocks rushing out from the waterfall above, here is where we parked ourselves. There were so many hidden nooks that it was easy for the other groups to find a secluded area to warm their bodies in the natural hot spring. The feeling you get from Hot Springs is amazing, if you have never experienced it, this gem is a wonderful place to try for your first time.

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After some serious soaking, we headed back to the docks to wait for our float plane. This was almost the best part. I had never been in a float plane, so the surreal experience of boarding a plane floating on water and sitting so closely to the pilot was unreal. We lucked out and had a perfectly clear day, allowing us to shoot photos of all the islands littering the coastline.

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Like all good things, the 20-minute flight came to an end and we walked away with an SD card full of heaters and smiles from ear to ear.

Thinking about travelling to Tofino? Here are 5 must do’s to help you better plan your trip:
1) Stay here: Pacific Sands
2) Eat here: Shelter Resturant
3) Don’t do this: Stress about finding WIFI or Cell Service… it can wait.
4) Do this: Check out all the local shops, cafes, and the brewery along the main road. My favourites are Tofino Coffee Co., Merge, Storm Surf Shop and The Tofino Brewing Company.
5) Try this: Surfing… don’t let the cold water scare you!

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People Footwear: Death Valley, California

National Parks are a magical place. A place where people from all walks of life join to look at things they may not find at home. To enter into an ecosystem foreign to them and come out educated and awe-inspired. In this #DayOutWithPeople join photographer Caley Vanular as she ventures into a place, not like home, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park in California, USA. View some images from her road trip below…

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Featured in this post is #ThePhillipsKnit in Heathered Grey/Skyline Grey, available now in our online shop.

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