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Kijiji Canada: Second-Hand Van

This past spring I worked with Kijiji Canada on their new YouTube series called: Second-Hand Van. My contribution to the project was to shoot photos, Instagram stories and b-roll video to help promote the project and their presence in British Columbia. Check out the complete project below…

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Far & Wide: A ‘Weekend In The Life’ With @EmanuelSmedbøl & @LittleBrownFox

Meet Emanuel Smedbøl and Megan McLellan, British Columbia natives known globally for their Instagram accounts @EmanuelSmedbol and @LittleBrownFox. From hiking epic mountains to finding the perfect campsites, this adventure couple knows how to enjoy their own backyard on nothing more than a student’s budget. Learn more about these two inspiring creatives in the interview below… (BONUS: Read till the bottom to enjoy the ultimate three-day British Columbia road trip itinerary created by Megan and Emanuel)

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Photo: Destination BC

Caley Vanular: Firstly, tell me a little about yourselves? Who are you and where are you from?

Emanuel Smedbøl: I grew up in a little rural area in BC’s mountainous West Kootenays. It was a pretty idyllic place and my thoughts keep going back, and I try to get back for a month every summer. I first moved to Victoria for university, then later Vancouver to do a diploma in graphic design. I loved the city almost immediately — it seemed so big, so mysterious to a small town kid like me. The city has shrunk over the years as I got to know it better, and I carved out a little space for myself and my routine. But still, such a wonderful city.

Megan McLellan: I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC.  My parents thought that travel was an equally important form of education as school. So, I got used to leaving class and going somewhere with my family every few months. At the time, I didn’t appreciate how hard my parents worked to be able to do that with my family, but it definitely left an impression. I’ve prioritized travel and getting outdoors ever since. But as much as I love to travel internationally, British Columbia definitely still feels like home to me. I love how you can drive four hours in one direction and BC is a hot dry desert. Then, drive four hours in the other direction and BC is a lush wet rainforest with towering trees and a roaring ocean.

CV: The contrast of your backgrounds is so interesting. How did you two end up meeting?

ML: We met at a local Vancouver watering hole, the ANZA (Australian New Zealand Association) Club.

ES: It was pretty awkward TBH… we’re both quiet people and I was actually there with someone else. But that person disappeared and Megan liked my sweater and just sidled up and told me so and that was that. Actually not really. It took a lot of texts and cancelled plans before we hung out again. It took some work but it was worth it.

CV: What do you do for work that allows you to travel so frequently on the weekends?

ML: We both work as photographers (Emanuel also as a graphic designer) and are fortunate enough to sometimes get to travel through that. But we also just take any chance we get to go away, be it an overnighter close to home or a week long road trip.

CV: Megan, as a student at SFU, what are your tips for other students looking to go on more adventures?

ML: Haha, I actually craft my schedule so that I take as many classes as I can in as few days possible. Probably not the best plan for everybody. But if I can take four classes in two days it means I have the whole rest of the week off to potentially go away. But I’ve also been working on my degree off and on for so long now, I’ve taken a lot of semesters off to work or travel. Getting outside somehow always has a way of putting things in perspective, so I view making time for it as important as getting any assignments or essays done.

CV: Emanuel are you a freelancer? How do you find balancing work and play?

E:  I worked full time with a little non-profit straight out of college for a couple years, paid off the student loans, then took a summer off to go on an extended bicycle trek. Going back to work was a little more difficult after that… but freelancing has opened up possibilities quite a bit. I often try to work evenings or weekends so I can be out exploring or camping during weekdays when it’s quieter. There are lean years with more play than work but so far it’s worked out ok. These days, I’ve been adding adventure photography to my list of services, so that helps.

CV: Your blog Field & Forest is awe-inspiring; can you tell us how the blog came to fruition?

ML: Hey thanks! It was something we had been thinking about doing for a while. We wanted to create a space dedicated to showcasing photos that told a narrative, and share some of the stories that make adventure feel more approachable, more doable and more human.

Our trips are rarely perfect expeditions and a lot can go wrong. When possible, we wanted to share that side and make it feel more attainable and hopefully inspire other people as well. We want to let people know you don’t need to plan everything down to a T, but to always be as prepared as possible for the real elements of the wilderness.  If you forget your tent (in the summer), it’s ok: you’ll get a couple bug bites but you’ll feel that fresh forest wind all night.  You just might maybe potentially be better for it.

ES: We eventually started soliciting submissions and sharing other people’s adventure stories on a little side blog called The Journal. It’s been a very rewarding experience. There are so many great places to explore.

CV: On Field & Forest you mention that you wanted to create a space for people who, “aren’t extreme athletes or wealthy or whatever to have a good time outdoors” what inspired this?

ES: It was mostly inspired by feedback we got whenever we went on trips. When we rode our bicycles from Vancouver down to Mexico in 2010, people were just floored. We constantly got questions about how long we trained for or what type of fancy bikes we had, when in reality we pretty much just hopped on our old 10 speeds one day and went for it. When you think about it as a whole, yeah it was a long trip, but we took it just day by day, hill by hill, and it was so manageable. We wanted to share that you can make do with what you have — you don’t need any fancy stuff or a ripped bod or anything. Just a weekend off, some shoes, a sleeping bag, some snacks and a water bottle and you’re good. You can go virtually anywhere. Though maybe a boat would be good too.

CV: Have you two always been into photography? Did Instagram have anything to do with your interest in Photography?

ES: I’ve liked taking photos for a long time. I first picked up my dad’s old film camera in grade 10 and loved it straight away. I went through a long string of half broken camera bodies before getting a DSLR… but then it was so big and so heavy that I rarely took it anywhere. Instagram definitely changed that. My photos never really had much of an audience before, and getting feedback provided drive and purpose. For the first couple years I just shot on an IPhone, then I doubled up shooting both IPhone and camera, then said to heck with that and now mostly just shoot on a camera.

ML: I never really started taking photos until I met Emanuel, or not seriously anyway. I had a film camera that I used a bit when I went on trips but that was it. After Emanuel and I biked down south I started thinking about photography a bit more. And, truth be told it was mostly because I was tired of waiting for him all the time. We would get to a destination and I would see it in 30 minutes and it would take him three hours. I joined Instagram just for fun, but it turned out to be really helpful for getting feedback and learning from others.

CV: Where are some of your favourite weekend trips in British Columbia? Can you share some images of your favourite places?

ML: Oh there are so many good places! From Vancouver, we have easy access to Tofino, the Gulf Islands, the mountains, the Fraser Canyon and the Cascades around Hope. You can literally head off in any direction. We are big believers in taking ‘extra loooong’ weekends whenever you can. Even if you only have one night there are so many great hikes and quick camping spots to check out.

ES: But really the whole province is pretty beautiful. We’re actually writing this from the road, we’re on a two-month road trip up to see Northern BC for the first time! We’re only on day five but it already feels like we’re running out of time, there are so many places we want to see.

ML: Here are seven of our favourite places in British Columbia:

1: Tofino / Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

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“We love the wet west coast weather, the raw feel of the elements, the wave-battered beaches, islands, and lush rainforests.”

2: Yoho National Park

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“Stunning mountain trails and lakes with peacock hues of greens, turquoise, blues.”

3: St Marks Summit on Vancouver’s North Shore / Cypress Provincial Park

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“One of our favourite local hikes! Beautiful views down into Howe Sound.”

4: Lake Lovely Water in Tantalus Provincial Park

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“The Tantalus Mountains are a familiar sight on the Sea to Sky Hwy to Whistler but are kind tricky to get to (hence the name). You either have to crawl across a raging glacier river on a little wire or hire a helicopter to get up. But either way, it’s worth it”

5: The Nemiah Valley in BC’s Chilcotin

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“I learned a bit about this area in one of my anthropology classes in university. Very fascinating history, and was essentially isolated from the rest of BC until the 1970s. It has a lot of wild horses and BC’s largest alpine lake and some mighty stunning mountains”

6: The Valhalla Mountains

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“The mountains I first cut my teeth on in BC’s interior. These mountains will always be home.”

7: Canoeing down the Slocan Lake

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“We do this as a family trip with my mum every summer. 5 days of canoeing down the lake, sleeping on beaches and swimming a lifetime’s worth of swims. It can’t be beat.”

CV: All the locations in your images are so impressive. What does a long ‘weekend in the life’ look like for you two? Can you create a three-day trip for the readers?

ML: One trip we’re saving for a rainy day is the Coast Mountain Circle Loop. It’s close to Vancouver and about easy three days in a car if you don’t stop for overnight hikes along the way (of which there are plenty!). You pass through some pretty interesting terrain. Should be a good one! And if anyone ends up doing it before us, feel free to send us any tips or recommendations!

 

Day 1:

Where to go: Drive north up the Sea to Sky (HWY 99) through Squamish and Whistler to Pemberton.

Where to stay: One of the little Forest Recreation sites north of town.

What to do: Stop and marvel at the cascading islands and mountains plunging into Howe Sound. Stop and hike the Stawamus Chief. Stop and check out the trails into Garibaldi and then take a gondola up Whistler Blackcomb.

What to eat: Start with a big breakfast at home then eat crackers and cheese for the rest of the day. Or if you’ve been extra good maybe you deserve lunch at Fergie’s in Squamish.

What to pack: Hiking boots, maps, a tent and lots of snacks!

 

Day 2:

Where to go: Continue east on Hwy 99 towards Lillooet, then take Hwy 12 south to Lytton.

Where to stay: Camp out on the side of a quiet desert road listening to lonely coyote calls.

What to do: Take a detour down to Lillooet Lake for a soak in the hot springs or hike up and see the turquoise waters and glaciers of Joffre Lakes. Or, take a long look down the arid Seton Lake valley. There are a lot of lakes! But save time for the Fraser Canyon — we haven’t been down this section but it’s probably really very nice.

What to eat: Oatmeal and apples for breakfast, more crackers and cheese for lunch, hot pasta and broccoli for dinner.

 

Day 3:

Where to go: From Lytton hop onto the Trans Canada which will take you way back to Vancouver. Or, you can jump off the freeway at Hope onto Hwy 7 for a quieter route through some of Vancouver’s more scenic suburbs.

What to do: Stop and swim in the chain of lakes at Nahatlatch Provincial Park. See the boiling roiling rapids of Hells Gate. Peruse for antiques and goat skulls at the Yale Community Flea Market. Have another swim in Silver Lake National Park just north of Hope. Drive up the rough road to Jones Lake for some beautiful mountain views.

What to eat: Fried chicken and waffles at Fat Jacks in Boston Bar! Then save your appetite for a big sushi dinner back in Vancouver.

Far & Wide: The Best Of Glamping In Ontario

When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. It’s being in the wild… without having to do all that ‘stuff’ that comes along with it. Glamping is the perfect alternative to camping for those city folk that don’t own a tent and have no interest in buying one. It is the perfect adventure for those of you not into ‘roughing it’, but who still want to get outside and enjoy the benefits of camping.

If you agree with what we are sayin’ well we have the list for you. Check out the ultimate list of places to go glamping in Ontario below:

What:

Glamping at its finest. These prospector tents avail you with a large amount of space to ensure you have the best glamping experience possible. Relax in a robe on the deck while you stare out into nature and think about how awesome you are at camping.

Where:

Oakwood Escape – Dunnville, ON

Wild Exodus – Timmins, ON

Thousands Island National Park – Thousands Island National Park, ON

White Pine Ancient Forest – Toronto, ON

Northern Edge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Outdoor Hotel – Renfrew, ON

Price:

Prospector tents start from around $150.00 per night.

 

What:

A blend of cabin comfort and excellent food tucked inside the spectacular wilderness. Visit a wilderness lodge if you want to totally relax. Often the price includes all your meals and each cabin has wilderness amenities free for you to use i.e. canoes, kayaks, and board games.

Where:

Killarney Lodge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Haliburton Forest – Haliburton, ON

Smoothwater – Temagami, ON

Bartlett Lodge – Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

Price:

Starting from $110 a night for one person.

 

What:

Eco-friendly pods. Talk about #GramWorthyAccommodation. These cute sustainable pods are not only photogenic but totally relaxing and fit for the perfect weekend getaway.

Where: 

Long Point Eco Adventures – Long Point, ON

Chippawa Resort – Madawaska Valley, ON

Madawaska River Rentals – Quadeville, ON

Price:

Wilderness pods are $75 – $129 a night dependent on the time of the season.

 

What:

An authentic tipi with a twist… queen size beds. These upgraded tipis will give you a one-of-a-kind experience you can brag to all your friends about #TipiDreamin.

Where: 

Gordon’s Park – Tehkummah, ON

OutPost Company – Toronto, ON

Moonlight Glamping – Elora, ON

Glamping Hub Secluded Private Island – Roseneath, ON

Price:

Tipi Glamping starts from $100 per night.

 

What:

Glamping wherever you want it. Headed to a music festival? Or a friends campout and aren’t into normal camping? Rent yourself the ultimate glamping trailer. Fit for up to four people, these small and easy to manoeuvre trailers can be towed with any vehicle. Not only are they retro glamping chic they also have modern comforts like IPhone docks and sound systems.

Where: 

Happy Camper – Windsor, ON

Motorhome Travel – Bolton, ON

Price:

Rentals start at $65 per weeknight and $75 for weekend and holiday nights.

 

What:

Yurts are round tent-like structures that merge the worlds of tents, huts and houses… aka the ultimate glamping accommodations. Modern yurts are typically permanently built on a wooden platform and use modern materials and are often insulated. Not only does the circular shape offer awesome visuals it creates a huge amount of living space to get your glamp on.

Where: 

Bruce Penninsula National Park – Bruce Penninsula National Park, ON

Nature’s Harmony – Mattawan, ON

Glamping Hub Luxury Yurt – Markstay, ON

Price: 

Yurts range from $85 to $120 a night.

 

 

Far & Wide: The Best Coffee In Saskatoon

If you’re like me, when you travel, you go searching for the best coffee shops in the city. This is for both the tasty cup of coffee and the access to hip local neighbourhoods within the city. Lucky for you, we recently went to Saskatoon and tested out all the coffee shops so you don’t have to waste time finding what you are looking for.

Collective Coffee

What: Locals claim it to be the best coffee in Saskatoon and we aren’t here to argue with them. Not only are the latte’s silky smooth, the cafe is located in the hip up-n-coming neighbourhood of Riversdale.
Where: 220 20th Street W
Saskatoon, SK S7M 0W9
Hours: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

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City Perks

What: The perfect place to go for early starts, welcoming staff and a great cappuccino.
Where: 801 7th Avenue N
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2V5
Hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Underground Cafe

What: This music venue/coffee house is the place to go to meet all kinds of creative and music-loving people in Saskatoon.
Where: 430 20 St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X4, Canada
Hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm

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Karma Cafe

What: Feel good about eating here, both nutritionally and spiritually. Spin the karma wheel and find out how you can give back for good karma.
Where: 157 2 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2A9, Canada
Hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm

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Drift Cafe

What: Go for the coffee and crepes and stay for the late night upstairs lounge. The lounge is the place to be during the summer.
Where: 339 Avenue A South
Saskatoon, SK S7M 1L7
Hours: 8:00 am – late

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Mueseo

What: Come here for aesthetically pleasing decor, typography, americanos, affogatos and homemade lemon tarts.
Where: 730 Broadway Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B4
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

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Think there is a better cup of coffee in Saskatoon? Let us know in the comments below.

World Housing: Aida Rivero Interview

Meet Aida Rivero, Aida is a Spanish architect & photographer passionate about everything related to art and design. Aida has worked for a long list of brands such as American Tourister, Tresemmé, Bombay Saphire, Happy Socks and more. She is known for creating striking visuals, colourful creations and curating a perfect Instagram feed that inspires over 85K followers daily. Learn more about Aida below…

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Aida, what was it like growing up in the coastal town of Tenerife?

Growing up in Tenerife was great. A lot of my childhood memories relate to the sea. We would spend a lot of time on the beach enjoying the sunny weather, the wind, and the salty air. Family always surrounded me.

What is it that makes the Canary Islands so unique and special?

When you look to your right and see a snow-capped volcano, then look to your left and see a sunny beach – you know you are in a special place. Tenerife is a land of contrasts, and on such a small island you can find everything.

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Does your entire family reside on the Canaries? Do you feel that living on an Island has brought your family closer together?

Yes, most of my family does reside in the Canaries. I have a few family members who have chosen to study abroad to experience something new. My family has always been close, and I feel that no matter where we lived, that would stay the same.

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Do you think that the isolation you have living in Tenerife affects family dynamics?

Those who have grown up on the Canaries often leave to study and travel. However, the people who have spent their lifetime on the Islands always come home. We are known for wanting to be on our land. It is important in our culture to spend time with family while being surrounded by the sea.

Will you tell us a bit more about the culture in Spain? Is family important in Spanish culture?

I believe that family is very important to Spanish people. We are all very connected to our families.

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What does a “home” mean to you?

Home is the place where you always want to go back to. Home is where your friends and family are. It is a place that you feel comfortable . A place of peace. A place for heartwarming.

How did growing up on the Canaries affect your sense of design and passion for art?

The life outdoors empowers you to be creative. I have always been surrounded by water and nature. I think that those factors have a lot to do with my sense of design and passion for art.

You have a unique approach to photography, an eye for colour, and the ability to capture abstract imagery. How would you describe your own personal style and who influences your work the most?

My photography is a reflection of myself and the things that I like. It includes elements of my travels, my passions, and my life. It is a way to transmit all of the beautiful things I have seen in this world. I believe there’s beauty in everything and it is important to pay attention to your surroundings. I gather inspiration from so many things, and that is what inspires me.

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In addition to your photography, you are an architect. How do the two careers combine? How do they differentiate?

I am an architect with a desire for graphic and interior design. I love everything related to art and fashion. I suppose that having these passions has educated my style into having a sensitive sense of composition when photographing.

How would you describe the architecture on the Canary Islands?

Canarian architecture is highly influenced by the Indigenous People who immigrated to America and returned here with money.

Having spent so much time travelling to other countries, how have these experiences changed your view about the demographics of the world?

Travelling is one of my biggest passions. I love getting lost with my camera. I enjoy getting to know other cities, meeting new people, and learning about different ways of living. It’s amazing how much you can learn from other cultures.

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If you could do anything, how would you give back to the world?

I would love to make people happy using my knowledge and talents in architecture or photography. No matter the situation, there is always something to do for those who are willing to help.

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Far & Wide: Normandy Shoppe Owners Interview

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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

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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

Tiny Feast

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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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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Destination BC: The Audain Art Museum

On March 12, 2016, Canada’s newest art museum, the Audain Art Museum, opened in Whistler, BC. A building like no other, The Audain Museum transports you from the iconic ski town into a surreal space of ‘modern-forest’. The spectacular 5,203 m2 (56,000 sq ft) building was designed by Patkau Architects with the intention that, “The museum will be quietly inserted into a void within the forest,” explains architect John Patkau.

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This objective is completely achieved with the build. The windows inside only expose forest and mountains, engulfing you in a quite and crisp atmosphere, ensuring you feel like you are outside of reality. Take some time and wander down the long hallways to experience the open rooms and flow throughout the museum with ease.

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Explore the endless amounts of iconic art, as Canada’s newest ‘Class A’ art museum houses a large portion of the personal art collection that Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa have amassed over the past 40 years. This astonishing Northwest Coast art collection is on permanent display at the museum, while a temporary exhibition wing hosts a rotation of exhibitions featuring Canadian and international art.

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If you are headed to the museum for the opening exhibition, plan on experiencing the art of BC through everything from traditional First Nations pieces, to the work of contemporary masters including Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace. While you are visiting, be sure not to miss the temporary collection of Mexican Modernist works by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, known as Los Trés Grandes. Combined, the exhibitions create a unique cultural and education experience.

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Quick Facts about the Audain Art Museum:

  • Open from 10 am to 5 pm, six days a week. Closed on Tuesdays
  • 5,203 sq m (56,000 sq ft) building designed by Patkau Architects
  • One of Western Canada’s largest museums
  • Class A Art Museum
  • Home to Emily Carr’s 1928 painting The Crazy Stair, worth $3,393,000 (the highest paid dollar amount for a work by a Canadian woman artist and the fourth most expensive work of art at an art auction in Canada)
  • Endowment fund is $7.5 million, to-date, with the aim of it eventually reaching $25 million

How to Get There:

The Audain Art Museum is located at 4350 Blackcomb Way in Whistler. Parking is available in the day lots. For directions to the museum, click here.

To learn more about the Audain Art Museum, visit their website at www.audainartmuseum.com.

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World Housing: Paul Raff Interview

Meet Paul Raff, Paul is a recognised leader in sustainable architecture, art, and design. In 2003 Paul incorporated Paul Raff Studio as a full services architecture firm offering a variety of sustainable creative services. Since its inception, the studio’s designs have been recognised with numerous awards including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. Paul Raff Studio’s work has also been published internationally in such journals as Wallpaper*, Architecture, AZURE, Objekt, and Landscape Architecture. Throughout all these years and awards the underlying message is that Paul has dedicated his life to creating spaces for people to enjoy. Take a moment to read about Paul’s inspirations and feelings towards the word ‘home’ below…

Paul, you have spent time living across Canada, in addition to many different locations around the world. With this, you must be familiar with many different styles of home. Do you find that there is a “home” theme throughout different cultures?

Yes, I am familiar with many, many different styles of home and different ways of dwelling/living. And, absolutely, there are three essential central themes that run throughout different cultures which are: security, privacy, and comfort. Home is always a sort of personal/familial sanctuary.

What inspired you to invest in a career in architecture?

From a very young age, I have been fascinated with the physical world, the environment around us, and especially the way places have different characters and atmospheres. Whether it be rooms or buildings or streetscapes or landscapes, the place one inhabits or passes through is part of one’s being. It affects one’s mood and sense of self. There are different ways to explore this. One great way to explore a place that I took naturally to at a very young age was architecture. I decided to be an architect when I was a young child and can hardly imagine doing anything else.
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How has this changed your life?

It has made my life what it is. For one thing, a good architect is a generalist. He or she knows, at least a little bit, about a lot of different things. A good architect is also a superb listener and student of people and culture. Both of these I had some sense of early on in my studies.

When I established my studio more than 10 years ago, one thing that surprisingly changed me, was my realisation of what a huge part of energy consumption and carbon footprint construction and buildings are. This idea has transformed the way I think and practice. My research has helped me deliver considerable value to my clients in many ways, including healthier living environments and preservation of natural environments plus access to them.

How would you describe your own unique style?

Calm, restrained and thoughtful with a significant presence of light and space. My designs are tailored and bespoke, and always have a strong connection to their natural environment and surroundings.

Describe your childhood home. You grew up in the Prairies, how did this influence your childhood appreciation of home?

My family lived in a modest, two-bedroom stucco house as a child which in hindsight was small. At the time, it seemed a vastly diverse, and interesting world with all sorts of places within it: rooms, nooks, crannies, corners, and endless parts to explore.

I grew up in the Canadian Prairies, which is an extreme climate. The temperatures are acutely cold in the winter, so the difference between inside and outside is huge. And in the summers it was the opposite; the breezes outside the wind just flowed through the house. So the difference between the inside and the outside tactically dissolved.

This affected me as an architect. I think about architecture as that which separates inside and outside. I try to apply this in a way that my designs both shelter and connect its occupants to the outside. The intent is to allow you to live thoughtfully in the world, to interconnect and relate to nature and your surroundings.

The prairie environment is also extreme because it is far north and so the sun angles and variation in sunlight between summer and winter are remarkable. It has given me a great sensitivity to, or possibly even obsession, with natural light. The careful play and treatment of light are integral to all of our projects.
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What does the word “home” mean to you?

Home is my place in the world. It is my sanctuary.

Where do you live now? Did you design your own home?

I live in a mid-century, modern low-rise apartment building in a very beautiful treed, architecturally rich neighbourhood. It is centrally located in downtown Toronto.

How have you shaped it to become your own? What characteristics were necessary to make your house feel like home?

I have changed almost everything in subtle ways, including the colours, and some key details that make it visually calm and serene. I have also created some custom built-ins to make it more space efficient. And most importantly, I have hung my diverse and inspiring art collection.
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You have worked on many well-known projects around the world, including the redevelopment of Toronto’s Waterfront. What has one of your favourite projects been and why?

I have two favourites.

One, a small garden pavilion. It was the first ground-up building I designed, and though it uses modest means, it resonates with its landscape.

The second favourite is Cascade House. It has remarkable qualities of natural light, but I love it too for its beauty and artfulness. A passive solar house, it is also a super energy efficient and sustainable. Most people who have seen it in style and design magazines do not realise it, but Cascade House successfully marries the art of architecture with ecological sustainability.
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What or who inspires you to design structures in the way you do?

Over the year’s I have been influenced by a number of excellent artists that I also happened to be friends with, and that certainly has been an inspiration. I also just love the beauty of the physical world and love to contribute to it.

Your website, paulraffstudio.com, showcases your architecture and art. You are a supporter of sustainability through environmental responsibility. Why is this important to you?

A number of years ago, at the outset of my practice, I was doing some research and found out that almost 40% of world energy consumption is attributable to buildings and construction. I was shocked and stirred into making this an integral part of my thinking in every project. Because we can do better than this, and now we are.

World Housing: Emily Henderson Interview

What Does A Home Mean To You: Emily Henderson

 Written by on March 3, 2016

Meet Emily Henderson, Emily is an LA based stylist, T.V. Host, and New York Times Bestselling author of ‘Styled’. She is known for mixing eclectic styles on moderate budgets and her roll as Target’s home spokesperson, bringing accessible/stylish design to the masses. Her iconic aesthetic is influenced by her eclectic taste and love for exploring thrift shops. This convergence of salvage and design has allowed her to carve her own path and share her unique take on a modern day home to a larger audience. As an expert at turning a ‘house’ into a ‘home’ on a budget, we had a conversation with Emily to learn more about what a ‘home’ means to her. Take a moment to read about Emily’s inspirations and feelings towards creating a home below…

Emily, what was it like moving from the small towns of Oregon to NYC and now LA?
Moving from the comforts of home and family to a whole new world with no set game plan was scary for us but I do not regret it one bit. After years in NYC we made the jump to LA which was again a big transition. Home life changed both in size and in the way that we lived – moving from a shoebox to a decently sized apartment was definitely a perk of moving to LA and it was a fresh new start that we were excited for.

When did you first recognize that home design had a piece of your heart?
I have always been interested in design and the way that we live. When I lived in NYC I worked as a shopgirl for Jonathan Adler (who was much smaller back then) which then led to a job in prop styling for editorial and print campaigns in NYC. I loved finding new treasures on the street and bringing them home and making them my own. I look back now and sometimes wonder what I was thinking but the creative process for me was always something that I loved to explore which I think ultimately led me to where I am today.

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Your blog stylebyemilyhenderson.com is an amazing mixture of personality, design, and inspiration. In addition, your book “STYLED” is the perfect motivational piece for those who are looking to update their homes. What can we expect next?
We have a couple of big things in the mix that you will for sure have to stay tuned for as well as some fun new projects that we are working on. As the blog and company have continued to expand so has a reach as far as the amount of projects and content that we are able to do. We are very lucky in the fact that we get to be creative and enjoy the work that we do every single day.

Home for me is about feeling at peace and at ease with the ones that you love.

What does a “home” mean to you?
Home for me is about feeling at peace and at ease with the ones that you love. We have moved around quite a bit in the last ten years and being in different cities and different apartments or homes have made me realize that it isn’t the actual location that you live that makes something home but it is how you create your own haven for you and your family in that space.

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What is your favorite room in your own house, and why?
Right now I am very partial to my living room (although in six months that could change). I love the big open space. The huge floor to ceiling windows and how it has become a place for the family to play and enjoy each other’s company.

Is your home your place of comfort? Do you look forward to coming home and taking your shoes off?
Definitely. Life is chaotic and sometimes we forget that home can be a place of refuge for us after a long hard day. Work and career life has gotten busier for me in the last two years and the days that I do go to the office I look forward to coming home and spending time with my kids. It makes what I do even more worth it, and knowing that I have a home and a space that I love to come home to, obviously makes me very happy.

What is your biggest enjoyment about turning someone’s house into something fantastic?
Having the opportunity to really change the way someone lives is so rewarding. You wouldn’t think that some paint, a few accessories and rearranging a room could transform someone’s life but I really can. It is so fun to take spaces that people have long hated and turn them into a room that they now love to spend time in.
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What characteristics do you look for when shopping for a new home?
Go with your gut. When you find a home or space that you love it will usually speak to you (obviously not audibly – I am not that crazy). When we finally found our first home, which we currently live in, as soon as I saw it I knew that it would be our new home. I looked past the dated fixtures, the drop in ceiling, and the gross old carpet to a space that had the potential to become our new haven.

What or Who inspires you to decorate the way you do?
This is a tough question as everything inspires me. My kids, my friends, restaurants or stores we go to, new trends, art, music. There is inspiration in everything around you, you just have to keep your mind open to it. I love visiting new places though that I have never been whether that be a new city, a new country or just a new little restaurant or store down the street that I haven’t ventured into.

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How would you describe your unique style?
My style has evolved a lot over the years. There was a period where I loved crazy pops of color all over a room, then it went to a lot of blue, brass, and white, and I now find myself wanting to introduce more color into my own space. My style is a unique mix of vintage, mid-century, comfort and there will always be something a bit unexpected in there.

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