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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


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


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

A l’epi de ble

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: 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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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.

The walkway leading to the Audain Art Museum in Whistler A look at the modern architecture of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley VanularA long, narrow hallway in the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley VanularA mask in the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley Vanular

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.

A quaint sitting area in the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley Vanular

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.

Emily Carr (1871-1945) The Crazy Stair (The Crooked Staircase), c. 1928-30 Oil on canvas 110.2 x 65.7 cm Audain Art Museum Collection, 2013.014. Photo courtesy of

The exterior of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. Photo: Caley Vanular

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

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Arts, Culture and History in Whistler, British Columbia

Terasu: Trevor Gordon Interview


Caley Vanular, Trevor Gordon

PHOTOS: Foster Huntington and Trevor Gordon

LOCATION: Bigfoot Country

Your wet suit doesn’t dry out there so you have to deal with a freezing cold suit every time. I would get all physco-warrior status just to hype myself up to put on my wetsuit as quick as possible.

Trevor Gordon grew up in Santa Barbara, surfing everyday on short or longboards at the leadbetter break. Taught to surf by his father at age seven, he was obsessed by the time he hit his teens and competed throughout high school. After the high school circuit ended, he was faced with the decision to go after the juniors or to go his own way. Luckily, that was about the same time he was presented the opportunity to surf for Patagonia. Instead of contest circuits, traveling soon became his job, going to exotic places to surf like Kamchatka, Russia, Islands off the West Coast of India and Alaska. I had the chance to sit down with Trevor to talk about his most recent trip from Santa Barbara to Canada to film his two-part video ‘Bigfoot Country’.

Trevor, where is the wildest spot surfing has brought you?

Kamchatka, Russia [with Keith Malloy, Cyrus Sutton, Foster Huntington, Dane Gudauskas, Ben Weiland and Chris Burkard] was definitely the wildest. Being in a country that opened its doors up to westerners only 10 years ago, and is still coming out of a post-war era made the trip very unique. Locals in Kamchatka were a bit hostile, and there were people everywhere wearing camo and holding machine guns. We couldn’t even surf some spots because they turned out to be full on military bases. It was trippy being out there in the first place, let alone surfing.

Why did you want to film your next surf video in Canada?

Canada was the coolest place I could think to drive to. Haida Gwaii seemed rad to travel to; driving your camper onto all the ferries and the really good waves are another draw. I prefer the culture in cold surf spots, it feels more natural. Warm places are usually dirty and muggy, and make me feel lethargic.

What gave you the idea to build your own truck camper? Did anyone help you build it?

Jay Nelson got me stoked on the building your own camper thing. His was really creative and spacious. I had a VW van and decided to sell it to get a 4×4 Jeep and build a camper. I didn’t have much help building it, I did almost everything myself. When I needed help lifting pieces I would call over friends, and my Dad came over to help with the hinges. The pop-up design came from looking at how the Westfalia pop-ups worked. I had to use a lot of common sense and basic building skills to put everything together; there wasn’t much on the Internet to learn from. Jay Nelson had warned me that using polyester resin gets hazy in the sun. He did a sanded finish on his resin which created air bubbles that dirt and sand can get stuck in. I decided to use an epoxy which is lighter and stronger and ˆdidn’t sand it.

Where and when did you go on your trip? Did you have a guide?

I left for the trip in October, driving solo from Carpenteria to San Francisco then straight to Tofino. I picked up Jeremy Korenski in Tofino and we headed out to Haida Gwaii. Jeremy had been to Haida Gwaii a couple times so he knew how to navigate the town. It was his first time camping out there though; we were about 45 minutes out of town for over a week with no heaters just 0 degree sleeping bags. We made it all the way up to Prince Rupert and Port Harvey. The ferries were long restless nights sleeping on the floor under public benches. Once we got back to Vancouver Island, I headed straight to Portland and went to the Oregon Coast to surf and camp at Pacific City. From there, I drove back solo to San Francisco and through Big Sur to Carpentaria. The entire trip was about 4500 miles and about a month in total.

How was the surf?

Drop Box was the best I’ve ever seen. We ran into some bad wind in Tofino, and weren’t even sure if we could make it out to Haida Gwaii. We were lucky enough to get a window and made it out to Haida Gwaii for some fun waves with nobody around. It was freezing out there, around 40 Fahrenheit during the day. Camping was gnarly; we would get a pre-fire going on the beach before we went out for a surf so we could stay warm when we got in from the water. Some days we would just drink tons of coffee, go surf, then get in the car and drive to the next spot with the heater blasting. Your wetsuit doesn’t dry out there so you have to deal with a freezing cold suit every time. I would get all psycho-warrior status to hype myself up just to put on my wetsuit as quick as possible.

Can you tell us a bit about working with Ian Durkin, Jeremy Koreski and Erin Feinblatt to make ‘BIGFOOT COUNTRY’? How did you align with such a good group of people?

Nobody even knew each other. Erin is older and handy with tools, so it was awesome while he was filming me build the camper in Carpenteria. He would give me some tips and tricks. Jeremy and I met when I was 19, and we have been on about six trips since. He is super creative and motivated, which is always great to be around. Ian is smart with the movies. It was impressive having him direct something without filming it; he is a real idea man. We all did our part in directing it, but Ian had some specific shots he wanted us to get and an overall idea for editing. Despite being all over the map, I think it came together quite well.

What kind of role or influence do trips like this have on your art?

I did a boat trip to the “great bear rainforest” in Northern BC about 3 years ago where I got a ton of inspiration for my art that still continues today. We were a crew of about 10 or so and one of the girls would cook meals for us all. She saw me drawing one evening and noticed some similarities between my art and Inuit Canadian art from the 70’s. I’d never heard of it before. As soon as we got back I did some research and I absolutely fell in love.

During that same trip the captain would tell stories. He was an awesome storyteller… totally cliche captain … He’d tell stories of bigfoot sightings he’d heard about in the area. That spawned a whole series of bigfoot art for me. This trip had a really big impact on me and my art for some reason… to be honest surf trips usually don’t have any influence on my art at all.

Why did you choose to live the life that you do and what has held you back?

I’m not sure exactly… I suppose its because if I ever want anything I usually obsess over getting it. That’s not always a good thing.

Living the way I do is the only way I can think how to. I weigh other options or think about living differently and it just doesn’t excite me as much. I’m pretty darn content with my path but like anyone I definitely have goals and improvements I’m shooting for. Nothing has really held me back…

I guess not having an insane amount of money has held me back in particular departments, but even then wouldn’t change much. I live on a sailboat, so I’d just have a bigger nicer boat I guess?

Thanks to…

Well Travelled: Nova Scotia, Canada.


For our latest Well Travlled we bring you, Kealan Shilling. Kealan Shilling was born and grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts in a small town called Marblehead. Chasing dreams of snow, surf, and a rambling roadside, Kerouac inspired life; at age 18 he hit the road and never looked back. Ride along with Kealan as he ventures off on a surf trip to Nova Scotia, Canada with professional surfer, Dean Petty.


Dean Found His Long Lost Friend


It is always interesting trying to find time to do work on the road


Especially when wondering around Nova Scotia


We searched for the perfect surf


The endless fields and adventures lead us to some amazing spots


Found some swell just down the way


Dean surfed until dawn


Our friends came out to watch


We stayed in this rustic house that looked like it was going to topple over


From there we would drive for hours searching for new breaks


Equipt to rip


The landscapes in Nova Scotia are amazing


And so is the surf…


Wet and cold seal-looking human


I could explore this area for months


In the morning we would check the swell & drink coffee


Testing his toes on the nose


Surfing camp fires were essential…


…To stay warm for sunset sessions


The view from our rickety old house was insanely beautiful


Reviewing the work captured

Enjoyed Nova Scotia? Explore the rest of the Well Travelled series or view more of Kealan’s photography here