Six of the Absolute Best Travel Apps

Seeing as how you’re carrying a super computer in your pocket, you want to ensure that it is working as effectively as possible for you (and you’re using it for more than just social media and the odd game). For frequent travellers, having the right apps can make life a lot easier. We’ve rounded up six of the best travel apps you’ll want to download to your phone right now:

If you want to find the cheapest flight possible to wherever you’re going, Skyscanner is the app you need. Seriously, don’t book any flight without consulting Skyscanner first. More than 60 million people use Skyscanner, because it finds you the best selection of flights at the best prices, and is easy to navigate. Read More

10 Ways to Love a Winnipeg Summer Even More

A visit to Winnipeg is always fun, whether you’re a first timer or have been dozens of times, there’s always something new and fun to find in the city. Visiting in the winter is charming, but a Winnipeg Summer is the best – for so many reasons. Here are 10 to get you started on your Winnipeg Summer visit:

1) Go sip craft beer on the Barley Brothers fabulous new patio in the sunshine. Truth be told there are lots of excellent micro-breweries and brew-pubs in Winnipeg, and you could make a great day out of visiting a few of them. What makes Barley Brothers stand out is the fact that it has the most beer taps of any lounge in Canada, and they offer beers from breweries around the world. So whatever your favourite kind of beer is, you’re bound to find it here. Read More

Coming to a Calgary Conference This Summer? Lucky You.

There are plenty of great reasons to visit Calgary for a vacation, but sometimes we find ourselves visiting a city for a conference and know very little about it. This summer Calgary is hosting many big conferences and meetings, from the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit and TECNOVATE in June, to the Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in July (to name just a few of the diverse meetings happening here). If that’s the case for you, and you’re arriving in Calgary with little knowledge of the city, let me first congratulate you: Being invited to a Calgary conference is a real stroke of luck.

Why? Calgary is a young, fun city with an incredible restaurant scene, surrounded by the majestic and easily accessible Rocky Mountains, and is filled with cool neighbourhoods and sprawling urban parks. It would be a crime if all you saw of the city was the inside of the conference venue, so here are five places you should be sure to escape to between sessions or when the work and schmoozing is done. (Heck, why not add on a few extra days here too, you’re going to love it here.)

For a night outRanchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall is the quintessential cowboy bar, complete with two-step classes and a mechanical bull. Come here for beers, or a steak, and watch excellent country bands playing to a full dance floor. If Ranchman’s looks familiar, you might recognize it from the movies Brokeback Mountain and Cool Runnings. Read More

15 Family Travel Hacks to Make Your Next Vacation the Best Ever

While of course we’re going to say that staying in one of our comfortable and luxurious suites is THE ultimate family travel hack (we do have full kitchens, washers and driers, and plenty of space for everyone), there are some really easy and cool ways to make all your family trips a smoother and more fun experience. Check out these genius family travel hacks (and book with us next time you bring your kids to Calgary or Winnipeg):

Road Trip Hacks

Check out some family friendly books on CD from your local library. There are plenty that are great stories for all ages (and won’t bore you stupid to listen to) like the massive seven book long Chronicles of Narnia, or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy for older kids and teens.

For preteens invest in a really hard game for their tablet that they’ll get totally sucked into. Monument Valley is a great one, as is Ghosts of Memories.

Throw pillows in the back of the car, not only for sleeping on, but also to provide a base for colouring books or games.

Portion out snacks in ziplock bags so that you’re not going to bust through that mega-bag of crackers or candies in one go. Read More

Five Places Every First Time Winnipeg Visitor Should See

If you’re heading to Winnipeg for the first time, whether it be for business or pleasure, prepare to be surprised: Winnipeg is a seriously cool city with a lot going on. This highly under-rated city has an excellent restaurant scene, vibrant arts community, and plenty of cultural attractions. Added to that, Winnipeg is a pretty city surrounded by beautiful parklands. Here are five places that every first time Winnipeg visitor should be sure to check out:

The Forks sits on the banks of the Red River, and is home to a National Historic Site, the fantastic Canadian Museum of Human Rights, a huge market with 300 vendors selling local produce and crafts, and lots of sweet indie boutiques. Plenty of the city’s best restaurants are to be found here, including the fabulous Smith Restaurant which specializes in farm to table dining. Read More

20 Reasons to Spend Summer in Calgary

Calgary is an awesome city. Okay, we are based there so we may be a teeny-tiny bit biased, but there’s so much to do in Calgary year round that it is always a great time to be there. However, Summer in Calgary holds a special allure, and we wanted to give you 20 reasons to spend this summer in Calgary, or at least part of this summer. Here we go:

  1. Calgary Ukrainian Fest (June 3 – 4) is a celebration of all things Ukrainian (dance, music, lots and lots of fantastic food). As well as being lots of fun, there’s a strong cultural and educational component, so if this is your heritage, then you can explore that there.
  2. As soon as the weather warms up, patio dining and drinking is a pleasure that Calgarians embrace whole-heartedly. There are lots of sweet patios in Calgary, and when Open Table put together a list of the best 100 patios in Canada, 11 in Calgary made that list.

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Business Travel Hacks for Beginners

When you take your first business trips, it can be a pretty exciting experience, especially if you’re someone who hasn’t traveled an awful lot up until that point. Most newbie business travellers get a few things wrong when they start, and may end up with more out-of-pocket expenses than expected. Here are some simple business travel hacks for beginners that’ll get you acting like a pro from day one away from the office.

Create a universal packing list to keep on your phone. There are certain things you’ll likely always need to take with you on the road, and things that it is really easy to forget to take, or leave at the hotel (phone chargers, earbuds, medications). If you have a basic list to reference before and during every trip, you’re less likely to forget anything (or need to buy replacements when you get where you’re going). There are plenty of apps that can help you with this, but Evernote is a popular one for keeping life organized.
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Spring Events in Winnipeg

Here we are teetering on the very edge of spring, and all the wonderful things it brings once the snow clears. There are plenty of cool, fun, and interesting spring events in Winnipeg, and on today’s blog we thought we’d list them to help with any travel planning you might be doing.

Festival of Fools, March 25 – 31. This extension of the Winnipeg Children’s Festival offers a program of free events at The Forks over March Break. You’ll find circus workshops, clowns, trapeze performers, musicians, a huge dance-off, and many more fun family friendly events to participate in.

Manitoba Comic Con and Sci Fi Expo, April 1 – 2. Come get your geek on at this super fun conference. Highlights include a Q&A with Smallville actress Allison Mack, and animator Tom Cook, and many other fun folks. Cosplay costumes are of course encouraged. Read More

March is an Awesome Month for Calgary Festivals and Events

By / 26th February, 2017 / Calgary, Festivals / No Comments

Spring may not have actually sprung yet, but visitors to Calgary have a lot to look forward to in the coming month. There are some awesome Calgary festivals and events coming up, bringing delicious food, dance, theatre, and sports to the city. Here’s a round-up of what’s going on in March to help you plan out your next great trip to Calgary.

Calgary Home and Garden Show (March 2nd through 5th) is a renovation lover (or fantasists’) dream. There you’ll find vendors, workshops, expert speakers, celebrities, and inspiration by the bucket-load.

Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres (March 4th through 5th) has been serving up sweet taffy and festivities for 15 years now. The event is a celebration of French Canadian, Metis and First Nations culture in Calgary as much as it is maple syrup, and takes place in Heritage Park. Expect arts and cultural performances, wagon rides, live performances, and traditional foods. Read More

Best Winnipeg Restaurants for Comfort Food

By / 18th February, 2017 / Dining, Winnipeg / No Comments

On bone-chilling winter days, the fastest way to get properly warmed up is from the inside out. Fortunately there are lots of excellent places in Winnipeg to head to for excellent food that will do just that. In today’s blog we’re talking about the best Winnipeg restaurants for comfort food, from rib-sticking traditional North American fare to phở.

Phở Huàng is considered by many to be the best Vietnamese restaurant in the city, and serves up awesome hot steaming bowls of phở – which is a deeply satisfying noodle soup made with stock and piled high with meats, vegetables, tofu, or whatever else you’re into. Add plenty of hot sauce and you’ll get an extra warming boost.

At Lovey’s BBQ the meat is cooked low and slow until it falls off the bone, and the sides are absolutely delicious. Get stuffed with a rib dinner (or one with brisket, pulled pork, or farmer’s sausage), a massive burger topped with pulled pork, thick wedges of cornbread, and other southern inspired favourites.
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