Vintage Calgary: Exploring the city’s classic attractions, restaurants, and more

By / 27th November, 2017 / Calgary, Culture, Dining / No Comments

Visiting Calgary, you can see that this is a thoroughly modern city with a young and vibrant population. Dig a little deeper though and you’ll find a range of super cool old-school vintage Calgary destinations that are well worth checking out on your next trip there. Here’s a list of some of our favourite vintage Calgary places and spaces:

Hy’s Steakhouse has been operating since 1955, serving up perfect steaks and classic martinis. Come here for a sophisticated date or when you want to impress an important client. The decor and service is impeccably classy, and everything on the menu is just wonderful.

The Glenbow Museum was opened in 1966 to showcase material relating to the history of western Canada, and is a fantastic place to go and lean more about vintage Calgary (and beyond). There you’ll find artifacts relating to the oil and gas industry, indigenous and Asian art, and various visiting exhibitions. Read More

It’s Back! Save Up To $1,300 on Meredith Road Suites, Calgary This Black Friday Weekend!

By / 23rd November, 2017 / Uncategorized / No Comments

Save big on your next getaway to Calgary when you book this Black Friday Weekend and discover everything there is to see and do in the heart of downtown.

Experience the 5-star luxury of staying with Roseman Executive Suite, every one of our suites offer the space and comfort of home with the convenience and glamour of a top hotel. Our Meredith Road Suites are ideally located for exploring everything that there is to do in downtown Calgary. Located just minutes from the top attractions like Telus Spark, Canadas first purpose-built science centre, Calgary zoo, Core Shopping Centre Complex as well as Fox Hollow and Inglewood Golf Courses.

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The Best of Winnipeg Winter Attractions, Food, and Fun

Winnipeg winters are legendary for their brutal cold, but if you’ve ever visited Winnipeg in the winter months, you’ll know that the locals don’t let that stop them from having plenty of fun indoors and out. A Winnipeg winter may be chilly, but hey, it’s all about wearing the right clothes and getting out there and enjoying every minute, right? We’ve got the low-down on the best things to do over the next few months in the ‘Peg, so put on those extra layers and explore!

Ice Castles is coming to Winnipeg for the first time this winter, and looks to be amazing. These massive icicle sculpture castles will be built at The Forks, and visitors will be able to walk through and interact with these dazzling constructions.

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20 Business Travel Hacks to Make Your Next Trip Super Successful

Experienced road warriors know that advanced prep makes their trips run smoother, cost less, be entirely more enjoyable, and more successful. Throwing your kit in a bag last minute rarely makes for a good trip, and result in lots of little annoyances that will chip away at your good mood and cost you valuable time. Here are 20 business travel hacks to help you become a better traveler.

  1. Before you book your trip, delete the cookies from your browser or use an incognito window, as some airlines and booking sites will show higher fares when you come back to the site.
  2. Pack yourself a little travel kit containing Tylenol, Band-aids, a toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, spare phone charging cords, and other little essentials that are a pain in the butt to search out in a new city. Keep it in your suitcase/ travel bag so you don’t ever have to worry about forgetting these things.
  3. Invest in an external battery pack (or two) to charge your phone on the go, because you can’t always find a spare socket in transit, and you don’t want to be caught short once you arrive at your destination.
  4. Put copies of your important travel docs in a Dropbox file or other cloud-based system so that should you, horror of horrors, lose them you’re more easily able to get replacements.
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11 things to do in Calgary this winter

With winter fast approaching in Calgary (yes, we have already had snow) our minds turn to ski, and apres-ski. But, this isn’t the only winter fun to be had when you head to Calgary. There is so much going on throughout the winter months that a winter vacation in Calgary is a grand idea. Here’s a round-up of super fun things to do in Calgary this winter to help you plan out your trip:

1) Start your Christmas shopping at the Make it! Market which is full of amazing and unique handmade items. The market runs Nov 2-5 at Stampede Park, and there will be more than 175 vendors selling their wares.

2) Arthouse movie lovers will adore the Calgary European Film Festival happening from Nov 5-12 at the Eau Claire Cinema. They’ll be screening movies from 18 different countries, with a variety of themes and styles in the programme.

3) Zoo Lights at the Calgary Zoo is a sweet winter tradition for Calgarians, with the zoo being lit by 1.5 million light in a number of beautiful displays. There’s also skating, hot chocolate, and warming fire pits to huddle around. Zoo lights opens on November 24 and runs right through until Jan 6 (but is closed on Christmas Day).  Read More

Your Winnipeg Nightlife Primer

By / 25th September, 2017 / Night life, Winnipeg / No Comments

Not sure what do do in Winnipeg once the sun goes down? Bored of the same old things that you always do when you’re visiting there? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of Winnipeg nightlife suggestions here to keep you entertained whether you’re a first time visitor or head to the ‘Peg regularly:

Karaoke all week long. If your idea of a great night out is belting out tunes in front of a crowd, then you’ll love the Limelite Tavern in St Vital, as they have disco lit karaoke seven nights a week. Flat screen TVs all around the bar display the words to your signature song so the whole bar will be singing along, and you can feel like a rockstar up there. Karaoke at Saffron’s Restaurant is also lots of fun, and you never know who you’ll see there – Forest Whitaker was there last week with the crew from a film he’s shooting in the city. Read More

Five new Calgary restaurants you should try

By / 19th September, 2017 / Calgary, Dining, Night life / No Comments

As any regular visitor or resident of Calgary knows, there’s no shortage of amazing restaurants to choose from in the city. There are also new restaurants opening up all the time, which makes Calgary all the more exciting for foodies. Whether your looking for a great spot to take a hot date, or for a schmoozy business dinner, choosing one of these new Calgary restaurants is sure to impress whoever you choose to take with you.

Cardinale is a just opened Italian joint from the owners of La Vita é Bella (and occupies the same space in historic Defoe building, which they’ve highlighted by exposing the brick in the dining room and adding plush oak and velvet furnishings). The food is superb, melding traditional Italian cooking with beautiful locally sourced ingredients, and all pastas are made in house daily. Must tries are their pillowy soft gnocchi served with spicy fennel chicken sausage, Tuscan kale, cannellini beans, parmesan, or the pappardelle with 12 hour braised veal shin ragu, burnt chicken liver, and piave vecchio, but honestly, everything on the menu sounds just as delicious. Cardinale also offers Italian sandwiches for lunch, has excellent cocktail menus and wine lists, and has a massive patio – all extra reasons to plan a visit there. (See a sample of their offerings in the header image above, or check out their Instagram account if you really want to start drooling.) Read More

Nine Awesome Things to do in September in Winnipeg

Fall is such a fun time to visit Winnipeg. It isn’t too hot, the city is pretty as the leaves change, and there are still plenty of fun festivals and events going on throughout the city. September in Winnipeg is especially fun, and here’s what you should do if you’re lucky enough to be visiting this month:

Founding Nations Pow Wow at The Forks – September 4th. This free annual event showcases the various styles of dance and traditional music from Manitoba’s aboriginal communities, and it is a beautiful way to spend an evening.

ManyFest – September 8th – 10th. This two day street party is filled with live music, food trucks, races, outdoor movies, markets, and a wine and beer garden. There’s a kids zone too, so the whole family can party. Read More

As seen on screen: Calgary filming locations for Fargo, Wynonna Earp, Cool Runnings & more

If you’ve been watching the brilliant FX show Fargo, and are familiar with Calgary, you may well have recognized a few places. All three seasons of the show were filmed in Calgary, and when stars such as Ewan McGregor (season 3) were there, it definitely caused a buzz around the city. Hot new show Wynonna Earp is currently being filmed in Calgary, and new studios at the Calgary Film Centre are set to now attract more shows. Over the years, lots of top shows and movies have been shot there. Many of these Calgary Filming locations are easy to find and open to the public, so you can check them out on your next visit. Here’s a list to get you started:

The Bear’s Den Restaurant. Located just outside of Calgary, this seriously cool spot was featured in a key scene of Fargo (season three, episode five). The interior is amazing, with 16ft high ceilings, cherry wood walls, and lots of taxidermy on display. Head there for a decadent meal of Alberta beef, elk, bison, or fish, and enjoy the classic style it exudes. Read More

Searching out the best Aeroplan Alternatives

When Air Canada announced in May that they would be withdrawing from the Aeroplan program in 2020, like many Canadians, I was rather annoyed. Shares in its parent company Aimia crashed in response to the news. However, share prices recovered somewhat as Aimia promised to build on its program and still offer travel rewards – they just haven’t said exactly who they’ll be partnering with and WestJet released a statement saying they’ll be keeping their loyalty program in house, so I’m not hugely confident. As I’m just about to cash in my points for an airline ticket, I wonder whether it is time to consider some Aeroplan alternatives rather than keep racking up points in a program with an uncertain usefullness.

I’ve been collecting Aeroplan points for years, and use a TD Aeroplan Platinum Visa credit card to boost the number of points I earn. I trade my points in in to take extra flights or bring a family member on work trips with me. Admittedly the Aeroplan program had got less useful a few years back when they introduced tiers of membership and rewards, but I was still loyal to the program and it definitely made me choose to book on Air Canada over WestJet. I hadn’t even considered whether this loyalty was misplaced, and I could have been getting more bang for my buck elsewhere. Read More