Jill loves all things fun, fruity and yogi. She recently departed Montreal to try life in Calgary. Here she searches for the perfect balance between the hot room and “real life” and also between healthy living and her love of chocolate. Besides yoga and writing, her favourite activities include making new friends, drinking red wine with old ones, and force-feeding them her gluten-free recipes.
Calgary’s downtown workers are all about efficiency. But balancing work with family, leisure and exercise time is not always easy. Appealing and easily accessible fitness facilities can help. Early morning training sessions, lunchtime yoga classes and happy-hour squash games are a few of the fitness activities available at these fit spots in the downtown core.
Want to impress your vegetarian beau? Or maybe you’re tired of the same old watering holes serving the same old meals. Veg up your next date night in, out, or brunch the morning after at one of these mostly vegetarian Calgary restaurants. [Image credit: iStock.com/Alexandra Iakovleva]
Does your bob need a little lift? Are your roots starting to show? Or worse yet, did you try to colour your hair at home? Lucky for you, Calgary’s downtown is full of salons that have their scissors sharpened, and a solution ready for every hair faux-pas or style requirement you could throw their way. These are the ones to check out. [Image credit: iStock.com/ruizluquepaz]
Pizza or sandwich? No need to decide when you can have the indulgent food-child of our favourite comforting classics. Some are stacked sky-high with irresistible toppings, while others serve as savory snacks before your main meal. Either way, we can’t get enough of these delicious hybrids and this is where you can find them in Calgary. [Image credit: iStock.com/DGLowrie]
Embrace your Stetson-wearing, ranch-living, line-dancing Western roots with horseback riding lessons or guided tours around Calgary. Come on, you know you want to! Choose from regular lessons, day trips, or week-long pack trips into the backcountry of the wild West, and don’t forget to pack your camera. Here are some nearby ranches where you can hop in the saddle. [Image credit: iStock.com/vm]
I’ve finally answered the gnawing question: Are leggings pants? Cool ones are – that’s for sure. They’re stretchy, comfy, and make your legs look oh-so-chic. A great pair of leggings will get you through years of workouts and mountain hikes, plus a few grocery runs in between. Here’s where you can find yours in Calgary. [Image credit: iStock.com/SrdjanPav]
A blessed occasion for parents, back-to-school time brings mixed emotions for kids. As the carefree days of summer recede, the grim spectre of homework looms. Shopping for cool yet practical school supplies at these stores will help put everyone in the frame of mind for a happy return to academia. [Image credit: iStock.com/Brauns]
Taking place at Prince’s Island Park from July 21 to 24, 2016, Calgary Folk Music Festival presents a surprisingly diverse array of musical styles. Also varied, festivalgoer fashions naturally lean to cool and casual Bohemian chic. Visit the following shops to find unique, summery clothing and funky accessories fit for folk aficionados, world-music devotees and indie enthusiasts. [Image credit: iStock.com/svetikd]
Summer is a musical time in Calgary. Festivals such Calgary Folk Music Festival and Afrikadey! focus solely on song and dance, while others such as Opera in the Village feature major musical components, and all feature a deliciously vast variety of styles and genres. So, shake, rattle and roll your way to these top music events in summer 2016. Image credit: iStock.com/knape.
Of course Calgarians love to don our cowboy boots and clothing at Stampede time, but we’re free as the open range to dress for the west year round. These western wear shops located in the city and surrounding frontier towns carry pasture-perfect fashions but also cattle-drive-chic horse tack and serious saddlery for bona fide cowboys. Image credit: iStock.com/Avid Creative, Inc.
Whether you’re lactose intolerant, vegan or dieting, no one should have to sacrifice ice cream. And so, we all scream for (dairy-free) ice cream! Fortunately, city ice cream shops are better than ever at giving customers milk-free options. While all of these ice cream parlours feature deliciously creamy frozen treats, they also pack dairy-free options with just as much punch. Image credit: iStock.com/bhofack2.
The city celebrates one special birthday this July 1, and everyone is invited. On Canada Day 2016, our beloved country will be 149 years young. The party starts bright and early, and continues well into the night – we have a lot of love to show for our homeland. Don your red and white to show your Canuck pride at one of these events. Image credit: iStock.com/franckreporter.
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