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Shopping

8 Ideas for Shoulder Season Fun

By Where Staff

Although the Canadian Rockies is a fantastic destination year round, we admit, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate when we want to ski or hike. Don’t let shoulder season conditions get you down! Here are some ways to ensure fun times, any time of year.

Photo: Banff Gondola

Photo: Banff Gondola

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6 Ways to Stay Warm in Style

By Where Staff

Wherever you’re shopping in the Canadian Rockies this winter, we’ve got you covered for cold weather style.

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson's Bay Banff

Photo: Courtesy of Hudson’s Bay Banff

Banff Shops

Stay cozy with a luxurious fitted down-filled jacket. This new design from Snowflake has a belted rouched waist and zipper details—the perfect mix of elegance and edginess. Soft fur frames the face, but can be removed for a different look.

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Jasper’s Ski Shops: Cutting-Edge Winter Wear & Gear

Photo: Ian McIntosh via Edge Control

Photo: Ian McIntosh via Edge Control

By Jack Newton & Afton Aikens

Thinner, Lighter, Stronger Skis

“They ski remarkably well, yet weigh nothing,” enthuses Edge Control owner Blair Timmins after taking Völkl’s 2015 V-Werks Katana for a test drive. Cutting edge composites, multi-layered wood cores and full carbon jackets are combined with rocker construction and innovative taper shapes. These new generation skis are stable at speed, and easy to turn and control in all snow conditions.

Not ready to commit? All local ski shops rent skis and snowboards. Competition means that novice packages are priced low, the world’s best gear is available for demo rental and services like hotel pick-ups are offered. If you rent from the downtown Marmot Basin Sales Centre or their website your gear will be waiting when you arrive at the ski area. Plus, “we’ll store your rentals overnight,” says Erin Reade of Marmot.

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Save the Planet

By SHERI RADFORD

In honour of Earth Day (April 22), we present two new books and one DVD that put the planet first.

The Green Vine by Shannon Borg

The Green Vine by Shannon Borg

The Green Vine
Erosion. Runoff. Cork materials. The environmental issues facing wineries go on and on. What’s an earth-loving oenophile to do? Pick up Shannon Borg’s The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic Wines, which is filled with info on almost 200 sustainable wineries in BC, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. At local bookstores. (more…)

Bound to Please: Calgary’s Best Indie Bookstores

By RACHAEL FREY

Pages on Kensington is located in the building that once housed Calgary's first library branch (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Pages on Kensington is located in the building that once housed Calgary’s first library branch (Photo: Jason Dziver)

The massive online book retailer Amazon.ca recently dubbed Calgary the second most well-read city in Canada, based on print and e-book sales from its website. But, this statistic doesn’t account for the many bibliophiles who loyally frequent the city’s independent bookshops to hold the books in their hands and riffle through non-digital pages.

Calgary is home to a small handful of indie bookstores, each offering its own carefully curated selection. JoAnn McCaig, owner of Shelf Life Books, is not threatened by online book sales or e-books. “The ambience and sense of community found in a bookstore can’t be duplicated by Amazon,” she says.

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Hot Shopping: Editors Pick – Top 5 Gourmand Go-To’s

Korean-BBQTravelling foodsters know that the way into the heart of a city is through its stomach. And while eating on vacation can be memorable, gourmet items you can take home help recreate those experiences.

If you’ve tried one of the hottest dining trends, Korean BBQ, head to Bosch Kitchen Appliance Centre to pick up a plug-in electric Korean BBQ of your own (pictured). Set the bar with an interactive dinner party your guests won’t forget! 105-2800 Pembina Hwy, 204-275-2617

Sticking to a regime while on the road is tough, which makes the availability of everyday organic at specialty spot Organza a blessing. Stock up on local products such as Whiteshell Dairy cheese, or start the day right at its in-house juice bar. 230 Osborne St #2A 204-453-6266

Cooking at home may not yield Top Chef results, if the kitchen is full of clutter! For Space Sake carries a wide variety of kitchen organizers that are functional and eye catching. 1824 Grant Ave,
204-488-2633

Local Meats and Frozen Treats is passionate about gourmet gleans. It stocks everything from local sausages to flavoured creamed honey. Manitoba’s best products line the shelves and freezer walls. 1604 St Mary’s Rd, 204-255-2172

Before catching a flight or hitting the road, stop by Humboldt’s Legacy to pick up some last minute travel snacks. Locally made Gorp Energy Bars taste great and pack a nutritional punch. 887 Westminster Ave, (204) 772-140

8 Luxurious Calgary Spas

Luxe atmosphere at Sante Spa. Courtesy: Sante Spa

Luxe atmosphere at Sante Spa. Courtesy: Sante Spa

By JENNI O’NYONS and RACHAEL FREY

Pamper yourself at one of these luxurious Calgary spas, where you’ll soak in stylish surroundings and enjoy first-class treatment.

Stillwater Spa
Located in the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel, the spa’s historic sandstone construction and luxury amenities give it a resort retreat feel. The facility features steam rooms, whirlpools and even a nap lounge. Group, individual and couples treatments are available. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Get Fresh at Whistler Farmers’ Market

It doesn't get much fresher than this. Photo by Toshi Kawano courtesy Tourism BC

It doesn’t get much fresher than this. Photo by Toshi Kawano courtesy Tourism BC

For a shopping stop that always bears fruit, visit the Whistler Farmers’ Market. Find fresh fruit and veggies, made-from-scratch baked goods, preserves and plenty of handmade jewellery, art and products for pampering. Purchase an impromptu picnic or pick up a keepsake and immerse yourself in the local flavour.—Jill Von Sprecken

Hot Shopping: Shop Till You Drop

Spend some time in the shops around Whistler Village. Photo by Chad Chomlack courtesy Tourism Whistler

Spend some time in the shops around Whistler Village. Photo by Chad Chomlack courtesy Tourism Whistler

After working up a sweat outside, give your wallet a workout inside. Pick up a new shirt at Aritzia, stylish yoga pants at Lululemon and a nifty cap at Lids. Then grab an ice cream cone from Cows Whistler, sunscreen from Rexall Drug Store and a summertime read from Armchair Books, and you’re ready to relax in the sunshine—and give your wallet a breather, too.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Vancouver’s Miz Mooz Boutique

Miz Mooz Shoes at Vancouver's Miz Mooz Boutique

Miz Mooz Shoes at Vancouver’s Miz Mooz Boutique

Think fashion and comfort can’t coexist? Think again. At Miz Mooz Boutique on West 4th, tootsies get pampered in shoes just as comfy as they are fun. Find a huge selection of Miz Mooz (pictured)—including ones difficult to get elsewhere in Canada—as well as show-stopping footwear by Lola Ramona, plus Orthaheel’s podiatrist-designed shoes and sandals that look nothing like orthotics. And to go with your funky new footwear: chic handbags by Melie Bianco.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Personal Shoppers Scout Topshop’s Top Trends

Personal shoppers at Topshop pull chic clothes to suit your style

Personal shoppers at Topshop pull chic clothes to suit your style

Want to be on-trend but don’t know where to start? Make a free appointment with Topshop’s personal shoppers in The Bay downtown. After an interview to find out your fashion goals, they’ll pull together an array of head-to-toe outfits in your size for you to try on. The shoppers know all the fashion gems hidden in the 3,700 sq m (40,000 sq ft) of floor space—the second-largest Topshop in the world—and they’re ready to share their sartorial secrets.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Spruce Your Space with Crate & Barrel

Salud barware and Chevron Tray at Crate & Barrel

Salud barware and Chevron Tray at Crate & Barrel

Once your spring cleaning is done, spruce up your digs with some new furnishings and accessories. Head to Crate & Barrel, which recently opened its first Vancouver location. But before you set foot in the store, be warned: you may wind up wondering where your day went. You can go big (patio pieces and dining room decor) or go small (barware and bedding), but you definitely won’t go home empty-handed.—Rachel Dunlop