By Afton Aikens & Olivia Grecu
Enhance Your Ride
Looking for a new bike after this season? Road and mountain bikes with carbon fibre frames are more popular and affordable than ever, notes Marc Vien of Jasper Source for Sports. Less weight and stiffer construction allow more power to transfer from rider to pedal to wheel for increased efficiency and speed. “The returns if you ride a lot are very positive,” Vien says.
Climb to New Heights
Gravity Gear sells essentials for mountaineering, sport climbing and bouldering. Climbing shoes are a must-have, advises co-owner Dani Diduck. “La Sportiva makes tight-fitting shoes with a sticky rubber sole to help you grip on the rocks,” she says. Gravity Gear also rents equipment, and recommends guides and instructors.
The weather might be getting cooler, but you can still let your inner flower child bloom with picks from these Jasper shops.
Bombshell Boutique offers accessories from local artists; Aravinda Designs jewellery pairs natural elements like feathers with quartz, silver and bronze. Mountain Air has fringed cardigans and blouses with lace for a boho-inspired look. A long necklace completes your outfit. At Tea Leaf Boutique, 70s-inspired jumpers are again fashion forward. Short, cropped or full lengths, prints from floral to kaleidoscope and high waists elevate basic onesies.
Reward yourself after an active summer with something to sip on. “Ice wine is a way of life,” muses Jasper Liquor Store & Wine Cellar manager Max Bowen. Local liquor stores carry varieties from Ontario and BC’s Okanagan region (Canada’s climate allows grapes to freeze on the vine); Bowen also stocks Tokaji ice wine from Hungary that he calls “a sweet nectar of the gods.”
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