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Winter Essentials from 12 Canadian Rockies Shops

Jan. 21, 2016
By Where Writers

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In Jasper, keep the cold out with items from these local shops:

  • Totem Ski Shop: Merino wool base layers by Ibex are warm, comfortable and breathable. “They smell fresh even after an active day,” says store manager Victor Vassalo.
  • Wild Mountain: The North Face TKA 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip fleece mid-layer offers a soft, relaxed fit. “It’s great for activities or a day in town,” says Catherine Auclair of the store.
  • Mountain Air: Canada Goose down jackets come in a variety of lengths for different activities. Store owner Karen Jacobs says, “Even jackets built for -25°C aren’t bulky.”
  • Gravity Gear: Icebreaker Merino wool toques have thin fibres that keep you warm and don’t itch. When it comes to hats, Gravity Gear owner Dale Diduck is “all about wool.”
  • Edge Control Ski Shop: Seirus Heatwave+ Daze gloves and mitts have back-side Neofleece and reflective layers, and soft, wicking palm-side insulation. They’re “extremely warm,” says store owner Blair Timmins.
  • On-Line Sport: Sorel boots are durable and comfortable. On-Line owner Mike Merilovich says, “Many models are waterproof.”

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Style Guide: 3 Favourite Mountain Looks

Dec. 20, 2015
By Ashley Materi
Photos by Colin Ferguson

Whether you’re on Banff Avenue or on the slopes, we’ve got you covered with this season’s best clothing, accessories, outerwear and gear.

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Powder Hound

Stylish snow seekers embrace high-tech gear that’s comfortable on both the chairlift and the descent. (more…)

Best Hiking Gear for the Canadian Rockies

By Olivia Grecu

Weather can change drastically from trailhead to peak. We’ve found a few items to keep you comfy and safe:

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Hydration Pack: For quick access to refreshment, Blair Timmins at Edge Control Outdoor Store in Jasper recommends the Platypus Duthie AM 10 with a three-litre reservoir and many convenient pockets.

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Hot Shopping: Give ’em the Boot

With the change of seasons comes the excuse to buy new footwear. Why not invest in something stylish and practical? Sebago is known for its well-crafted, nautical-inspired footwear, and the fall 2012 collection is full of smart, go-anywhere boots and shoes for men and women. Each style (like the Saranac Tall lace, shown here) gives a rugged New England feel to any autumn ensemble. Sebago is available at nrml, 184 Rideau St., 613-562-2043, nrml.ca.

January Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Cupido1. There’s a new boutique for baubles and bling: Cupido has arrived at tony Bayview Village, branching out from its original location at Vaughan Mills. Partners Jeff Karadjian and Haigo Derian offer a carefully curated selection of goods at their brightly lit jewellery box. The focus is on lines from designers with stories behind their pieces and items that benefit charities, though luxury brands such as Hermès and Dolce & Gabbana also share the case space. Noted Swiss watchmaker Ernst Benz’s timepieces are exclusively carried here, while rings by Italian brand DeMaria are finger ornamentation with a conscience: text from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is engraved on select silver or gold pieces, and proceeds from each are donated to Amnesty International. Open daily. Bayview Village, 2901 Bayview Ave., 647-346-2176; Vaughan Mills, 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., 905-669-8522.

<em>Bite Me</em>2. The recipe for a successful cookbook? Take a lot of ready-to-go ingredients like ketchup, bread crumbs and Ritz crackers. Sprinkle liberally with good humour—cheeky photos of plastic sumo wrestlers hoisting pieces of cake or Vegas showgirls wearing crowns of spoons. Add a pinch of pop culture with songs to cook to—Frank Sinatra’s “The Lady is a Tramp” is recommended—and quotes from the likes of Oscar Wilde and Austin Powers. Finally, stir in some practical tips like how to buy fish or soften cream cheese, and advice on what gadgets to forego and what to keep close at hand. This is the winning recipe for Bite Me ($29.95 from Indigo), a new cookbook by saucy sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat. Without taking food too seriously, the Toronto-based siblings have cooked up a collection of 175 foolproof recipes that will make anyone look like a star in the kitchen.

Clockwise from left: Mount Holly boot, Converse Chuck Taylor boot, Zoresa boot3. Snow is inevitable at this time of year—we’re in Canada, after all. But you don’t have to forego style just because there’s a flurry—or a blizzard—of the white stuff. Put your best foot forward with these weather beaters.

>> Tall Mount Holly boots in burnished brown leather, $220, Timberland.

>> Converse Chuck Taylor boots in red woolrich plaid, $140, Little Burgundy.

>> Zoresa boots in brown, $140, Rockport.