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Top 5 Spots to Set Sail in Calgary


Glenmore Sailing School

Ready your sea legs and get out on the water this summer at one of our favourite local lakes. (Photo courtesy of Nollind van Bryce)

Calgary may feel like one of the most heavily landlocked cities in the country (understandable — we’re in a prairie province, after all), but our surrounding abundance of wide-open grassland and limitless farm fields shouldn’t discount locals and tourists alike from enjoying a little splash and surf when the sun comes out. The city is simply swimming with opportunities to get out on the water, so no matter what floats your boat, if you’re looking to experience the aquatic side of Calgary we’ve found the perfect places for you to explore. (more…)

Beginner’s Luck: Ice Fishing in the Canadian Rockies

By Keili Bartlett

It’s Saturday morning, but we’re up before the sun. It’s tempting to sleep in, but a weekend spent outside in the Canadian Rockies is nearly impossible to pass up, so I find myself bundling up for cold winter weather.

My roommate Devaan has been raving for weeks about his newest hobby, and his excitement is contagious. Last summer it was fly fishing. This winter, it’s evolved to keep up with the change of seasons: we’re going ice fishing.

Fishing huts are set up on an early morning in Spray Lakes. Photo by: Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Fishing huts are set up on an early morning in Spray Lakes. Photo by: Banff Lake Louise Tourism


Top Things to Do in the Bow Valley

Aug. 30, 2016
By Where writers

The Bow Valley has tons of things to do. From hiking trails with quaint tea houses to fishing, watersports and visiting cute husky puppies there’s something of everyone.

Bow Valley Things to Do

Photo credit: Paul Zizka


Stop and Stay in Fernie

Aug. 26, 2016
By Naomi Witherick

Tackle the whitewater or throw out a fishing line. With the Elk River flowing through its district, Fernie is the perfect spot for a vacation on the water. And now you can stay even closer.

RV camping Fernie (more…)

Discover Fish Creek Provincial Park


Illustration by Calgary artist Genevieve Simms.

Illustration by artist Genevieve Simms.

One of the largest urban parks in North America, Calgary’s Fish Creek Provincial Park features wild prairie-grassland and forest scenery as well as excellent recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, golfing, picnicking, bird-watching and more. The park is open every day, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and access is free.

The heart of the park is accessible by car from Bow Bottom Trail SE, Sun Valley Boulevard SE or Hwy 22X, and all major day-use areas can be reached by road. All parking is free, and central lots feature bike racks. It can also be reached via Calgary Transit.

Pathways and Day Use Areas
Following the Fish Creek river valley, the park features extensive paved and unpaved trails with navigational signage. These are detailed in the City of Calgary Pathways & Bikeways app. (more…)

7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Calgary Dads



Hanson’s Fishing Outfitters is the shopping destination for dads who love the outdoors. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, but these seven papa-approved local shops offer something more than the standard “zany” necktie or drab coffee mug.


Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba’s Travel Writer and Adventurer Extraordinaire

Shel Zolkewich

Shel Zolkewich in her favourite setting

Shel Zolkewich squealed with delight when she opened an envelope from the Manitoba government a few weeks ago. Inside was confirmation that she was one of the people to win the draw for elk hunting licenses this season. It meant that she and her dad could take the hunting trip they had been planning.

For Shel Zolkewich, a Manitoba travel writer who splits her time between Winnipeg and Gimli, there is no separation between her work and her personal life. She lives what she writes, and all her trips yield content for her next travel story. Her specialty is the outdoors, and for one week every month she is on the road, fishing, hunting and taking photos. Her preferred place is the north, she says, “where there are small airplanes, muddy roads and feisty northern pike.”

We caught up with Shel Zolkewich between a stint of caribou stalking and a trip to Alaska. (more…)

Hot Dates: Sea It All

The Tall Ship Silva offers daily sailing tours around Halifax Harbour.

Various tour companies ply the waters around Halifax, offering visitors dozens of unique ways to explore. The Harbour Hopper offers amphibious tours. Tall Ship Silva plies Halifax Harbour with a three-masted schooner. Whale and nature tours sail from Murphy’s Cable Wharf. And A&M Sea Charters is based in Fisherman’s Cove, offering whale, nature and fishing tours.

Weekend Roundup, August 14 to 16

It’s all about festivals in Muskoka! Perfect for the (anticipated) sunny weather this weekend.

Enjoy a day of boating and fishing at Arrowhead Provincial Park (photo by John Vetterli).

Enjoy a day of boating and fishing at Arrowhead Provincial Park (photo by John Vetterli).

Friday, August 14
Kick-off the weekend by picking up something original from one of more than 130 Canadian artists and craft vendors at Gravenhurst’s 18th annual Dockside Festival of the Arts. Purchases in hand, stay for the food and live entertainment.

Instead of dinner and a movie, do dinner and a play tonight. In its fourth year of bringing dinner theatre to the Gravenhurst Opera House, the Dragonfly Theatre Company performs “See How They Run,” a fast-paced comedy set in an English vicarage.

Saturday, August 15
At Bracebridge’s Art in the Heart, discover painters, woodworkers, sculptors and other emerging Muskoka artists honing their crafts along Manitoba Street and its connected laneways. This year the festival also offers street entertainment, from theatrical performers and dancers to musicians and magicians.

In the afternoon, indulge in a cottage country beer and food tasting at Muskoka Cottage Brewery. The event includes an exclusive tour of the Bracebridge microbrewery.

Sunday, August 16
Head out on a Sunday-morning fishing trip with the family for rainbow trout and small-mouth bass at Arrowhead Provincial Park.

Tap your toes to the guitar, autoharp, and banjo sounds of country-bluegrass band The Good Brothers tonight at Gull Lake Park. The nine-time Juno Award winners play the closing set for Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge, a regional tradition since 1949.