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Top 5 Things to do at the Canmore Winter Carnival

Winter often gets a reputation for its harsh weather, keeping us locked indoors, and for a muted colour palette. But we think winter deserves to be celebrated! While winter weather can sometimes hurt our faces, it also lets us ski and skate and slide. We can drink hot chocolate without regret (we need it to stay warm, right?), we can cozy up to warm fires, and we can experience our mountain terrain in different ways. There’s also no better way to celebrate winter than to take part in the Canmore Winter Carnival, which runs from February 1st to the 11th. With lots going on, here are our top five things to do this year:


1. Opening Night!
Friday, February 2

Bring your kids and celebrate the opening reception of the Canmore Winter Carnival at the Canmore Civic Centre. From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., grab a marshmallow and cozy up to a bonfire while you take in live performances and a DJ. A display of children’s art will also be on show.

Maple Taffy Temptations. Photo by Jvan Ommeren















2. Ice Carving Competition at the Civic Centre
Saturday, February 3

The Ice Magic festival in Lake Louise is over, but the magic lives on in Canmore! Watch carvers impressively transform blocks of ice into sculptures that fit this year’s theme of Hockey. Competition begins at 9 a.m. with judging at 3:30 p.m. Is there a sculpture that you like the most? Cast your People’s Choice vote and see who wins the award at 4:30 p.m.

Joe Martin of Canmore works on his first place award winning owl ice carving at the annual Ice Carving contest in the Canmore Civic Centre at the Canmore Winter Carnival on Sunday, February 5, 2017. photo by Pam Doyle.













3. Snowy Owl Kid N Mutt Races
Sunday, February 4

The Canmore Nordic Centre hosts world-class competitions on a regular basis, and this event is no different! Come up and cheer on teams of kids and sled dogs as they race for glory and kibble. Races are ongoing between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

While you’re up at the Nordic Centre, why not try a drop-in cross country ski lesson at Trail Sports? On weekends and holidays, the local shop located at the Nordic Centre hosts 1.5 hour group lessons (both skate and classic techniques are offered) for $45/person. No pre-booking is required, although you need to register by 10:30 a.m. Lessons begin at 11 a.m.

Kid N Mutt Races at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Photo by Pam Doyle










4. Rogers Hometown Hockey
February 10 & 11

If the good ol’ hockey game is the best game you can name, then make sure you experience a weekend-long celebration of all things community, and all things hockey! The event takes place in downtown Canmore on Main Street (8th St) and at the Canmore Civic Centre.

There will be performances by On-the-Bench and by country music star, Paul Brandt. You can also take part in family-friendly activities like the Rogers Fan Hub, the Sportsnet Virtual Photo, a McDonald’s Ball Hockey Rink featuring local Minor Hockey teams, a Playmobil Kids Zone, the Scotiabank Community Locker Room, a Dodge Stow n’ Go Challenge, a Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria, and much more.

With community events like pancake breakfasts to fuel you up, you can be at your best for the live pre-game and NHL game broadcast between the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders, hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone.

You can also catch a glimpse of hockey greats, Ryan Smyth, Brendan Morrison, and Lanny McDonald

Parking in Canmore is limited, so ROAM Transit is offering free local transit service on February 10th and 11th. For information on the transit schedule, click here.

For more information on Rogers Hometown Hockey, click here.


5. Log Sawing Competition
Sunday, February 11

Grab your plaid-print flannel and make your way down to the Log Sawing Competition. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., watch feats of Canadian athleticism as competitors aim to be the faster sawyer.

All cheering should be done in Canadian (eh! eh! eh!)

Dan Brown, left, and Clayton Williams compete in the log sawing contest as Woodpecker European Timber Framing project manager Markus Temmen supervises at the Canmore Winter Carnival on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Photo by Pam Doyle












More information on the Canmore Winter Carnival can be found here.

Favourite Activities for Sports Fans

Photo: Bjorn Nielsen

Photo: Bjorn Nielsen

By Afton Aikens & Jack Newton

Watching a live hockey game makes for great après-ski. See the elite National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames demonstrate their speed and finesse. Hockey tours depart Banff and Canmore late afternoon. Or, take in a local Canmore Eagles game. “We have a very competitive team this year,” says John Ross of the club. New this year, toast this impressive Alberta Junior Hockey League team with a beer!

For the sports fan looking to watch in comfort, renovated Tony Roma’s Lounge in downtown Banff boasts two 75” HDTVs (and four other big screens) that show every NHL and NFL match. Game day food and drink specials (usually Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), a fireplace, leather seats and friendly bartenders contribute to the viewing experience.

Edmonton Hockey Guide: 10 Ways to Get the Ultimate Hockey Experience

Edmonton Hockey

Edmonton hockey guide: fans fill Rexall Place to cheer on The Edmonton Oilers during an NHL hockey game. Photo courtesy of the City of Edmonton.

All Canadians may love the game, but Edmonton hockey fans are some of the most enthusiastic in the country! Home to five-time Stanley Cup Championship winners, the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton is a fantastic, sports-savvy city to experience hockey excitement year-round. For an ear-shattering crowd experience, be sure to catch a live Edmonton hockey game — but even if you’re not visiting during the hockey season, Edmonton provides plenty of other ways to take in the sport. Here, we name some of our favourite experiences that will enrich any hockey-lover’s Edmonton stay.

See the list of 10 ways to get the ultimate Edmonton hockey experience »


Hot Dates in Halifax: January

Live Art Dance presents the Trilogy Project at the Dalhousie Arts Centre January 17-19

January 6: Saint Cecilia Concert Series Cellist Denise Djokic and the rest of the musically gifted Djokic family reunite for the annual Family Traditions concert.

January 12: Impersonator Thane Dunn marks the King’s birthday by bringing the Annual Elvis Birthday Tour to the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.

January 16:  Canada’s top junior hockey players, including Halifax Mooseheads star Nathan MacKinnon, showcase their talents for big-league scouts at the CHL Top Prospects Game at the Halifax Metro Centre.

January 17 to 19: Live Art Dance Productions presents The Trilogy Project at the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Featuring a solo by Susanne Chui and original scores by Christine Fellows-Dodson, this is a rich and varied contemporary dance show by Lesandra Dodson.

Continuing: One of Halifax’s top contemporary galleries for 20 years, Studio 21 recently moved to a new home on Hollis Street, about a two-minute walk from the Via Rail station.

Halifax Hot Dates in December

En Vogue Performs

En Vogue Performs December 28th at Casino Nova Scotia

December 2: Nova Scotian rockers The Trews are back in the Maritimes with their hard-drivin’ sound, for what’s sure to be a raucous show at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

December 14 to 22: Back for its 59th year, the Student, Staff, Faculty and Alumni Exhibition at the Dalhousie Art Gallery features works by members of the Dalhousie University community.

December 14: Comedian Greg Morton headlines the Halifax Comedy Fest’s Christmas-themed show HA! HA! HALIDAY at Casino Nova Scotia

December 14, 29: The city’s hometown hockey heroes, the Halifax Mooseheads, are a major-junior team featuring many up-and-coming stars, competing in the same league where superstar Sidney Crosby got his start. The Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street hosts games throughout the season. On December 14, the Mooseheads take on Acadie-Bathurst in their final game before the holiday break, returning on December 29 to play cross-province rivals Cape Breton.

December 28: Acclaimed R&B act En Vogue  has won more MTV Video Music Awards than any other female group. They perform at Casino Nova Scotia.

October Hot Dates in Halifax

Spanish Flamenco star David Romero makes his first visit to Halifax for the Fall for Flamenco Festival. Photo: Soda Plaza

October 4 to 8: With a midway, petting zoo, live entertainment, animal displays and much more, the Maritime Fall Fair at Exhibition Park on Prospect Road is a rite of autumn for Halifax families.

October 8: Cape Breton fiddle legend Natalie MacMaster returns to Halifax, with a Celtic-tinged concert at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

October 13: From 6pm to midnight, the streets of downtown Halifax are abuzz with excitement, energy and art aplenty. Nocturne is a free fall festival featuring art exhibitions and performances in public spaces throughout the city. Visit their website to plan an itinerary.

October 11 to 19: Even with autumn’s chill in the air, the Fall for Flamenco festival offers a fiery blast of music and dance. Venues around the city host workshops and performances, showcasing locals and visiting talent. And organizers have saved the best for last: on October 19, Spanish flamenco star David Romero makes his first visit to Halifax, joined by guitarist Flavio Rodrigues and vocalist Pedro Obregón.

October 28: The city’s major-junior hockey heroes the Halifax Mooseheads take on their Maritime rivals P.E.I. at the Metro Centre.


Editor’s Choice –

October 16 to 20: The Halifax Pop Explosion is the East Coast’s biggest annual celebration of indie/alternative music. This year, the lineup includes Dan Mangan, Al Tuck, Wintersleep and many more.

September Hot Dates in Halifax

Stars Perform at Summersonic

Stars Perform at Summersonic

September 7 to 9: For three days, the Garrison Grounds at Halifax Citadel will be the must-visit location for serious music fans. Summersonic celebrates indie, alternative and slightly-off-the-mainstream music.This year’slineup includes Stars, Bahamas, Old Man Ludecke, Matt Anderson, K’naan and many others.

September 8: Performing at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street, the Irish super group Celtic Thunder mixes old favourites and modern hits. (more…)

Long Weekend Roundup August 31 – September 3

Calgary’s annual BBQ On The Bow is this Sunday. Photo: John Rajic.

Friday, August 31  After a stellar opening last weekend, the international Hidden Gems Film Festival continues this weekend at the Cardel Theatre with three film screenings. On Friday at 7 pm, the award-winning Bengali film Ranjana, Ami Aar Asbo Na tells the story of an unconventional relationship between an arrogant, aging celebrity singer and an aspiring small-town songstress. On Saturday, Graamam tells the story of a widow challenging the patriarchal system in India in the mid 1900s, and in the Bangladeshi MeherJaan, a girl who fell in love with an enemy soldier reunites with her daughter almost four decades later. Tickets $12 per film, call 403-457-3036 for more information.

Friday also marks the grand opening of Canada’s second Free People clothing boutique at Chinook Centre. The American label is known for it’s bohemian California-chic apparel and accessories. (more…)

Canada’s Top 5 Hockey Shrines


Maple Leaf Gardens (Photo: Michael Clesle)

Hockey playoffs begin this week and what better way to add to your fan cred and keep your fervour going in the post-season than with a visit to one of the hockey shrines of Canada? (more…)

Hot Dates: The NHL All-Star Game Comes to Ottawa

Scotiabank Place. Photo credit: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images.

After months of waiting, the stars are finally coming to town…the NHL All-Stars, that is! Just in time to celebrate the Ottawa Senators‘ 20th season, Scotiabank Place will be the battleground for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29, which sees some of the best players in the league face off (and our Captain, Daniel Alfredsson, lead one of the teams). But the game itself is not the only event taking place. On Jan. 28, check out the NHL Skills Competition, and from Jan. 26 to 28 the NHL Fan Fair will offer interactive games and attractions, plus special appearances, entertainment, and more. It will definitely be a weekend to celebrate Ottawa, hockey, and the National Hockey League.

Here’s to the Boys in Blue

After close to 20 years without a Western Hockey League team, Victorians were thrilled to welcome the WHL’s Victoria Royals to town this fall.

Since opening in September to a sold-out crowd at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, the players – talented 16 to 20-year-olds striving to make it to The Show – have offered thrilling, fast-paced hockey action for both home fans and visitors alike.

Led by NHL and national team veteran Marc Habscheid as coach and GM, the boys in blue have come off the bench flying on their inaugural season. As members of the WHL, visiting teams this winter will include some of North America’s best such as the Vancouver Giants, the Calgary Hitmen and the Portland Winterhawks. All are vying not only for their league championship, but also a place on the national stage, as the West’s representative at the prestigious Memorial Cup. And, with single-game tickets starting at just $12, there’s no better deal for hockey fans!

For ticket information, visit the Select Your Tickets box office at the arena, call 250-220-7889 or find your perfect seat online at www.selectyourtickets.com

Take 5

Wildlife photos at the Royal BC Museum

Head Indoors for these Winter Escapes.

Victoria is indeed a beautiful city no matter what the season, but during the winter, it’s inevitable we’ll have at least a few days that aren’t ideal for outdoor activities. Luckily there’s plenty of indoor options to both inspire and entertain! Here are five of our favourites…

1. Make it the museum. Victoria is blessed with several fine museums that make it easy to while away an hour, an afternoon or a day! Overlooking the harbour is the Royal BC Museum, with its natural history, First Nations and settlement displays. This winter, meet animals around the world with the visiting exhibit Wildlife Photographer of the Year, from London’s Natural History Museum. Around the harbour, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia explores all things nautical, from pirates to the BC Ferries and everything in between!

2. Take in a movie – IMAX style! Also at the Royal BC Museum is the six-storey tall screen of the IMAX Theatre, showing both the ever-popular IMAX films as well as Hollywood movies given a whole new look with the theatre’s state-of-the art technology.

3. Enjoy a little family fun. No matter what your age, who can resist an entertaining stroll through history and literature at Miniature World or the fascinating world of insects and arachnids presented at the Bug Zoo, both within a few minutes’ walk of the Inner Harbour.

4. Chill out at the rink. Victoria boasts two great choices for hockey, the WHL’s Victoria Royals and the BC Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies. The Royals heat up the ice at  downtown’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, while the Grizzlies entertain fans at the Bear Mountain Arena in Colwood.

5. Get inspired in the garden. The world famous Butchart Gardens is a joy any time of year. In addition to the outdoor gardens, the New Year also brings two indoor features, Spring Prelude and the annual historical exhibit. Take a tropical vacation without ever leaving Vancouver Island with a visit to the beautiful Victoria Butterfly Gardens, also on the Saanich Peninsula. With colourful birds, butterflies, fish and flowers, it’s impossible to visit and not be inspired.