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Top 5 Shops For Natural Necessities

   Soothing botanical ingredients and eco-friendly pampering products head the list of natural necessities for everybody and mind.

   Hand it to the Blacksmith Parlour (pictured) to provide the modern man’s answer to great grooming. The company’s signature all-natural whiskey pine aloe scrub, manicure and warm towel wrap are part of the popular Woodsmen’s Hand Treatment. 289 Garry St, 204-977-8267, blacksmithparlour.com
   Those who love to nourish skin with pure mineral products will covet the Jane Iredale pure makeup line available at
The Magic Room luxury day spa. 264 Edmonton St, 204-943-6702, magicroomspa.com
   St. Boniface’s
Di Erbe Inc. creates premium handmade vegan soaps and certified organic skincare products, ideal for those with sensitive skin. 111 Marion St, 204-415-7888, dierbe.ca,
   Sink into the soft spa-like comfort with the help of Talesma’s Turkish bathrobes available at
Humboldt’s Legacy. Made with finest quality organic cotton and bamboo, it’s loomed for luxuriant softness and absorbency. 167 Lilac St, 204-772-1404, humboldtslegacy.com
     A spritz of Aveda’s Chakra Balancing Body Mist is the perfect travelling companion. Pure plant essences will balance mood and revitalize the spirit with seven soothing scents. Available at Aveda Institute. 80 Rorie St, 204-452-7380, avedainstitute.ca

Top 5 ways to dine in nature

Get a dose of the wild or a picturesque view of outdoor scenery at these spots that blend sit down dining with outdoor fun.

Courtesy of Tundra Grill

Courtesy of Tundra Grill

The patio at Prairie’s Edge overlooks a serene pond surrounded by the greenery of Kildonan Park. Start the evening with crispy fried beet fritters before taking in a show at outdoor theatre Rainbow Stage. 2015 Main St, 204‑284‑7275

Hearty breakfast and lunch options make Buffalo Stone Cafe inside FortWhyte Alive nature preserve a go-to pick for a sweet nature setting inside city limits. The signature bison burger and a breeze off the shimmering lake are a perfect pair. 1961 McCreary Rd, 204‑989‑8355

Tundra Grill (pictured), inside the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit, boasts a 9 by 150 foot wall of windows looking out onto a polar bear habitat. Snack on kid-friendly foods like hamburgers and pizza while observing the animals roam and play. 2595 Roblin Blvd, 204‑927‑8060, Map 2: D-2

The elegant country cottage setting at Pineridge Hollow is the perfect backdrop to scratch-made fare that highlights prairie products. After sampling wild mushroom-stuffed perogies, wander the on-site garden and hand feed the goats outside. 67086 Heatherdale Rd 25E, Oakbank, MB

A century old country estate is the setting for fine dining at The Gates on Roblin. Seats in the Atrium deliver breathtaking views with your tender duck confit. Take a stroll around the grounds and visit horses grazing in the paddock. 6945 Roblin Blvd, 204‑224‑2837