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Old Fashioned

5 places to get an Old Fashioned in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL

The Old Fashioned cocktail is a classic typically made with spirits, bitters, water and sugar. You can’t go wrong with this classic and it’s quite popular amongst Calgary’s happy hour hoppers. Here are five places that do them particularly well.

Barcelona Tavern 

Smoke in a glass at Barcelona Tavern/Photo by Silvia Pikal.

The drink here is made with Bulleit Bourbon and the glass is cedar smoked by the bartenders. Drop by on a Friday after work and you’ll smell it in the air. (more…)

Old-Fashioned Mountain Activities: Part 4

By Afton Aikens

The final part of this four-week post series will introduce you to cross-country skiing, brought to Canada at the turn of the 20th century by Scandinavian immigrants. At first, skeptical locals thought snowshoeing to be a more practical means of winter transportation. But with the advent of ski lodges, things began to change.

Photo: Travel Alberta

Photo: Travel Alberta

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Old-Fashioned Mountain Activities: Part 3

By Afton Aikens

The third part of this four-week post series will introduce you to the horse-drawn carriage ride—the perfect addition to a winter getaway.

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

Magical Sleigh Rides

Historically, sleighs offered a practical (and preferred) way for ordinary people to get around after the snow fell. But today, it’s all about the magic of snuggling in a sleigh and listening to the rhythm of the horses’ hooves as snowflakes scatter the sky.

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Old-Fashioned Mountain Activities: Part 2

By Afton Aikens

The second part of this four-week post series will introduce you to snowshoeing, a fun, low-impact and low-cost old-fashioned winter activity. Snowshoeing requires little planning, simple gear and no experience. Luckily, here in the Rockies there’s no shortage of powder to sink those snowshoes into! Join a local operator on a guided tour, or rent snowshoes and be your own guide.

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Photo: Banff Lake Louise Tourism

An Authentic Sense of Winter

“Snowshoeing is the fastest growing sport in North America,” says Mark Zanetti, sales manager at Discover Banff Tours. “People from all walks of life try it out and to their surprise find it not difficult at all. We tell guests that if you can walk, you can snowshoe!”

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Old-Fashioned Mountain Activities: Part 1

By Afton Aikens & Lisa Stephens

Marvel at snow-capped peaks from the cozy comfort of a horse-drawn carriage, hot chocolate in hand. Or strap on snowshoes and venture deep into a valley glistening in winter glory. However you prefer to play, ’tis the season to explore Canada’s Rockies in all their snowy splendour.

This four-week post series will introduce you to dog sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh riding and cross-country skiing. Once essential modes of winter travel, these activities now entice people looking for good old-fashioned mountain fun in the great outdoors.

Photo: Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding

Photo: Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding

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Hot Attraction: Step Back in Time at Upper Canada Village

Feel like you've stepped back in time at Upper Canada Village.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Upper Canada Village. Costumed interpreters look like they’ve just arrived from the 19th century and there are more than 25 historical buildings to see. You can watch the local blacksmith make horseshoes and tools, explore the local tavern, and visit the Gazette Printing Office, a functioning example of a printing press from the 1860s. Be sure to check out special weekend events such as a heritage carnival (Aug. 6 and 7), an antique car show (Aug. 14), and a food lovers’ weekend with period meals (Aug. 13 and 14).