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spring

Local Colour

By Joelle Kidd
Photos by Ian McCausland

Move over minimalism: Winnipeg retailers are ushering in spring with bold and bright hues.

Speedy In Pink

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Little speed demons will be off in a flash on a mini racecar from local fashion and gift shop, Moulé. $250. 443 Academy Rd, 204‑488‑1891, moulestores.com

Dreamy Decor

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With glassware, art pieces, and garden accessories straight from Mexico, stepping into La Bodega Imports offers the festive takeaways of a sun-drenched vacation. Keep the party going with confetti glass margarita, rocks, and wine glasses. $14.95 each. 955 PortageAve, 204-772-4331, labodegaimports.com

Colourful Kitchen

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Scoop N’ Weigh has items for the discerning gourmand alongside quality bulk specialty food. These bright kitchen torches make caramelizing cute. $29.99. 1770 Taylor Ave, 204‑489‑1031, scoopnweigh.com

Culture Cred

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Find Indigenous art and craft pieces at Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique. Make a style statement with reading glasses sporting chic designs by First Nations artist Corrine Hunt. $39.95. The Forks Market, 204‑946‑0539, teekcasboutique.ca

Sock It To Me

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While stocking up for outdoor fun at Royal Sports, pick out a pair of silly socks to show off your quirky side. Burton, sizes s/m and m/l, $27.96-$29.95. 750 Pembina Hwy, 204-453-7437, facebook

Plugged In

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Exchange District shop UN Luggage is the place to go for travel solutions, like smart, stackable 4-in-1 travel adapters that prepare jet setters for any situation. $32. 175 McDermot Ave, 204‑943‑1068, unluggage.com

Bright Blooms

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Start the growing season at Shelmerdine, which boasts an expansive greenhouse and retail space with products for green thumbs. Kneelo pads with memory foam technology give gung-ho gardeners a comfy place to plant. $44.99. 7800 Roblin Blvd, 204-895-7203, shelmerdine.com

Red Is Best

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Sweet shop for nature lovers, the Preferred Perch, adds some nutty fun to the kitchen with this bright red squirrel nutcracker. $21.99. 1604 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑257‑3724, thepreferredperch.ca

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Hot Shopping: A Colourful Birdhouse from Urban Barn

Globe birdhouse from Urban Barn

It’s spring, so welcome our feathered friends back to town in style with these fun and funky gem-toned Globe Bird Houses from Urban Barn. With eye-catching hues and a modern shape, these round abodes add a touch of whimsy to any nature lover’s backyard. Available in purple, yellow, and teal. $10. 22 York St. (Unit B), 613-860-6020.

10 Best Places in Canada to Stop and Smell the Flowers this Spring

By CARISSA BLUESTONE

Tulips of the Valley Festival, Seabird Island, BC (Photo: Dru!)

The winter jackets may not be in storage yet, but April brings a few harbingers of spring in most of Canada, in the form of daffodils, tulips, flowering trees and those first hardy wildflowers. (more…)

Canada’s 10 Coldest, Snowiest Cities in Spring

By SHANNON KELLY

Iqaluit, Nunavut: still thawing in August (Photo: Matthew MacLeod)

March 20 may have been the first day of spring, but in much of Canada, winter weather continues and will through April—or even into May. For skiiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers, long winters are one of the joys of living in the Great White North. We found some surprises among Canada’s cities with the snowiest springs. (more…)

Where in Toronto: Springin’ Forward

Spend a sunny spring day exploring the Evergreen Brick Works (photo by Craig Moy)

This week, seemingly just as I had become comfortable using it, I left the sheltered PATH system in favour of my original ground-level route between Union Station and Where‘s offices on Queen Street. I traded my Ugg boots for flats, switched my winter coat for a light spring jacket and strutted up Yonge Street. With the sun in my face and the snow gone (or rather, averted), it seemed as though hibernation season had ended. Thermometers have already donned double-digit temperatures, after all—the sort of warmth we don’t typically feel until April; It’s only mid-March, but the timing is perfect to get a head start on spring.

What’s the first thing to do under these conditions?
Get out. Out of the house, the office, wherever. Just
get outside. We don’t get much time to spend outdoors, comfortably at least, so it’s best to take advantage of the few months we do get. And Toronto has a plethora of ways that city dwellers can enjoy
the pleasant weather. (more…)

The Best of Ontario Spring Festivals and Events

By MEGHAN WILSON-SMITH

Canadian Tulip Festival (Photo: John Talbot)

As the weather warms in March and April in Ontario, there is a bit more spring in our steps, a renewed bustle on sidewalks and park trails and a general loosening of the scarves.

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30 Things We Love About Toronto This May

2. The Ballroom

1 Heralding the arrival of sakura hanami—when more than 2,000 cherry blossom trees in High Park come to bloom.

2 Making a strike at glam bowling alley The Ballroom—this isn’t grandpa’s 10-pin game.

3 The vast specs selection at Josephson Opticians.

4 A quaint stroll along the cobblestone streets of the Distillery Historic District.

5 The dramatic and stunning “ribbon” of wood beams running across the ceiling of Koerner Hall. (more…)

Spring into Spring!

Spring comes early in Victoria, bringing with it plenty of blossoms, blooms and other treats for the senses.

A blossoming city…
Arguably Victoria’s prettiest season, spring turns Victoria’s streets and boulevards into quite the blossoming affair, thanks to hundreds of spring-flowering trees.
Enjoy a stroll through the city’s historic streets, feed the ducks at Beacon Hill Park, or venture into the picturesque neighbouring communities of Fairfield and James Bay. Walkers from all over North America will enjoy the scenery April 15 to 17 when local Volkssport clubs host the Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival. (more…)