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10 Best Great Lakes Beaches

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Great Lakes Beaches: Agawa Bay on Lake Superior (Photo: eskimo_jo)

Central Canada’s Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, and their combined coastlines add up to nearly 18,000 km—more than 40 per cent of the circumference of the Earth. That’s a lot of Great Lakes—and, consequently, a lot of Great Lakes beaches for landlocked folks to enjoy this spring and summer. See our list of the 10 best, must-visit Great Lakes beaches, and unpack those flip-flops!

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Avalon

So long, sweet summer. Our cocktail feature from proof brands has come to an end, but you still have one opportunity to win their ultimate summer prize pack. Enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
2 oz (60 ml) proof rum
4 oz (120 ml) apple cider
1 oz (30 ml) maple syrup
1 oz (30 ml) fresh lemon juice

Directions
In an ice-filled shaker, add proof rum, apple cider, maple syrup and lemon juice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and garnish with apple slices.

Pitcher size: To a pitcher add 8 oz (240 ml) proof rum, 16 oz (475 ml) apple cider, 4 oz (120 ml) maple syrup and 4 oz (120 ml) lemon juice. Stir well to mix and pour into ice filled glasses. Makes 4 drinks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Urban


Check back every other Wednesday this summer for a new cocktail recipe and enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
1½ oz proof whisky
4 oz Ceres pear juice
¼ oz fresh lemon juice

Directions
Pour proof whisky, Ceres pear juice and lemon juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a glass filled with ice.

Pitcher size: To a pitcher add 9 oz proof whisky, ¾ litre Ceres pear juice and 2½ oz lemon juice. Stir well to mix and pour into ice filled glasses. Makes 6 drinks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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Hot Dining: 3 Hip New Calgary Patios

Calgarians love their patios, and during this summer in particular, with its especially lovely hot weather, who can blame them? Three new spots in Calgary’s bustling dining scene have hip, secluded patios where you can sip refreshing brews and enjoy the city’s famously late summers.

Kensington’s Oak Tree’s patio has a prime view of the downtown skyline. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

OAK TREE TAVERN 124 10 St NW, 2nd floor

This cozy wooden patio in Kensington is on the second level above The Source and has a fantastic view of downtown Calgary. Though tucked away, the Oak Tree’s patio still feels very much a part of the busy neighbourhood, and its proximity to downtown and the Sunnyside LRT station make it a great stop for the after-work crowd. At night, when its patio lights are switched on, the space has the vibe of an urban rooftop party. Local Village Brewery beers are available on tap, and the menu includes house-made burgers and savoury sharing items like nachos and curry fries. (more…)

Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Seared Caesar

Check back every other Wednesday this summer for a new cocktail recipe and enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
1½ oz proof whisky
2 tsp Bull’s-Eye BBQ sauce
¼ oz fresh lime juice
4 oz Mott’s Original Clamato juice
1 beef pepperette
celery salt

Directions
Rim a tall glass with fresh lime and celery salt. Fill the glass with ice and add proof whisky, barbecue sauce, fresh lime juice and Mott’s Original Clamato juice. Stir to mix. Garnish with a beef pepperette.

Pitcher size: To a pitcher, add 1½ cups proof whisky, 2 tbsp barbecue sauce, ¼ cup lime juice and 4 cups Mott’s Original Clamato juice. Stir to mix. Makes 6–8 drinks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: Watermelon Punch

Check back every other Wednesday this summer for a new cocktail recipe and enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
lots of mint
4 oz proof rum
4 oz fresh lime juice (3-4 limes)
4 oz watermelon juice*
2 oz simple syrup**
8 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes of watermelon, frozen

Directions
Place a mint sprig in each of your 4 glasses and muddle by crushing the mint against the side of the glass with a wooden spoon. Stir together proof rum, lime juice, watermelon juice and simple syrup in a large pitcher, then add watermelon cubes and remaining mint sprigs. Pour rum mixture into glasses. Serve immediately.

*To prepare watermelon juice, process peeled watermelon in a blender and strain.

**To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and boiling water. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into a jar or bottle with a lid, let cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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Discover the Calgary Folk Music Festival

The crowd at The Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo: Lynne Hawrelko.

One of Calgary’s most beloved summer events, The Calgary Folk Music Festival, runs Thursday through Sunday at Prince’s Island Park. Music fans and families flock to the city’s large urban park to enjoy the warm weather, take in music and comedy performances on seven stages, sip suds in the beer garden and savour the tastes of numerous food kiosks. The festival’s Johanna Schwartz gives Where Calgary the inside scoop on what 2012 festival attendees absolutely must see.

Twilight Stage programming
On Friday and Saturday night our Local 501 Stage 4 becomes the Twilight Stage, where the vibe is an up close and personal dance party. On Friday it’s funk night with Blitz the Ambassador, Shad and Melvin Gibbs Elevated Entity. On Saturday (more…)

Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Blue Heron

Check back every other Wednesday this summer for a new cocktail recipe and enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
4 basil leaves
2 tsp cane sugar
1 oz  sparkling water
3 tbsp frozen blueberries
1 oz fresh lime juice
1½ oz proof rum
1 basil branch
2 wild blueberries and small skewer for garnish

Directions
Combine basil leaves and cane sugar into an old-fashioned glass and add sparkling water. Mix ingredients lightly with pestle. Add frozen blueberries, crush and mix for a second time. Fill the glass two-thirds full with crushed ice. Add lime juice and proof rum and stir well. Thread wild blueberries onto skewer. Garnish glass with wild blueberry skewer and basil branch. Makes 1 cocktail.

Pitcher size: To a pitcher, add ½ cup basil leaves, ⅓ cup cane sugar and 6 oz sparkling water. Muddle with the back of a wooden spoon. Add 1½ cups frozen blueberries and muddle again. Finally add 6 oz lime juice and 9 oz proof rum, stir well to mix. Pour into glasses filled with crushed ice. Makes 6 drinks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Black Fly

Check back every other Wednesday this summer for a new cocktail recipe and enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
2 oz proof whisky
2 oz  Chambord black raspberry liqueur
½ oz simple syrup*
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Garnish with blackberries

Directions
Pour proof whisky, Chambord, 2 tsp simple syrup, and lemon juice into an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into a tumbler glass filled with cubed ice. Garnish with blackberries. To make a tall drink, top with 2 oz soda water.

Pitcher size: To a pitcher, add 8 oz proof whisky, 8 oz Chambord, 2 oz simple syrup and 4 oz lemon juice. Stir well to mix and pour into ice filled glasses. Makes 4 drinks.

*To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and boiling water. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into a jar or bottle with a lid, let cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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How to Stay Safe for Hot Weather Travel

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Paulo Otávio

The heat wave that has swept much of North America in the past few weeks is having some serious consequences for travellers. (more…)

Get Golfing!

By Lindsay Shapka

Victoria Golf Course – Image courtesy The City of Edmonton

Golfing season is in full swing and the Edmonton area courses are in fabulous shape!

With almost 90 courses in and around the city to choose from, there’s no reason why golfers won’t be seeing green all summer long.

If you are looking for something new, three courses will debut this season. The Quarry, located along the river in the northeast of the city, will be the longest course in Canada reaching 7,600 yards from tip-to-tip, and (as the name suggests) is built on an old gravel pit. Coal Creek, located near Tofield, is built above an old coal mine, and Trestle Creek, located 45 minutes west of the city, will be part of a year-round family recreation facility.

For a complete listing of course names, locations, and hours click here.

Canada’s Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2012

Each year, the editors of Canada’s Where magazines release their top picks for summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones.

From adrenaline-pumping roller-coaster rides to rich explorations in science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the best new attractions for 2012 »