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Banff’s Best Buys

Sep. 19, 2016
By Where writers

Treat yourself to stylish souvenirs or get ready for a day on the trails, with these best buys in Banff National Park.

Banff shopping, Banff gifts

Image by Helly Hanson

Fall Style

Want a practical and stylish outfit? Helly Hansen’s Latitude 92 sneakers are on-trend and durable for walking or biking. Billabong’s (at Cascade Shops) light, ruffled dresses pair with loose-fit sweaters for cool nights. Whimsical jewellery from Cabin 108 (108 Banff Ave) finishes the look. (more…)

5 Tips for a Great Winter Day in Lake Louise

March 3, 2016
By Afton Aikens & Olivia Grecu

Travel Alberta / Gerard Yunker

Travel Alberta / Gerard Yunker

You don’t have to stay at the Fairmont to play at the Fairmont. Have a great day at the Chateau Lake Louise:

1. Start with the breakfast buffet at Poppy Brasserie, while you admire the morning light on the mountains through big windows.

2. Next, rent skates and glide into the ice castle with Victoria Glacier as your backdrop.


September Hot Shopping


By Suzanne Rent

Outdoors is in

Hit the great outdoors this fall in style with attire from Patagonia on Lower Water Street. Besides jackets, shoes, and shirts and pants for men and women, there is also gear for fly-fishing, diving, and camping. Get the kids suited up in their own right-sized gear, too.


  • Tea drinkers will love the assortment of loose tea at World Tea House at its two locations, on Argyle Street and in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. All of its teas are fair trade, organic, and sold in biodegradable and recyclable materials. In stock are fresh teas such as black, green, herbals, white oolong, and rooibos. Teaware such as tea makers, tea presses, and tea infusers will help complete your collection.
  • Sawadee Tea House on Granville Street carries more than 375 premium teas from around the world. Owner Mie Mie Sein uses her vast knowledge of tea to create special blends for clients looking for tea for medicinal purposes. Sawadee’s loose teas are of high quality and fair trade. Many of the teas here come from Mie Mie’s own farm in the Annapolis Valley.


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If you love the mystical side of life, visit Into the Mystic on Cole Harbour Road in Dartmouth. Shop for gemstones, jewellery, herbal teas, pendulums, and tarot cards. If you can’t find what you want in store, the staff will help you order it in. After you shop, stay for a cup of tea and psychic reading, infrared treatment, aura scan, astrology, or numerology report.


Shop ’til you drop

Located in the heart of Bedford, Bedford Place Mall on the Bedford Highway is a community centre with more than 60 shops and services. A mix of anchor stores includes fashion retailers such as Suzy Shier and Tan Jay. Newly renovated with a fresh look and spacious food court area.

Just off the major highways connecting Dartmouth and Burnside, Dartmouth Crossing is an accessible one-stop-shopping destination for everyone in the family. In the centre are the Village Shops, a unique mix of boutiques, restaurants, and complete with a playground and amphitheatre, this space has a main street feel with plenty of parking.

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A mainstay of designer fashion in Halifax, Foreign Affair on Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road, has the hottest fall fashions for women. Find all the latest brands, including Paige Denim, Mackage, Rebecca Taylor, and Vince.

Samuel & Co. in Park Lane, Halifax Shopping Centre, and Mic Mac Mall, has the best in casual, career, weekend, and evening styles for women. Brands include Silver Jeans, Mexx, Tribal, Frank Lyman, The North Face, and Helly Hansen.Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 1.09.28 PM

Hot Dining: Now Open: Parlour Coffee

Inside Parlour Coffee, no ordinary cup of joe will do. The new Exchange District coffee house serves 49th Parallel and Phil & Sebastian beans, which are roasted and shipped in weekly from Vancouver and Calgary. Beans are ground to each coffee order. Coffee connoisseurs will also delight in specialty brewing methods. Take a seat at the sidewalk-facing bar, with a view of Main Street. While coffee is definitely the star of the show, tea and pastries are also sold. 468 Main St, parlourcoffee.ca.

Hot Date: Tea and Chocolate Outing

Tea and Chocolate Pairings take place throughout the fall.

Thursday, Sept. 29. If wine and food pairings aren’t your cup of tea, then how about a tea and chocolate pairing? Spend an evening learning about the drink that is both traditional and trendy with Kimiko Uriu, one of the top 50 accredited tea specialists in the world. (She’s also the founder of the business Kimicha Tea, which is the force behind the city’s first annual Ottawa Tea Festival, taking place on Nov. 5 and 6). For this event, Uriu joins forces with Colette West from Maison Chaloin, a chocolaterie in Gatineau that’s popular with local foodies. The event offers three teas alongside complementary treats, which include the mouthwatering flavours fleur de sel, white chocolate, and milk chocolate. Can’t make it out this Thursday night? No problem! The tea and chocolate pairing event will be offered throughout the fall, see schedule for details.

Hot Shopping: Osborne Village

It’s one of Winnipeg’s oldest ‘hoods, yet Osborne Village, with its one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and specialty stores, is alive with new business. Check out these newcomers and old favourites along the three-block strip.

At Out of the Blue (pictured), vintage-inspired dresses in floral prints live alongside porkpie hats and girly costume jewellery. Down the street, pick up a pashmina and a purse at Mode, a one-stop accessory shop. Across the way at Luxe and Charm, chic cocktail and club wear from L.A. satisfies any woman’s nightlife needs. Rhinestones, peek-a-boo cut-outs and hip-hugging frocks are all priced at $135 or less. Fill your closet with on-trend mini-dresses, hair rosettes and feather earrings at Dream Closet. Then stock up on a wide selection of loose tea and coffee beans, along with pots and grinders, inside The Canister, a coffee and tea lover’s oasis.

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Beautiful bloom ring from Osborne Village's Out of the Blue

Hot Shopping: A Touch of Tea

The growing popularity of tea has spawned a proliferation of specialty shops carrying loose-leaf varieties and such accoutrements as infusers and steepers. Whether it’s a cup for one or a pot for a party, put the kettle on for some black, green, oolong, chai or rooibos.

Clockwise from top left: Perfect Tea Mug, $19.50, David’s Tea; Lenox Chirp teapot, $234.50, William Ashley China; Harney & Sons tin of tea sachets, $9.99, Indigo; glass teapot, $25, Teaopia; Japanese origami tea caddy, $14.95, Tealish.