With wedding season soon in full force, the last fling before the ring is the party on every bride tribe’s mind. When it comes to the ultimate bachelorette bash, what could be better than indulging in one last all-out, wild excursion with your core group of gals? Contrary to popular belief, jetting off to Vegas is not the way to toast the bride-to-be. If you simply don’t have the time or the budget to escape to Sin City, you can always have a legendary bachelorette closer to home. After all, Canada’s biggest cities can be the setting for a stereotypical blowout bachelorette, whether the blushing bride has cocktails, dancing, dinner or a luxury spa treatment on her mind. From Montreal’s thriving lively downtown core to Toronto’s energetic city streets and upscale nightlife, there is endless opportunity for pre-wedding excitement in your home and native land. We’ve rounded up a few homegrown bachelorette party ideas that are sure to please any Canadian girl set to tie the knot this season.
While “shedding before the wedding” may simply be just a fad (not be mention a particularly catchy hashtag!), there’s no better way to unleash your inner goddess than to partake in an exotic fitness class. In the centre of Old Montreal, just a few steps from Place d’Armes, Milan Pole Dance Studio claims to offer intense and vibrant dance workouts for the classy yet sassy gal. Visitors can take a 60-minute pole dancing class or book a private event with the bridal party, where you get a one-on-one lesson and a performance from your instructor, plus a memorable photo-op of the squad in action. After working up a sweat, your girl gang can head down to La Champagnerie to pop some bubbly. The first and only champagne bar in Montreal, La Champagnerie’s art nouveau décor is said to bring together modernism and history in a glass. In addition to their bubbles, they also feature a wide selection of cocktails paired with the chef’s French inspired cuisine and a DJ in house.
Nothing quite speaks the language of womanhood like the magic of lipstick. Take the posse to a custom lipstick class with Bite Beauty to find the perfect shade for the wedding day. As their most personalized offering, participants can choose from nearly 200 pigments as well as select their fave finish and scent. Rest-assured ladies, no one will be sporting the exact same colour as team bride on the big day! After a day full of glam, share some laughs with the bride as she lets loose at a female-centric comedy show in the city. Squad Goals takes place the third Saturday of every month at Bad Dog Theatre, and features Toronto’s leading female improvisers in one big show. While they may not be your O.G. crew, this squad represents a powerhouse of women and is the perfect addition to your existing girl squad.
Vancouver, British Columbia
If the bride needs a break from the stress of planning her big day, stop at Scandinave Spa Whistler and take a peaceful moment to experience traditional Scandinavian baths in what is described as an out-of-this-world environment, with both indoor and outdoor facilities. After a quick escape into the heart of nature for some much-needed revitalization, head back into the bustling city for a sophisticated night on the town. Downtown Vancouver’s Granville Street is known as the party hub of the west coast. While fairly sleepy by day, this neon-filled entertainment strip is buzzing at night, as the street comes to life after dark. Stretching roughly from Nelson Street to Robson Street, this area is packed with bars and nightclubs, including The Roxy, which makes the area an ideal destination for club hopping from one dance floor to the next.
Budget Travel Destinations For 2019
2019 is in full swing and many of us are looking forward to new travel experiences. For those on a budget however, it can be particularly tricky to balance both a great travel experience and the pocketbook. That’s why news relating to budget travel is always of interest.
Forbes recently compiled their list of best budget travel destinations and its definitely worth a look. We’ve noted some of our favourites below. For the full list, check out Forbes.com.
- San Antonio, Texas, the United States of America
- Province of Laguna, the Philippines
- The Balkan Peninsula
- Transylvania, Romania
5 Festive Things To Do in Calgary
There’s no shortage of fun and festive events in Calgary, Alberta. If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit, check out our picks for five holiday-inspired things to do in Calgary this season.
1. Once Upon A Christmas At Heritage Park: Rejoice in the sights and sounds of the season at Heritage Park. Open until December 24, this annual tradition offers up an abundance of spirited activities including festive wagon rides, visits with Santa, snowshoe races, children’s crafts, cookie decorating and more.
2. Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo: Running until January 5, 2019, Zoolights is an annual tradition for many Calgarians. Now in its 21st year, Zoolights is all about the magic and celebration of light. The event features two million holiday lights and offers up many fun activities including a variety of activity zones, musical entertainment, and more.
3. Skating at Olympic Plaza: Strap on your skates and enjoy a day of fun at this downtown rink.
4. Lions Festival of Lights: Running until January 8, 2019 the Festival of Lights is the largest free drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of over 450,000 bulbs on 16,000 strings along 14th St NW.
5. Christmas in Kensington: Every Saturday in December is filled with complimentary holiday programming in Kensington. There will be horse and wagon rides, holiday movies by donation at The Plaza Theatre, Santa roaming the streets, a petting zoo, hot chocolate and more.
Rainy Day Activities In Vancouver
Vancouver, one of Canada’s prettiest cities, is also known to have some of the dreariest weather. Avoid the seasonal affective disorder by keeping your spirits and energy levels high and check out our list of indoor activities. From cooking classes to yoga to go-karting, we have an activity for every age group and personality. Don’t wait for the rain to stop to have fun, throw on a pair of wellies and venture out to one of these awesome places.
Embrace your inner racer at SPEEDERS Indoor ProKarts, located at 13471 Crestwood Place. Spend the day zipping around the track on an electric go-kart with your friends and playing some of the other games that the facility has to offer. On a busier day, you can sign up beforehand online for only $15 a person or just drop in for a last minute race.
2. Learn to Cook
At the Dirty Apron, at 540 Beatty St. you and your friends can book one of the many cooking classes offered on every day of the week. Demo and Dine classes start at 2.5 hours and cost $95 a person. The price might seem steep, but you’ll receive a gourmet meal and chef-grade tips and tricks all while spending a relaxing rainy day learning something new.
3. Get Some Exercise
At The Hive, located at 520 Industrial Ave, you can learn to climb on beginner walls or challenge yourself with some of their more advanced courses. The great thing about this activity is that you can do it alone or with a few friends. You can drop in for just $20.95 a person or look into buying a multi-visit pass. Shoes are also available for rent.
If rock climbing isn’t your thing, consider heading to one of the Extreme Air Park locations. This indoor trampoline gym offers 3-D dodgeball and zero-gravity basketball. If you’re not interested in sports you’re free to just jump around. For $15 you can get 1 hour of jump time or 2 hours for just $4 more. A $ 21-day pass is also available.
4. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is home to walruses, beluga whales and 70,000 other aquatic animals. This activity is a favorite among families with small kids as it is both fun and educational. Adult tickets sell for $38, student and youth for $30, and children ages 4-12 sell for $21. Children 3-years-old and under are free. Fast pass tickets to jump long lines are also available.
5. Visit an Art Gallery or Museum
Visit the Museum of Vancouver, located at 1100 Chestnut Street, and visit one of its latest art exhibitions. Currently, Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver features some of the big city lights that lit up the city between 1950 and 1970, a time when Vancouver had more neon signs than Las Vegas. Adult admissions cost $19, student and senior admissions cost $16, and kids age 5-18 cost $9. Children 4-years-old and under are free.
For those fascinated by art, pop by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Located at 750 Hornby Street, the gallery offers tons of interesting exhibits to view that are continuously changing. Admission fees range from $6.50-$24 depending on age.
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