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Canada Day Activities Across The Country

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As Canada Day fast approaches, Canadians everywhere are searching for the perfect way to pay homage to our home country. Besides blessing us with the wonders of maple syrup, hockey and Drake, the True North is also a beautiful, free land where many cultures live together in harmony. After all, we have the scenic Rockies, Lake Ontario and the tranquil nature of the Maritimes to add character to our gorgeous nation. Whether you live in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver or Montreal, there are many ways to celebrate July 1. Although last year may have marked Canada’s landmark 150th birthday, you can always keep the party going and make this Canada Day just as full of fun, family and cold drinks. Here are a few ways to soak up the first official long weekend of summer in true Canadian spirit. 

Toronto

Party all night on the Toronto Islands

You may not want to bring your parents or your younger siblings to this one, but a Canada Day with your friends just might call for a trip to the Toronto Islands. Ring in Canada Day at Electric Island 2018 with some of the top electronic DJs in the world. The Martinez Brothers will be flying in all the way from Ibiza, bringing international talent to the Toronto stage. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s ANNA, Glasgow’s Jackmaster, Los Angeles’ Bill Kenny and more will also be performing at the concert on Hanlan’s Point Beach. Tickets for this wild party range from $39.99-$59.99 and are available on ticketweb.ca.

Watch Fireworks

You can catch fireworks in North York at Amesbury Park at 9:45 p.m., at Mel Lastman Square at 10:30 pm, and at Downsview Park at dusk. Canada’s Wonderland will also have an incredible show featuring over 6,000 fireworks, which will kick off at 10:00 p.m. In the east end of the city, catch some fireworks at Ashbridges Bay/Woodbine Beach at 9:45 p.m. or at Stan Wadlow Park at 10:00 p.m.

Vancouver

Visit Granville Island

Granville has tons of activities to offer such as a musical playground, bike decorating workshops, markets and more. The annual parade, which starts at 1:30 pm, is great for all ages and especially well suited for families with young children.

Participate in the Canada Day Drum Circle

Guests are able to help the Legacy 150 Celebrations Society attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most Nationalities in a Drum Circle.” The drumming simultaneously takes place across nine Canadian cities from 10:00 a.m. to  4:00 pm. The Vancouver circle will take place at Creekside Park, where people are welcome to participate, watch, or enjoy the many food trucks present. To join the drum circle you can sign up at canada150drumming.com.

Ottawa

Watch a Painting Competition and Enjoy Live Music

Canadian artists will battle through a tournament consisting of three 20 minute rounds. Join other spectators at Major’s Hill Park on June 30th and July 1st from 11:00 am- 11:30 am to help choose a winner. There will also be other performances, including live music, cultural talents, games, and circus performances from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on both dates and at the same location.   

Montreal

Canada Street Festival

On July 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m., join in on the free festivities, which stretch all the way from Old Port of Montreal to Jacques-Cartier Pier. There will be a musical performance by Philippe Beaudin, a 21-gun salute, a game of street hockey, dancing on stage, face paint, and much more. The day’s events will end with a round of fireworks to light up the sky in the Old Port at 10:00 p.m.

Canada Day Parade

The parade will start at 11:00 a.m. on the corner of Fort and St. Catherine, and will end on the corner of St. Catherine and Peel. The parade first began in 1977, and has come to feature cultures and traditions from all over the world, including India, China, Italy, Holland, and many more. After the parade, a special event will start at Place du Canada where people are invited to enjoy live entertainment, face painting, and a free slice of cake large enough to feed 2,500 people.

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The Best Cities For Bachelorettes In Canada

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If you’re in your mid to late 20s, many of your girlfriends are most likely starting tying the knot. With weddings come bachelorette parties. These big pre-wedding blow-outs can quickly become repetitive and unoriginal. How many Vegas booze fests or Nashville bar hops before it’s too many?

We’ve come up with some underrated activities perfect for the Canadian bride. Whether she’s looking to get pampered, be adventurous, or try out new foods, there’s bound to be an activity on this list that fits her vibe. Take a look at our list of some of the best cities in Canada to host a Bachelorette party and what to do there.

Calgary

Bourbon Room: This speakeasy-esque bar offer fun bourbon tastings and cocktail mixing classes. Located at 341b 10th Avenue SW., Bourbon Room charges $75 a head for classes and tastings and offers a variety of drinks starting at $10 dollars. This is a great place to have some fun with your best girls while enjoying some adult drinks and tasty treats.

Fairmont Banff Springs: Treat yourself to a stay at the Fairmont located in the Banff National Park. You’ll feel like a pampered princess after a massage at the Willow Stream spa. The bride and her bridesmaids can also enjoy drinks from Banff’s craft Distillery Park as they take advantage of the spa’s amenities.

Edmonton

MacEwan University Cooking Class: Enjoy a filling fiesta at MacEwan University, located at 11050 104 Avenue NW. You and your friends can choose from a list of classes including Italian Farmhouse, French Bistro, Thai Street Food and more. While cooking up a storm, sample some wines and snack on the delish meal your prepping. At $139 a person, you can experience a four-hour gourmet cooking class.

Pole Junkies Pole Dancing: Why not get some exercise in while having a laugh with some friends as you attempt to dance around a pole. Don’t be fooled it’s not as easy as it looks. But hey, you don’t need to be a professional to take a class. At Pole Junkies private classes are only $150 on Fridays. You can choose from pole dancing, burlesque, lap dances, aerial yoga, and more for your very own personalized class that will leave you and your friends with some fun new moves and hilarious memories.

Montreal

La Champagnerie: At La Champagnerie, the only champagne bar in Montreal, treat yourself to the Bachelorette package! Here the charcuterie boards are $50, tasting menus start at $60 for five courses, and the Grand Cru seafood platter including oysters, black and white truffles and other crustaceans is priced at $100. Pop some bubbly and enjoy the DJ’s tunes for a girls’ night out on the town. Some special services available to make the night increasingly memorable are personalized bottles, custom Polaroid cameras, and initiations to sabring.

Bota Bota: If you’re looking for a more low-key weekend getaway with a few close gals this is the place for you. Bota Bota is the Instagram famous spa located on a boat in Old Montreal. With multiple hot baths and a stunning view of the city, you and your friends with are sure to grab some stunning pictures while melting into the steaming water. Although the spa is known for the on-deck water circuit, other amazing services available include facials, massages, mani-pedis, and more. There is also an amazing restaurant on board which features a seasonal menu.

Halifax

East Coast Surf School: Take advantage of the stunning Halifax coast and enroll in a surf class. The East Coast Surf School offers private classes for five or more people starting at $65 a head. The class includes the board and wetsuit. So, all you and your girlfriend need to bring is a sense of adventure and probably a towel.

Hatfield Farms: If you’re looking to get in touch with nature while spending some bonding time with your childhood besties then look into spending the night at the Hatfield Farms. Roast marshmallows over a wood fire, enjoy a horseback ride through a woodsy trail, and gab all night with your girls in a cozy cabin. The Trail Blazing Over Night Adventure package ranges from $74-$99 a person and horseback riding starts at $56 per person.

 

 

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The Most Luxurious Spas To Spoil Yourself At In Vancouver

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Treat yourself to a spa day or weekend getaway at one of the many lavish spas located within and around Vancouver, B.C. We all need some rest and relaxation now and then. Why not indulge in massages, beauty treatments, sauna sweat sessions and more as you decompress from your hard work and stress. Our list of spas will help you unwind in peaceful settings and promise to send you home looking and feeling rejuvenated.   

Smile Thai Wellness Spa

The Smile Thai Wellness Spa, which is located at 235 Robson St, offers authentic Thai massages that are sure to loosen up your muscles and have you feeling calm and relaxed. This spa uses alternative healing therapies in order to improve your well being and send you home a happier and healthier person both physically and mentally.

Chi

Chi, is a pricier spa located inside the Shangri-La hotel that lets you indulge in a variety of relaxing amenities such as hot stone massages, body wraps, facials, and more. Located on 1128 West Georgia Street, this lush sanctuary will provide you with the ultimate pampering experience.

Skoah

Skoah is a niche spa with treatments focused on facial rejuvenation. The spa offer treatments that target clogged pores, wrinkles, sun spots, and more. This skin specialized spa aims to give you glowing skin in a zen environment. Keep in mind that these skin renewal procedures often come at high costs.

Scandinave

Scandinave is located in Whistler, about an hour drive from Vancouver, and offers stunning views as it is immersed in nature. The hot pools, saunas, and massages in the magical setting make for a great weekend escape to forget the stress of the city. The no-talk zone spa forces one to detach from their phone and all the worries that come with it as the sounds of nature filter in.

Float House

Float House spa offers an extremely unique experience to customers as its sensory deprivation tanks allow you to effortlessly float in water soaked in Epsom salts. The feeling of being weightless helps you to shed the figurative stress and weight that you carry around as your muscles begin to unwind and your mind wonders. There are four locations of this popular spa located in Gastown, Surrey, Langley, and Kitsilana.

Willow Stream Spa

The Willow Stream Spa is located at 1038 Canada Place on the fifth floor at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and features a giant patio offering some magnificent panoramic views of the harbor. The cozy atmosphere created by the many fireplaces encourages a welcoming and relaxed environment. The spa is well known for its couple’s room which has gigantic Japanese Zen tubs and skin scrubs made from seaweed and thermal salts. The spa also features a luxurious rooftop pool and hot tub to soak up some rays or have an evening dip.

 

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PEI’s Go-To Seafood Joints

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When you think of Prince Edward Island, what comes to mind? Canada’s smallest province is the birthplace of the confederation, home to Anne of Green Gables, host to what appears to be thousands of lighthouses, and the owner of some red sandy beaches. However, the most important thing to know about the royal island is that it is home to some of the best seafood the great north has to offer. You’re guaranteed the freshest fish as PEI’s fishing ports bring in catches year round. Lobster, mussels, and clam chowder are just a few of the many fishy foods you owe it to yourself to try when visiting PEI. Since almost every restaurant on the island serves seafood, we’ve narrowed down a list of the top spots to find some of the finest, most flavorful fish Canada has to offer.

Skip’s Fish N Chips

Skip’s shack is a super casual spot located in Summerside. If you’re feeling fancy, give the clams and scallops a try. However, the fish and chips are truly the stars of the menu at Skip’s. This is a great place to come with friends to share two pieces of fish and chips which are priced at $17.45 or an order of poutine which goes for $6.95. Keep in mind the seating is limited, but just steps away from the shack is the waterfront. If you’re dining out with kids, Skip’s Fish N Chips makes for a great addition to a boardwalk picnic.

Blue Mussel Café

Nestled in the North Rustico Harbour, this café serves up baked lobster, scallops, and steamed blue mussels for $11. Don’t be fooled by the casual atmosphere, the seafood is said to be very high quality and a local favorite. The Blue Mussel Café makes an effort to avoid frying their foods in order to preserve the full flavor of the seafood which is often paired with fresh greens.

Claddagh Oyster House

The Claddagh Oyster House offers local beef seafood and an impressive wine list. This pub, located in a brick heritage building in Charlottetown, offers a giant 25-piece oysters taster for $70 and aged steak sliders for $35. If you’re looking for panache and platters of oysters, this is the place for you.

New Glasgow Lobster Suppers

This restaurant, which is located in New Glasgow, provides the classic P.E.I seafood experience. After ordering your 1 lb. your waiter will tie a bib around your neck. That’s how you know you’re truly in for a treat. At only $35.95 for a full-size lobster, appetizer, salads, and dessert, how could anyone say no?

Daniel Brenan Brickhouse

This Charlottetown joint is slightly more upscale than those previously mentioned. The chef’s choice mussels, which are priced at $13, and the miso salmon are two noteworthy items on the menu. The stylish décor and sophisticated atmosphere make this a great place to take your spouse for a romantic dinner.

 

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