it’s no secret that i get out to the mountains any chance i get. without a vehicle, it has become few and far between but thankfully i’ve found a few different transit options to get my fix.

both on-it regional transit and brewster express take you into the heart of canmore from calgary before they continue on to their final destinations.

in less than an hour, you’ll be enjoying the fresh air of the rockies. and while canmore makes an easy day trip, why wouldn’t you want to extend your stay?

the lamphouse hotel is the perfect place to do it!

situated at the beginning of canmore’s bustling main street, the newly renovated 25-suite hotel occupies the space previously held by the bow valley motel. it has been completely transformed into a high-end destination for the modern mountain adventure traveller. (hello, that’s me!)

the lamphouse hotel is named after one of the last remaining buildings from canmore’s coal mining era. built in 1916, the original lamphouse was a check-in/out site where miners would collect lamps before heading into the mines for the day.

in the new space, a blend of retro-chic and rustic contemporary is style displayed throughout. the king, queen and double queen rooms feature tufted leather headboards contrasted against ship-lapped walls and unique, trendy artwork. floor-to-ceiling windows open to stunning views of the canadian rocky mountains. an incredible view as you sip a coffee in the morning, made in your in-room nespresso.

i fondly named that fellow on the wall Bruce. Bruce the Moose.

each suite also features a digital concierge. what’s that? your room code will be emailed to you before your stay. when you arrive, proceed straight to your room and enter the code into the keypad. you no longer have to wait in line at a reception desk or worry about misplacing a key. it’s a perfect fit for the digitally-savvy, independent traveller. if you would rather talk to a real person, there is still a staffed front desk.

all units come equipped with a flat-screen 55-inch tv, complimentary wifi, and one free parking stall per unit – a luxury in downtown canmore!

local is present in every feature of the hotel, including the bathroom amenities. rocky mountain soap co. is a canmore-based company that draws inspiration from the raw and natural beauty that surrounds them in the snow-capped rockies every day. handmade in small batches using only 100% natural, simple ingredients, they work with growers sourcing the highest quality natural products.

the lemongrass scent is my favourite of theirs, and i happily washed my hands far too many times and then smothered them in lotion to get the delightfully calming smell in the air.

policeman’s creek boardwalk is a short stroll from the hotel. the walking trail follows the creek and is accessible off main street near spring creek drive. once you reach the end of the trail, cross the bridge into the spring creek community and follow the road back downtown.

the lamphouse hotel property also features a soon-to-open creekside hot tub so guests can be fully immersed in the nature of canmore while still accessing downtown amenities.

the best of the town’s restaurants and shops are a mere hop down the road. in in the evening, i suggest taking the short walk to where the buffalo roam saloon for a unique, well-researched quality craft cocktail, and amazing comfort foods designed for sharing. the pops and cracks from vintage records help create an intimate vibe in a well-designed environment, accented by wood and warm lighting.

stumble back to your home away from home and rest for the night in plush linens, on top of the line mattresses.

when you wake – at your leisure, of course – you’ll find a complimentary continental breakfast always waiting for you in your mini-fridge. a crate of yogurt and granola, apples, oranges, lara bars and orange juice are ready to be devoured.

happily welcome the knock at your door in the morning, as you’ll be greeted by a  staff member with a tray of delicious treats to choose from to complete your breakfast. if you’re up early, or miss the knock, you can find the fresh-baked breakfast accompaniments at the main reception desk.

like check-in, when you’re ready to check out of the hotel, simply place the supplied door tag on the room’s outside handle and close the door behind you. it couldn’t be easier!

lamphouse is just one of the new properties in canmore opened by basecamp. enjoy high-end comforts and amenities at affordable prices in the canmore area at basecamp resorts, basecamp lodge, and basecamp residencies (opening later this year).

feeling hungry?

you’re in luck this weekend! Taste of Calgary, the city’s most appetizing outdoor festival of food and drinks, is back this weekend for its 21st year at eau claire’s festival plaza. open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. until sunday, august 12, 2018, the festival features over forty of the this city’s most unique restaurants and beverage companies.

each booth offers bite-sized menu items so you can try a wide variety of nibbles before getting too full. sampling tickets are $1 each, and you can buy them at numerous booths throughout the festival grounds.

you’ll find classic canadiana alongside international cuisines that’ll treat your taste buds to african, east indian, italian, and asian flavours – to name a few.

now, let’s get eating! here are a few of my favourite treats that i discovered on day one of Taste of Calgary:

kokom’s bannock kitchen – cinnamon sugar infused bannock

3 tickets: yes, i started with dessert! i first tasted bannock while learning to make it in brownies as part of my cooking patch. the simple dough has such a rich heritage, and it was nice to see a modernized adaptation available. there are many flavours and styles available at kokom’s booth, such as cheese, blueberry and hot dog! i went for cinnamon sugar – a classic – and if you wanted to make it more indulgent you can take a tip from ryan (mr. fabulous) and smother it with the margarine and extra cinnamon sugar provided!

holy smoke bbq – brisket slider with mini cornbread

5 tickets: really great barbecue brings back memories of my favourite island in the south of georgia, and christmas spent on the beach in the sunshine. i have been on a search for a great barbecue sandwich ever since! this brisket slider from holy smoke is right up there! usually, you see pulled pork – you’ll find that at Taste, too – but the pulled brisket is really a delicious treat. topped only with a bit of homemade barbecue sauce, they aren’t hiding behind any fancy toppings. this sandwich is simply delicious!

the mini cornbread was good, but i didn’t think it was needed. the sandwich is the star of the show and (i can’t believe i’m going to say this) more carbs weren’t needed.

holy smoke bbq – watermelon mint feta salad

3 tickets: while you’re at holy smoke bbq getting your brisket slider, also order the watermelon mint feta salad. it is almost 40 degrees out, and you’re going to need something refreshing. this gluten-free and vegetarian dish hits the spot. it’s cooling and delicious, with a fresh, crisp bite from the mint. a salad that’s so much more than just a salad.

flower & wolf – grilled corn on the cob

3 tickets: to me, corn screams summer! boiled and topped with a little bit of butter and some salt, and i am a happy girl. sweet corn on the cob is one of my favourite things to eat. flower & wolf – the new restaurant in the sheraton suites calgary eau claire – takes this summer classic and heightens it with chilli lime butter, huitlacoche aioli, and cilantro. that lime isn’t just for garnish, make sure to squeeze it all over the corn!

empanada queen – cheese empanada

4 tickets: what is better than cheese wrapped in delicious pastry and deep fried? nothing! while empanada queen offers many flavours, i stuck with the traditional. hot and gooey cheese melting out is so satisfying and ask for the side of salsa for an extra treat for your taste buds.

family squeezed lemonade – strawberry sterling forever lemonade

5 tickets: did i mention how hot it is outside? this is calgary, it’s not supposed to be so toasty! while i’m drinking plenty of water, this incredible concoction of strawberries, lemons and fresh thyme helped cool me off, too. thanks to their packaging – no cup and straw – i was able to take this with me on the go as i headed to undrcard for a boxing class, and it didn’t spill all over my backpack.

if you’re not feeling hungry, or are on a tight budget, admission to the festival is free and includes a taste of calgary’s best musical acts.

i’m headed back today. see you there!

this post is sponsored by Bayer. to make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

it’s no secret that i’m passionate about educating women about their bodies and their health. it’s always been important, but even more so now in a world where we are constantly faced with many new pressures and responsibilities. it can be tricky trying to balance work, healthy living, family and a social life. whether it’s health-related or a personal struggle, it’s comforting to know we all go through the same things.

because we are all in this together, sharing our knowledge and experiences with each other is a powerful way to learn about our health and well-being. i’ve put together a few “good-to-know” facts about women’s health to get conversations started.

stress case

are you feeling a little stressed? it seems to be something we wear as a badge of honour nowadays. while some stress is normal, too much routine stress can take a toll on your body. if you’ve been having trouble with your digestion, frequent headaches, sleeplessness or just feeling irritable, stress may be the culprit. take a look at your day-to-day routine to see if there are things you can do to reduce your stress levels. carve out time that’s just for you or making a conscious choice to say “no” when you mean it. “no” is a complete sentence, and it feels damn good to use it as such.

hairy situation

for many women, hair represents a big part of our personal identity. after my PCOS diagnosis, i finally had a reason why mine was thin, fine and falling out at a rapid pace. at least the hair on my head, it causes hair everywhere else to grow wild! it has been something i’ve struggled with for the last few years. if you’re also experiencing thinning and brittle hair, try a supplement like Priorin. named the world’s best-selling nonprescription hair and beauty supplement in 2017, Priorin can help you achieve visibly fuller and stronger hair in as early as 12 weeks, so you can look and feel great.

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lady business

did you know the common yeast infection is actually caused by some of the organisms present in the vagina? lucky us, right?! having a weak immune system, pregnancy and oral birth-control pills are a few things that make women more prone to yeast infections. Though it might be common, it shouldn’t be left untreated. Canesten’s CanesOral Combi-Pak is a single-dose oral treatment that you can take any time, anywhere and the external cream gives you fast relief of itching and burning.

take the test

one of the most basic pillars of your self-care is health monitoring and talking to your doctor about which tests and exams you will need at each new stage of life. pap smears, breast exams, skin checks, dental check-ups and eye exams are examples of basic tests you should talk to your doctor about.

mental reset

taking care of our mental health is equally as important as the physical. just as you would give yourself an at-home breast exam, take the time to give yourself a mental check-in. feeling well means different things to different people, but some things might actually apply to all of us: in order to thrive, we all need a good sense of self, and we all need purpose, contribution, hope, resilience and belonging.

this post is sponsored by Bayer. to make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.