Embracing the snow, icicles and the chilly weather is something that’s amazing during a Canadian winter, especially within beautiful spots in Alberta. Now, if you’re anything like me you’ll be hankering to see some of this picturesque side of winter, with the Edmonton Ice Castle being one of the prettiest. I mean, there’s not too many … Continue Reading

Alberta is one of Canada’s most gorgeous provinces that’s perfect for a winter or summer jaunt.  And with so many beautiful things to do in Alberta, it’s an area you should definitely think of visiting as soon as possible. From the tiny little villages, stunning lakes, gorgeous cities to huge swathes of powdery snow – it’s … Continue Reading

Arguably one of the most scenic provinces in all of Canada, Alberta is home to two of the oldest national parks in the world and somehow managed to be be incredibly inviting (and very accessible) despite its jagged, rugged and harshly beautiful terrain. Actually, in retrospect, one might argue that it’s rugged natural beauty that is one … Continue Reading

Jasper National Park is easily one of the most beautiful parts of Canada we’ve ever visited and it’s reason in itself to want to explore even more of the Canadian Rockies. These jagged gigantic mountains make for stunning scenes – couples with beautiful (sometimes turquoise) calm lakes, gorges and canyon are just some of the reasons … Continue Reading

Edmonton was absolutely amazing to visit and one of the coldest places we’ve ever been – which, by the way, is exactly what we were looking for. In winter, you want the snow to stick around (actually, in London, we’d probably even settle for just a bit of snow fall, especially around the Christmas time) … Continue Reading

On our final day in Jasper, we got up nice and early, in huge part to maximise our time at breakfast but mostly due to attempting to squeeze in as much of Jasper as possible before heading back to Edmonton in the afternoon. We started pretty much immediately after breakfast with what was supposed to … Continue Reading

When we arrived into Jasper, we’d originally had a whole day set aside to skiing in Marmot Basin. With the change of plans on the first day which saw us explore the amazing Pyramid island, lake and mountain area, before heading off to the Icefields Parkway instead of Maligne Canyon and hence moving Maligne Canyon … Continue Reading

One place I really wanted to visit once we arrived in Jasper was Maligne Canyon! Thing is, even up to a few days before we left the UK for Canada, I’d never even heard of Maligne and its famous canyon. Once I heard about it though (and googled images of it) I knew I had … Continue Reading

Leaving the Metterra hotel, as we hurried through breakfast, eager to hit the road early, I remembered something we’d missed out on the entire time we stayed there – Happy hour at The Metterra. And no, not the kind of happy hour where the drinks are half price – it’s the kind where the drinks … Continue Reading

The next day in Edmonton was a truly lazy one and one that comes off the back of a night out in the city. It started with a late breakfast at the hotel (random aside – the Metterra Hotel also has happy hour, before a leisurely stroll through the farmers market in Old Strathcona (partly … Continue Reading

The next morning, after a rather hurried breakfast (I got the timings wrong and we just missed breakfast – thankfully the kind folk at the Metterra Hotel rustled something up for us from the kitched), we headed off to Downton Edmonton to try our hands at something new – segwaying. I tend to be more … Continue Reading

Thoroughly impressed by the Ice Castles of Edmonton, we made our way back to town grab some well-earned lunch at an old school Mexican restaurant called Rostizado. (Edmontonians love Mexican food as it turns out). Rostizado is designed to feel more like dining at a friend’s place, than at a restaurant (right down to the … Continue Reading

One our first morning in Edmonton (we arrived the evening before), I somehow managed to escape the jetlag entirely and woke up thoroughly refreshed and very eager to explore the city! We pretty much rushed downtown as early as possible for a group breakfast with new and old(er) friends at the rather delightful District Café. … Continue Reading

In retrospect, we really should have visited Edmonton a lot sooner. Lloyd has a friend who lives in the city and my cousin (like the ones you spend your childhood rolling in the mud with – not the kind you’re surprised to find out is actually your cousin), lives in Edmonton. Yet for some reason, … Continue Reading