Review Category : Land

Looking for some adventure in your life?

On May 14th, the crew from Chasing Sunrise – who you might have heard of from their Canada Day sunrise up Mount Seymour with 400 people – is now taking 50 of you and sending you into the unknown for an all expenses paid weekend of adventure, outdoors, and all things Chasing Sunrise. The plan? They are not saying. They’ll be giving you nothing more than a small packing list and a time and place to show up. The rest, you’re just going to have to trust them. But hey, they have a pretty good track record and we all know the best things in life go to those willing to step out of their comfort zones. Want in? Applications are open until May 4th and they will be announcing the winners on May 7th. Chasing Sunrise – Into The Unknown http://chasingsunri.se/the-unknown-is-calling ...

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Finding stillness glamping at Wya Point Resort

Life can feel like a treadmill. The daily grind of everyday living in the big city can take a toll on our spirits, especially near the tail end of winter. Take the time to check out of the work-life hustle and to check inward. Make a date with yourself to leap off the treadmill, to regroup and recharge. Camping is the ideal way to push the reset button, although the unpredictable west coast weather is not for everyone, not even the most adventuresome. Eco resorts like Wya Point in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island offer a dazzling alternative. It’s called glamping, AKA glamorous camping. A soul-filled getaway to Wya Point Resort on the edge of the Pacific Rim is both character building and raw. We made the trip in a new 2016 Platinum Ford Explorer, the ultimate storm trooper and perfect west coast road companion. Storm watching on the west coast of Vancouver Island and glamping in a yurt requires a fair amount of gear and the Explorer is roomy enough... ...

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REVIEW: Return to Grace

As a die-hard Elvis fan, I’ve seen many Elvis performers.  From summer fairs to the Vegas Strip many attempt to take care of business.  Some try to emulate and some try to embody The King but not always with the desired effect. Return to Grace had been on my mind for over a year when my nine year old son was lucky enough to see it in Toronto. Boy was I envious. Elvis was a natural.   Elvis was one-of-a-kind.  Elvis commanded the stage.  Would this artist Steve Michaels even begin to fill Elvis’ Blue Suede Shoes? The spotlight illuminates the stage and we are taken back in time to the 1950’s. Steve Michaels as Elvis Presley is on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage with his two band mates. In the words of Elvis, in his original group, “we had a guitar a bass and another guitar”. Sun Records and the start of something big. Michaels voice, a classic microphone and simple stage project the sound of the roots of Rock... ...

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New Year, New You! A Sweaty Interview with Tynea Cottreau

Another year has come and gone and that means another chance to crush some new fitness goals. We want to help you with the most common New Years resolution of all, fitness. More than half of who are reading this have most likely made the get healthy and fit resolution before but we thought we’d help you get motivated and inspired by talking to  personal trainer and bootcamp instructor at BodybyBrandt, Tynea Cottreau.   She started out by just going to the bootcamp classes as a student but soon realized she wanted to help people with their health and fitness journey just like her coaches had helped her. Certified with the International Sports Science Association, Cottreau has been working in the fitness industry ever since. Here is my sweaty up close and personal fitness Q&A. What are the first steps to crushing a health and fitness New Year’s resolution? First steps to get started with your New Years resolutions for better health and fitness is to write them down! Have them somewhere you can see them... ...

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The Commandments of Après Ski

In the good old days, skiers coined the term après that time of day when one had earned the right to indulge and share their passion for powder and sport. Resort towns like Whistler can trace the inception of après culture back to hippy ski-bum days circa 1967. Today, it is a globally recognized social phenomenon and universal celebration that takes place after sport. Clearly, certain things have evolved over the years but the core elements are consistent. It isn’t a full ski or sports day without après. Establishments like craft breweries and upscale restaurants capitalize on the continuous popularity and expansion of this cool sporting culture but overlook the basics. It’s not the atmosphere or the menu that make for great après but the following ingredients. Cause for celebration: The core vibe of après is a celebration. Traditions may vary but the term itself is universally understood. Après is permission to party, to let your hair-down, raise a glass and celebrate the fact that you have conquered another epic... ...

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REVIEW: The Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at the Commodore

Another year, another Christmas, which means another Ugly Christmas Sweater party at the Commodore….14 years and going strong. Around this time of year, I always see multiple pictures posted on Facebook of what looks like everyone having a blast at this party yet have always been hesitant to go mostly due to the $35 price ticket. This is finally the year I’m biting the bullet in and effort to see just what all of this hype is about. Knowing that partial proceeds from the event go to a charity like The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is well worth the ‘ugly’ experience and the ticket price thankfully includes one free drink and unlimited cookies… I think I got my money’s worth in cookies. Who doesn’t love dressing up to look as ridiculous as possible this time of year, any excuse to throw on a costume and Vancouver is there! Some kept it simple in their Christmas sweaters and others went all out in from head to toe in red and green Christmas suits.... ...

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