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2017 Ford Flex Ltd Edition: The More The Merrier

Pack em’ in… it’s party time in the 2017 Ford Flex Ltd. Reminiscent of a 1950’s Woody, this extended sedan crossover is so spacious you’ll wonder why they didn’t install a window divider to separate the driver from the action. If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers mega seating options, this is it. Multi sunroofs add to the luxury as do ‘Limited Edition’ features like the Perforated Leather-Trimmed Seats and a Dual Zone Electronic Temperature Control feature to keep the third row toasty too. All the bells and whistles including the 3.5L EcoBoost engine, Rear View Camera and Blind Spot Information System provide the driver and up to seven passengers a safe and stylish ride. The ultimate multi person adventure ride, the SiriusXM Radio and leather-wrapped steering wheel had me grinning ear to ear, from the seawall to the slopes. FYI: the more the merrier in the 2017 Ford Flex Limited Edition, so pack in the tribe. ...

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Man Up with the Men’s Double Propulsion 60 Jacket

The Smartwool Double Propulsion 60 Jacket impressed me from the start. The look of part jacket / part sweater felt like I was wearing something innovative, new and stylish all at the same time. My impression grew as I wore the technical Smartwool Jacket day in and day out. However, what struck me from the start was the comfort and style. Remarkably light, I was surprised how I never had the issue of feeling too warm. To give the temperature gauge a test run I put the Merino wool and SmartLoft wool insulation through my everyday paces. From work meetings, to post workout attire and every step in between, the Smartwool Double Propulsion 60 Jacket joined me on all my adventures from warm day hikes, cold treks, ski days, hockey practice, events and parties to even just strolls in the Vancouver rain. It’s been hard to find a good zip up technical jacket that I could wear all day without feeling bulky, too warm or uncomfortable.  The Merino wool back panels ensures breathability without overheating which... ...

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Out of the kitchen and into the outdoors with Vital Supply Co!

Fall is the perfect time to reconnect with your health plan. A chance to recharge your batteries and find new healthy lifestyle solutions that will enable you more time to nourish from the inside out. Time is money and life is hectic which means the first thing to suffer when we are busy and running on empty is our nutrition. We know the right nutritional choices but precious time and money to spend on shopping, cooking and prepping healthy meals can be tricky with busy schedules. In my personal opinion, my time-off is valuable and should be spent chasing adventures and playing outdoors, not in the kitchen. Lo and behold, I recently discovered that Vital Supply Co, a Vancouver based meal preparation company offers affordable, convenient, healthy options for adventure guys and gals on the go.  Bottom line, that means more mountain and trail time. Hallelujah! I just finished the 10 Days of Vital trial (2 meals a day) and loved it. Opting for food pick-ups from The Juicery in Edgemont Village,... ...

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Surf-In Surf-Out – A Swell Convenience

Whether you are a seasoned weekend wave-warrior or a newbie braving your bucket list, surfing is a sport that everyone must try at least once in a lifetime. The West Coast of Vancouver Island boasts some of the best beaches and surf breaks in the country. Tofino, BC is a famous cold water paradise and home to surf-in-surf-out Pacific Sands Beach Resort …the best in beach bliss. Since the 60’s, catching waves has been considered not just cool but a sub-culture. Secondly, it’s a rush. Surfing is much harder than it looks to master and thus, humbling. So, let go of the outcome and really enjoy the ride. If you are ever to succeed in catching your first wave you must be open, brave and willing to laugh at your own failures, which are a big part of learning to surf. The bails and wipeouts are all part of the fun. Plan a get-away this summer and indulge. Treat yourself and your soul to a seaside escape for some well deserved “Tofino... ...

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Leo Awards Gala and Red Carpet 2016

All photos courtesy Kenny Tai Photography Host: Stephanie Florian Host Hair and Makeup: Ruby from What’s Your Look Studio Host Designer Dress: Catherine Regehr And the winners are… Motion Picture Best Motion Picture The Devout Amanda Verhagen, Daniel Hogg, Connor Gaston – Producers Best Direction The BirdwatcherSiobhan Devine Best Screenwriting The Devout Connor Gaston Best Cinematography Charlotte’s Song Naim Sutherland Best Picture Editing The Devout Detritus Kozme Best Visual Effects Numb – Chris Van Dyck, Calvin Romeyn, Erik Jensen, Jodie Camilleri, Camil Adell Best Sound She Who Must Burn Matt Drake, Casey Labatt, Justin Aucoin, Jeff Zipp, Zach Cressman Best Production Design Charlotte’s Song Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Victoria Pearson Best Costume Design Charlotte’s Song Brandon Peterson, Ash Turner Best Make-Up Charlotte’s SongSarah Elizabeth, Audrey Himmer-Jude, Jeannie Satterthwaite, Brendan Mainusch, Amy Leigh Poitras Best Casting The Devout Judy Lee Best Supporting Performance by a Male No Men Beyond This PointCameron McDonald Best Supporting Performance by a Female The Devout Olivia Martin Best Lead Performance by a Male The Devout Charlie Carrick Best Lead Performance by a Female The Devout Ali Liebert Television Movie Best Television Movie On the... ...

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Whistler Apres: Cooling – off in the Bearfoot Bistro Ketel One Ice Room

  There is no better way to cool off in Whistler post outdoor adventure than bundling up in an iconic Canada Goose parka and stepping inside the Ketel One Ice Room. Located inside the Bearfoot Bistro, the Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest permanent sub-zero vodka room in Canada! Be sure to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and the experience itself is an intimate one. Ideally the experience is best done with a small a group of friends. We suggest a foursome, as body heat can be one’s only saving grace when sipping vodka in -32C temps while you are trying to handle the cold and make the experience last as long as humanly possible. Although the $48 price tag per person does include an informational on the specifics of distillation and filtration, you’ll want to cut straight to chase…4 vodka shots of your very own choosing and as many selfies as your phone will handle before shutting down from the cold. (It truly does happen, so be sure... ...

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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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Top 10 reasons to head north to the Yukon

Some say the Yukon is Canada’s wildest frontier and some Canada’s golden nugget. Call it what you may but call it Canada’s biggest and best outdoor winter adventure playground. Only a short, direct flight from Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa or Yellowknife, Whitehorse is where you’ll want to hang your toque at the end of a winter day living large in the great outdoors. Here’s our top 10 reasons to put the Yukon on your winter travel bucket list. 1. A plethora of unique outdoor adventures With so many new and different experiences to be had, cabin fever AKA winter boredom does not exist in the Yukon. From snowshoeing to dog mushing, hiking, skiing and ice fishing, pick your pleasure and prepare to take on Canada’s wildest frontier. 2. Canada’s biggest playground Did you know that the Yukon represents 4.8% of Canada’s total land area and has a population of only 38,000 people while California, with the same land mass has 39 million people? It is said that the Yukon... ...

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