of your favorite bloggers
Sandy Joe Karpetz serves up fashion, design, food, and beauty on her lifestyle blog The Pretty Secrets. Always ready for a road trip, Sandy finds the fun in everything from hand-me-downs to high fashion and sharing her personal tips and tricks to great style.
We invited Sandy and her friends to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary and show us how you can explore the alternative side of Calgary for a different kind of getaway.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Sandy’s adventure.
STAY - Historical accommodations in the heart of the city at The Fairmont Palliser.
PLAY - Explore unique shops and boutiques on 17th Ave Retail and Entertainment District. Get a sky high perspective at Calgary Tower. Discover uptown style downtown at The Core. Jump around at Extreme Air Park. Get fitted for a Calgary White Hat at Smithbilt Hats.
DINE - Discover dessert paradise with Ollia Macarons & Tea. Korean cuisine with a modern twist at Anju. After dinner drinks at National on 17th. Wake up to breakfast at The Beltliner. Family style Sunday Supper at Model Milk. Street food taco heaven at Native Tongues Taqueria.
Nici Holt Cline is a fourth generation Montanan who shares her adventures of raising a fifth generation on her blog Dig This Chick. With her husband Andy and their two daughters, Nici explores her passion for gardening, cooking, community, and creativity on her blog Dig This Chick.
We invited Nici and her family to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary and show us how a young family can discover adventure at every turn.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Nici’s adventure.
PLAY - Leap into history at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Adventure gear delivered to your door with Nomad Mobile Gear Rentals. Explore your artistic side at Contemporary Calgary. Get hands-on with Alberta wildlife at Bow Habitat Station. Spark your curiosity at TELUS Spark. Stamp your passport to savings at CrossIron Mills. World class skiing a short drive from Calgary at Sunshine Village
DINE - Great food on your bike ride to adventure with Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. Double up on dinnertime fun with Double Zero Pizza. Tableside service at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse. Breakfast with whimsy at Yellow Door Bistro. Alpine cuisine with a view at Waldhaus Restaurant.
Amy Butterfield is a blogger from Edmonton passionate about yoga, writing, passport stamps and a good book. Along with her husband and two daughters, Amy chronicles her travel adventures on her blog Passports and Pigtails, always looking for the next chance to take flight.
We invited Amy and her family to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary, discovering how much fun you can have with your kids in the city.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Amy’s adventure.
STAY -Family friendly suites at Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire
PLAY - Get a view from the prairies to the Canadian Rockies at the Calgary Tower. Travel from farm to table with Calgary Food Tours. Step into the history of music in Canada at Studio Bell. Take the Penguin Plunge at the Calgary Zoo. Bowl a few family friendly frames at National on 10th. Shopping for the whole family at CrossIron Mills.
Robb Engen and his mother Marie share their personal finance stories on their blog Boomer & Echo. From the challenges of saving and investment strategies to the joys of family life, Robb and Marie share their quest for a happy retirement from the perspective of two generations.
We invited the Engen family to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary and show us how you can keep the budget in check and still have a blast.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Boomer & Echo’s adventure.
STAY - Themed suites and an indoor waterpark at Deerfoot Inn & Casino
PLAY - Step onto the podium at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Shop, dine, and play at CF Chinook Centre. Explore wildlife galore at the Calgary Zoo. Get a great view at the Calgary Tower. Step back in automotive history at Gasoline Alley at Heritage Park. End the weekend with a relaxing massage at RnR Wellness Spa.
DINE - Family friendly dining with a downtown twist at National Westhills. Share a family meal at Double Zero Pizza. Casual street food for the whole family at Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. Southern cooking and live music at Bookers BBQ + Crab Shack. Breakfast buffet for everyone in the family at the Wainwright Hotel at Heritage Park.
Elan Morgan is a blogger, writer, designer, and speaker from Regina who has been cataloging her adventures on the internet since 2003. Her work has been featured in print, on television, and across the internet, including a talk at TEDxRegina. You might know her from her popular schmutzie blog.
We invited Elan and her husband Aidan to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary, exploring the unexpected great experiences a couple can have in the city.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Elan’s adventure.
Stay - You'll be close to the action on 17th Avenue at Hotel Elan
Play - Travel from farm to table with Calgary Food Tours, discover your artistic side at Contemporary Calgary, adventure into the Badlands on a day trip, dig up history at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, connect with First Nations artisans at Moonstone Creation
Hayley Wickenheiser is a five-time Olympic medalist and is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. She is a coach, mentor, member of the Order of Canada, and most importantly, a proud mom to her teenaged son Noah.
We invited Hayley to share her tips and tricks to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary, discovering amazing things to do that will keep even your teenager’s attention.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Hayley and Noah’s adventure.
Stay - Enjoy chill vibes and eclectic tunes at Hotel Arts
Play - Jump into a wild ride with Mukwah Rafting Tours , train like a pro and experience an adrenaline rush at Winsport, find teenage fan favourite shopping at Crossiron Mills, and the world’s brightest stars at the Scotiabank Saddledome
Dine - Start the day off right with Buttermilk Fine Waffles, wind down with a waffle cone at Village Ice Cream, get your caffeine fix at Vendome Café, cool vibes and great tasting pizza at UNA Pizza , and fantastic family food at Mercato
Tenille Lafontaine is a married mom of three from Regina, Saskatchewan. Her popular blog, Feisty Frugal & Fabulous, launched in 2008 and shares Tenille’s feisty tips and frugal tricks to maintain fabulous mommy-style.
We invited Tenille and her family to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary, finding adventure at every turn for the whole family.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Tenille’s adventure.
Stay - Make your basecamp to adventure with the Four Points Sheraton
Ryan Jespersen is a broadcaster, radio personality, and the host of The Ryan Jespersen Show on 630CHED, from Edmonton. Ryan, along with his wife Kari and 10 month old son Wyatt find adventure at every corner.
We invited Ryan and his family to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary, discovering just how much fun a young family can have on a weekend getaway in the city.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Ryan’s adventure.
Stay - Stay downtown in style at Le Germain
Play - Discover a piece of nature in the middle of the city at St. Patrick’s Island, watch world class horse jumping at Spruce Meadows, go back in time at Heritage Park, and cap off the night with live music at The Blues Can
Alyssa Lau is a 24-year-old blogger, photographer, creative director, and small business owner from Edmonton. Her blog, Ordinary People, has evolved from a fashion blog to a creative channel to explore all her sartorial cravings.
We invited Alyssa and her friends to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary, exploring the alternative and unexpected experiences you can have in the city.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Alyssa’s adventure.
Stay - Sleep in style at Hotel Alma
Play - Discover emerging artists at the Esker Foundation, plant a living piece of art at Plant Terrariums, shop local at The Livery Shop, grow something beautiful at Rhosyn Floral, dance to vintage tunes at Commonwealth Bar & Stage, explore sartorial technology at Archeloft, and tour a new Alberta favourite at Eau Claire Distillery
Linda Hoang is a social media specialist, consultant, journalist, and lifestyle blogger from Edmonton. Her blog serves up food reviews, giveaways, travel adventures, with a healthy dose of social media savvy.
We invited Linda and her husband Mike to have the Best Weekend Ever in Calgary, enjoying some of the city’s best spots to create a weekend getaway filled with romantic memories.
Start creating your Best Weekend Ever in Calgary with some inspiration from Linda’s adventure.
Stay - Boutique accommodation at its finest, including bikes and picnics, at Kensington Riverside Inn
Dine - Local brews served up at Last Best Brewing & Distilling, culinary innovation at Chef’s Table, the best views in the city at SKY 360, share a plate or two at Ox & Angela Ox & Angela, eat local and meet the growers with Calgary Food Tours, or pull up a seat to an award winning chef at NOtaBLE
A dreamer chasing experiences that create joy, gratitude and wisdom.
Jenn Smith Nelson is an award winning freelance travel writer and photographer based out of Regina. She is a travel columnist for CBC Saskatchewan and contributes to a number of print online and publications from Westworld Saskatchewan and the National Post to Vacay.ca, Prairies North, Pink magazine, My Spotlight Kanada and more. She loves exploring her own backyard especially with her kids in tow, promoting her province and beyond. Her travel stories range from family travel and girl’s getaway's to outdoorsy adventure based experiences across Canada. Jenn also runs her own blog: travelandhappiness.com.
Adventure is what happens when curiosity overcomes fear.
I'm a small-town boy from Cranbrook, British Columbia. After graduating from the University of Victoria I hopped on a plane to Taiwan to teach English and kick-start my travel writing career. Since then I've been exploring the world, taking photos, and writing stories about my adventures. I've hiked across sand dunes in the UAE, climbed volcanoes in Guatemala, been stranded by a monsoon in the countryside in Borneo, and tracked elephants through the jungle from a wooden canoe. But no matter what I do, nothing can keep me from coming home to beautiful Western Canada every year for the friendly people, the amazing snowboarding, and the wild adventurousness of Canadians that I've found to be so rare in other parts of the world.
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
Casie Stewart is an award winning lifestyle blogger and an expert in social and digital media. Documenting her life since 2005 via her blog ‘This is my Life,’ Casie’s been at the forefront of lifestyle blogging. It’s growth in popularity has inspired brands to connect and partner with her to offer new creative content for their audiences. Casie’s crafted a highly respected and authentic online voice alongside her personal brand. She's also a well known pioneer in the world of blogging and social entrepreneurship.