Going lightly in…Lake Louise, AB

Lake LouiseAfter Banff, we drove to Lake Louise {approx. 40 minutes away} for three nights. We spent most of our time enjoying being at the hotel, which is set right on the lake. It is such a peaceful spot & was the highlight of this trip. This is also where I spent my birthday!
Lake LouiseThe weather really fluctuated while we were there. When we arrived it was 25 degrees Celsius, then it got pretty chilly & the following day it snowed! So we didn’t do much in the way of outdoor activities, but there are a number of trails in the area.
Lake Louise

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Going lightly in…Banff, AB

BanffLast week, I got back from the most amazing trip to the Canadian Rockies. I can’t believe all this beauty was in my own country this whole time & I had never seen it. It was probably the most relaxing trip I have ever been on. I took a ton of photos, so have split each stop into its own post. We flew into Calgary, rented a car & drove to Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper, then back down to Calgary. First, a couple of things I learned while there:

Tips for Alberta travel:

  • Pack for every season! We experienced hot weather, snow & rain during our time there. I felt ridiculous packing my winter boots in September, but ended up wearing them half the time. Also, dress in layers: Morning temperatures can be freezing, then climb to summer temperatures by the afternoon.
  • A National Park Pass is needed to drive through Banff and Jasper National Parks. Cost is determined by length of stay and number of people in your car; the cost of the pass for my week-long trip (2 people) was $140. Learn more about the pass >

Now the fun part…

First stop: Banff! The drive from the Calgary airport was about 1.5 hours. We spent two nights (& one full day) there, so were able to fit in a couple of activities. If you have more time there, there a lot of other activities and hiking trails in the area.

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Watercolour story: Saint-Sauveur, QC

Saint Sauveur, Quebec

After a trip to Estérel a couple of weeks ago, I stopped into Saint-Sauveur which is located about an hour outside of Montreal. It’s a ski town, but in the summer there are a lot of cute shops and restaurants to see. I’m currently obsessed with the Waterlogue app, so I converted my photos into watercolours.

Here are my 5 favourite things from this charming little Quebec town…


Make: Gourmet s’mores, 6 ways

S'mores, 6 waysI finally got a chance to test out my new S’mores Melting Tray {purchased at HomeSense} over the long weekend & got a little carried away with all my flavour combinations! Here are 6 of my creations…

I made the marshmallows using this Chatelaine recipe & the flavours mentioned below were added when beating the gelatin mixture, before scraping it into the pan to set.

S'mores, 6 ways1 | Tropical: White chocolate | Coconut marshmallow {add 3-4 drops LorAnn coconut flavouring when beating gelatin mixture.} | pineapple | graham cracker

2 | Caramel Apple: Caramel | Cinnamon marshmallow {add 2 drops LorAnn cinnamon flavouring when beating gelatin mixture. This particular flavour is very strong, so use sparingly.} | apple | graham cracker

3 | Strawberry Rose: White chocolate | Rose marshmallow {add 2 tbsp. rosewater when beating gelatin mixture} | strawberry | graham cracker

S'mores, 6 ways
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Sugar Fix: Philip’s Ice Pops at The Hive, Honey Harbour

Philip’s Ice Pops at The Hive | 18 Frank’s Lane | Honey Harbour, Ontario

Philip's Ice Pops at The Hive Honey HarbourA couple of back-to-back trips this summer! After arriving home from California, I headed off to Georgian Bay for a cottage escape. The Hive is a really cute waterfront shop & cafe {Thrive Foods} at Honey Harbour that sells a variety of cottage-inspired clothing & decor.

The Hive Honey HarbourI tried a very yummy Strawberry Basil Philip’s Ice Pop while there. These are made with fresh fruit & herbs & are inspired by the Ontario harvest schedule. I noticed that they are also available in Toronto – yay! So now that I’m back home I can still get my fix.

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