BANFF, AB

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While in Canmore, we of course had to make a stop in Banff to walk down Main. The grand majority of the stores found here are gift shops, so once you’ve been into one you’ve pretty much seen the gist of what’s to offer. However, Gabi and I were on a quest for really rad (and inexpensive) dreamcatchers, so we went into pretty much every gift shop on the strip. We ended up buying the ones that we saw in the very first store we went into. Banff also has a lot of really sweet restaurants to eat at (although we didn’t) and a wicked candy shop filled with just about anything you could possibly be looking for. I snagged some coke balls for my brother, Smarties fudge for my dad and some Bottle Caps for a good friend of mine. Who can forget the amazing view in Banff? You’re surrounded by mountains. It’s very picturesque.

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After Banff we headed to Grassi Lakes Trail for a nice little hike. There are two trails that you can take - easy and hard. We opted for the hard trail on the way up even though Nicole was wearing flip flops! Thankfully it wasn’t too challenging, although we stopped a couple of times on the way up (and a couple more to take photos). The trail was rad! You go straight up the mountain and over little streams to reach these gorgeous little lakes with the most pristine green water. It was very cool. On the way down we took the easy trail. It was boring, but I’m glad we did that instead of the hard way! It would have been a definite challenge getting down (I am prone to falling a bazillion times).

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Back at the condo, Gabi and Nicole put together a nice little dinner for themselves. We then went hot tubbing, and came back for another evening of cards and shisha.

I am always so thankful for my weekends in Canmore! It’s so nice to get away (even for a short while) and relax in good company. Come to think of it, this may have been the last time that we have one of these weekends! Next year we will most likely all be spread out across the country. How bittersweet! That just makes me appreciate last weekend even more.

What have you been doing now that the weather is warming up (sort of - it’s been raining in Calgary)? I’m looking forward to summer hitting hard and spending my days picnicing, taking in Calgary for the last time, doing some more hiking and spending a lot of time with my friends.

COMMUNITEA CAFE, CANMORE

Life has been crazy chaotic since Sasquatch. It’s amazing how difficult getting back into routine can be after only one week of breaking it. It’s amazing how a week of partying can throw things so off track! Not that I am complaining or have any regrets about my music festival jaunt (it’s a definite highlight of the year), but I am having a very, very hard time re-adjusting to a life of work, good eating and top notch fitness.

After a couple of crazy weeks of being back at work, I finally got a weekend off for some much needed chill time in Canmore. My good friend
Gabi has a condo in this small town in the mountains, and we’ve spent a couple of weekends there over the last year. This time we went with Nicole, one of Gabi’s good friends. The past couple of times we’ve been there we’ve been focused on heavy wine drinking, having a good rowdy time, sleeping in late and lounging. This time around though, we spent our nights nursing our glasses of wine, playing cards, smoking shisha and our day taking in the sights. We all felt like we’d grown up a lot this year!

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Communitea. It’s this great café in downtown Canmore with a menu that’ll make you salivate (and keep you wanting more for months and months after). Their mission is “To be a positive impact. In someone’s day, in our community, and in the world,” and they do just that and more. The vibe of this place is so cool. The café itself is super inviting with it’s heavy natural lighting. It boasts cozy couches and a wall full of board games to keep you entertained while drinking your tea or waiting for food. The walls are filled with beautiful local art for purchase.

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I’m not gonna lie to you - this place is good. It’s really good. That means that it’s more often than not very busy, and you will probably be waiting, either in line to order or a great deal longer for your food. Don’t let this throw you off though. It’s worth the wait. When I visit Communitea I tend to treat it more as a restaurant that your run of the mill café. What’ll throw you off from this way of thinking is that you’re ordering and paying at the till, but they bring your food and drink to your table. What makes the wait worth it (besides the food, of course) is the staff who are always super friendly and manage to keep calm despite the constant rush.

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The menu is pretty awesome too. Communitea offers a ton of fairly healthy choices like salads, a daily soup, noodle and rice bowls and paninis (as well as a nummy quesadilla). This weekend I also discovered that they have a great looking breakfast menu, but I also didn’t get to try any it. I’m gonna dream about the organic yogurt with granola or the apple, almond butter and maple panini for daaaays. What I like best is that they have a ton of vegetarian (or pescatarian like Gabi and I) options, so it’s super easy to find something to eat. This time around we also tried their coffee (I got an americano and Nicole got the house blend) and were really stoked on how great it was. Usually we indulge in a rasperry Steaz soda that they serve in tall cups with ice and straws, which is exactly what Gabi stuck to this time around. I’m a little ashamed to say that I haven’t actually tried the tea here, but they do have a huge selection of delectable flavors.

Oh! Also, there is live music what seems like every week at the café. I also haven’t been to any of these shows, but totally want to.

If you’re ever in Canmore this is definitely a great place to stop in for a bite.
Check ‘em out!

Communitea Cafe on Urbanspoon

SASQUATCH MUSIC FESTIVAL

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The gorge
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Foster the People
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Chromeo dance party
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Sea of tents
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I spent the last week hanging out in Washington at Sasquatch Music Festival. I went down with my good friend and a couple that we met 24h prior to leaving. It was our first year going, and my oh my was it ever unreal. It was five days of mad partying, good laughs, dancing my ass off, new friends, and of course AMAZING live music. I cried to Death Cab for Cutie (twice - big crocodile tears), tripped to Iron & Wine, threw down to DFA (and have an abundance of bruises to show for it), and got nice and heavy for Skrillex. The list goes on and on. Some standout surprises for me were the Antlers and Storonway. What an unreal experience. I can't even wait for next year. Everyone get your ass down to a music festival this year!
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