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COVE ™ Nomadic Guide to Staying on Track

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Whether you’re in a hot climate or the concrete jungle, business trips can be a test to keep your personal goals intact while work might consume most of your trip. To avoid losing sight of your health and fitness goals while you’re not home, we created a guide for the busy nomad looking to balance work and leisure all at once.


DISCOVERY

Citymapper

This app is an all-around navigation app that can help even the most confused tourists or newcomers. Citymapper provides multiple travel options within a city including bus and subway routes. It also includes biking and walking options along with calorie counts for every option, convenient if you’re looking to getting in a workout on your stay.

Google Maps

Over the years, Google Maps has solidified itself as the benchmark navigation app among its competition, but the app does a lot more than provide directions. If you can’t remember the name of a cafe you visited before the airport, Google Maps now includes new functionalities like the Timeline Feature, which gives you a step-by-step outline of all your locations throughout the day. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat but don’t want to kill time in a lineup, the Popular Times section gives you detailed information about restaurant wait times.

Food Tripping

Whenever you’re ready to put the laptop down and enjoy a lunch break, Food Tripping is a great app for when you’re hungry but don’t want the excess calories. The app connects you to all local restaurants and fast-food chains that offer healthier alternatives including, juice bars, farmers’ markets, and more.

RELAXATION

Timeshifter

Jet lag today is easily curable thanks to apps like Timeshifter. The app creates personalized recommendations, based on sleep patterns and neuroscience, that help avoid jet lag issues before your flight. By notifying you when to sleep, get sunlight and stay awake, Timeshifter getting on and off a flight an easier transition.

Calm

Productivity starts with a healthy sleep cycle and apps like Calm help facilitate that. Calm is a reliable sleep and meditation app that provides you with guided meditation sessions along with sleep and anxiety training programs that are installed. The app is very seamless in helping with mindfulness and relaxation in the palm of your hands.

FITNESS

Glo.com

Gyms aren’t always accessible and sometimes, keeping a workout regimen might seem difficult. Glo is a wellness website that helps you stay focused from the comfort of your room and provides yoga training from a wide network of highly skilled instructors. The website offers unlimited training programs and classes for yoga, Pilates and meditation and is available online and through their free mobile app as well.

Nike Run Club

The Nike Run Club app is a user-friendly running platform that connects you with runners across the globe. The app allows you to track your progress in your run, along with providing personalized coaching for your workouts Nike Run Club is a great travel accessory that can connect you with locals as well as the Share Your Run feature that allows you to share your route with other Nike+ members, which is great for making gym friends abroad.

PRODUCTIVITY

Any.do

Without loading your smartphone with confusing notifications, there are apps like any.do, which help keep you organized right after your flight lands. Any.do is an intuitive task-management tool that helps you organize your tasks, lists and reminders all in one. The app syncs with all of your devices to ensure you’re always notified and making sure you’re making a habit of checking your tasks throughout the day. Whether it be project deadlines or a surprise meeting, this app is great for boosting productivity.

Rescue Time

Rescue Time is a great online tool for keeping you aware of how you spend your time while working. It works in the background of any of your devices and records everything from the amount of time you take during breaks to what apps you use and the time you spend using them. Besides that, Rescue Time also provides detailed reports and breakdowns of how you spend your time while working and blocks websites and apps automatically for you so that you can focus.

We want to create a bit of ease in your workday, regardless of location. With the COVETM Nomadic Guide to Staying on Track, you will have all the tools you’ll need to make the most out of your work trip.

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COVE™ City Guide: Calgary

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Nested between prairies and peaks, Calgary is Alberta is known as the gateway to the Rockies. The perfect springboard for mountain adventures, the energetic city has ample outdoor activities of its own. Its network of designated walking and biking paths form the most extensive urban pathway system in all North America.


Outdoors

Nose Hill Park, Calgary

Nose Hill Park is Calgary’s biggest city park located in Fish Creek is a provincial park, covering 11.27 square kilometres, the park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has a lush natural park with numerous hiking, biking and walking paths – many are dirt, but some are gravel or asphalt paths. This is a great location for wildlife spotting and retreat from Calgary’s bustle.

Edworthy Park, Calgary

Edworthy Park is a Calgary city park stretched along the south shore of the Bow River. Everything about this green space is big – big hills, big trees, big picnic areas, big playgrounds. The Bow River runs along the eastern edge of the park and guides the pedestrian trail. On hot days the river is a refuge for those looking to beat the heat.

Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village is a historical park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on over 100 acres of parkland on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir. As Canada’s second-largest living history museum, it is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions but it’s far from a tourist trap. The village’s exhibits span Western Canadian history from the 1860s.

Fun

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit organization that preserves and celebrates Calgary’s western heritage and community spirit. The annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world’s largest rodeos.

Calgary Tower

Originally named the Husky Tower, the Calgary Tower was constructed as a joint venture between Marathon Realty and Husky Oil to commemorate Canada’s centennial and revive the downtown core as a part of a Calgary urban renewal program. Today the Tower is a major tourist destination and popular dining spot. Though it’s been eclipsed in size (cough, the CN Tower), the Tower is still a source of pride for many Calgarians.

Mt. Norquay Ski Resort

Mt. Norquay is a mountain and ski resort in Banff National Park, about 40 minutes outside of Calgary’s downtown. The ski season usually starts in early December and ends mid-April. Mount Norquay is one of three major ski resorts located in the Banff National Park and should be a winter destination for any ski lover. If skiing isn’t your thing, cozy chalets and hot toddies await as well.

Food

Juice Because

Juice Because has dozens of locations around the city and makes cold-pressed juices, nut milks and healthy snacks. They say that can cure hangover to exhaustion.

Rooftop Bar @ Simmons

Perched atop a roof the Rooftop Bar @ Simmons is a hidden gem in Calgary. Lovely panoramic views of the Bow River and delicious Mexican-inspired dishes will keep you warm if you’re visiting Calgary in the winter months. The restaurant owners promise good times to start at there – and we can’t argue with tequila.

Vintage Chop House and Tavern

No trip to Alberta would be complete without consuming a little Alberta beef. Situated in the heart of Calgary’s historic beltline neighbourhood of Victoria Park, Vintage Chophouse and Tavern has been consistently rated one of Calgary’s Best Steakhouses. Dine and indulge at this classic steakhouse however; if meat isn’t your thing, the vegetarian sides are also a mouth-watering choice.

Musts

  • Visit Inglewood, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, and a lovely area to explore as it’s lush with galleries and boutiques.
  • Take a trip up to Scotsman’s Hill, a lookout point offering pretty views of the skyscrapers and landmarks of downtown Calgary.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Calgary has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

 

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The COVE™ Guide to The Best Canadian Spas

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Canada hosts some of the most luxurious spas in the world. From the breathtaking views to the remarkable services, we compiled an extensive list of some of the best spas in the country.


British Columbia

Sante Spa – Victoria, BC

Its beautiful, mountainous sweeping views from the spas outdoor mineral pool is definitely enough to get you in relaxation mode. Featuring a Forest Lounge to unwind in before your treatments, the luxurious spa is at the top of our list for a weekend getaway. Bonus: their treatments like massages, facials, and body scrubs use locally sourced ingredients such as sea kelp, clay, and lavender.

Try this treatment: The Elements Mountain Massage. This massage integrates indigenous rituals for a full experience. It begins with traditional sage smudging, foot scrub and purifying foot bath. Jade stones are also integrated on your energy pathways ground your mind and spirit.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort – Fairmont Hot Springs, BC

Nestled in the British Columbia hot springs with an exquisite view of the Rockies, the Fairmont Resort is a luxurious experience everyone must try. You can soak in the hot springs and experience natures phenomena. The hot springs have been there since the early 1900’s and have been carefully preserved since then. All of the treatments at the spa are infused with the healing hot springs water to really take your treatment to the next level.

Try this treatment: Hot Springs. Mineral rich and naturally heated, the waters of the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort have acclaimed therapeutic effects. These can include increased metabolism, accelerated healing, soothed muscles, improved circulation and detoxification.

Alberta

Willow Stream Spa – Banff

The scenery alone at this relaxing spa is enough to take your breath away. The 38,000 square foot spa boasts geo-thermal mineral pools with healing properties and a list of awards just as long as their list of treatments. Offering everything from body scrubs, facials, and massages, the spa has 23 rooms to accommodate guests 365 days a year – and have been doing so for 125 years. It’s located at the Banff Fairmont Springs, also known as the Castle in the Rockies. With a luxury hotel and resort onsite, you can make a vacation out of it.

Try this treatment: Majestic Blue. Named after the hue of the glaciers and the beautiful Banff sky, the colour blue represents peace and tranquility. It is a full body rejuvenating scrub using organic mountain lavender (also known as “blue magic”). From your scalp to your feet, your body will feel completely revitalized.

Ontario

St. Anne’s Spa – Grafton

Located not far from Toronto, St. Anne’s Spa is Canada’s largest destination spa. Sitting on over 400 acres of farmland, it is a quaint, 15-room inn with separate spa cottages to make your visit intimate and tranquil. With a long list of services, you can take advantage of the reiki healing, reflexology, and facials for every need. Unlike most spas, being quiet is not required – and noise is encouraged. You can even get your treatments done outdoors depending on the weather. There are horse stables, walking trails and an outdoor pool to name a few. This spa can be a day trip or a complete weekend escape from the city.

Try this treatment: Botanical Waterfall. A gentle introduction into hydrotherapy, you begin with a rejuvenating body scrub and wrapped in warm linen accompanied with a massage. Afterwards, enjoy the sensation of being under a waterfall as the Vichy shower rinses the products away. The service finishes off with a handmade balm of rose or lemongrass.

Quebec

Nordik Spa – Chelsea

The Nordik Spa in Chelsea, Quebec is a relaxation and healing-focused center with Scandinavian roots. It’s nestled in the village of Old Chelsea located outside Gatineau Park, and is the largest spa in North America. It has 10 exterior baths, 9 saunas, 4 restaurants, a panoramic pool, saltwater pool, and many, many more. Due to the sheer volume of things to do at Nordik, they offer great spa packages to make sure you get to experience as much as you can. Nordik is truly picturesque, and is also a wonderful destination in the winter.

Try this treatment: Massage in Nature. Featured in one of their cabins nestled in the forest, your massage will take place in a serene location with the sounds, smells, and sights of nature. Best part? This is available year-round. They recommend receiving the service in the winter – as you watch the snow gently fall.

Nova Scotia

Fox Harb’r Golf Resort and Spa – Wallace

This spa and resort is a secluded coastal retreat in the Northumberland Strait. It’s an oceanfront resort enjoyed by those who love the great outdoors. Not only does the resort boast an amazing Inn, but it has a long list of recreational activities (from horseback riding to fly fishing) to keep your weekend full of adventure. It is one of the most popular and exclusive spas in Canada, boasting a long list of celebrity clients.

Try this treatment: Experience Everything. This treatment package allows you to pay a flat rate to experience all the treatments you can fit in a 5-hour long pampering experience. Each treatment is customizable.

 

We’ve hoped you enjoyed this guide and look forward to a weekend full of relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Best Hiking Trails Across Canada

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It’s always hiking season and as adventure seekers ourselves, we complied a list of the best hikes across Canada to conquer before the summer is over. From easy to intense, there’s a trail here for everyone. What are you waiting for? Grab a bottle of water, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.


Alberta – Banff National Park

With one of the largest provincial parks in the country, there are over 1,600 km of trails varying intensities throughout the park – and the views are spectacular. It’s a popular tourist spot in Alberta, boasting beautiful mountain peaks, turquoise waters, and breathtaking scenery at every turn. Because there are quite a few trails, we’ve found two in varying levels of difficulty:

Easy: Lake Agnes Teahouse/Big Beehive
Time Required: 3-4 hours
Distance: 7.2 km return trip

Challenging: Cory Pass – Mt. Edith Circuit
Time Required: 5-6 hours
Distance: 13 km loop

British Columbia – The West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in all of Canada. While it’s 75 km path weaves through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, you can take a 6-day trek or a quick hike. The trail was originally carved out to help shipwreck survivors escape from the wilderness. The trail itself offers camping if you’re looking to do the entire trek, or just enjoy an escape in the middle of the forest.

Ontario – Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is home to Canada’s oldest and longest footpath spanning 750 km, running from Tobermory to Niagara Falls. The Niagara Escarpment is the backbone of the Bruce Peninsula, creating an amazing, unique landscape – it’s even part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. There are many hiking trails within the park, varying in all levels of difficulty and distances:

Easy: Cyprus Lake Trail
Time Required: 2.5 hours
Distance: 5km

Challenging (varies from low difficulty to moderate when approaching Grotto): Marr Lake Trail to Indian Head Cove and the Grotto
Time Required: 3 hours
Distance: 3km

Ontario – Algonquin National Park

Algonquin National Park is located approximately 3 hours from Toronto and is one and a half times the size of Prince Edward Island. By saying that there is something for everyone is quite an understatement. You can take a weekend-long camping trip or hike one of the day trails within the park. If you adventure rural enough, you can spot moose grazing, bald eagle sightings, and many more. The park includes guided walks, canoeing, and birdwatching.

Newfoundland – Gros Morne National Park

Another UNESCO World Heritage site in Canada, this park offers some of the most astounding views in the country. With soaring fjords, topography and mountains, you’ll feel like you’re in Lord of The Rings – it’s Tablelands area is one of the few places in the world where you can see the Earth’s mantle. There are countless trails that are fairly easy to hike, but those seeking adventure and amazing views will take the more challenging routes in.

Quebec – Parc National de Mont-Tremblant

Canadian’s and tourists alike flock to this place during the autumn months and it boasts some of the most beautiful colours you’ll ever see. Open year round (and just as breathtaking), the park has everything from an overnight hike to short excursions. The vast park has 6 rivers, over 400 lakes and streams and is home to 40 mammal species including the wolf.

Yukon – Grizzly Lake Trail

If you’ve got a real taste for adventure, you’ll venture north of, well, everything. Hike through the Yukon’s Tombstone Mountains, also known as “Patagonia of the North”. While the trail is more on the difficult side and can also be an overnight destination, there are shorter loops throughout that vary in difficulty depending on the type of adventure you’re looking for. This world-class mountain scenery is sure to impress even the most experienced of hikers. It’s quiet, desolate landscape is truly memorable.

We hope you’ve found a trail on this list that’s to your liking! For more information on camping, hiking trails, parking, and directions visit the Parks Canada website: https://www.pc.gc.ca

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COVE™ City Guide: Saskatoon

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While this prairie town might be overlooked when it comes to a Canadian travel destination, it shouldn’t be forgotten. The relatively small city has a population of 250,000 and boasts some of the nicest, hottest summers in Canada (and some of the coldest winters). Saskatoon has recently rebranded itself as a cycling-friendly city. From the city’s residential neighbourhoods to downtown Saskatoon and the scenic Meewasin Valley Trail, Saskatoon is full of spaces and places to ride.


OUTDOORS

Meewasin Valley Trail, Saskatoon

The Meewasin Trail runs over 60 km in and around Saskatoon’s city centre along both sides of the river, winding under the bridges, and through scenic landscaped parks and natural areas. Residents and visitors flock to the trail to cycle, jog, stroll or to enjoy a bit of nature in the city. Cross Country Ski trails maintained in parts of the trail through the winter.

Cranberry Flats Conservation Area, Saskatoon

Cranberry Flats is located just outside the City of Saskatoon and is a scenic area with large sandy beaches and an easy hiking trail that leads out to a valley lookout. The site is open from sunrise to sunset to enjoy the sun and sand. On warm summer days, Cranberry Flats is a popular place for Saskatoonians to launch rafts to float down the river towards Saskatoon.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this park is a historical center as a resource for understanding Indigenous people who originally habited the region. Wanusekewin is a Cree term for “living together in harmony”. The park contains the worlds longest-running archaeological dig where 5,000+-year-old relics are discovered daily. The center includes guided tours, hoop dancing lessons, tipi workshops and traditional art classes and visitors can walk the sacred grounds as well as rent a tipi to sleep in

FUN

Black Fox Farm

Wander through acres of blooming gladiolas and fields of flowers at the pastoral Black Fox Farm. You can pick your own bucket of flowers for a set price, and in fall, choose your Halloween pumpkin here. This family-owned farm is also one of the few farm-to-still distilleries in North America – they also make gin.

Remai Modern

Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. The gallery’s building sits on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, offering views of the South Saskatchewan River and prairie skies. Spanning four levels, Remai Modern has 11 gallery spaces over three floors, learning studios, a theatre, restaurant, store, lounges, play areas and numerous multi-use spaces.

FolkFest

Saskatoon’s annual summer festival is called FolkFest. The city’s multicultural communities pitch tents and showcase music and food. You’ll find a German pavilion with bratwursts, beer and accordion bands, as well as a Jamaica pavilion with reggae and cold Red Stripe and jerked chicken. This being the prairies, you’ll also find plenty of perogies and cabbage rolls and Ukrainian liqueurs.

 FOOD

Collective Coffee

Collective Coffee has two locations, one in Pleasant Hill and another in Riversdale. The design of the spaces is all about letting the natural light in with floor to ceiling windows. Sip the best coffee in town and people watch here.

Little Grouse on the Prairie

Little Grouse on the Prairie offers handmade pastas made from local wheat. Try the ravioli, perfect pasta squares stuffed with ricotta prepared simply with sage butter. The restaurant is located inside the old building of what was formerly a Canadian-Chinese restaurant.

Clementine Cafe

For brunch, try Clementine. Located in a basement that manages to feel like both a Turkish cave room and an airy loft, this packed spot its eggs with hummus, Turkish hot sauce, and housemade sourdough and tops their home fries with spicy salsa and lime mayo.

MUSTS

  • Saskatoon landmarks on both sides of the South Saskatchewan River now pay tribute to the Canadian legend Joni Mitchell. Take a trip to the plaques and hum one of her hits.
  • Buy locally grown sea buckthorn berry at the Saskatoon Farmers Market, which is open all-year-round on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Ottawa has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

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The COVE™ Guide to Canadian Parks by Province

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It’s finally hiking and camping season, and at COVE we’re ready for a summer full of adventure. We compiled a list of the best provincial and national parks in the country for you to start planning your road trip.


What is a provincial park?

Provincial parks are areas of land and water that are designated as areas of conservation, preservation, tourism, and education. The first provincial park was Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls and it was established in 1885. Shortly after came Algonquin in 1893, which was the first provincial park established to protect a natural environment. National parks are designated for the same reasons. They represent the power of Canada’s natural environment.

These wild places, located in every province and territory, range from mountains and plains, to boreal forests and tundra, to lakes and glaciers, and much more. National parks protect the habitats, wildlife and ecosystem diversity representative of — and sometime unique to — the natural regions.

Alberta – Banff National Park

Banff National Park is easily the province’s most popular tourist destination, as well as one of the most picturesque spots in the country. Known for its wildly coloured lakes, majestic mountains and endless opportunity for adventure, it’s Canada’s first national park. The park spans 6,641 square kilometers of scenic valleys, peaks, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers. The actual town of Banff is uniquely located within the National Park itself.

The Park allows for camping as well as luxurious chalets and hotels. Banff National Park requires a park pass when you go to visit, and if you want to camp, you’ll have to register online.

There are tons of guided tours: mushing with dog sleds in the winter, tours via horseback, and even western-wilderness themed cookouts.

British Columbia – Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park

Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park is in the heart of the Rockies. Known for its vivid landscapes, ecosystem and of course the mountain view, it spans over 665,709 hectares of wilderness in Northern B.C. One of the notable features of the Northern Rocky Mountains Park is the diversity of water features. The area is accentuated by major rivers, clear, cold streams, waterfalls, rapids, small glaciers and lakes. While recreational use isn’t year-round, access to the area is either by hiking, boat, aircraft or horseback.

Manitoba – Atikaki Wilderness Provincial Park

One of our more rural options, Atikaki Provincial Park is where you’ll find Mother Nature at her most pristine. It’s just east of Lake Winnipeg bordering Ontario and is in Canadian Shield country – a huge area of exposed igneous rock. Bordering it is kilometers of rugged Boreal forest, rivers and lakes perfect for canoeing and fishing. There is also an abundance of wildlife, especially Caribou – Atikaki is Ojibwe for “country of the caribou”. You can stay at a fly-in lodge, chalet, or fishing base camp. The park is still truly untouched by man.

Ontario – Lake Superior Provincial Park

Located in the Northern region of Ontario along the coast of Lake Superior, this Provincial Park is one of Canada’s most notable. It’s rich in history; you’ll find pictographs littering the coast line – most of which you can see up close, and it’s one of Canada’s only accessible pictograph viewings. This park has amazing hiking trails and a stunning landscape. The park has a campground located within itself for tent, RV, trailer and cabin camping. Katherine’s Cove, a beach within the park has a breathtaking natural “bathtub” made from igneous rock and water erosion over the years. It is truly a sight to be seen.

New Brunswick – Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy, near the village of Alma. The park protects Acadian Highlands, the site of the world’s tallest tides. You can even walk on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean when the tide reaches low enough, having a chance to look at the creatures left behind. There are exclusive foliage that belong to Fundy, like the birds-eye primrose, found only in this park! If you’re looking to go camping, there are 3 campgrounds – from comfortable Otentiks to isolated primitive campgrounds, you’ll find something ideal for your group. Then, off to adventuring!

Newfoundland – Barachois Pond Provincial Park

The Barachois Pond Provincial Park occupies part of the Appalachian Mountains known as the Long Range Mountains, formed over 450 million years ago. Erosion reduced the peaks to less than 400 meters and glaciers formed the valley now filled by Barachois Pond. This park is ideal for the weekend getaway full of excitement. You can swim, fish, and go waterskiing. The Erin Mountain trail is one for the avid hiker, and boasts breathtaking views of the landscape of the Maritimes. With plenty of camping options, boat rentals, and guided tours, you’ll be sure to have a weekend of non-stop adventure.

Yukon – Kluane National Park and Reserve

In case you have a real sense of adventure, Kluane National Park and Reserve is the spot for you. The land of extreme is home to Canada’s highest mountain peak at 5,959 meters, the largest ice field and North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population. Kluane’s known for its wilderness recreation and mountaineering – explore mountains with multi-day hikes or a more accessible adventure where great hikes await you just off the highway. You can raft the unbelievable Alsek River fed my glacial meltwaters. With tons of options for camping, exploring the Yukon is a must-do.

At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™. For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

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COVE™ City Guide: Ottawa

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Ottawa is so much more than the nation’s capital city. Once regarded as a sleepy home to bureaucrats, Ottawa is quickly becoming a destination for those looking for an urban adventure. Surrounded by the Rideau Canal, stunning national parks and ample national landmarks, a weekend adventure to Ottawa will not disappoint.


OUTDOORS

Gatineau Park, Gatineau

Immerse yourself in nature in Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation and outdoor recreation park is just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau. In summer enjoy swimming, hiking, biking, camping and in winter, go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. The Park is a sanctuary for more than 100 species of plants and animals at risk.

Commissioners Park, Ottawa

The Canadian Tulip Festival was established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians immediately following the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship. The Festival reserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada.

Rideau Canal

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “Canal” weaves its way through Ottawa’s quaint downtown core. The Rideau Canal is walkable and bikeable in the summer months, and you can skate the entire thing in the colder winter months. Hop on a houseboat if you feel inclined to row down its banks.

FUN

Nordik Spa-Nature

After exploring Ottawa, take a short drive over the Chelsea, Quebec and check into the Nordik Spa-Nature. Treat yourself to a massage in the spa’s tiny wood cabins amongst the hundreds of saunas. This spa is the largest of its kind in North America.

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art. The massive building is host to an impressive array of works by Canadian artists, including rooms dedicated to First Nations art and modern art.

ByWard Market

ByWard Market is a buzzing hub of outdoor market stalls, specialty food shops, bars, restaurants and galleries. It’s also known for its street art and local clothing retailers. Perch on a patio for an afternoon and take time to explore this vibrant public space.

FOOD

Origin Trade Inc.

Located in the centre of the Byward Market, Origin Trade Inc. offers a selection of regional foods and beverages, which show their love of Ottawa. Origin supports local suppliers and focuses on serving the freshest products. They source foods from Ontario farms, wine from local wineries and craft beer from local breweries.

Kettleman’s Bagel Co.

Kettleman’s Bagel Co. serves Montreal-style bagels with an Ottawa twist. The bagels are served hot and fresh – and are perfect for a hearty breakfast or lunch before exploring the city. They also make a nice picnic option if you’d like to enjoy al fresco along the Canal or on the lawn of the Parliament Buildings.

Fraser Cafe

Fraser Café is an independently-owned, seasonally-focused restaurant run by brothers, Ross & Simon Fraser. Their focus is locally sourced and globally inspired dishes in a cozy setting. Fraser Café is a must for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays too.

MUSTS

  • Take a free tour of Canada’s Parliament Buildings. Time your tour to take place during Question Period to get a glimpse of MPPs and the Prime Minister debate issues of the day.
  • Eat a Beaver Tail, an Ottawa delicacy, this sugary, puffy pastry is best consumed with an extremely hot, hot chocolate or coffee. Sometimes a beavertail is the only thing that can warm one up on a cold Ottawa afternoon.
  • Skate or walk along the Canal. The Rideau Canal connects Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston, Ontario. It’s an impressive 202 kilometres in length.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Ottawa has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

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COVE™ City Guide: Halifax

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A picture-perfect coastal destination, Halifax is an east coast capital that feels like a small town. Warm sea breezes, leafy parks, and gardens nestled between heritage buildings, are just a few reasons why you should visit. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Halifax.


Outdoors

Herring Cove Bluffs, Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve

Just south of Halifax, The Herring Cove Bluffs is a scenic day trip. This coastal trail is 1.5km return, making it an easy hike to try when in the Halifax region. Nestled among coastal bushes and trees, these bluffs offer perfect sunset views.

Pennant Point Trail, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park

This coastal provincial park features three white-sand crescent beaches along the mouth of the Halifax Harbour. Long boardwalks line the park but come prepared to do some mild bushwhacking if you want to explore the more unkempt parts of the trail. The beaches even look pretty during the off-season.

Martinique Beach Provincial Park, East Petpeswick

Martinique Beach Provincial Park is the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia. The 5-km crescent white-sand beach has open and wooded picnic areas, sand dunes, and quiet swimming areas. The beach is close to the Halifax Surf School if you’re feeling adventurous.

The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail, Timberlea

This trail is located just north of Halifax and is lush with thick woodlands, with a variety of trees like red maple, spruce and oak. The wooded trail has several high peaks, allowing for stunning vistas and photos, of course.

Fun

Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove

No trip to Halifax would be complete without an excursion to Peggy’s Cove. Quintessential and picturesque, Peggy’s Cove is a major tourist attraction, but local inhabitants still fish for lobster and the tiny community has a rustic look and feel. Get lost in downtown Peggy’s Cove and chat with friendly locals, make sure to grab ice cream at Dee Dee’s before you head back to the city.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Downtown Halifax

Get your pop culture fix at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The expansive art collection is home to over 17,000 classic and modern works from native artists and showcases pieces by Maud Lewis, Nova Scotia’s beloved folk artist. It’s easy to spend a rainy afternoon here.

Food

Two if by Sea

A scenic ferry trip across the harbour sits Two if by Sea. This downtown Dartmouth café serves up massive croissants, which are well-known among Haligonians. Cozy up to locals at the communal table, and drink espresso-based beverages made with direct-trade beans roasted at neighbouring Anchored Coffee.

The Coastal Café

Buzzy brunch café, The Coastal Café, dishes out creative menu items, from bacon cheeseburger eggs Benny to the signature “Elvis”: slices of Montreal bacon, banana, and peanut butter between two buttermilk waffles. Sunday morning wait times are to be expected, as this tiny restaurant only has 20 seats – we promise the pancakes will be worth it.

Highwayman

Spanish-inspired restaurant Highwayman features an impressive menu of tapas with a focus on local seafood. Named after the Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes, the space’s is washed in weathered, blue-grey tones. There are no reservations, so arrive early to grab a table.

Musts

  • Hike up Citadel Hill, an iconic Halifax landmark, where a cannon goes off every day at noon. This hilltop location has an incredible view of the Halifax Harbour and was chosen in 1749 as a fort location to protect the city.
  • Explore the abandoned ruin that was once the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Beaver Bank Station an hour outside of Halifax.
  • Wander in the Hydrostone Set along quaint cobblestone streets, this area is home to markets and local stores.

 

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Halifax has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

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COVE™ City Guide: Vancouver

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Vancouver has long captured the imagination of some of Canada’s great writers and artists, offering beautiful natural scenery along the pacific ocean. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Vancouver.


Outdoors

Mystery Lake, North Vancouver

Located in Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Mystery Lake is a scenic lake perfect for swimming on hot summer days. The hike is relatively easy due to its short distance, the trail does ascend 150 meters and over tree roots and loose rocks. Picnic here.

Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver

This is one of Greater Vancouver’s most beautiful parks located along the shores of West Vancouver. Hikes in Lighthouse Park promise Ancient Douglas Fir trees and breathtaking views of the water. The trails here are relativity easy with only a few having a short hill to ascend or descend. Explore the lighthouse too.

Capilano-Pacific Trail, Capilano Canyon

The Capilano Pacific Trail follows the Capilano River, bordering North and West Vancouver, from the sea up to Cleveland Dam. The route is 7.5km (roughly 2 hours) each way and follows a variety of terrain, including beaches, rocky shores, steep canyon cliffs, and dense west coast rain forest. Get ready for a full-day adventure.

Quarry Rock, North Vancouver

On the shores of Deep Cove in North Vancouver sits a large rocky outcrop known as Quarry Rock. This hike offers thick woods of Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees, small creeks from mountain runoff, and the smell of fresh forest air. End at Indian Arm, a fjord that will make you feel like you’re in Norway.

Fun

Escape to Salt Spring Island. A ferry ride away from the bustle of downtown Vancouver, Salt Spring Island is home to many artists. Think orchards, forests, adorable cabins and Scandinavian-inspired saunas – Salt Spring Islanders even have their own local currency, the Salt Spring Dollar. This is the perfect island for wandering and making your own fun.

Grouse Mountain

Make your way up to Grouse Mountain for one of the best views of Vancouver. In the winter, take the trolley up the mountain to experience the massive mountaintop ice rink and a sliding zone for winter sledding. In the summer, hike the 2,830 step Grouse Grind, a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.”

Food

Tacofino Oasis

What started as a Tofino taco truck has grown to become Tacofino Oasis, a West-Coast-inspired Mexican haven made fresh with quality ingredients. The 1940s and 50s décor will make you feel like you’re eating in a mid-century Mexican resort town.

The Juice Truck

The Juice Truck is Vancouver’s cold-pressed juice go-to. The juicers launched on four wheels first and then expanded into a mini empire severing up delicious plant-based snacks, meals, sundries – and juice, of course!

Revolver Coffee Inc.

One of the most famous coffee shops in Vancouver, Revolver Coffee Inc. is popular for a reason. With an extensive bean selection, you can choose a dozen different ways to have your coffee brewed and crafted. This quaint, very “Gastown”, spot is a must for coffee-drinkers.

Musts

  • Rent a kayak Deep Cove in North Vancouver. Search for baby seals while you discover remote beaches only accessible by boat.
  • Watch the sunset at the Seawall while you stroll or bike through Stanley Park. Like Vancouver artist Emily Carr said, “It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw.”
  • Sunbathe nude at Wreck Beach, get dressed and wander through the Nitobe Memorial Gardens and Botanical Gardens just down the street.

This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Vancouver has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

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