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WINTER AWAITS How to embrace the season



INSPIRING COMMUNITY Jyoti Gondek, Heather Cockerline and Tracey Martin want all Livingston residents to feel like they belong

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Civic health, and our collective sense of well-being, grow exponentially when people feel engaged and included. Here, we take a closer look at some of the ways Livingston and other Calgary communities are fostering a sense of inclusion.



Development of Livingston’s Stage 2 is now well underway, and this new west side is chockablock with exciting features and unique offerings.



Looking for that extra-special gift this season? We bring you a variety of ideas for that perfect item — all made or sold in north Calgary.




From the best places to go skiing, snowshoeing and sledding, to expert tips for building an epic snow fort, this is your guide to making the most of winter in north Calgary — and beyond.


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Anila Lee Yuen of the Centre For Newcomers on making new Calgarians feel at home.

Fall and winter events to look forward to.


Four skating rinks to enjoy in north Calgary.


Behind the scenes with the Calgary’s Zoo’s four giant pandas.


At Landmark Cinemas 16 Country Hills, movie-goers with special needs can enjoy a film in comfort.

Indulge at these locally loved bakeries and sweet shops.



Youth Arts Action helps teens in north Calgary feel inspired and empowered.


Dress for the season with these cozy, affordable picks.


Meet the dedicated artists behind Bee Kingdom glass.

Speed skater Gilmore Junio shares what he loves about training in northwest Calgary.

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Expert tips and ideas for displaying art in your home.


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Trent Edwards Chief Operating Officer Brookfield Residential Alberta

THE NEW NORTH Building complete communities for all stages of life IT’S EXCITING that complete communities are becoming more popular in Calgary. These communities give residents the opportunity to work, play and explore, right in their backyards. The goal of a complete community is to meet people’s needs for daily living throughout an entire lifetime, and the benefits are amazing. Studies show that smart planning leads to better health, more safety, more local food sources and improved social and family relationships.


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Brookfield Residential believes we can cultivate exceptional life experiences for our customers by designing and building award-winning master-planned communities. It is important to us that our communities bring residents together and provide people with opportunities to build a fulfilling life right in their backyard. Livingston’s design creates a sense of community between residents by inviting people to gather, celebrate and explore. Pathways, green streets, transit routes and access to major thoroughfares create plentiful connections within the community and to the rest of the city. Brookfield Residential’s goal is to create the best places to call home, and we truly feel like we have achieved this with the community of Livingston. You can love where you live and live where you want with a wide selection of homes. Livingston has a home for everyone, from multi-generational homes to multi-family townhomes and condos, buyers can choose from four distinct home styles throughout the community at various price points. Home options start in the mid $200s, with the new Octave townhome project. The Octave offers two and three bedroom townhomes with attached garages and low condo fees. This project allows people to own without compromise. Homeowners at every stage of life will be able to have the space they need and want, at an affordable price. In Livingston, it is possible to live where you want in a home you love, and if you want great access to the airport, Costco, T&T Market, CrossIron Mills and the New Horizons Mall, Livingston would be perfect for you. Stop by our Community Hub to learn more about this complete community and what the future holds, including six schools, the Green Line LRT, and the Urban Corridor that will surround Centre Street. You won’t want to miss out on the Livingston experience in Calgary’s new north. L

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NOTEWORTHY EVENTS From student art exhibits to festive holiday parties, here are some of the many nearby events worth checking out this season.

NOVEMBER 29 TO JANUARY 5 ZOOLIGHTS No matter how many times you may visit the Calgary Zoo during the winter months, Zoolights never gets old. This annual installation has become a Calgary tradition for families and couples. The perfect option for a romantic winter date or a group outing, Zoolights features live music, appearances by Santa, and 1.5 million glittering lights arranged in a variety of creative and festive displays. The Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Dr. N.E.

DECEMBER 9 NORTHWESTIVAL No need to stay cooped up when it’s chilly: instead, get out and embrace the snowy weather at Northwestival. In its second year of celebrating north Calgary communities, this festive event provides fun for the whole family, with food trucks, axe-throwing clinics, hay rides, and live music. University District, University Dr. N.W.


NOVEMBER 22 TO 24 ACAD STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION SHOW + SALE This unique art show is for and by the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) students. With all ticket and sale proceeds going back into supporting ACAD artists, it highlights the best of the fresh art scene in Calgary. Leave with one of the more than 3,000 original creations on display, in a variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, glass, fibre and photography. Main Mall, Alberta College Of Art + Design, 1407 14 Ave. N.W.


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DECEMBER 31 NOON YEAR’S EVE AT TELUS SPARK This family-friendly event captures all the excitement and festivities of New Year’s Eve without having to stay up until midnight with the kids. The countdown begins at 11:45 a.m. on December 31. And, in true science centre fashion, the celebrations include hydrogen balloon explosions, as well as a bubble wrap dance party that covers the entire atrium floor. 220 St. George’s Dr. N.E.

ACAD photo by Alyssa Hanke; Northwestival photo by Neil McElmon; Noon Year's Eve photo courtesy of Telus Spark; Banff Film Festival photo by Ben Tibbetts

CENTURY DOWNS’ ANNUAL WEIHNACHTSMARKT An annual Christmas market with a German twist. There’s mulled wine and local vendors selling arts, crafts and — of course — classic German treats such as bratwursts and schnitzels. Running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 1 and 2, the market takes over the casino’s barns and some of the surrounding outdoor areas. Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, 260 Century Downs Dr., Rocky View County

JANUARY 15 TO 18, JAN. 20, & JAN. 22 TO 27 BANFF FILM FESTIVAL The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the excitement of the mountains to Calgary in the second half of January. Showcasing a variety of short films on everything from snow sports and the adventures of mountaineers to the everyday lives of Sherpas in Nepal, the works are sure to inspire, excite and inform all audience members, from hardcore adventurers to weekend warriors. Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary, 206 University Court N.W. L




by Fabian Mayer

Lacing up and going for a skate is one of winter’s simple joys — but first you need to find a smooth patch of ice. Luckily, there are plenty of nearby options. From a quintessentially Canadian frozen pond to one of the world’s fastest ice surfaces, north Calgary offers a wide range of memorable spots.

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ROSEMOUNT RINKS AT CONFEDERATION PARK Calgarians have been playing hockey in Confederation Park — home to one of the oldest outdoor rinks in the city — since 1966. Maintained by a group of volunteers known as the Rosemount Ice Guys, this outdoor rink was once deemed the best in Calgary. There is also a separate ice surface for pleasure skating. The park is a great place to spend a Saturday, as the well-used rinks, much-loved toboggan hill, crosscountry ski trails and rosy-cheeked families combine to create a wonderfully wintery scene. 2807 10 St. N.W.


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OLYMPIC OVAL If it’s too cold (or warm) to skate outdoors, the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary is an excellent venue for an indoor skate. Built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, the 400-metre-long speed skating oval boasts exceptionally smooth ice and is ideal for beginners or those looking to work on their technique. Skaters must leave the hockey sticks at home, but racing around some of the fastest ice in the world offers plenty of entertainment. Admission is $7 for adults and $4.75 for ages 6-17 and over 55. Children under five years skate for free. Be sure to check public skating times at oval.ucalgary.ca. 288 Collegiate Blvd. N.W.

VIVO With two NHL-sized arenas open year-round, Vivo is a perfect spot for a leisurely family skate or some great game play. The rinks are accessible for public skating at scheduled drop-in times, which you can find on the Vivo website at vivo.ca. You can also check the site to find out more about joining one of Vivo’s non-contact shinny hockey games; there are adult-only play options, as well as parent and child games. For an added bonus, Skate Doctor is right on-site, so you can get your skates sharpened, fitted or repaired while you’re there. Admission prices range from $3 to $7.50 per person, depending on age. 11950 Country Village Link N.E.

BOWNESS PARK LAGOON There’s something special about skating on natural ice. Surrounded by snow-dusted trees in tranquil Bowness Park, skating on the Bowness Lagoon makes for an enchanting winter outing. The lagoon is typically frozen by late December, with ice usually lasting through February. There’s no hockey allowed, keeping things family-friendly, and skaters can warm up with a coffee or hot chocolate at Seasons restaurant, located right on the lagoon. There is no admission fee and skate rentals are available for $10 for up to two hours. 8900 48 Ave. N.W. L


by Elizabeth Chorney-Booth | photography by Jared Sych

SWEET TREATS When it’s time to celebrate a special occasion, spread some generosity to friends and neighbours or simply indulge and enjoy life, many of us turn to delicious desserts and pastries. North Calgary is filled with bakeries and other sweet shops that collectively show off the culinary diversity of the city. Visit one of these local favourites:


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Amandine photo by Rebecca Middlebrook

ÉCLAIR DE LUNE For more than a decade now, Chef Philippe Poncet’s authentic French patisserie has specialized in flakey and creamy delicacies: carefully constructed mille-feuilles, elaborate croquembouches, pretty fruit tarts and, of course, cream-filled éclairs. Recognizing that sweets need to be complemented by the savoury, Éclair de Lune also serves up croissants, croque monsieur sandwiches and house-made quiche. While a traditional French patisserie initially seemed to be an odd fit for a strip mall off of Northmount Drive, the bakery has proven so popular that Poncet just moved Éclair de Lune from that original location to a much larger location in the northeast. 4127 6 St. N.E.; 403-398-8803

PUNJABI SWEET HOUSE AND RESTAURANT Calgary is home to a number of Indian restaurants that also sell sweets — Punjabi Sweet House is a favourite among many Calgarians because of its fresh selection of classic desserts. Set in an unassuming restaurant that also does savoury curries and fluffy naan bread, the glass sweets case is full of mouthwatering specialties that include sweet and sticky jalebi (a flour batter that is piped into swirls and then fried and soaked in sugar syrup), several varieties of barfi (dense milky squares) and the always popular gulab jamun (doughnut-like milk balls soaked in syrup). 113 216 Saddletowne Circle N.E.; 403-293-5252

CHOKLAT Billed as “the only chocolate maker in Alberta,” Choklat is unique in that it doesn’t just make truffles and other chocolatey delights, it also makes the chocolate itself, with raw cocoa beans. The products available in the shop are sophisticated and cocoa-rich, with plain bars, drinking chocolate, custom made-to-order truffles and chocolate bark all available to discerning chocolate lovers. “We start with some of the rarest cocoa beans in the world, import them and do the processing to make the chocolate,” says Choklat president Brad Churchill. “We’re both a chocolate maker and a chocolatier.” 3601B 21 St. N.E.; 403-457-1419; choklat.com

AMANDINE BAKERY A Centre Street mainstay for more than 30 years, Amandine has provided many a Calgarian with a perfectly decorated cake. Owner Shotaro Kajita says that customers come from all corners of the city, and that many have been celebrating their birthdays with Amandine cakes for their entire lives. “We’re best known for our cakes,” Kajita says. “We don’t use artificial or pre-made mixes. We’re making from scratch and that makes a difference.” While special occasion cakes are Amandine’s calling card, the bakery also offers more everyday items like European-style pastries, multi-layered mille-feuille pastry and buttery Dutch tea cakes. 3, 2610 Centre St. N.; 403-276-3532; amandinebakery.net L

OPPOSITE: Philippe Poncet at Éclair de Lune. THIS PAGE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Sweets from Punjabi Sweet House, hazelnut and milk choklat bark from Choklat, and a custom cake from Amandine Bakery.



Day in the Life

by Jennifer Dorozio | illustrations by Sam Hester

LIFE WITH THE CALGARY ZOO’S FOUR GIANT PANDAS The daily routine of a giant panda includes a lot of napping and snacking — and the Calgary Zoo’s four giant pandas enjoy plenty of both. Arriving from the Toronto Zoo in March 2018, the two adults, male Da Mao and female Er Shun, will stay in Calgary for five years, while Er Shun’s twin cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, will be relocated in two years as they enter maturity. More than just a popular zoo attraction, the pandas signify good relations between Canada and China and are part of important breeding efforts. Here’s what a typical day in the life of the pandas — and their keepers — looks like at the Calgary Zoo. BAMBOO FACTS For giant pandas, bamboo is a big deal. Whether the pandas accept or reject their meal, and how well the plants get digested, can both be important indicators of the bears' overall health. The Calgary Zoo's pandas currently receive their bamboo directly from China and have no complaints about it, according to the zoo's panda curator, Mathew Korhonen. "If you can get your bamboo down, you have happy pandas. If they're not happy with the quality of their bamboo, you've got stressed out pandas, which makes stressed out zookeepers."


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Calgary winters get cold — it’s an undeniable reality, but one that’s much easier to embrace with the right seasonal gear. Handle the chillier season like an expert with these essential (and affordable) accessories recommended by Graham Louden, manager of Mountain Warehouse in CrossIron Mills (just 20 minutes north of Livingston).

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by Shelley Boettcher | photographs by Erin Brooke Burns

Phillip Bandura (left) and Ryan Marsh Fairweather (right) at work in their northwest Calgary studio.


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The glass is 1,200 degrees Celsius. You’re working with something that’s actually hotter than lava. It’s really magical, but there’s also an element of danger.” –Phillip Bandura



The artists of Bee Kingdom celebrate the art and joys of glassblowing.

WHEN IT COMES TO the Calgary art scene, there’s nothing quite like Bee Kingdom. The studio, made up of glassblowing duo Ryan Marsh Fairweather and Phillip Bandura, is known around the world for its playful, funny creations that resemble kids’ cartoons come to life. “We’re the Nintendo of glass: we’re very approachable, familyfriendly and colourful,” says Fairweather. “We’re innovating on an old material, and showing it to people in a new way — but we’re not being too pretentious about it.”



Or secretive. In their Mount Pleasant studio in northwest Calgary, they regularly offer glassblowing classes. Eager Calgarians can sign up and learn to make a paperweight or a drinking glass, or try private lessons to expand their repertoire. “Part of our mandate has been to educate Calgarians about glass as art,” Fairweather says.


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detailed, whimsical creations, like chubby-bellied monsters and round-headed dragons. While the other member has gone on to different projects, Fairweather and Bandura have continued, showing their creations at the Pictoplasma Character Festival in Berlin, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass, as well as galleries in Seattle, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and South Korea. In September 2019, they’ll have an exhibition, as yet unnamed, at Calgary’s Ruberto Ostberg Gallery. They haven’t decided on the theme yet, but, according to Bandura, you can expect that it will resemble their other work. “Our work always tends to be playful,” he says. For both artists, glassblowing has never lost its power to enchant and excite. “It’s that immediacy, that tactile nature,” says Bandura. “The glass is 1,200 degrees Celsius. You’re working with something that’s actually hotter than lava. It’s really magical, but there’s also an element of danger.” One of Bee Kingdom’s most After more than popular offerings is Monster a decade, the Bee Kingdom Lab, a collaborative public art artists are still program that has been offered passionate about across North America. As part glassblowing. of the program, kids submit their most creative drawings “Sure, we’re making drinking glasses, but we’re of monsters, and Fairweather then chooses making art, too.” a handful that he and Bandura sculpt out of Bee Kingdom was formed in Calgary in vividly hued blobs of molten glass. 2006 after Fairweather, Bandura and another “When I was a kid, I had no idea that glass friend met as students at the Alberta College was anything other than what you drink out of, of Art & Design (ACAD). or for windows,” Fairweather says. “I’m hoping They began working together and, from the to get kids — everyone, really — to look at get-go, people gravitated toward their intensely glass in an entirely new way.” L

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Say HELLO Centre for Newcomers CEO Anila Lee Yuen wants all Calgarians to feel at home in their city.

FOR MANY PEOPLE WHO are new to Calgary, especially those arriving from points outside of Canada, the first stop in their journey to integrate into the local community is the Centre for Newcomers. The centre, which is based in the city’s northeast, offers a number of resources for those looking to start afresh in Calgary, including language education, job training and other settlement services. Anila Lee Yuen, the centre’s CEO, is an invaluable ambassador for the city — she clearly takes joy in helping people feel comfortable and at home. Recognizing that a feeling of inclusion is crucial to any newcomer’s sense of well-being and subsequent success in the city, Lee Yuen urges all of us to do our part to make new Calgarians feel valued and welcome. Q: What are some of the strategies the Centre for Newcomers use to help people integrate into the community?


Typically, people come to us because they’re looking for tangible resources to help with


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schools, language and employment. Half of our mandate is about that. The other half is about working with communities to welcome newcomers. We work a lot with community associations, volunteer groups, schools and anyone who wants to participate in creating programming and opportunities that value and celebrate diversity. Q: What programs do you offer that focus on the more personal aspects of welcoming newcomers?


We have a peer mentorship program that focuses on creating connections between professionals that will mentor newcomers in the fields of employment they want to get into. We also have our volunteer-led refugee integration program that is really based around a social aspect. We encourage families to volunteer together to work with a refugee family and to take them on a social outing to do something fun together as a family. Q: Are communities like Livingston, which offer urban-style amenities and a variety of housing options, helpful to newcomers?


Absolutely. I think it’s really important to recognize that

newcomers coming into our communities may not have their driver’s licences yet. If you’re taking transit, it makes it so much easier to have amenities in walkable, livable communities that are close by. Creating that opportunity to walk or bike or take transit easily is so important as people orient themselves. In addition, newcomers are often living with extended families. Having housing options and accessibility for seniors is also very important to newcomers because they typically may live with their older parents. Q: What are some things that existing Calgarians can do on their own to help welcome newcomers?


It’s a very simple thing, but say “hello.” Smile when you see someone who looks like they may be new to the community. Introduce yourself. Some of those things can really go a long way. If people are organizing community events, they can get demographic information from the City of Calgary to find out which languages are most spoken in their specific community. And, if you’re having a community event, put up signage in the appropriate languages. L

ANILA LEE YUEN CEO of the Centre for Newcomers. Holds a BSc in Psychology and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary, and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. Recipient, at age 23, of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case for her work advocating for the rights of immigrant and minority women and children in Canada. Vice Chair of the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA). Long-time volunteer, serving on a variety of boards and committees over the years, including the South Asian Police Advisory Committee, Calgary Arts Development, and the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women. Included on the Top 40 Under 40 list by Avenue Calgary magazine in 2017.

We work a lot with community associations, volunteer groups, schools and anyone who wants to participate in creating programming and opportunities that value and celebrate diversity."




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by Jennifer Dorozio | photography by Erin Brooke Burns


YOUTH ARTS ACTION Empowering students to transform their communities. AFTER NOTICING A LACK of public art in their much-loved local recreation facility, a group of students from northeast Calgary were inspired to beautify the space. Now, walk into the Genesis Centre’s main foyer and you’ll see the striking Pillars of Humanity art installation, unveiled last fall and created through the efforts of the young artists in Calgary’s Youth Arts Action Team North collective. Meant for youth ages 13 to 18, Youth Arts Action Team North is a weekly club that develops creativity and leadership skills, specifically for youth who lack access to creative programs. “The important thing is that the youth who come [to meetings] feel better about themselves and feel stronger and more closely connected to each other and their community,” says Dwight Farahat, one of Team North’s facilitators. Backed by Antyx Community Arts, a Calgary organization that supports young-adult art initiatives, Youth Arts Action groups meet throughout the school year to tackle different local “missions.” Currently, there are two Youth Arts Action groups: Team North, which meets at the Genesis Centre, and Team South, which meets at Father Lacombe High School. Team North’s mission last year for the Genesis Centre, which is an important hub in their community, was to make the centre more inviting and visually appealing for its patrons. “For me, it was a chance to do something for my community, and it made me feel empowered,” says 17-year-old team member Hiba Mahmood. In a brainstorming session typical to Team North’s weekly meetings, around 15 students and the group’s two facilitators generated a giant chart connecting social themes that mattered to them, and then discussed potential visual representations. They landed on “Pillars of Humanity,” a four-part structure — one for each of the four seasons, each tied to a core value — designed to be suspended from the four corners of the Genesis Centre’s lobby. Cascading kites in one corner of the Centre are linked to summer dreams, decorated meticulously with melted crayon and each inscribed with a wish from community members. The

LEFT: The fourpart "Pillars of Humanity," on display at the Genesis Centre. BELOW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Team North members Hiba Mahmood, Amana Amer and Naira Bahrami.

fall structure, consisting of a clock adorned with twine balls in various shades of fall leaves, is a nod to the diversity of culture in Calgary. Winter and spring are represented by giant snowflakes and mixed tissue-paper cherry blossoms and origami birds, to be associated with overcoming adversity and acknowledging mental health issues. For 16-year-old Team North member Naira Bahrami, the project was a meaningful way to strengthen bonds between fellow teens across northeast Calgary. “I have taken art classes all my life, but getting the chance to do something community-related was very different from just doing something in school,” she says. “In the northeast, we all come from diverse backgrounds, and we thought we should celebrate that, because in our world, we should all be celebrating that love and compassion to each other, rather than hate.” Beyond connecting youth, Team North exists to allow teens to grow into community leaders, says Alia Shahab, Team North’s other facilitator. She says letting them lead the discussions in their meetings, and plan and execute projects like “Pillars of Humanity,” teaches them the value of their own voice. “Building connections to a community and empowering youth to be able to take on projects and ideas of their own is a level of social change that unfolds over a long period of time,” says Shahab. It may unfold slowly, but this level of social change nevertheless intensifies with each and every project that is dreamed up and completed. Just ask 17-year-old Amana Amer. “[Through Team North], I’ve gained a sense of empowerment,” says Amer. “Of feeling like a part of the community, actually belonging. I now know I can do more than just tutor or help out with the library [at school] — I can do something on a larger scale, like creating sculptures that everyone can see.” Starting this fall, Team North is excited to explore the possibilities of other creative outlets, like a podcast discussing what matters to them, or creating a mosaic mural somewhere in the northeast. L




by Joanne Elves

Landmark Cinemas Country Hills offers big-screen experiences for every crowd.

Photos courtesy of Landmark Cinemas Canada LP


FIRST DATES, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, CHILLY NIGHTS — these are all great reasons to line up for a bag of buttered popcorn before settling into a comfy seat at the movie theatre. But what if you have a hearing impairment that makes it hard to enjoy the film? Or what if you don’t want to spend the extra cash for a babysitter but really love that big-screen experience? Landmark Cinemas Country Hills has created an entertainment environment that accommodates a variety of special situations.


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Hearing-impaired guests, for instance, can borrow the theatre’s closed-caption CaptiView system for all non-IMAX films. The device fits into the cupholder and consists of a flexible support arm that maneuvers to hold a miniature three-line screen at a height that allows its user to read the lines while still being able to watch the action onscreen. “The CaptiView system has been available in theatres for a decade, and it’s popular,” says Mark Urstadt, general manager at Landmark Cinemas Country Hills. Even more popular are the theatre’s Park the Stroller viewings. Every Tuesday, at the first showtime of the day, the theatre offers a blockbuster movie featured in a baby-friendly environment. Translation: the house lights are higher than usual, the volume is reduced, and strollers are permitted to line up in the space usually reserved for wheelchairs. “I’ve done these Park the Stroller viewings a few times — it’s the only way I can see a movie,” says audience member Amanda LaLonde as her eight-month-old son bounces on her lap. Last winter, Landmark Cinemas Country

Hills also introduced the Sensory Friendly Films program to its customers. Initiated in 2007 by the Autism Society and AMC Theatres in the United States, the program offers an opportunity for those living with autism and other special needs to view a film in a safe and comfortable environment. Once a month at Landmark, a sensory-friendly environment is created for autistic viewers, so they can enjoy a morning screening of the latest flicks under the same light and sound conditions as the baby-friendly screenings. Audience members are also invited to bring their own food choices and assistive devices, and talking and moving about during the movie is also permitted. According to Urstadt, attendance at Sensory Friendly Films has grown steadily every month at Landmark Cinemas Country Hills since the program was first introduced in January 2018. He’s thrilled with this growth, and sees the service as key to ensuring that every customer at Landmark has the opportunity to enjoy the magic of experiencing a movie on the big screen. “Nurturing the love of movies is the most important part of what we do,” he says. L

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My North Is...

by Jennifer Friesen | photograph by Jared Sych

MY NORTH IS… ACTIVE GILMORE JUNIO began his life on the ice like many other kids in Canada — by playing hockey. He started up when he was seven years old. But then, one night in 2003, his dad saw a TV ad for a speed skating camp at the Olympic Oval, and a seed was planted. Junio, by then


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Canadian speed skater Gilmore Junio at the Olympic Oval.

13, had always been the fastest player on his hockey team. Encouraged by his father, he took a chance on the new sport. He’s since racked up a string of accomplishments as a speed skater, including winning multiple World Cup medals and representing

Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. “I don’t know where I’d be now if my dad wasn’t watching TV that night,” Junio says with a laugh. From that first day of speed skating camp in 2003, the Olympic Oval became Junio’s “second

fastest ice in the world,” due to Calgary’s altitude and the expertise of the ice-makers. “They’ve kept passing their knowledge down since the Oval opened in ’88,” he says. “All of the Zamboni drivers are so invested in seeing you skate fast. When you have a great race, they’re the first guys celebrating in the back.” Junio is also grateful for the community he’s found at the Oval, which he says has been “instrumental” in his development as an athlete. He and his teammates have forged a unique bond after spending years training together for up to nine hours a day. By sharing goals, successes and failures, he says he built some of the greatest relationships in his life on that track in northwest Calgary. “Having a community like that is like expanding your family,” he says. “It’s a prime example of how it takes a village to get an athlete to the Olympics.” This close bond was clearly displayed leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, when Junio famously offered up his spot in the 1,000-metre race to teammate Denny Morrison, who went on to capture a silver medal. Today, the friendships he’s forged with his Oval teammates over the years remain as strong as ever. Junio was a groomsman at Morrison’s wedding, and the group tries to meet up for Spending all Taco Tuesdays every week, or for a meal at Dairy Lane these years, in West Hillhurst. all these days and Though he was training all these hours at in Norway last year, Junio says the Oval has become his the Oval with my home base again. Not only teammates ... we just is he training there in hopes of qualifying for the Beijing have such a great 2022 Winter Olympics, he is time together, no also attending the University matter what.” of Calgary to complete his Kinesiology degree. He’s got a jam-packed schedule, but, during breaks between classes and morning and afternoon training sessions, Junio and his teammates catch up over lunch on or off campus, or just home.” Over the next several years, the aspiring hang out and talk in the Oval lounge. athlete was there every morning and evening, six days a week. He remains grateful to have had “Spending all these years, all these days and the opportunity to train at a first-rate facility all these hours at the Oval with my teammates, that continues to draw top athletes from around training and joking around — we just have such the globe. The Oval, he says, has “arguably the a great time together, no matter what,” he says. L




by Victoria Lessard | photography by Adrian Shellard Photography


Much like an artist facing a blank canvas, decorating the empty walls of a new home can feel like a daunting task. Rochelle Cote, founder of Rochelle Cote Interior Design and one of the interior designers for Brookfield Residential’s showhomes, has experience aplenty in turning a house into an artistic home. Here, Cote shares her tips for displaying your art collection, whether it be burgeoning or well-established. And Cote’s essential piece of advice to allay any design fears? “There are no rules when it comes to art,” she says. “Art is personal.” 1. SIZE MATTERS Cote’s philosophy is to go big or go home when it comes to picking art pieces. “The bigger, the better. [Larger pieces] have more impact and allow you to bring colour into the space,” she says. “But, if you can’t afford large pieces of art, then collage smaller pieces together to create that big piece. We use accent paint behind art to make [it] pop, and then group different pieces together to create large walls of art.”

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2. LEAN ON ME Don’t feel restricted to hanging artwork on the walls. Cote recommends three alternative ways of displaying art. An art piece or mirror can be placed leaning against a wall rather than hanging it. Artwork can also be placed on a shelf. For example, Cote uses floating shelves to show off a piece. Finally, art can also be placed on a stand for display. “A plate stand acts like a small easel. If you have a bunch of small pieces and you don’t want to fill your wall with a collage, you could put a plate stand into a bookshelf and switch out that piece whenever you wanted to play around with it. It gives you more flexibility,” says Cote.


2 3. OPT FOR COLOUR Don’t be afraid of colour when considering artwork to purchase for your home. Cote recommends letting it act as inspiration for the rest of your space. “When you’re looking at art, you need to be drawn to it. When it has lots of colour, it’s always good, because it allows you to pull that colour into your space. If you have a colour already in your space, you’re probably already drawn to those colours and you can find artwork that has those colours in it,” says Cote, who also points out that colours don’t have to match.

4. FIND SPOTS FOR SCULPTURE Sculpture is another medium to consider when decorating your home. Cote encourages people to think outside the box when deciding where to display sculptural pieces. “We display sculpture in bookcases or niches. Even on islands or coffee tables. People think they can’t use sculpture on a coffee table because it stands up too high, but we like to put a couple of trays on a large coffee table and then put sculpture on those trays to create a nice layering effect.”


5. MIX IT UP When it comes to medium and frames, shake things up rather than try to match everything together. “[We try] to do a bunch of different mediums and a bunch of different framing types to create interest in all of the artwork flowing through the house,” says Cote. “It’s nice to have a collection: acrylic pieces, paper pieces, charcoal. If you had everything in a black frame and it’s always the same frame, it would get a little boring. By mixing and matching frames, it creates that uniqueness.” L

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WHEN WE BELONG Fostering a sense of inclusion makes for healthier, more vibrant communities. by Shannon Cleary | photograph by Jared Sych

FROM LEFT: Ward 3 Councillor Jyoti Gondek with Heather Cockerline of Brookfield and Tracey Martin of Vivo.

AS YOUNG CHILDREN, our great grandparents walked 10 kilometres to school every day. In a snowstorm. Uphill. Both ways. Perhaps not. But studies do show that just four generations ago, children roamed an average of 10 km as part of independent outdoor play. As you might expect, this distance has diminished significantly in the decades since. Children today? Their roaming distance from home averages about 275 metres. This has a direct negative impact on our health. In the most recent ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, Canadian kids received an overall D+ rating.



choose to live alone. And, with 20 per cent of the community There are several explanations for this, many of which land reserved for outdoor space, parks will serve as gathering concern safety — traffic is denser, parental fears are heightened places for people of all ages and abilities, and “corridors” will in the age of information and, often, we just don’t know our connect residents to shops, schools and each other. neighbours. And if we don’t know our neighbours, how can we Cockerline says the community is designed to “activate” really trust them? people in these public spaces. If that sounds scientific to you, Heather Cockerline is Brookfield Residential’s Communities it’s because it is. Brookfield has partnered with Mount Royal Experience Lead in Calgary. She says Livingston, Brookfield’s University and Vivo for Healthier Generations to conduct new master-planned community in north Calgary, is purposeobservational research on improving quality of life. Vivo is an fully designed to break those barriers so people can get outside, organization that operates a recreation facility just south of create more cross-generational and cross-cultural friendships, Livingston, and it acts as a powerful idea incubator for healthand feel safer in their community. ier communities in Calgary. Health literature overwhelmingly “With Livingston, we’re trying to recreate that small-town suggests that social isolation has a negative impact on our feel,” says Cockerline. “We want people to feel that they belong morbidity and mortality, to an extent that is comparable to there, and bring a sense of ownership back to the residents.” cigarette smoking. The 1,200-acre subdivision, which launched in early 2017, “A lot of people don’t go to their next-door neighbour, even if will eventually be home to 30,000 residents. Even though the something goes wrong,” says Tracey Martin, Senior Manager of community is still under construction, Brookfield has already Innovation at Vivo. She says that determining how people of difengaged 75 or so people who currently live there in shaping the ferent ages, ethnicities and physical abilities move through their community. communities can help us design environments that promote “You live here. You purchased a home in an area that you inclusion. In turn, this sense of belonging can improve brain believe in,” says Cockerline. “We want you to feel like you have health, sleep, creativity and participation in one’s community. a voice.” “It’s the intentionality of how you’re creating [these spaces], so In March 2018, Brookfield launched an online contest for people feel like they’re a part of something larger,” says Martin. Livingston residents to name their Homeowner’s Association This past spring, 25 Livingston families became part of a five(HOA). The winning name, The Livingston Hub, was announced year “living lab” that tracks how people interact with each other, this summer. The 30,000-square-foot HOA facility, which is how active they are, and how they use the community spaces. The anticipated to start construction next year, will act as a gathering volunteer participants utilize wearable tech and self-reporting to place for residents to feel at home. For now, The Hub is located track their behaviour, and they range in age, family composition in a temporary building, while the site of the permanent HOA and cultural background. features a sign board covered in neighbour notes — some offer Livingston resident Lee-Ann Baines and her husband have introductions, others suggestions. Cockerline recalls one that simtaken part in some of this research. The couple moved to the ply read, “Looking forward to getting to know my neighbours.” new community in December 2017 and, within months, Baines Brookfield has also organized community and cultural events knew her immediate neighbours and many to give residents a place to gather and celebrate others down the street. As someone who their diverse backgrounds. Last February, for works in community development, a sense instance, Brookfield held Chinese New Year at of belonging in her chosen community was the Hub and throughout various show homes. very important to Baines. She also knows The celebrations included traditional Chinese that fostering inclusion means you have to red lanterns, paper cuttings, Chinese pastries of the community land is be willing to get involved, doing things like and Lion Dance performances. reserved for outdoor spaces. collecting your neighbour’s unwanted items for Of course, creating a sense of inclusion


extends beyond events and contests. Livingston developers intentionally abandoned the “Western lens” through which subdivisions have traditionally been designed — rows of single detached housing for nuclear families that commute to a downtown core — and created a community that promotes interaction between residents within the neighbourhood and provides space for people from all walks of life. There are still single-family homes, but also multi-generational homes to accommodate a broader definition of family, and single-person dwellings to reflect a cultural shift as people


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LIVINGSTON FAMILIES are currently volunteering in a community interaction study.

community cleanup when they’re unable to do so themselves. “Someone has to put their hand up and say, ‘I’m willing to do that,’” Baines says. “We have already experienced this in Livingston.” City of Calgary Councillor Jyoti Gondek represents Ward 3, which includes Livingston, and she has lived in north Calgary for the past 20 years. Gondek has an MA in organizational sociology and a PhD in urban sociology, and she believes that building successful cities means focusing on the needs of citizens. The needs of Calgary’s citizens have changed, and

LIVINGSTON EVENTS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Mother’s Day planting, Diwali festivities and Easter celebrations at The Hub.

With Livingston, we’re trying to really recreate that small-town feel.”

Photos courtesy of Brookfield Residential

–Heather Cockerline, Communities Experience Lead, Brookfield Residential

Gondek sees an evolution on behalf of homebuilders and developers that reflects that. “People are living their lives differently,” Gondek says. “We have finally started to catch up on what the built form that accommodates them looks like.” In the Calgary Foundation’s 2017 Vital Signs Survey, 79 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that inclusion of people from different cultures benefits everyone. Calgary is home to Indigenous communities, those who have lived here for generations, newcomers from other provinces and territories, newcomers to Canada, and citizens of all ages, income and abilities — all of whom have the right to belong. “If we don’t foster a sense of community and we don’t get to know the people who live beside us and work beside us, we’re really creating a culture and a society that’s less open with each other,” Gondek says. She believes it’s important to create spaces that are welcoming and inviting, and that encourage us to introduce ourselves. When a space’s use is narrowly defined, we expect to see certain

people use that space in a very specific way. It can cause a disruption, or “fear of the other” when we see people — for example, teenagers hanging out in a Tot Lot — who don’t fit the particular use for that space. But, when every park in their community is built for toddlers, where else can they go? Residents of all ages and backgrounds should feel encouraged and safe to explore their own neighbourhood. “When you’re building communities like Livingston, where people want to engage with their neighbours, and engage with the spaces that are created for them, you’re actually fostering that feeling that you’re part of something bigger than just you,” Gondek says. L





COMMUNITY REPEAT PROGRAM We like to keep our community residents in the family. You will receive $1,000 when you purchase your next new home in an active Brookfield Community

COMMUNITY REFERRAL PROGRAM Good friends make great neighbours. Share your experience with friends and family, and when they purchase a new home in an active Brookfield community, we’ll reward you with $1,000

Inspired to build communities you come home to again and again. For the past 60 years, Brookfield Residential has been building communities that make you feel like you truly belong. We wanted to celebrate our 60th birthday by thanking every Brookfield Community Resident for your advocacy with two exclusive Community Advocacy Programs. We consider you a member of our extended family and the greatest compliment we could receive is when you choose an active Brookfield community for your next new home or refer friends or family to an active Brookfield community. Thank you for helping us celebrate 60 years in Calgary! Visit BrookfieldAdvocacy.com for complete details.


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EXPANDING EASY ACCESS Stage 2 is connected to the remainder of Livingston through the town centre and urban corridor. NATURAL OPEN SPACES The area has a street pattern adapted to the site’s sloped topography, and its western boundary is lined with ponds, wetlands and a natural drainage course. A park network, cutting from east to west, will link pedestrians to these scenic spaces.



GREAT AMENITIES The eastern edge transitions into the urban corridor along Centre Street, where there will be a variety of retail shops and services + the future Green Line LRT.

LOCATION, LOCATION The northwest neighbourhood is located at the corner intersection of 144 Avenue N.W. and Centre Street N. and provides quick and easy access to Stoney Trail.


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HOR IZONS GATHERING PLACE A vibrant Community Association is located on the high point of Stage 2, with views of the city and the mountains to the west.

LARGE AND VARIED Spanning 136 acres, Stage 2, when it’s done, will consist of up to 2,500 homes, ranging from low-density residential housing to multi-residential developments.

STAGE 2’S HOME BUILDERS INCLUDE Brookfield Residential Daytona Homes by Avi Excel Homes

MORE CHOICE Buyers can choose from a wide variety of product styles, including estate, three-storey and rearattached single-family homes.

STAGE 2 of Livingston is well underway — and there’s a lot to be excited about. DEVELOPMENT OF STAGE 2, the northwest phase of Livingston, began last fall. A little more secluded than Stage 1, this section of the Livingston community is designed to give residents a feeling of reprieve from the hustle and bustle, with fewer roads and lanes, larger yards, and the option of owning a home that fronts onto beautiful open spaces. Here, we give you the lowdown on some of the many other features and details planned for this part of the community.

A CALGARY FIRST Livingston Stage 2 is Daytona Homes’ very first community for new home construction within Calgary. The Edmonton-based company builds in many parts of Western Canada, and its employees are excited to be part of Livingston, and to help it flourish. “We recognize just how special this master-planned community truly is, and so we felt it was critical that we bring a unique and innovative product offering to the public,” says Chad Fortowsky, general manager of Daytona Homes. “Our diverse offering includes legal suited carriage houses, rooftop patios with mountain and city views, private courtyards, single family and townhomes available in both two-storey and three-story offerings.”

MORE NEW OFFERINGS Brookfield Residential is adding to its offerings for this stage of Livingston, too. “Over the last year, we have been able to learn from our customers and, in turn, develop new designs that will reflect what they value most,” says Amanda Wuest, business development manager for Brookfied’s Calgary housing division. “We will be introducing a new affordable bungalow model to our single family detached garage offering, as well as a whole new estate model lineup on pond-facing amenity lots. It’s been really exciting seeing the team develop these, and we can’t wait to see that vision come to life in the northwest side of Livingston.” L




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Gift Guide HOLIDAY

Embrace the gift-giving season with these local finds. by Shelley Boettcher

Photo by Jared Sych

THE PERFECT GIFT doesn’t have to be expensive or flashy. It’s more about finding something special, something meaningful for the person who receives it. And, more often than not, locally made goods fit the bill. If you’re looking to find cool, one-ofa-kind gifts made by north Calgary artisans or sold in north Calgary shops, the next few pages offer up plenty of suggestions.

CULINARY DELIGHTS Lina’s Italian Market, in Tuxedo Park, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and it’s still a go-to spot for food-lovers. Pick up a gift basket (ready-made, or create your own) of treats — oils and vinegars, specialty coffees or the ingredients to make a feast. Prices range, but aim to spend around $50. linasmarket.com



CAFFEINE DREAM A Stay Wild cup and locally roasted beans from Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. are guaranteed to make someone’s day. Shop for these and other local gifts at Meraki Supply Co. in Kensington. Prices start at $18 for beans. merakisupplyco.com

THIS SUD’S FOR YOU Give your best beer-swilling buddy a mixed bag of beer from northeast Calgary breweries. Consider Caravel Craft Brewery, Citizen Brewing Company, Railyard Brewing, Tool Shed Brewing and Zero Issue Brewing. Prices start at about $5. caravelbrewery.com, citizenbrewingcompany.com, railyardbrewing.ca, toolshedbrewing.com, zeroissuebeer.com


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Beer photo by Jared Sych; Bee Kingdom glass photo by Erin Brooke Burns; all other images supplied

FANCY FEET From an office in northeast Calgary, the team at Friday Sock Co. creates irreverent socks printed with fun motifs — think bacon and eggs, cookies and milk, rain clouds and umbrellas. You can find them in many shops around town or online at fridaysock.co. About $16 a pair.

GLASS CLASS Sign a loved one up for a glassblowing class with the Bee Kingdom team in Mount Pleasant, or buy your best friend a bauble or two — think handmade water glasses or a quirky sculpture. Gift cards start at $5; a one-hour class is $110 per person. beekingdomglass.com

WOOD IS GOOD The brothers behind AdrianMartinus started their business making colourful bowls from broken skateboards. They now make other wood pieces, even furniture, from their workshop in Bowness. Prices start at $22. adrianmartinus.com

KID-FRIENDLY Livingstone & Cavell is a gem of a toy store, with windup tin toys, marbles, games, puppets and more. Calgary artist Oxana Lyashenko’s handmade teddy bears are especially charming; each has its own sweet personality. Bears start at about $189, but you’ll find lots here for less. (The remote-control fart machine is the shop’s top seller; it’s $24.95.) extraordinarytoys.com

GO FOR GOLD Since 1969, Danish goldsmith Kirsten Ross has been making beautiful jewelry at her store, The Goldsmiths. Now her family is part of the business, too. At the Kensington shop, pick up ready-made pieces, or consider a diamond and gold custom creation. Prices start at about $300 for custom-made earrings. thegoldsmiths.ca L



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MAKING THE MOST OF WINTER by Fabian Mayer | illustrations by Alanna Cavanagh

From racing down snowy hills on a toboggan to enjoying a peaceful snowshoe trek through an urban park, there are countless ways to embrace the joys of our chilliest season. Here, we present the why, where and how of winter adventures in north Calgary and beyond.

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Trekking through deep snow is so much more fun with the right gear! Strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and head to these parks for memorable winter excursions. For Snowshoeing Fun: NOSE HILL As the fourth-largest inner-city park in Canada, Nose Hill’s sheer size (11 square kilometres) presents incredible snowshoeing opportunities. With parking available all around the park and dozens of trails, there’s a chance you won’t walk the same trail twice all winter. Big blue skies, the mountains to the west and views of downtown Calgary to the southeast mean there’s always something to look at as you trek across the hill’s undulating landscape.

Opposite page: yang gao/Getty Images; this page by Kate Bostwick

BOWMONT PARK Sandwiched between the community of Varsity and the Bow River is beautiful Bowmont Park. One of the most natural areas along the Bow, this quiet spot makes it easy to forget you’re in the city while walking along the frozen river’s banks. There is no trail map, but it’s a breeze to explore on your own. Accessible via 52 Street and Home Road N.W. For Epic Cross-Country Skiing: WEST BRAGG CREEK Those with a little more time can head into the foothills 45 minutes west of the city at the West Bragg Creek Day Use Area. With about 153 km of trails — 69 km of which are dedicated solely to skiing (and snowshoeing) options ranging from easy to difficult — there’s always new terrain to explore. The trails are maintained by the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association and are free to use. The short Chickadee Loop near the trailhead is perfect for beginners, while those looking for a challenge can take on the four-kilometre Sundog Loop. Go to braggcreektrails.org for maps and grooming reports. Parking at the West Bragg Creek Day Use Area.

CONFEDERATION GOLF COURSE Located in the northwest community of Collingwood, the cross-country ski trails at Confederation Park Golf Course are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are completely free. A network of six trails — for both classic and skating ski styles — winds its way through the gentle slopes and mostly open terrain of the nine-hole golf course. The groomed and track-set trails are usually open from mid-December to mid-March and there is a teaching area that is lit up Monday through Thursday evenings. Check the Foothills Nordic Ski Club’s website at foothillsnordic.ca for trail reports. Parking at 3204 Collingwood Dr. N.W.





Some of the best sledding in Calgary can be found in the north. Gain serious speed at these three spots. ST. ANDREWS HEIGHTS HILL One of the city’s most hair-raising toboggan runs, the hill in St. Andrews Heights near McMahon Stadium is long, steep and fast. Sledders looking for a tamer option can start partway down the hill, while those starting from the very top can expect a full-on white-knuckle ride. 2504 13 Ave. N.W. CONFEDERATION PARK With hills on nearly all sides, the tobogganing possibilities at Confederation Park are both numerous and familyfriendly. An afternoon of tobogganing followed by a drive by the Lions Festival of Lights — the largest free Christmas lights display in the city — is a wonderful way to spend a winter day. The lights are illuminated each night along the 14th Street end of the park from early December to early January. 2807 10 St. N.W. PRAIRIE WINDS PARK Located in the northeast community of Castleridge, the toboggan hill at Prairie Winds Park is a favourite for those in the area. Redeveloped in 2017, the park now features a new lookout at the top of the hill. Have a glance around and observe the flurry of winter play in the park, or watch a few airplanes take off from the nearby Calgary International Airport before hurling yourself down the hill. 223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.


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4 MORE GEMS Change up your winter itinerary with these excursions.

Enjoying Winter on Two Wheels

Photo courtesy of North Hill Curling Club

Fat biking makes it easy for cyclists to hit Calgary’s trails year-round. The oversized tires provide extra traction on snow and ice, giving riders added confidence and reducing the risk of falls. THE BEST PLACES TO GIVE IT A GO? The Bow River Pathway is great for a first foray into the activity. Riding along the frozen river takes you past Kensington, the Peace Bridge, Prince’s Island Park and more. For a few more ups and downs, try the trails on Nose Hill. The natural area lets you work on your fat biking skills and get in a solid workout at the same time.

EXPLORE 12 MILE COULEE (A.K.A. THE TUSCANY RAVINE) A beautiful place to snowshoe, hike or even just take the dog for a walk, 12 Mile Coulee is a natural area in the community of Tuscany. The coulee, meaning small valley or gully, is a good example of a prairie ecosystem. There is no trail map here, but the narrow gully, dotted with stands of native aspen, is easy to navigate. Keep an eye out for deer and the occasional coyote wandering through this little patch of nature. Tuscany Boulevard & Stoney Trail N.W. TAKE UP CURLING Try your hand at a classic prairie winter sport. Joining a weekly curling league can be a fun way to get out of the house on a regular basis. Or, if you’re looking for less of a commitment, get some friends together and rent a sheet of ice for an hour or two. The Calgary Curling Club and North Hill Curling Club both offer hourly ice rentals for about $15 per person. You’ll learn quickly that there’s more to curling than yelling “hurry hard,” but the sport’s challenging nature adds to the fun. Calgary Curling Club: 730 3 St. N.W. North Hill Curling Club: 1201 2 St. N.W.

GO ICE FISHING AT CHESTERMERE LAKE A frozen lake, a fishing rod and patience — with just three key elements, ice fishing is one of the simplest winter activities around, and many claim it’s also the most relaxing. A mere 30-minute drive east of Calgary’s city limits, Lake Chestermere is a convenient spot to try your luck. Aspiring anglers are most likely to land a northern pike, though yellow perch also live in the lake. If you’re up for a bit of a workout, use a hand auger to drill the required hole. The south end of the lake is usually best, but make sure to double-check the depth of the ice before venturing out. Ice depth is updated weekly at ab-chestermere2. civicplus.com/108/Lake-Activities VISIT BIG HILL SPRINGS PROVINCIAL PARK Just northwest of the city, about a 30-minute drive from Livingston, lies one of the Calgary area’s best-kept secrets. Though it is among Alberta’s smallest provincial parks, Big Hill Springs offers gorgeous glimpses of the foothills and excellent winter hiking. Snowshoes or micro spikes for your shoes are advised, but, if it hasn’t snowed recently, there is usually a well-worn trail that meanders through a lovely forest and along the frozen springs. Big Hill Springs Rd, Cochrane





WAVES COFFEE HOUSE This spot in Sunridge takes its coffee very seriously. Using only 100 per cent specialty-grade Arabica beans, the sizeable shop serves up an impressive variety of coffee drinks. Sandwiches, brownies and fresh waffles are all available as well. The biggest draw, though, might just be the creamy hot chocolate, made with your choice of milk, dark or white Belgian chocolate. 2685 36 St. N.E. VIBES COFFEE BAR Java-lovers congregate at Vibes Coffee Bar for specialty coffees and respite from the cold. The Evanston shop uses beans from Calgary-based coffee roaster Rosso to ensure a flavourful brew. The bright interior and dark wood tables, meanwhile, create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. 2012, 2060 Symons Valley Pkwy N.W.


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FRIENDS CAPPUCCINO BAR AND BAKE SHOP Located right next to Nose Hill, Friends CafÊ is a neighbourhood favourite in the community of Edgemont. Settle into one of the comfy couches for a warming coffee, hot chocolate or soup and you’ll quickly discover why Friends has been around for more than 20 years. 45 Edenwold Dr. N.W.

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When the weather gets a little too chilly, north Calgary has an abundance of cozy cafes to warm up in. Here are three to try:

GET YOUR GEAR Renting gear is the best way to try out a winter activity without having to commit to expensive equipment. Two options: UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY OUTDOOR CENTRE Cross-country skis, snowshoes, fat bikes and pretty much any other winter sports equipment you can think of are available at the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre. Located on the main campus, the centre has knowledgeable employees who are happy to answer any gear-related questions and can even provide tips on where to go. Rentals are reasonably priced, and there are also courses available for those who might need some help learning a new activity. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ucalgary.ca/outdoorcentre

BUILDING TIPS 1. Start by thinking about what kind of snow fort you want to build and draw an outline of it on the ground. 2. Gather your materials: a shovel, rectangular containers (Tupperware works well) and a big pile of snow.


MAKE THE PERFECT SNOW FORT IN NORTH CALGARY Inventing a fort design, gathering a heaping pile of snow and hand-carving the walls just so — there’s something incredibly satisfying about building a snow fort. The combination of creativity, working up a sweat and enjoying the fruits of your labour with friends is the perfect way to spend a winter afternoon.

3. Start building by filling the container with snow and packing it in as firmly as possible. Invert the container onto the ground to extract a block of hard snow. Once you have a couple dozen blocks you can start laying them a few inches apart around the perimeter of your fort, making sure to leave space for an entrance. 4. Place the second layer of blocks so that half of the block is resting on the two blocks underneath. As you continue stacking, fill any gaps you find with sticky snow. Continue until the desired fort height is reached. 5. Sprinkle the walls with a little water to harden them, setting you up for snowball fight supremacy. L

NOMAD MOBILE GEAR RENTAL While Nomad Mobile Gear Rental may not have the same level of variety when it comes to its rental gear, the family-run company’s sports equipment delivery service is uniquely convenient. Simply book fat bikes, snowshoes or cross-country skiing equipment online and Nomad will bring the equipment right to your front door, and even pick it up again once you’re done. Fat bikes rent for $60 per day, while a cross-country ski package including boots, skis and poles costs $20 per day. nomadgearrentals.com



by Jennifer Dorozio

BLOWING WIND, shorter days, cold fingers and toes, damp, restricted travel — these are just some of the hallmarks of Canadian winters that tend to make us want to hibernate until spring. But according to our pioneering history, winter is not a time to withdraw. Rather, it’s a time to grow closer as a community and band together to embrace both the joys and the challenges of the season. In the homesteads of the early West, hospitality in winter

Early Calgarians enjoying a skate in 1894.


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means of both collecting food and raising the men’s morale in periods of inactivity. And special occasions and holidays brought group celebrations that included feasts and dancing. In the late 1800s, Calgary’s first dedicated skating and curling rinks were also cleared for community members and became popular hubs for socializing, both day and night. Back then, winter was a time to make the best of things, and it serves us well to remember that today. During our chilliest season, take your cues from early Canadians and embrace the opportunity to grow closer to your community and seek out the fun that winter holds. L

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was a constant practice; the latchstring was left out, cakes and tea were at the ready and a spare bed would often be offered to guests when conditions for travel weren’t ideal. For Fort Calgary’s early settlers, including Sam Livingston (the Livingston community’s namesake), the colder months meant a general slowing down of the labours of daily life. Rivers and lakes were frozen, roads were hard to traverse and all the crops had been harvested, canned and stored. As a result, wide swathes of free time opened up, which spurred pioneers to gather together for the sake of fun. Winter hunting expeditions were commonplace as a


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