Canmore on the Lazy Side
December 29 2015
Sometimes a vacation isn’t about the location, the length, who you’re going with, or what you are doing when you get there. And once in a while absolutely nothing matters except one thing and one thing only—what’s for lunch.
For this group of friends, food is often the drive behind most decisions, so when hitting Canmore for a few days to relax with a 10 week old, some friends, and a whole list of fuck all to do—hit the town and grab preserves.
A stroll down 8th st. early in the morning led to a couple pairs of utilitarian boots from Shoes T’Boot, and a round of impressive package perusing at Moutain Mercato—coffee was obviously involved as well.
Package design can be deligthful
Mrs. Weinstein’s Toffee is just one of many well branded products at Mountain Mercato. It really was a delightful experience perusing the shelves of this compact and bustling little sandwich and coffee/merchant shop.
Everything from Lakrids liquorice to London Tea Company, incredible color and design made the entire store a pleasure to waste some time in. The ladies grabbed coffees, but I spent some time taking some photos, and enjoying the shelves.
I’m such a fucking hipster.
It wasn’t cold out, but it was still nice to sit and warm up in Mountain Mercato while the ladies had their coffees.
When you go out with a newborn, everyone—everyone—talks to you. Quinn is a champ and handles the newborn fame with a nap and a feeding. Rinse and repeat. This kid is perfect for adventures.
Canmore because you are worth it
Buy some of the fancy stuff from the hipster stores and make that popcorn the best damn popcorn it can be. You’re worth it. Hit Evoolution and get some of that truffle oil as well. Get it on there too. It’s all about a balance. Be super cheap with big portions so you can enjoy the smaller finer portions.
How to shop on vacation
We bought a game and a couple girls bought boots. Necessary purchases though.This isn’t the “Buy boots to buy something” group. Allison desperately needed a pair of boots to get to and from work. Winter has held off in downtown Edmonton this long, but it won’t forever.
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We also bought a card game called Hanabi. It’s a unique game in that everyone playing is playing together against the cards, not each other. You also can’t see your own cards, so you must rely on your teammates to communicate what your cards are, using very few allowed clues.
The game is great, but likely something you want to play with the same group of people on a semi-regular basis. If you want to do well that is.
Light Hiking in Canmore
An out of town guest from Manitoba joined our group this weekend, and being her first time in the mountains, we needed to at least go for a walk at some point. So we managed to get out of the condo and did a quick loop of the Grassi Lakes Trail.
Coming from the cities, neither Edmonton or Calgary area parties had seen a lot of snow this season. Canmore was abundant already. A lot of early snow fell in both Jasper and Banff National parks early this season.
Ski hills opened with a lot of snow, and walking the Grassi Lakes Trail cemented just home much snow there was. In town it was kind of bonkers as well, but it seemed like every foot of elevation we went up, the snow was a couple inches deeper.
Did you think I would forget about you baby Quinn? Fat chance. Welcome to the rest of your life of having a camera in your face. Watching. Capturing. Documenting every step. Every fall. I apologize in advance.