Hidden gems, cool local products, and unique events in the Edmonton area.
Here’s what’s on your Local Love List this week!
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- Add this to your Date-Night Ideas list! True North Picnic specializes in “charming picnic packages set in beautiful surrounding parks”. All you have to do is book online and show up! They have several packages available with all the decor, cushions, blankets, table, food, etc. set up for you. They even have bug spray, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes on hand as well. Check them out here!
- Edmonton teachers Kristi Chip & Cassandra Christen wrote this book to help kids with back to school in pandemic times. I LOVE it! To show these teachers some support with this awesome back to school resource, get your copy here.
Bread & Flowers
- How adorable is Chartier’s bread bar?! Right next to the delicious loaves and treats, you’ll also find bouquets of flowers from The Little Flower Truck. A shop local double whammy! Chartier is also accepting reservations for dining here.
- Grab your bike, cruise around the Holyrood neighbourhood, and check out these cool benches! ‘The Holyrood Bench Project aims to promote walkability by providing spots for walkers to rest, chat and enjoy the outdoors’. The benches are built by South East Edmonton Seniors Activity Centre volunteers, and then families in the neighbourhood ‘adopt a bench’ to paint and display outside their home. Can’t wait to visit!
Geo Dome Camping
- Elk Island Retreat has opened up its two Geo Domes available for booking from March 1- November 30. This is the same spot we visited in August when we glamped in a yurt. They also have trapper cabins, RV sites, and spots to tent camp. Go here to check it out!
- Watch my Instagram next week for details on a fun pumpkin patch event to take in with your family! The best part is you can book your spot online with no worries about overcrowding!
Montreal Bagels For A Cause
- There’s a bagel record being set in our city! Two locals – Tamara Vineberg and Stacey Leavitt-Wright – are organizing a Montreal bagel fundraiser for BBYO youth. So far, they’ve received 250 dozen bagel orders – that’s 3,000 bagels (a record amount of fresh Montreal bagels being shipped to Edmonton). They’re accepting orders until September 11. Get yours in here!
“Montreal bagels are very different from the bagels that are sold in Edmonton. Authentic Montreal bagels are boiled in water with honey, and as a result, are sweeter than New York bagels. But the bigger difference is that they are cooked in wood-fired ovens, which gives them a crunchier crust and a deeper, richer crust flavour”.
- Can’t wait to check out this cute little place! Baba’s Attic and Coffeehouse offers homemade Ukrainian cooking with a coffee shop vibe and second-hand store. The shop shelves are lined with treasures for sale! The 76-year-old woman who runs it handmakes all of the fresh perogy platters, pies, baked good and other treats. See them on Instagram here.
- Edmonton Sport Council is out with a really neat initiative, where you can share ways you’re staying physically active during the pandemic. It’s a great way to encourage others to do the same! Post your photos to social media using the hashtag #LiveActiveYEG. More here.
FREE Indigenous Canada Course
- There’s a FREE Indigenous Canada Massive Open Online Course you can take to explore Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. This course landed on my radar when Canadian actor Dan Levy did an Insta Story on it, encouraging followers to join him in taking it! To learn more and sign up, go here.
Fall Camps For Kids
- If your kids are enrolled in online school or you’re homeschooling this fall, be sure to check out the fall camps at Creation Space art studio. This is a great way for your kid to still get socialization (and to learn amazing new things)! The class sizes are small, and all of the supplies individualized. Check out the six different options between now and the end of October, including a really cool Halloween-themed camp!
Strathern Art Walk
- Just over a week left to check out Strathern Art Walk! All of the art is pretty spaced out to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The event is free and runs until September 13 along the path in Strathern Park.
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