Top 3 Activities To Enjoy In A Festival Filled March Weekend In Yellowknife NWT

With winter winding down and spring being sprung upon us, March brings loads of end of season activities going on around the North. Every season has it’s unique events to enjoy in this beautiful area of the world, and in Yellowknife – it is no exception.

My appreciation for the North and all its endless splendor is unwavering. It is a land of extremes. From climate, weather to beauty. It will never cease to amaze you. I continually feel proud and very lucky to be able to call this majestic area of the world my roots, and my home.

Having enjoyed my first full winter back in the NWT in many years due to my global adventuring, I have made it a point to take in as much as I possibly can. This past weekend I went to Yellowknife, NWT, where I had the extreme pleasure of checking off a few long awaited boxes yearning to be ticked in my endless pursuit of life – and all in one epic weekend none the less.

So here are my top three not to be missed March activities that I enjoyed in Yellowknife, NWT.

1- The Snowking Festival

For the last 22 years they spend two months in -30c temperatures, constructing a massive ice castle on the frozen bay, in which they call ‘The Snowking‘.


It is extremely impressive, and also boasts incredible snow sculptures in and around it’s premises.


For the whole month of March the Snowking festival includes all sorts of live shows for all ages to enjoy, art exhibits,  and rock bands, as well as film festivals. It’s truly a work of art.

I was diggin the ice tables.


It’s a grand structure and you can’t help but to appreciate it, especially with all the hard work and conditions that are braved in order to construct it. It proudly brings the community together in a very positive way. Having seen photos’s of it for so long, I knew it was about time that I feast my eyes on it. Let me tell you – It did not dissapoint.

2. The Long John Jamboree

Held right beside the Snowking for 3 days in March is the annual Long John Jamboree. With a jam packed weekend of awesome events ranging from curling, to igloo building demonstration, and a snow beach volleyball tournament, just to name a few. You can kick it in the ‘Brrrr garden’ and have a cold brewski while taking in some live music and playing some trivia. Or perhaps an ice skating disco is what you are after. The events are imaginative and endless. Fun for the whole family.

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One of the highlights of the Jamboree is their ‘Burn on the Bay’.

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Burn on the bay is where they lite up a big wooden structure on the ice in the bay to have what was hands down the biggest bonfire I have ever experienced in my life.

It was so cool, and pretty intense when you are standing right beside it.


The whole jamboree brought the community together and then some. I would absolutely go back to experience more of it again next year.

3. Enjoy some Dog Mushing at Arctic Village

How did I not even know this place existed after growing up in the North?! Probably one of the coolest places I have ever been in the North. I have always wanted to dog mush, like seriously, for a very very long time. I was stoked that we were invited to go on this little adventure.

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Little did I know the grand experience Arctic Village offers. From Dog Mushing to Teepee’s, onward to heated viewing seats to bask in the Northern lights spectacular show for longer periods of time in the harsh winter weather.

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I was enamored instantly by this beautiful winter paradise.

My ridiculously excited state soared when it came time to finally try my hand out at dog sledding. It rocked my adventuring souls world.

I was in the drivers seat for the mush, and the break is a rubber square you have to step on when directed ‘break on’. Let me tell you, when you are in the drivers seat and you have to step on that break pad, you best hang on tight! Otherwise, you will go flying off the back. Which luckily – I did not.

Our guide Kevin, was so knowledgeable and has a real passion for his job. He made the whole experience that much more memorable.

It’s amazing how when these dogs are running a sled, they have massive smiles on their faces. You can see they truly love what they do.

We were lucky enough to meet Diego, whom was the lead dog in the Disney movie ‘Eight Below’. Now the ripe old age of 17, he ain’t no pup anymore. Still such a sweet dog though!

I was super intrigued by Skookum the one eyed sled dog. From what I was told the poor little fella lost his eye in a fight. But he is still happy as can be, and one heck of a little musher.

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Seeing as how there is also a slide there with tubes, there was no way I could not go for a rip before departing.

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Nothing like a small spike of adrenaline to top off the weekend.

How can you not love that really?!

I will absolutely be visiting Aurora Village once again. I want to sit in those heated seats under the Northern lights with a nice warm drink.

Let me tell you, this was an epic and jammed packed weekend visit to Yellowknife. I was able to experience so many things that I have waited so long to do. Making checks on my list in life is what I live for. No matter how long the box waits, it’s only a matter of time before it gets that big ol’ check.

If you are planning a trip to Yellowknife in the month of March one of these years, then I say do it on this particular weekend. That way you can experience the Snow King, and the Long John Jamboree, all in one weekend, topping it off with and unforgettable dog mushing adventure. Northern adventures, continually setting the bar.

 

A Uniquely Unforgettable Stay At Mo’s Houseboat Bed & Breakfast

Staying on a houseboat in Yellowknife, NWT has always been on my bucket list. Being from the Northwest Territories I have been to Yellowknife plenty of times, and never ceased to be intrigued by the house boating community there. In the summer they float effortlessly, and in the winter they are frozen in place. I have always observed it to be a unique life, and some of those houseboat’s have some pretty impressive architecture.

I was finally had the opportunity to check that experience off my list and had the pleasure of staying at one of the most unique places in my life- Mo’s Houseboat Bed & Breakfast. Not going to lie, I was pretty darn excited leading up to this trip. I love unique and out of the ordinary experiences, and this was exactly that.

The houseboats are off grid, and use solar power and generators, as well as water straight from the lake below. With ice roads all over the place on the frozen bay it is very easy to drive out to the houseboat in the winter. In summer you are given a canoe to use, so you can paddle to shore at your leisure.

There is the main houseboat where owner/artist/entrepreneur and world traveler Monique Robert calls home.

Then there are also two stand alone rooms located on their own houseboat, just beside the main one. I found it pretty cool to know that there are underwater cables from the main house generator that go straight over to the cabins.

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The rooms inside are bright, colorful and very inviting. Much more chic then I would have imagined.


Although with Mo being an artist, she has great taste and a keen eye for decor. Each suite has a built in kitchenette, which she fully stocks with all your breakfast needs.

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There are washrooms that include a shower, toilet and sink. Literally all the amenities you could possible imagine.

I was super impressed with the comfort of the beds as well.

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The main house is full of character, beautifully decorated, and furbished with many of Mo’s stunning art pieces.


Mo’s passion is her artistry work, and I was totally amazed at the beautiful creations that she produces. She is absolutely gifted in her artistic abilities.

In 2009 Monique also published a book called ‘Papier Mache Design‘ which received worldwide attention for being the only book on the market describing universal techniques to create a sculpture of your choice. Monique’s website has a great and broad showcase of her art www.moniquerobert.com. I know for myself that I need to get a piece of her art in my life.

Being winter, you can watch all the vehicles on the ice roads, including dog sleds, and snow machines. Its really kinda magical. A winter wonderland at your doorstep.

I could imagine how incredible it must be to sit on the deck in the summer with the sun shining, water splashing up and the boats cruising by.

This is not the first time Mo’s houseboat has received recognition, she has some pretty prestigious mentions under her belt, from Macleans Magazine, to Kayak Magazine, as well as Afar Magazine. Let’s also note that the Amazing Race Canada used her houseboat as their base when the show was in Yellowknife. Why am I not surprised though?! It is that marvelous of a place.

Mo has done extensive traveling around globe herself, so with her own travel knowledge she knows how to take outstanding care of her guests.

This was truly an unforgettable and special experience – Mo is an inspiration, and gem of a person, whom I feel was such a pleasure to meet. Herself and her houseboat are both things you won’t soon forget after visiting.

Mo’s Houseboat BnB. An absolute must for your bucket list!

It Was A Walk In The Bush

February in Northwest Territories usually means -30 degree Celsius temperatures, and 10 layers of clothing to protect from the very real potentials of frost bit and freezing to death. However this year the weather has been so unpredictable and up and down, every week we have something else. Lately it even go in the the plus temperatures. Of course that’s pretty awesome if you want to go on a nice bush hike and be out in nature. Not sure if its best for the environment up here though.

That being said, it was an absolutely stunning and warm day, so I decided the best way to spend it would be hiking out in the bush, and seeing what mother nature had on offer this particular day.

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The surroundings themselves are absolutely beautiful. Winter wonderland is the exact description I would use.

The snow was pretty deep in lots of area’s, every time I would take a step, it would go straight over the top and straight into my boot.

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Just your typical ‘Snow booter’, no big deal… Scoop that right on out and keep trucking along. Ok, well it was a bit of a chilly deal after the 10th one, not gonna lie.

The scenic view kept changing, which kept the walk enthralling.

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We are so lucky in this area of the world that one of the most sought after medicinal mushrooms in the world grows wild. The Chaga mushroom.

There is an ample supply of birch trees here, in which host the Chaga mushrooms. Chaga mushrooms have the highest number of antioxidants of any food, incredible immune boosting properties, anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-viral and cholesterol  lowering effects to name a few. It is a powerhouse of a healer, that’s for darn sure.

When your out on the land here, it’s always prime time to do some Chaga hunting.

We were not super successful this day, but we did find some. There are times you find a area covered with Chaga. Even finding a nice chunk is awesome, and you can cut it off and take it to make some super healing tea. Yum! Health taste’s so good.

I also came across a spruce tree that was oozing with sap.

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Alright, well perhaps I should say it had oozed with sap, as the sap was hard. When I was a child growing up in the bush, I spent quite a lot of time out on the land a lot. I always loved chewing on spruce sap, I called it tree gum and/or bush gum. It is also full of healing qualities and vitamins, as it comes straight out of the tree, it kinda like tree blood.

I was pretty excited when I found the sap, and straight away cut a piece off and tucked right in.

I love the taste! It definitely has an earthy taste, similar to a tea, however I love those types of flavors. I suppose because I grew up with them, so my pallet is  accustomed to them. Of course a few beautiful flashbacks from my childhood came flooding in – which was absolutely wonderful in and of itself. This day had proved a be a massive success, and probably one of the best ideas ever.

Let’s not forget one very important detail. Being a lover of grounding and tree hugging, there was absolutely no way I could be out there without giving a tree a hug.

The energy exchange is undeniable, and the healing benefits are amazing. Nature always fills my soul.

After a couple hours of adventuring around, we decided to head back and end this nature filled day the only way that seemed to be the cherry on top. A good ol’ bonfire.

 

Not before taking in the spectacular sunset though.

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It was such a fabulous day out in pure blissful nature, it was too great not to share.

What can I say, don’t underestimate the soul soothing, energy topping abundance of a day in mother natures playground. Get out there and go bask in it. Heck yes to being awesome in nature!

Northern Canadian Class – Dining In Style At ‘The Back Eddy’

Classy dining around the globe is a hobby that I take very seriously. Enticing the palette with incredible and unique flavors and food pairings, all while surrounded in a comfortable chic atmosphere – is exactly what I am after when dining out. I am continually on the hunt to find the best and most amazing places to experience and share around the world. It’s an art that one can’t help but appreciate.

Here in the hub of the North – Hay River, NWT, there happens to be one of my absolute life long favorites. The Back Eddy. They always provide an unforgettable experience, and the dishes will never disappoint.  Having been in business for over 40 years,  it is clear there are many things being done right here.

The decor of The Back Eddy reflects a nautical theme, adorned with helms, and various pieces from ships.

Hay River has been a port for shipping and barging for many years, so it was very fitting for The Back Eddy to take on this theme. The name is derived from an ‘Eddy’, which is a whirl of water, and in this case, ‘Back Eddy’, intended to represent the whirl of water created by the back of the ship.

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The original owner of The Back Eddy also created what’s called, Back Eddy Spice, which is still sprinkled in quite a few dishes on the menu to this day, as well as sold in many stores. It’s a Back Eddy staple. The Back Eddy has now been family run by some pretty phenomenal people for the last 16 years.

The atmosphere is inviting and very relaxing. Particularly now with all of their festive decorations making the place feel ‘oh so magical’.

Each month they feature different lunch and dinner specials, as well as a monthly dessert(made in house).

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The majority of their dishes are all made from scratch in house and with plenty of love, so you are guaranteed to always have a fresh flavorful experience.

One of my absolute favorite dishes of theirs is the ceaser salad. Nothing fancy, but they make their own dressing, and it is sooo darn good. I can eat it every day. In fact, when I am home every year, I pretty much do eat it every day. I have yet to find another around the globe that compares.

This time around on our ladies of leisure dinner, rather then one of their tantalizing menu items, we were after one of their other classics. Hot Rocks.

Hot Rocks are just that, heated marble slabs, that you get to cook your own food on, right at your table.

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It’s seriously a lot of delicious fun. They come out already nicely heated and then you place them on the flames to keep the sizzle going.

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You have the choice between meat rocks, seafood rocks or a combo of both. We decided to go for the combo rocks which included, Lobster, Prawns, Chicken and Beef, along with plenty of various veggies.

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The platter is very abundantly stocked, and has a fabulous array of house made butters and dips. So you absolutely will no be going home hungry – better bring those stretchy pants.

First thing was first though. I needed to prepare my palette by getting the vino flowing(lets not forget who we are talking about here). It’s simply the classy lady way to begin any culinary journey. For a small Northern establishment they do have quite a good little selection of Vino to choose from. I opted for a Rose, a nice inbetween of white and red.

With hot rocks, your act of having dinner truly turns into an experience. It so nice to share fabulous food, great chat, and good drinks all while being surrounded by an extremely comfortable environment. It’s the best way, and always creates it to be nothing less then memorable.

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You won’t forget how full you were in the end either. Good thing the seats have wheels on them – in case you can’t get up and need to be wheeled out. Isn’t that a classy mental picture?!

The Back Eddy truly is a Northern Gem, and it only gets better with age. That’s right, just like a fine wine. If you find yourself in Northwest Territories, and particularly in the Hay River area, make sure you stop in and enjoy some Northern class and true North hospitality. Cheers to keeping the palette adventures going!

Top 5 Reasons To Travel During The Low Season

Low season travel offers such incomparable experience’s to it’s counter part of high season travel. From the beginning of my nomadic adventures abroad I was instantly taken with being places in the low season. The contrast can be quite big, it’s actually pretty amazing. It’s not very often I stay in a place during the high season, it really depends on where I am, as the situations always very.

My most memorable travel experiences have always taken place in the low season, and so I wanted to share a few of the main reasons as to why that is.

So if your considering booking a trip and your not quite sure what time of year to do it in, here are my top 5 reasons to do it in the off season.

1 – Prices Drop Immensely 

From flights to accommodation, excursions and eating out, the prices are much lower, and it is so much easier to work out a deal. Instead of forking over all your hard earned cash for minimal return, you can make it strech so much further, live a little more lavishly or even extend your trip. Why let the experience end sooner then it has too?!

2 – Less Crowds

I am not massive on being in crowded places, especially when I am adventuring and sight seeing. In some places during the high season it’s almost impossible to move, and the line ups to see attractions can be painfully long. Ain’t nobody got time for that. If I see a massive line for something, a lot of the time it deters me from going. Being places in the low season has proven to give me some of the most surreal experiences possible. Instead of being one of hundreds on a tour, it has just at times been two of us taking it all it. Many times being a mind blowing experience that would never have effected you that greatly had it have been done rushed and crowded.

3 – The Weather Is Sweet

Well for the most part that is. I am from the arctic so my Northern Canadian blood is accustomed to the cold. Which means, I am a sweaty mess in super hot climates. Not my most attractive state, let me tell you. In the low season in tropical places the weather is still beautiful, warm, and very bearable. Sometimes you will have to deal with the rain, but I like the rain. The sun never stays away for long. There is fun to be had no matter what the season or the reason.

4 – Beaches Are Not Crowded

I absolutely love when I can go to a beach and there is endless open sandy space for me to relax in. There is nothing less relaxing for me then having to walk through a bunch of people while looking for a small space where I can squish in with my beach towel. No way. I much prefer having the ability to do cart wheels down the beach. If that was my thing that is. But just knowing I have the option makes my little world turn.

5 – Become One With The Locals

When I go to a new country, I am always so keen to get to know the locals, and get a real feel for the place and how the people live. I love to experience what life is like in each place. In the low season, places aren’t packed with tourists, which means the locals are out to play – and trust me, locals always know the turf and hidden gems the best. This gives the best chance to get to know them, enjoy the activities they are accustomed to, and really immerse yourself in it all. In my experience when I am in a place in the high season, I tend to mainly meet other foreigners, which is also great, but the local experience in the low season is where it’s at, and one you won’t soon forget.

Low season travel never ceases to rock my world, and these are only 5 reasons I listed, there are plenty more. It’s amazing how over looked it can be, as people always tend to follow the crowd. My advice is to venture off away from the crowds, and take that road a little less traveled(as they say). If you are open minded without massive expectations in life then you will be blown away at how the events will unfold and far surpass what you ever imagined.

Chasing Beauty In The Northwest Territories – The Land That Doesn’t Disappoint

Well it’s official. It is mid October, and there is snow everywhere here in the Northwest Territories. Winter has come early this year. Not that I am complaining, I do love the snow. Especially when it’s accompanied by favorable temperatures. Although, the up and down, above and below zero game, makes things messy, wet, and slick. You never know what your going to get. Yes, the pro’s and con’s to everything in life.

Just before the snow flew, I went out on another day of adventuring. It’s just what I do. No matter where in the world I am. Trust me though, the snow ain’t gonna stop this lady from adventuring. It simply creates more various adventure opportunities. Particularly in the NWT.

The week prior to this I went to Twin Falls Gorge and enjoyed the epic ambiance of Alexandra Falls.

This time, we went the opposite direction. We cruised out to the little community of Kakisa, which is about 1.5 hours North of Hay River, NWT. With a population of about 45 people, I don’t mean little lightly.

The primary reason of driving out there was to visit Lady Evelyn Falls. Which is located just 5 km away from Kakisa. Obviously I had to take a little cruise through the quite little community since I was in the area. Lady Evelyn Falls are closed for the season. Well the campgrounds are.

img_4605img_4604  You can still walk in and see the falls. It was quite cool being in the area when everything is totally shut for the winter. A completely empty campground. Not a soul to be found, other then a couple of birds that is. Funny enough though, I wouldn’t have any problem camping in that weather. Get a nice warm fire going, a couple extra layers of clothes, and your laughing. Or perhaps I am just a die hard?! Ahh well, next summer.

Don’t forget to heed the warning before you embark on your waterfall adventure.

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I guess it depends what a high level really means? Thanks for the warning though!


Lady Evelyn Falls are quite a bit smaller then Louise and Alexandra Falls at the Twin Falls Gorge, however she is not lacking in pure stunning beauty.


It’s almost a calm feeling and smooth flowing energy when you are around them. As opposed to the powerful high energy feeling you get at the Twin Falls. It’s not hard to get down beside them, but we didn’t go for it that day.  It was a beauty of a pit stop, and well worth the drive in itself.

After we took in our fill of Lady Evelyn Falls, it was time to start driving back in the direction of Hay River. Not without keeping our eyes peeled for more pit stop adventures to be had along the way. I absolutely love having no plans sometimes. I truly believe in the journey along the way, and when you are open to receive whatever awesomeness is out there, you get exactly that. More awesomeness. Not without a few bumps in the roads at times. I mean trust me when I was crossing Africa alone with that mentality, there were some bumps. However, it always turned out amazing or with a big ol’ forehead swipe of ‘phew’ , and definitely added to my story.

There was this awesome little lookout point that we pulled into. You stand tall on the rocks, and take in the spectacular Northern view.

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It’s total Northern landscape as far as the eye can see, and it’s absolutely wonderful.

img_4559 It is so unique, and as you progress up North towards the Tundra, you have less and less plantation. The changes are dramatic, and the beauty just continually morphs, yet never becomes less. Looking into this bliss, makes a person want to bring a canvas and paint it. Maybe I will wait for warmer weather though. 

Don’t forget to lick a tree while you are there.

Not far up the highway from that look out point, we pulled into McNallie Creek, where sit’s another one of mother natures dazzling gem’s.


There is a day use area, and once again, another set of little waterfalls flowing into a bowl shaped ravine. With the icicles forming on the edges of the water, you can see winter is well on it’s snowy and cold way.  If you keep your eyes peeled when you are there, you can see cliff swallows nesting in the walls as well. Which we didn’t see that day…..

The depths of the water at the base does appear fairly deep. I have been told that people do enjoying jumping in there in the summer.

The paths around the area are great if you feel like frolicking in the bush.

img_4491 The colors were magnificent, and even though there was a chill in the air, after a bit of walking you don’t even feel it. You get warmed up by the incredible setting. Nothing compares to being in nature, it gives you such an uplift and flow of awesome energy. And particularly in the North. It’s a very special place that I will never stop boasting about.

That was a whole day of absolute pure bliss. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in one day. The majestic Northwest Territories once again did not disappoint. It seems as though she is the land of endless waterfalls.

While you wait to check the NWT off of your bucket list, don’t forget to explore your own back yard. There are always beautiful places hidden around every corner – where you would least expect it.

Living Lux At Heather Mountain Lodge

If you have been on an endless search for a serene mountain oasis, where you are surrounded by lush enchanting nature, in an ultra chic cabin on a hill with a view to boast about, and impeccable service by people whom genuinely love there job. Then I have found the place for you.

Nestled between Golden BC, and Revelstoke BC, is Heather Mountain Lodge.


Made for heli-skiing in the winter and hiking adventures in the summer, not to mention the ideal location for weddings and events, or a relaxing, and rejuvenating get away.

Recently I had the pleasure of experiencing what its like to stay and be pampered at this gem.

From the minute I arrived I was already taken by it.


I received a very warm welcome by Becky whom is the manager, and has been with Heather Mountain Lodge for 6 years.

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She did welcome me at the front desk and not the bar, although from my sauna video you may not think that.

She provided me with a wealth of information about the Lodge and surrounding area, and got me all booked in for dinner. I was booked into the King cabin, which is one of the two newly built cabins on the hill above the lodge.

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I didn’t know exactly what to expect, and was completely blown away by the ultra-chic cabin. It’s the perfect combination of luxury and nature.

Each cabin is equipped with in floor heating – which would be perfect on those chilly nights in the winter after an epic day of heli-skiing, a wood burning stove, king size bed, a very large bathroom with both a beautiful tub, and separate shower. I was loving the decor and amenities.

Although as soon as I pulled up to the cabin and seen the view I was in for, my soul was already feeling soothed. I zoned in on the little deck, and knew I was going to be spending some chill time basking in that view.


Incredible.

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This trip was also serving as a reunion with my sister, so as I was taking in my surroundings, I was also impatiently awaiting her arrival.


Once she arrived, and we enjoyed some catching up on our little deck, it was hard to tear ourselves away from the cabin to go for dinner, but, we were about to be treated to a culinary experience that heightened all of our senses.

The patio where we chose to dine rather then in the dining room has picturesque views of the mountains and property. The property is conveniently located just off the highway, but when your immersed in Heather Mountain Lodge’s environment, you feel as though you are far away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Muzza was our server, and he was exceptional from the get go.

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Full of personality, and he more then happy to recommend or describe anything about the menu, or even anything off the ‘hiking menu’ if you were already trying to figure out how you would wear off this fine food.

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He is extremely knowledgeable about the area, and any hiking excursions you could want to take.

Our dinner experience began with cocktails(would you expect any less really), while we read through the menu trying to narrow it down to actual choices.

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Everything sounded wonderful, so it was hard to choose. Although in the end we were so spoiled we were able to sample a variety of things.

 

 

 

 

 

We ended up starting with Caramelized Tomato & Juniper Soup

The flavor of the aromatic soup was enough to wake up our palettes immediately. That way they were on full form for what was next.

The Triple Creamed Brie.

IMG_5726 Cheese is an addiction of mine, one that I don’t give into very often, usually only when I am out. So, clearly this was one of those occasions. Baked in phyllo pastry until molten, accompanied with pickled Okanagan peaches, apple mint jelly, reduced blueberry balsamic, and black pepper crackers. It was exactly as amazing as it sounds. When you dug a cracker into it, the perfectly backed brie, spilled out, begging to be enjoyed.

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A glass of Pinot Noir was a must to compliment our mains. They have a very elaborate wine list to choose from. I was pleasantly surprised. My little wine loving heart could have been happy there for weeks with a list such as that.

For my main I went for the Alberta Rack of Lamb, served with fondant fingerling potatoes, grilled summer squash and roasted chipolini Jus.

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My sister tucked into the BC Farmer’s Game Hen, which was slowly braised in white wine and herbs, accompanied with potato gnocchi, baby spinach, golden beets, toasted almonds with roasted garlic Gorgonzola Cream.

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It’s not very often I can say that every dish I tried at a restaurant was amazing, but literally, everything was amazing. The love and passion that was put into creating these dishes was very apparent! We had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know the Chef, Josh Gaudet.

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I was so impressed to learn that he creates all the menu items himself. Not only is he a fantastic person, but he really is very skilled at his craft. We enjoyed some very good chat throughout the evening with him.

We were absolutely out of room(where the heck did I put those sweat pants?!), but we couldn’t not try the amazing desserts created by their in house pastry chef, Ryan Doggart.

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We went for the Rhubarb Crumble and Creme Brulee.

Both were absolutely divine, and tasted as fresh as you can get. It was obvious that Ryan also know’s his skill very well, and his passion shows in his creations.

This was a feast fit for a couple of queen’s, that’s a certainty.

Before we weren’t able to move anymore, we had to answer the beckoning’s from the hot tub and sauna. The hot tub is out doors but also enclosed, which is great, as I love having the best of both worlds. It was so relaxing.

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Now being an avid sauna lover, and having grown up with one in my back yard – you could say I was very excited for that experience.

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Let’s be real here though, I sipped on vino(personality in a bottle) for quite sometime before hand(obviously like a classy lady), I am pretty sure that the only thing detoxing out of this ladies pores was fine wine.

After an amazing afternoon/evening, the king size bed in the cabin swallowed me right up. I can’t even tell you how comfy that bed was, like probably the most comfy mattress ever! I didn’t want to leave it in the morning. I bet its even better in the winter. I could envision myself all wrapped up on those chilly winters nights on the mattress sent from mountain lodge heaven. Bliss!

Coffee on the little deck was the best way to get the day rolling the next morning.


Basking in the view and taking it all in. I could get used to that. I was contemplating just buying the cabin and becoming a permanent resident of the lodge. Alas, not this time around. That cabin was rocking our world, but at some point we had to head down for breakfast…..

Thank goodness we did! The beautiful breakfast surprise that awaited us, was nothing less then amazing.

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Seeing as how we were fashionably late, they had so graciously set up a table for us on the patio(which we had all to ourselves), and Josh & Ryan, treated us to some more incredible culinary delights.

Seriously, however Josh cooked those eggs, I am telling you, for sure the best scrambled eggs I have ever had.

Between the view, and the spectacular breakfast it was hard for me to put my camera down and just enjoy the moment. This was something that had to be shared. Oh the life of a blogger. Before we continued on our adventures and ‘tore’ ourselves away from this amazing piece of heaven we had to take one last walk around the area to get the last feel for it all.

There is a very comfy little lounging area upstairs that is more so used in the winter.

But the property is pretty amazing in and of itself.

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All I could think of was how badly I wanted to climb up to those mountain peaks. Being such a short and whirlwind trip this time, it only means that I have to return.

You can check out my Video Blog about the experience.

There are so many reasons that Heather Mountain Lodge is so special, but one of the main things that stand out is how the staff treat it as their own, and welcome people as if welcoming them into their own home. They love what they do, and they love the lodge, and it creates an environment that you feel warm, welcomed and pampered. I want to give huge thanks to the phenomenal people at Heather Mountain Lodge that made this such an unforgettable experience.

This lodge, is not a place to be missed if you find yourself in the area. Heck, even if you don’t find yourself in the area, plan a trip there. You will not soon regret it.