Saturday, May 28, 2011

Calgary Stampede Line up

The much-anticipated Coca-Cola Covert Concert was held last night at Flames Central and featured performances by Hollerado and The Trews, two of this year’s headline performers on the Coca-Cola Stage. Between performances, the entire 2011 stage lineup was unveiled to a packed house of cheering fans.

Each year the Coca-Cola Stage presents some of the biggest names in music, and 2011 is no exception. The Trews, Mother Mother, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Finger Eleven, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Finger Eleven and Shawn Desman are just some of the performers who will rock the stage this July.

The Calgary Stampede is world renowned as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for many reasons, one of which is that it’s one of Canada’s largest music festivals. Don’t forget! Concerts on the Coca-Cola Stage are FREE with admission to Stampede Park.

Entry to the park is included in the Frontier Canada Calgary Stampede package - have a look at

Calgary Stampede

Monday, May 23, 2011

Victoria, BC

Just arrived in this lovely garden city, the sun is out and I stopped on the way to my friends' house for a walk along the beach. I had forgotten how beautiful it is. Tomorrow, we are going to drive out to Sooke before going to the Victoria Rodeo.
Delicious fish on the barbeque - the food here is so fresh, it is wonderful. Many people are practicing the 100 mile diet - ie everything has to come from within a 100 miles of Victoria - such a good idea - good for the environment and for the local farmer/fishermen economy.

I hope to get some photos of the rodeo tomorrow and will post them. Might also try and look at the new luxury hotel here, the Parkside.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Goats on the Roof

This wonderful spot is on the way to Tofino - don't miss it - it will be yet another highlight of your time on Vancouver island! I shall be there next week - can't wait:)

The old country market originated from a modest fruit stand in 1971 and later grew to support a hamburger stand alongside the fruit stand. In 1975 the original building was erected. This was the start of the grass roof. The idea for the grass roof came from then owner, Kristian Graaten. He emigrated here from Norway with his family in the mid 1950’s and longed to see some of the buildings from his home country. Many homes in Norway were built from the sides and slopes of the hills with the roofs built as an extension of the hillside.

After the grass had rooted a family of goats appeared. Legend has it that a “few glasses” of wine inspired the idea of putting the goats up on the roof, but you will have to come in and ask Larry about that.

The thought of goats on a roof caught on so well that each year an increasing number of tourists and locals stopped by to catch a glimpse of this trip of “goats on the roof”. With this curiosity and a lot of hard work and pinch of good fortune it has evolved into what it is today.

Do stop for lunch and be warned - you will be tempted by the many good things to eat and buy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Canada - the next Royal Destination

Canada is going to be first overseas tour for newly weds William and Kate.

They will visit Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the capital, Ottawa.

They will certainly come home with with varied memories. From the wilds and wildlife of the Northwest to the history and sophistication of Quebec City.

The Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, in honour of their visit, is offering 20% off during July and August.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Twilight Saga: New Moon & The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Pass the popcorn...
Canada’s cities and landscapes have a starring role in some of Hollywood’s hottest films, from mind-bending blockbusters to stylish art-house favourites. Vancouver and Toronto have become well known colloquially as Hollywood North, but film directors have a keen eye for Canadian aesthetics from coast to coast. Grab a drink and a snack and settle in for the feature presentation...

Vancouver’s ethereal rainforests and mountainous surroundings are a perfect atmospheric backdrop for the Twilight Saga’s series of vampire sensations, starring teenage heartthrob Robert Pattinson along with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

Aside from its presence on the silver screen, Vancouver’s metropolitan flair was a hit with the cast: The chic Opus Hotel played hotspot host for numerous late-night parties, Rodney’s Oyster House served up scrumptious crustaceans straight from the sea, and Pattinson chose Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar to celebrate his 23rd birthday bash. Twilight fans will recognize the Cullen’s house in the British Properties, the woodlands where Bella is dumped by Edward, and Vancouver Film Studios, where many of the film sets were created.

Frontier Canada can take you to Vancouver and show you the sights.
See Vancouver