October 8th, 2015

4 Health and Wellness Gifts You’d Love to Get

They say in giving, it’s the thought that counts. It’s a sentiment doubly true of health and wellness gifts, which have the potential to rub people the wrong way. “Here’s a present to help improve your current condition!’’ Thinking in advance about the wants and needs of your giftee improves  giving accuracy, helping you avoid awkwardness and waste.

When it comes to health- and wellness-related gifts, it’s all about the lifestyle and aspirations of your giftee. Is he or she more about jogging or marathons? Swimming lengths or aquasize? Lifting weights using a workout torn from a magazine, or taking classes with a professional trainer?

Knowledge is power, and we’ve got a suite of helpful suggestions. Of these four people, we bet you have at least one on your gift list.

Your Best Friend

Your bestie Amy practices yoga at home and at the gym, wants to lose weight, and is careful about what she, and everyone else, eats.


A workout mat and a colourful yoga outfit is the perfect gift — the clothes can double as a “run-around-town” outfit for when she’s out with the kids.

Your Parents

Your mom and dad, who love you and want to be alive and healthy for a long time. They take a daily walk for exercise, occasionally ride bikes, and make delicious organic smoothies for everyone.

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A wearable fitness tracker. Mom and Dad are now fluent with their smartphones, and like to assist their exercise with a handful of apps. Take it to the next level with a Fitbit.

Your Brother

In addition to lifting weights with a trainer, your competitive brother Dan does cross-fit, runs a few kilometres each week, and loves his morning protein shakes.


Prepared smoothie and shake mixes. Dan’s probably got strong preferences when it comes to protein powder, so do reconnaissance before you shop. If you’re not sure, Vega makes an excellent protein smoothie for early mornings short of time, or top-ups throughout the day.

Your Sister

Your sister Bella is naturally slim and fit, which is annoying, and she’s considering starting a “10,000 steps a day” program.

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New headphones will help divert Bella from the pain of her heavy duty workouts. And a Go Pro will give her something to upload to YouTube when it’s over.

October 7th, 2015

October Book of the Month


Chance-HarborChance Harbor by Holly Robinson
Catherine and Zoe are sisters, but even their mother, Eve admits her daughters are nothing alike. Catherine is calm and responsible. Zoe is passionate and rebellious. Nobody is surprised when Zoe gets pregnant, drops out of college, and spirals into drug addiction.
One Night Catherine gets a call from Zoe’s terrified daughter, Willow, saying her mother has abandoned her in a bus station and disappeared. Eve blames herself, while Catherine, unable to have children, is delighted to raise Willow as her own.
Now, five years later, Eve is grieving her husband’s death and making reluctant plans to sell the family’s beloved summer home on Prince Edward Island. But a series of unexpected revelations will upend the family and rock three generations of women.

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these book as well. Post your comments and let us know.

Chance Harbor is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of October.

October 6th, 2015

4 Healthy Getaways for Fall

Sometimes, you need to recharge. It can be hard to do in a busy life – work, family, kids, friends, hobbies, chores, errands…. So why not get away for a bit? Even a few days is enough time to rest, breathe, and get back at it. We’ve gathered a few therapeutic retreat options that might be just what you need.

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Stephen Liu

Yoga in Banff

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Matthew Ragan

If you want to get away for some self-reflection but wilderness isn’t really your thing, this yoga retreat at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is for you. The retreat includes two nights’ luxury accommodation at the hotel, gourmet meals, and a selection of yoga & meditation classes as well as a few nature walks around beautiful Lake Louise. Worried about a retreat being too rigid? The schedule is entirely optional – attendees are free to join activities as they wish (meaning you can sneak away for a mid-afternoon savasana). Namaste.

Horses in B.C.’s Interior

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Susan Drury

Anyone who’s spent time with horses knows these peaceful creatures are naturally therapeutic. If you’re looking for a unique retreat opportunity, Equinsity, located just outside Kamloops, could be right for you. Horse therapy offers “re-connection, re-vitalisation, and healing,” and helps attendees work on “dispelling illusion [and] shifting consciousness.” Attendees can ride, train, and interact with the horses as much as they want to – and are welcome to sit back and watch if they prefer that. Meditation and spiritual communication is also available. Not sure how much horse time you need? There are one, three, and eight-day retreats available, and each retreat is all-inclusive.

Fitness in Whistler

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Fit Approach

For a workout you can’t procrastinate, consider Whistler Fitness Vacations. These one to eight-week retreats are affordable weight loss solutions – attendees can lose up to 100 pounds. Plus, there are day-pass options if you just can’t take the time away from work and life. Group classes, self-prepared food, and optional spa packages help make this retreat affordable for any budget. Fitness activities include hiking, bootcamps, swimming, biking, weight training, conditioning, and indoor & outdoor classes. Ready to get fit? Head to beautiful Whistler to kickstart your healthy lifestyle.

Meditation on the Sunshine Coast

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Brian Ambrozy

The most holistic of these retreats, the Self Realization Meditation Centre provides “teaching, nurturing, the clearing of emotions and balancing of mind, body and spirit for all who are seeking peace, harmony, health and progress.” The inclusive centre offers a variety of scheduled and private retreats. The scheduled events are themed seasonally, so they fit into the rhythm of your lifestyle. (The New Year Retreat is a fine way to set your intention for the year.) There are also one-day or half-day yoga retreats where yogis can connect deeply to their practice in an immersive environment. This is the retreat for you if you want to ground yourself and connect more deeply with your spirituality.

October 4th, 2015

5 On-Trend Costumes Ideas for Halloween 2015

Inside Out

Inside Out Halloween Costume

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Pikawil

Pixar is brilliant at creating adorable characters than children want to emulate. But Inside Out is going to be great fun for adults too! Get a crew together to represent Joy, Sadness, and Disgust (and Anger and Fear too!). There are makeup tutorials available here.

Taylor Swift with her squad

Taylor Swift and her Squad

Image via Flickr user marcen27

Being the year of Taylor Swift, it’s inevitable that there will be countless Taylor Swift costumes out there. But this one is extra fun. Once you’ve got your sparkly dress and high heels and red lipstick, attach a bunch of dolls to your belt to represent your squad (you can even add a Ken-doll Calvin Harris!).


#thedress Halloween Costume

Photo courtesy of Yandy.com

It’s been a while since the internet was swept with #thedress, but it won’t take much for people to be reminded. Was it black and blue or white and gold? Find two dresses and sew them together (half and half!) or make it a partner costume, each representing one version. You can also go all-out and order this one online.


Emoji Halloween Costume
Emojis have been a popular Halloween costume for awhile, but with the new keyboard being released on iOS this year, there are plenty more to impersonate! Get a group of girls with multiple colours of hair & skin to wear pink shirts and represent the sassy girl emoji, or rep the costume classics – the salsa dancer and the twinning girls.

Donald Trump

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Image via Flickr user iprimages

This is an easy one. All you need is a suit, a red tie, and some really bad hair.

October 2nd, 2015

LD Picks: The best #beautifulcanada photos of all time

Here we offer a handful of fresh candidates for the #beautifulcanada canon. To your eye, which is the most stunning? After you vote, scroll down for your seven all-time favourites on Facebook. (Want to submit your own photography? Don’t forget to tag it #beautifulcanada on Instagram and Facebook.)

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Last night in #beautifulcanada, dusk steals orange upon Lake Kalamalka, near Vernon, B.C.

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Salmon Arm

shuswap-lake-bcAs day draws to a close in #beautifulcanada, Lake Shuswap, B.C. shows its true colours.

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early-morning-lk-ontarioIn #beautifulcanada, it’s early morning on the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Last night in #beautifulcanada, an apocalypic sky above Edmonton, Alberta.

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Yesterday in #beautifulcanada, the clear glacial depths of Moraine Lake, Alberta.

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Cowichan Lake, B.C.

Last night in #beautifulcanada, the star-littered firmament above Cowichan Lake, B.C.

Originally named ‘The Warm Land’ by First Nations peoples, Cowichan rests within Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone. That gives it Canada’s balmiest year-round weather—averaging 23°C in summer,  6°C in winter—and the country’s longest growing season.

[More at Pinterest/London Drugs]

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Cowichan Lake, B.C.

Last night in #beautifulcanada, the star-littered firmament above Cowichan Lake, B.C.

Originally named ‘The Warm Land’ by First Nations peoples, Cowichan rests within Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone. That gives it Canada’s balmiest year-round weather—averaging 23°C in summer,  6°C in winter—and the country’s longest growing season.

[More at Pinterest/London Drugs]

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Cowichan Lake, B.C.

Last night in #beautifulcanada, the star-littered firmament above Cowichan Lake, B.C.

Originally named ‘The Warm Land’ by First Nations peoples, Cowichan rests within Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climatic zone. That gives it Canada’s balmiest year-round weather—averaging 23°C in summer,  6°C in winter—and the country’s longest growing season.

[More at Pinterest/London Drugs]

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Maligne Lake, Alberta

This morning in #beautifulcanada, playing the blues in Maligne Lake, Alberta.

Hard to believe that so pristine a place takes its name from malin (French for malignant or wicked), but it does. Maligne Lake is fed and drained by the Maligne River. The name, which describes the lake’s turbulent spring outflow, arrived in the mid-19th century with the Belgian priest Pierre-Jean De Smet.

[More at Pinterest/National Geographic]

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Petrie Island, Ontario

Last night in #beautifulcanada, sunset’s charred autumnal hues in Petrie Island, Ontario.

Petrie Island, which sits in the Ottawa River, at the city’s east end, was formed by clay and sand deposited at the end of the last ice age. The City of Ottawa now owns the island, and operates it as an ecological reserve.

[Courtesy of Flickr/Peter Polgar]

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7) “OMG.”

Yesterday in #beautifulcanada, day subsides to Technicolor dusk over Lake Bennett, in the Yukon Territory. | 11,586 views

Lake Bennett lies in the wintry latitudes of the B.C.-Yukon border, not far from the Alaska Panhandle. During the gold rush of the late 1800s, it was where Alaskan gold-seekers purchased or built rafts to float down the Yukon River to the gold fields of Dawson City. A large temporary city sprang up on its shores, numbering tents in the thousands and offering all the services of a major city.

[Courtesy of Pinterest/London Drugs]

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6) “Es ist eine wunderschöne aufnahme.”

Last night in #beautifulcanada, moonrise over Whistler, B.C. | 11,857 views

Translation, from the German: “It’s a gorgeous shot.” Indeed. Whistler’s legendary beauty is prized by many beholders—a competition reflected in local property values. With detached homes selling for an average of $1,600,000, the area is home to Canada’s most expensive real estate.

[Courtesy of Flickr/James Wheeler]

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5) “We live in paradise.”

Last night in #beautifulcanada: The sky above Galiano Island, B.C. | 17,294 views

If Vancouver city living has you down, the maritime climes of Galiano Island are never far away.  Named for Spanish explorer Dionisio Alcalá Galiano, who explored the area in 1792, Galiano is an hour’s ferry from the suburb of Tsawwassen. British Columbia’s second most populous Gulf Island (after Salt Spring), it is home to 1258 people.

[Courtesy of Flickr/James Wheeler]

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4) “In my opinion, the most beautiful place ever.”

Today in #beautifulcanada: Room with a staggering view, the Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta. | 18,180 views

Lake Louise may well be Canada’s most beloved lake. Pictured here is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which opened its doors  in 1890, albeit in radically simpler form. Then owned by Canadian Pacific, the hotel was designed to lure wealthy travelers, adventurers, and alpinists to Louise’s emerald shores—by rail, of course.

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3) “The place takes my breath away.”

Last night in #beautifulcanada, the swirling cosmos above Lake Louise. | 19,226 views

This photograph—the lakefront bleeding light, the sky coruscating with stars—shows how gorgeous a long exposure can be. Lake Louise gets its emerald colour from rock flour carried by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake.

[Courtesy of 500px.com]

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2) “Oh Canada…how I love thee!”


Today in #beautifulcanada, the Three Sisters of Canmore, Alberta. | 21,243 views

Think sisters in a convent, not sisters in a family. Left to right, the trio of peaks near Canmore are known as Big Sister (Faith), Middle Sister (Charity), and Little Sister (Hope). Albert Rogers—nephew to the discoverer of Rogers Pass, in the Selkirk Mountains—named them for the three Christian theological virtues, in 1883.

[Courtesy of Pinterest/Katy McLeod]

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1) “The colours are astounding…”

Last night in #beautifulcanada, the smouldering sunset over Quadra Island, B.C. | 21,598 views

Quadra Island runs 35 kilometers, tip to tip, and at its narrowest point is less than 2000 meters wide. Named in 1903 for the Spanish navigator Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, Quadra belongs to B.C.’s Discovery Island chain, and is home to 2,472 residents.

[Courtesy of Pinterest/Carrie Cole]

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The 5 worst things you do before you leave the house in the morning


Believe it or not, brushing your teeth at the wrong time does more harm than good.

October 1st, 2015

Contest: Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Dirt Devil Vac & Dust!

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Remember cleaning day when you were a kid? When your mom or dad put on their favourite record, tape or CD (depending on your age!) and turned it up really loud? We do. And we now do the same thing! Tell us your favourite vacuuming song in the Comments field below*. When you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three Dirt Devil Vac & Dust Corded Sticks awarded monthly.

How The Dirt Devil Dust & Vac Contest Works:

At the end of each month from now until December 2015, we’ll give away one grand prize–one Dirt Devil Vac & Dust Corded Stick along with a London Drugs Gift Certificate worth $25–and 2 secondary prizes of a Vac & Dust Corded stick. You may only enter once per month. Please see full contest rules for details. Good luck!

*Comments may take 24-48 hours to be approved.

Watch this page and follow #LDFloorCare on Twitter and Facebook for the current monthly question. And follow @LondonDrugs on Twitter or like us on Facebook for announcements about winners and contest updates. 

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October 1st, 2015

4 Fantastic Weekend Roadtrips for Vancouverites

Vancouverites tend to stick around the city more than people from other major Canadian centres. Perhaps this is due to the diverse options for entertainment – restaurants and microbreweries, shopping and shows, hiking and sailing. Maybe it’s because many locals don’t own cars (being spoiled with excellent public transit and car sharing services). However, it’s always nice to get away, so we’re saying pack up your Evo and hit the road in search of new horizons. We’ve got four great recommendations here.

Ross Lake, British Columbia (Driving distance: 210 km)

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