April 27th, 2017

10 Must-Visit Destinations in Beautiful Canada

We’re all aware of the natural beauty in Canada–it’s everywhere we look. Warmer weather is finally heading our way, along with spring flowers, sunshine, and finally putting the winter boots away! It’s the perfect time to take advantage of free entry to all National Parks for 2017, and make sure this year you really appreciate all that our beautiful country has to offer.

Let these stunning destinations in Canada tickle your travel fancy and offer you a much-needed dose of inspiration.

1. Tulip Festival in Abbotsford, BC 

Until May 7, traipse through the fields of flowers at Abbotsford’s annual Tulip Festival. It’s full of colour and fresh air, with the mountains in the background–make sure your phone is charged so you can post a bunch of photos of this Instagram-worthy destination!

2. Hoodoo Trail in Drumheller, AB

Make your way to the Alberta badlands to see the famous hoodoos. Hoodoos are a natural wonder, taking millions of years to form. Try a guided hike through the trail and remember, no climbing!

3. Dark Sky Preserve in Grasslands National Park, SK

Catch a brilliant view of the Milky Way in a place undisturbed by light pollution. This Dark Sky Preserve in Saskatchewan covers 527 square kilometres, making it one of the largest and darkest in the world.

4. Emperor Falls in Mount Robson Provincial Park, AB

Hike the Berg Lake trail, a world-renowned backcountry trail, and find yourself face-to-face with the 150-foot Emperor Falls. The thundering natural feature will leave you utterly breathless.

5. Manzanita Hut on the Sunshine Coast, BC

Find this hidden sanctuary along the Gwendoline Hills Trail in beautiful British Columbia. Stop at the Manzanita Hut for a picnic lunch surrounded by manzanita bushes and arbutus trees.

6. Sandcastles in Beechy, SK

If you thought Saskatchewan was all flat, think again! Visit this private pasture (the owner allows entry) and set your sights on the large natural Beechy Sandcastles, formed from the collapse of a natural gas pocket.

7. Skalsh Rock in Vancouver, BC

The legendary Skalsh Rock sits beside the sun-filled seawall in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. You’ll want to admire this iconic spot and learn about its history with the Indigenous Squamish people.

8. Hot Springs Cove in Tofino, BC

Relax in this remote geothermal hot springs located in Maquinna Provincial Park. You’ll take a water-taxi or float plane from Tofino to reach this destination nestled along the west coast.

9. Pisew Falls Provincial Park in Thompson, MB

This Manitoba waterfall was created from geological activity causing a rift in the landscape. Because of the continuous flow of water, Pisew Falls has its own micro-climate in its localized area. Be on the lookout for ferns dating back to the Ice Age!

10. Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park, MB

Go on a camping adventure in Riding Mountain National Park, with 3000 km2 of rugged nature to explore. Or, walk the shores of Clear Lake if you’re looking for more hustle and bustle.



July 28th, 2016

Get Outside in Beautiful Canada

When we launched our #LDOutside contest, partnered with Coleman Canada’s Get Outside Day, we had no idea it would take off like it did. A simple request for your favourite photos of outdoor Canadian destinations created a wave of submissions. Photos were submitted from every corner of our beautiful country. Did you enter? If so, your shot might be featured below!

Big congratulations to our grand prize winner, NS N.! She’s taking home a killer prize pack, including a Coleman Sundome tent, two Palmetto sleeping bags, a cooler, and a Roadtrip grill!

Enjoy this list of our favourite #LDOutside photos!

Drumheller, Alberta

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July 26th, 2016

How to Plan the Best Summer Roadtrip Ever

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Long summer days and the freedom of the open road – it doesn’t get much better than that. However, like so many Instagram-worthy vacation ideas, pulling off the perfect summer road trip can take a little planning. That’s why we’ve pulled together this guide of summer roadtrip essentials to keep you on track for fun and adventure – and out of the ditch.

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June 3rd, 2016

6 Spectacular Canadian Landscapes You Won’t Want to Miss

We all know Canada is beautiful. But that doesn’t mean we’re above drooling over landscape photos. What are your favourite Canadian destinations?

Terence Bay, Nova Scotia

Photo: Dennis Jarvis

Photo via Dennis Jarvis

If you’ve never been to the maritime provinces, this photo should convince you to go. Rocky cliffs, endless skies, beautiful greenery, and the Atlantic ocean.

Gonzales, British Columbia

Photo: Nick Kenrick

Photo via Nick Kenrick

There just isn’t any sunset quite like the one over the Pacific ocean…

Prairie Sunset, Saskatchewan

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Photo via Bill Allen

… unless it’s a prairie sunset. Look at that sky!

Peyto Lake, Alberta

Photo via Gary Ullah

Photo via Gary Ullah

Vast mountains, crystal-blue lakes, and endless forests. The Rocky Mountains offer endless beauty.

Northern Lights, Saskatchewan

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Photo via Bill Allen

Sometimes Aurora Borealis are distinct shapes, and other times they light up the whole sky.

Smoky Lake, Alberta

Photo via ceasol

Photo via ceasol

Later this summer, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba will become a patchwork quilt of farmer’s crops. Canola though, is our favourite.

 

Oh Canada.



June 1st, 2016

Three Amazing Roadtrip Destinations You Need to Visit

When we think about cultural hotspots, cities like Montreal, Portland, and NYC typically come to mind.  While Nelson, Ucluelet, and Kelowna may not boast the same name recognition, they’re local and offer a similar cool factor without breaking the bank.

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Photo via Kyle Pearce

From vibrant art communities and centuries-old architecture to unique dining experiences and killer views – these small BC “it” cities pack a bigger punch than you might expect. So if you’re craving a dose of culture – and the open road – (grab some travel insurance!) and pack your bags for a scenic drive to one of these hip BC getaways. READ MORE



April 22nd, 2016

8 Breathtaking Photos of Canadian Scenery

In Canada, we can be a little self-important when it comes to our stunning natural scenery. But really, who can blame us? We’ve got some spectacular land & seascapes. Here’s a self-indulgent list of Canadian beauty, just for fun.

Ocean caves…

Prince Edward Island

 

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Photo via Flickr user mbaglole

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April 6th, 2016

LD Experts: How to Get the Perfect Children’s Passport Photos

At London Drugs, we’re proud to offer our customers expert advice. In this #LDExperts article, guest author & Photolab Manager Meghan shares her intel on how to simplify the passport photo process – for you and for your kids.

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