October 13th, 2017

10 Places to See Fall Colours in Beautiful Canada

There is something particularly special about the fall season in beautiful Canada. Among our alpine lakes, sky-high mountains, lush forests, and crisp true north air, you can find autumn colours in so many parts of this grand country. So whether you’re heading out on a hike before the snow settles in, or you’d like to admire the red, orange, and yellow hues on Instagram from the comfort of your home, here are ten places you’ll find fall colours in Canada.

1. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

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Head off the grid in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, for alpine lakes that reflect the mountains and the changing colours of surrounding trees.

2. The Icefields Parkway

Drive the Icefields Parkway for an endless road lined with autumnal tones of yellow, orange, and dark green.

3. Waterton Lakes National Park

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Take a walk on the wild side with the scenic Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta flanked by the Rocky Mountains.

4. Moraine Lake

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It’s hard to ignore the stunning fall colours glistening on Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta. How many times have you visited this beautiful place?

5. Lake O’Hara

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Dive into autumn at Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, British Columbia. It might be cold, but it’s almost impossible not to take a quick swim while you’re there.

6. Kootenay National Park

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Witness fall in the Rockies with the sun lighting up all of the autumn tones. Visit the Kootenay National Park in British Columbia to see the incredible punch of yellow for yourself.

7. Cypress Provincial Park

It’s a beautiful sight from Cypress Provincial Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. Catch the North Shore on a crisp sunny day with the leaves turning all colours of red and orange.

8. The Rockies

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Muted fall colours of green and yellow framed by the Rocky Mountains shows just how picturesque the change in seasons can be.

9. Larch Valley

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Have you had the chance to experience Larch Valley in autumn? Head to Banff National Park in Alberta to find the larch trees turning a brilliant yellow before they shed their needles.

10. Mount Taynton

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The road to autumn is in Mount Taynton, British Columbia, between the trees with the mountains in the distance.

See more pictures of #BeautifulCanada on the @londondrugs Instagram, and happy fall!



July 12th, 2017

Share Your Summer Travel Memories on Instagram…and IRL

Summer is the season of camping trips, beach vacations, hiking adventures and most importantly, making memories. With the extra-long days, there’s time to squeeze in even more outdoor activities. Whether you’re spending your summer being a tourist in your own town, or jet-setting to somewhere entirely new, you’re likely planning to snap a lot of photos along the way. After all, summer is fleeting, and the best way to preserve those memories is with photos.

Of course, part of preserving those memories is sharing them. We snap hundreds of photos while on vacation, but how many of them never end up seeing the light of day? Some of them get posted online to Facebook or Instagram, but there are plenty more that end up sitting on memory cards and hard drives unseen. Make the most out of your photos by printing them. There are endless ways to showcase your summer travels, from square Instagram Books and Book-Its, to photo DIYs if you’re feeling crafty.

 

Book-It Mini Books

Your photos tell a story of where you’ve been, what you’ve experienced, and what you’ve learned. It may feel bittersweet to arrive home after an incredible vacation, but it’s always fun to relive the best moments while journaling your trip in a photo book, like the 6×4 Book-It Mini Book. Pick a colourful, graphical theme and customize the layout and text to tell your story.

Instagram Books

Instagrammers rejoice, even your square photos can be turned into a photo book. Compile your Instagram-worthy shots into a 4×4 square Instagram photo book that’s wire-bound and printed on quality glossy or pearl photo paper. When family or friends ask how your summer vacation was, you can pull out your handy brag book to show them all the awesome places you explored this summer.

 

Photo Print DIYs

Start off with some good old 4×6 photo prints, and let your creativity do the rest! Collect ticket stubs and other small souvenirs throughout the summer, and use your photo prints to create a fun collage. Or make a Summer 2017 timeline to hang on the wall: pick a photo of each summer excursion, and use wooden pegs to hang them chronologically along a string.

If a traditional photo album is more your style, add your printed photos to a Pioneer Canada 150 Photo Album to showcase your favourite moments from #Canada150.

 

Don’t forget: great prints start with a great camera. If you have a vacation planned for later this summer, plan ahead and upgrade your camera so you can capture your summer memories in the best quality possible. It might be a matter of upgrading your smartphone, point-and-shoot or DSLR, or even switching up your camera’s lens to something new. You’ll appreciate the boost in quality when you go to print your photos!



June 15th, 2017

Fun Things to Do with Dad on Father’s Day

Moms sometimes get most of the credit for raising their kids, but Dads are important too. As Father’s Day approaches, we wanted to share some ideas for spending time with Pops on his special day and throughout the summer. Time to give your best guy some recognition.

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June 6th, 2017

Trip of a Lifetime: The Story of an LDExtras Member’s Dream Experience to Machu Picchu

As part of the recent launch of LDExtras, London Drugs gave new members a taste of the LDExtras experiential rewards: we surprised five lucky winners with their choice of one of eight $10,000 ultimate dream experiences.

One lucky winner, Susan, won the photography adventure of a lifetime. She brought her daughter, Keeley, to explore Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Susan captured the beauty of Machu Picchu with a deluxe camera package from London Drugs. Here, she shares photos of her spectacular trip, and tells the story of her eye-opening adventure to Peru. 


We started in Lima, and had a day to settle in before the rest of our group arrived. We we went on a short tour of Lima, and saw the sights in the beautiful Miraflores.

In the evening, we met our G Adventure guide, Kantu, and the other members of our group. It was total serendipity–there were two other single moms in our group and both had one child too! There were seven of us all together, Roisian and her 8 year old son Liam from Ireland, Snow and her 6 year old daughter from Ottawa, and Keeley and myself, plus our guide. It was perfect.

We had a nice dinner out in Miraflores, then off to bed as we had to start our day at 6 a.m. the next morning.

The next day we travelled by plane, bus, and boat to reach the Amazon. WOW!! What an adventure. We met our guide for the Amazon, Julio, who I can best describe as a young Crocodile Hunter. He was so funny; the kids just loved him. Julio had such a warm personality and was so enthusiastic. This man LOVED his job as a naturalist guide for the Amazon–and boy, was he knowledgeable.

We arrived at the Tambopata Eco Lodge after a two-hour boat ride down the Amazon River. This unique location means that electricity is only available for five hours a day, and hot water is only a possibility, but what an incredible experience. We spent two nights there–it was very hot, about 30 degrees and muggy—but so worth it.

We were fed delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Julio took us on a night walk in the Amazon Jungle. We spotted a tarantula, snakes, termites, exotic birds, spiders, and all sorts of creepy crawlies. The best part was that we could see every star and the Milky Way–it was absolutely breathtaking! Living in the city, we just don’t get a chance to see stars like that.

At one point on the night walk, Julio separated all of us by about 100 feet or so and had us turn off our flashlights and meditate. It was by far the coolest thing we did out there. There we were in the middle of the Amazon Jungle with no light, in the complete darkness, listening to the sounds of the creatures and staring at the stars. This is a moment I will never forget.

The next night, we went caimen hunting on the Amazon River. Again, an out of this world experience! Being in a boat on the Amazon River at night looking for these unique lizards…how cool is that!

We were sad to leave the jungle but ready for our next adventure: a trip to Cusco which is 3,399m above sea level. I was worried about getting altitude sickness, but thankfully everyone in our group was fine.

We spent one night in Cusco, had a lovely dinner, explored the city, and met some llamas and alpacas. Then we were up at 6am to catch the bus to take us to the train to Machu Picchu town.

I loved the fact that we were able to see so many parts of Peru. The countryside is breathtaking, and the energy of the villages is captivating.

We had a beautiful train ride to Machu Picchu town, which is on the side of a mountain. There are no cars; you just walk everywhere. The narrow streets are busy with restaurants and places for tourists. Since everyone has to stop here to go to Machu Picchu, tourism is a huge part of daily life.

We had dinner there, then went to bed early as we were up at 4:45 a.m. so that we could get to Machu Picchu by sunrise.

We took a very scary 30-minute bus ride up a one way narrow road with a very steep drop off to Machu Picchu. Once we arrived, I was shocked at how busy it was! Our guide told us that 3,500 people go through Machu Picchu every day.

I was speechless when we were there. Such beauty and history in one place! I felt so awestruck and blessed that I had this opportunity to bring Keeley to see this place.

We spent about five hours at Machu Picchu, then went back to Cusco where we were all exhausted and excited from our adventure.

The next day was one of my favourites of the trip. G Adventures supports charitable initiatives, so they have sponsored an after-school care program in Cusco. The children who attend this program are handpicked because they come from extreme situations–poverty, violence, abuse, homelessness. We had the opportunity to volunteer at this program for a few hours. We went to the local market and bought some essentials for them, like rice, pasta, oil,  and canned food, and we bought the children some colouring supplies and balls.

We arrived and the kids in our group volunteered and taught the children English. They drew pictures on the white board and the kids had to say the words in English, and they did charades. The best part was when they all played ball together. These children have so little, but were so happy and kind to us–it was truly heartwarming.

The rest of our trip was spent exploring and eating, and enjoying the sights and sounds of Cusco.

I am still in awe that I actually won this amazing prize. As a single mom, this kind of guided trip is something I would never be able to afford. This was truly an experience of a lifetime. My daughter just said to me today, “I miss Peru.” She absolutely loved it. We have both got the travel bug now, and this experience has given me a new perspective on life. Life is not about stuff and things, it is about experiences and sharing those experiences with the ones you love.

Thank you London Drugs for truly changing my life. I am so blessed and forever grateful for this opportunity.

Photos provided by LDExtra winner Susan, owner and principal photographer of Wildflower Photography.



June 6th, 2017

Sun Care 101: A Parents’ Guide to Sun Safety

It can be time-consuming (and maybe a little annoying) to apply protective sunscreen on you and your family members—especially if these people happen to be squealing kids, just waiting to get outside in the sunshine! We’ve got some great tricks and tips for easy (ish) sun care application that will help keep your family covered. Here’s our guide to sun safety for parents.

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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!

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