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Traveling In Extreme Cold

By Annika B.

Winter Ready: A Guide for Staying Warm and Cozy on Your Travels to INNhotels

As the winter season envelops the landscapes of Alberta and British Columbia, preparing for your journey to these regions involves more than just embracing the cold. At INNhotels, we recognize the significance of staying warm during your travels as a fundamental aspect of your comfort and well-being.

This guide compiles practical tips to help you manage the chill and ensure a pleasant stay with us. Whether you're an avid explorer or a relaxation enthusiast, these insights aim to provide a comfortable and neutral perspective on staying cozy throughout your visit.

1. Layering:
Wear multiple layers of clothing to trap heat between them. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your skin, add an insulating layer for warmth, and finish with a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
2. Insulated Clothing:
Invest in insulated and thermal clothing, such as down jackets, fleece-lined leggings, and thermal socks. These materials are designed to retain body heat.
3. Head, Hands, and Feet:
A significant amount of heat is lost through the head, so wear a hat or beanie. Keep your hands and feet warm with insulated gloves and waterproof, insulated boots or shoes.
4. Quality Outerwear:
Invest in a good-quality, waterproof, and windproof outer jacket to protect yourself from the elements. Look for features like adjustable hoods, cuffs, and drawstrings to seal in warmth.
5. Hot Beverages:
Drink warm beverages, such as tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. This helps raise your core body temperature.
6. Stay Dry:
Wet clothing can make you feel much colder. Use waterproof outer layers and carry a waterproof cover for your backpack. Avoid sitting on wet surfaces.
7. Hand and Foot Warmers:
Pack disposable hand and foot warmers. These are small packets that, when activated, provide heat for several hours.
8. Move Around:
Physical activity generates body heat. Take short walks or do light exercises to keep your blood circulating and your body warm.
9. Use Blankets or Sleeping Bags:
In colder environments, having a warm blanket or a high-quality sleeping bag can make a significant difference, especially during rest stops or when sleeping.
10. Keep Hydrated and Well-Fed:
Eat well-balanced meals to maintain energy levels, and stay hydrated. Your body needs fuel to generate heat.
11. Know the Local Weather:
Stay informed about the weather conditions at your destination and plan accordingly. Dress appropriately for the expected temperature and weather.
12. Emergency Supplies:
Carry emergency supplies like a compact space blanket, which reflects body heat, and a small first aid kit.
13. Choose the Right Fabrics:
Opt for fabrics like wool and fleece, which are excellent insulators and can keep you warm even when damp.
14. Acclimate Gradually:
If possible, acclimate yourself to the colder temperatures gradually. This can help your body adjust and produce more heat.

Remember that everyone's tolerance to cold varies, so adjust these tips based on your personal comfort level and the specific conditions of your travel destination.

Experience enhanced comfort during your stay at INNhotels, where a variety of amenities like dry saunas, steam rooms, soaker tubs, and hot tubs await you. Secure your booking now for a warm and inviting experience at any of our properties.


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January 10

Cozy Winter Getaways

Cozy Winter Getaways

Cozy Winter Getaways: Canadian Edition - Experience the Warmth of the True North

Winter has arrived, and with it comes the enchanting charm of the holiday season.
Embrace the magic of a Canadian winter by embarking on a cozy getaway to our
INNhotels properties in Alberta and BC. From the snow-covered landscapes of Stony Plain to the breathtaking vistas of Jasper and the serene shores of Invermere, our ten properties invite you to experience the warmth and hospitality of the True North.

Stony Plain: A Winter Retreat near West Edmonton Mall
Stony Plain Inn & Suites
Best Western Sunrise Inn & Suites
_____________________________________________________________________

Discover the idyllic winter retreat of Stony Plain, situated just a stone's throw away from the bustling West Edmonton Mall. Our Stony Plain properties offer a perfect blend of tranquillity and accessibility. Retreat to our cozy accommodations after shopping and holiday festivities at the mall. Picture yourself unwinding by the fireplace in your room, surrounded by the peaceful winter ambiance.

Explore the nearby winter wonderland with activities like ice skating or a stroll through the snow-covered landscapes. Our Stony Plain properties embrace the festive season with charming decorations and locally inspired amenities for those seeking a touch of holiday magic.

Jasper: Alpine Elegance in the Heart of the Rockies
Jasper Inn & Suites
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Nestled in the heart of the majestic Rockies, our Jasper property offers a truly enchanting winter escape. Imagine waking up to panoramic views of snow-capped mountains from your window.
Our cozy rooms are adorned with alpine-inspired decor, providing a warm and inviting ambiance. Unwind by the fireplace in our shared lounge, sipping hot cocoa or indulging in a glass of locally crafted wine.

For winter enthusiasts, Jasper offers a plethora of activities. Explore the snowy landscapes on a guided snowshoeing tour, or hit the slopes for exhilarating skiing. After a day of adventure, please return to the comfort of our hotel and relax in our hot tub surrounded by the crisp mountain air.

Invermere: Lakeside Tranquility with a Festive Touch
copper Point Resort
Invermere Inn & Suites
_____________________________________________________________________

Escape to the serene shores of Invermere and experience winter by the lake. Our Invermere property combines lakeside tranquility with festive charm. Picture yourself strolling through a nearby holiday market, where local artisans showcase seasonal creations. Please return to our hotel to find it adorned with holiday decorations, creating a cozy and joyful atmosphere.

Warm up by the fireplace in our lounge with a cup of spiced apple cider, or venture outdoors to the frozen lake for a round of ice skating. In the evening, gather around a bonfire under the starlit sky and enjoy the true spirit of Canadian winter.

Valemount: Mountain Retreat with a Local Flair
Valemount Inn & Suites
_____________________________________________________________________

Discover the hidden gem of Valemount, where our mountain retreat awaits.
Our Valemount property embraces the essence of winter with rustic charm and local flair.
Each room is tastefully decorated with indigenous artwork, providing a unique and authentic touch to your stay.

Please take advantage of the winter wonderland surrounding our property by engaging in snowmobiling adventures or exploring nearby trails on cross-country skis. After your outdoor pursuits, unwind in our cozy lounge to enjoy local wines and seasonal treats.

Red Deer: Corporate Comfort in a Winter Wonderland
Red Deer Inn & Suites
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Our Red Deer property provides a perfect blend of business and leisure for those seeking a corporate retreat amidst the winter wonderland. Escape the hustle and bustle of the corporate world and host your team in our comfortable meeting spaces equipped with all the amenities for a productive retreat.

After a day of meetings, venture into the winter wonderland surrounding Red Deer. Our property is strategically located to provide easy access to outdoor activities, offering a refreshing break from the boardroom. Reconnect with your team around a crackling bonfire, fostering bonds that extend beyond the workplace.

Grande Cache: Unplug and Reconnect in the Canadian Wilderness
Grande Cache Inn & Suites
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For a truly immersive corporate retreat, Grande Cache beckons with its pristine wilderness.
Our Grande Cache property offers a secluded and inspiring setting for corporate gatherings.
Escape the distractions of daily life and foster team cohesion against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and evergreen forests.

Take advantage of winter team-building activities during your corporate retreat, such as snowshoeing or guided nature walks. Our Grande Cache property provides the ideal setting to unplug, recharge, and strengthen professional relationships amidst the serenity of the Canadian wilderness.

Canmore: Alpine Bliss and Rocky Mountain Charm
Canmore Inn & Suites
- Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
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Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Canmore welcomes you with alpine bliss and Rocky Mountain charm. Our Canmore properties offer a winter wonderland with enchanting views and cozy accommodations. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures or want to bask in the scenic beauty, Canmore has something for everyone.

Plan Your Cozy Getaway with INNhotels
Whether you choose the shopping delights near West Edmonton Mall in Stony Plain, the alpine elegance of Jasper, the lakeside tranquility of Invermere, the corporate comfort in Red Deer, or the alpine bliss of Canmore, our INNhotels properties in Alberta and BC promise a cozy winter getaway like no other.

Embrace the festive spirit, indulge in local holiday-themed amenities, and create memories that will warm your heart throughout the season.

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December 27

From Skis to Skates

From Skis to Skates

From Skis to Skates: Thrilling Winter Adventures Await in the Columbia Valley

Intro
Winter in the Columbia Valley is a magical time of year. The crisp (but not too crip), cold air brings a fresh blanket of snow, transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. And while cozying up by the fire with a warm mug of cocoa is certainly a tempting option, there's no shortage of thrilling outdoor activities to be enjoyed. From skiing and snowboarding to ice skating and snowshoeing, the Columbia Valley offers endless opportunities for adventure and fun. So bundle up and get ready to experience the best of the season with these exhilarating winter activities.

Embrace Your Inner Skier at Panorama Mountain Resort
Panorama Mountain Resort is a skier's paradise. With over 4,000 acres of terrain and 2,800 vertical feet, this mountain offers endless opportunities for thrill-seekers. From groomed runs for beginners to challenging black diamonds for the experts, there's something for everyone. And the breathtaking views of the Columbia Valley make every run even more memorable. Whether you're a seasoned skier or a first-timer, Panorama Mountain Resort is the perfect place to embrace your inner skier and experience the exhilaration of carving through fresh powder. So grab your gear and hit the slopes for an unforgettable winter adventure.

Feel the Rush of Snowmobiling
Feel the exhilaration as you zoom through the snowy trails on a snowmobile. Snowmobiling in the Columbia Valley is a thrilling adventure that will get your heart racing. With vast open spaces and picturesque landscapes, this winter activity is a must-do for adrenaline junkies. Explore the backcountry, discover hidden gems, and experience the rush of adrenaline as you navigate the twists and turns of the snow-covered trails. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a first-timer, snowmobiling in the Columbia Valley will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to feel the rush of snowmobiling and embrace the excitement of winter in the great outdoors.

Get Your Glide On with Ice Skating
There's nothing quite like the feeling of gliding across a frozen lake or ice rink on a pair of skates. Especially if that's on the longest outdoor skating trail in the world! The Whiteway located on lake Windermere is 34km of groomed tracks for skating, fat biking, snowshoeing, walking and nordic skiing. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, there are plenty of opportunities to get your glide on. Lace up your skates and feel the cool, crisp air as you spin and twirl on the ice. With stunning mountain views as your backdrop, ice skating in the Columbia Valley is a truly magical experience. So grab your skates and get ready to glide your way into a winter wonderland.

Soak Up the Natural Hot Springs
Hot Springs in the Columbia Valley provide the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind in the midst of a winter wonderland. Immerse yourself in the soothing, natural hot springs and let the warm waters melt away any stress or tension. Surrounded by picturesque views, these hot springs offer a serene and peaceful escape from the cold winter air. Soak your cares away and rejuvenate your body and mind in the healing powers of the hot springs in the Columbia Valley. It's the perfect way to pamper yourself and experience the ultimate relaxation during your winter getaway.

Indulge in Ice Fishing
Indulge in the serene and captivating world of ice fishing in the Columbia Valley. Picture yourself on a frozen lake, surrounded by snow-covered peaks, patiently waiting for that elusive bite. Ice fishing is not only a relaxing and peaceful experience, but it's also a great way to bond with friends and family. Bundle up, grab your gear, and find the perfect spot to drop your line. Whether you're an experienced angler or new to the sport, ice fishing in the Columbia Valley is an unforgettable winter adventure that will leave you with stories to share for years to come.

Enjoy the Season’s Festivals and Events
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Columbia Valley's winter festivals and events. From ice sculpture competitions to holiday markets, there's always something exciting happening during this magical time of year. Join in the festivities and celebrate the season with live music, delicious food, and unique cultural experiences. Whether you're looking to embrace the holiday spirit or simply want to have a good time with friends and family, the Columbia Valley's winter events are sure to delight and create lasting memories. Don't miss out on all the fun and excitement – mark your calendar and enjoy the season's festivals and events.

For information on all of the exciting things to do in the Columbia Valley, visit https://invermerepanorama.com/

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December 11

Christmas in Canmore

Christmas in Canmore

A Magical Holiday Escape: Celebrating Christmas in Canmore's Winter Wonderland

As the snow blankets the Canadian Rockies and the festive spirit fills the air, there's no better place to celebrate the holidays than the picturesque town of Canmore. Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, this charming destination offers a perfect blend of winter activities and cozy retreats. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a family with kids in tow, Canmore has something special for everyone during the holiday season.

Where to Go and What to Do:

1. Winter Wonderland Adventures:
Canmore's pristine landscapes provide the backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the snowy trails of the Canmore Nordic Centre through snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Thrill-seekers can embark on dog sledding tours or try their hand at ice climbing in the nearby Kananaskis Country.

2. Magical Ice Walks:
Take a serene stroll through the enchanting Johnston Canyon Icewalk, where frozen waterfalls and icy landscapes create a breathtaking winter spectacle. Guided tours enhance the experience and ensure a safe and memorable journey.

3. Magical Downtown:
Canmore's downtown area comes alive during the holiday season. Discover unique gifts and treasures in artisan shops, boutiques, and galleries. For a truly festive experience, consider taking a short trip to the nearby town of Banff, known for its annual ice sculpture festival that transforms the streets into a winter wonderland.

Special Events:
1. Ice Festival in Banff
While Canmore itself may not host a winter festival, the nearby town of Banff is renowned for its annual Ice Magic Festival. Marvel at the intricate ice sculptures created by talented artists from around the world. The festival's magical atmosphere and stunning sculptures make it a must-see winter event.

Where to Stay:

INNhotels proudly owns two beautiful properties in Canmore, each exuding their own unique character and charm. Whether you're drawn to the adult-friendly ambiance of Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn or the family-focused amenities of Canmore Inn & Suites, your holiday preferences are catered to with exceptional care and comfort.

1. Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn:
If you're seeking an adult-friendly and cozy ambiance, Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn is the perfect choice. Guests of legal drinking age can indulge in a complimentary wine reception every Friday and Saturday evening in the grand lobby. With a roaring fireplace and an array of snacks, including cheeses, charcuterie and bruschetta, the setting feels like a beautiful lodge. Wooden board games add to the charm, providing a space for relaxation and socializing.

2. Canmore Inn & Suites:
For families with children, Canmore Inn & Suites offers a family-focused experience. Kids can enjoy the games room, while everyone can make a splash in the indoor pool with waterslide. The hot tub provides a relaxing space for adults, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable stay for the whole family. For some added winter-fun, free sleds are available 24/7, so come let your inner child out at Canmore Inn & Suites!

Embrace the magic of the holiday season/ in Canmore, where snowy adventures and cozy adventures await!

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December 05

Recycling Tips

Recycling Tips

3 Things You Can Do to Recycle More Efficiently

The recycling process, as we know it, only began about 40 years ago. The blue bins were a curbside program created in Ontario in the 1980s. These days, there are many products that cannot be tossed in a blue box but can be recycled. Here are the first three steps you can take to recycle more:
1. Create a convenient spot to collect items like used batteries. Once you get into the habit of independently collecting one item, add another item to your collecting habit, such as used electronics or medications. Use a sturdy bin and print out information on where to drop off that collection so you don’t need to look it up each time your collection gets big enough.
2. Find out where to drop off products that require stewardship programs, such as tires, used electronics, light bulbs, batteries, cellphones, used paint, and medications, and small appliances. Your municipality should have a one-page information sheet you can print off and post somewhere in your home and workplace.
3. Learn about what can and cannot be recycled when it comes to plastics. Here are the proposed labels for Canada to be mandatory for all plastics by 2030. Use this information when purchasing products.

Did you know plastic bags cannot be recycled with your cans, paper, and cardboard? Any plastic you can "poke your finger through" needs to be recycled separately. Grocery bags dissolve into potentially harmful microplastics and, in the case of ingestion or entanglement, hurt and kill animals; they’re pretty much the worst. Even though these bags are technically recyclable, you have to go to a drop-off area to do that, not throw them in a blue box. Plastic bags are the number-one contaminant in recycling loads. Plastic bags act as “tanglers,” getting caught in machinery and shutting down the equipment. I found it surprising that the blue bags I was using to recycle were part of the problem! Apparently, you should empty them straight into the bin and reuse the bag or take it to their specific drop-off area.

When it comes to recycling, one of the worst things you can do is wish-cycle. That’s when we optimistically put non-recyclable objects in recycling bins. When we do this, we contaminate whole loads of otherwise recyclable materials. According to Canada.ca, Canadians are concerned about the impact of plastic waste and pollution and want concrete action to improve the recycling of plastics and prevent pollution.

In 2018, Canadians threw away 4.4 million tons of plastic waste, only 8 percent of which was recycled. Most of the plastic waste ends up in landfills, while about 1 percent ends up in the environment as plastic pollution. Implementing a circular economy for plastics could reduce plastic and carbon pollution and generate billions of dollars in revenue if done properly. The government of Canada has plans to do this by 2030.

Let’s not let the industry off the hook, either. Manufacturers have created a single-use empire built on the false narrative of recycling as the be-all-end-all solution to our consumption habits, ignoring the reality of how complicated and inefficient it really is currently. I say get mad, make some noise, and demand solutions! The fact that materials like plastics are unavoidable in our market economy is not our fault.

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December 11

Christmas in Canmore

Christmas in Canmore

A Magical Holiday Escape: Celebrating Christmas in Canmore's Winter Wonderland

As the snow blankets the Canadian Rockies and the festive spirit fills the air, there's no better place to celebrate the holidays than the picturesque town of Canmore. Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, this charming destination offers a perfect blend of winter activities and cozy retreats. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a family with kids in tow, Canmore has something special for everyone during the holiday season.

Where to Go and What to Do:

1. Winter Wonderland Adventures:
Canmore's pristine landscapes provide the backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the snowy trails of the Canmore Nordic Centre through snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Thrill-seekers can embark on dog sledding tours or try their hand at ice climbing in the nearby Kananaskis Country.

2. Magical Ice Walks:
Take a serene stroll through the enchanting Johnston Canyon Icewalk, where frozen waterfalls and icy landscapes create a breathtaking winter spectacle. Guided tours enhance the experience and ensure a safe and memorable journey.

3. Magical Downtown:
Canmore's downtown area comes alive during the holiday season. Discover unique gifts and treasures in artisan shops, boutiques, and galleries. For a truly festive experience, consider taking a short trip to the nearby town of Banff, known for its annual ice sculpture festival that transforms the streets into a winter wonderland.

Special Events:
1. Ice Festival in Banff
While Canmore itself may not host a winter festival, the nearby town of Banff is renowned for its annual Ice Magic Festival. Marvel at the intricate ice sculptures created by talented artists from around the world. The festival's magical atmosphere and stunning sculptures make it a must-see winter event.

Where to Stay:

INNhotels proudly owns two beautiful properties in Canmore, each exuding their own unique character and charm. Whether you're drawn to the adult-friendly ambiance of Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn or the family-focused amenities of Canmore Inn & Suites, your holiday preferences are catered to with exceptional care and comfort.

1. Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn:
If you're seeking an adult-friendly and cozy ambiance, Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn is the perfect choice. Guests of legal drinking age can indulge in a complimentary wine reception every Friday and Saturday evening in the grand lobby. With a roaring fireplace and an array of snacks, including cheeses, charcuterie and bruschetta, the setting feels like a beautiful lodge. Wooden board games add to the charm, providing a space for relaxation and socializing.

2. Canmore Inn & Suites:
For families with children, Canmore Inn & Suites offers a family-focused experience. Kids can enjoy the games room, while everyone can make a splash in the indoor pool with waterslide. The hot tub provides a relaxing space for adults, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable stay for the whole family. For some added winter-fun, free sleds are available 24/7, so come let your inner child out at Canmore Inn & Suites!

Embrace the magic of the holiday season/ in Canmore, where snowy adventures and cozy adventures await!

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December 27

From Skis to Skates

From Skis to Skates

From Skis to Skates: Thrilling Winter Adventures Await in the Columbia Valley

Intro
Winter in the Columbia Valley is a magical time of year. The crisp (but not too crip), cold air brings a fresh blanket of snow, transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. And while cozying up by the fire with a warm mug of cocoa is certainly a tempting option, there's no shortage of thrilling outdoor activities to be enjoyed. From skiing and snowboarding to ice skating and snowshoeing, the Columbia Valley offers endless opportunities for adventure and fun. So bundle up and get ready to experience the best of the season with these exhilarating winter activities.

Embrace Your Inner Skier at Panorama Mountain Resort
Panorama Mountain Resort is a skier's paradise. With over 4,000 acres of terrain and 2,800 vertical feet, this mountain offers endless opportunities for thrill-seekers. From groomed runs for beginners to challenging black diamonds for the experts, there's something for everyone. And the breathtaking views of the Columbia Valley make every run even more memorable. Whether you're a seasoned skier or a first-timer, Panorama Mountain Resort is the perfect place to embrace your inner skier and experience the exhilaration of carving through fresh powder. So grab your gear and hit the slopes for an unforgettable winter adventure.

Feel the Rush of Snowmobiling
Feel the exhilaration as you zoom through the snowy trails on a snowmobile. Snowmobiling in the Columbia Valley is a thrilling adventure that will get your heart racing. With vast open spaces and picturesque landscapes, this winter activity is a must-do for adrenaline junkies. Explore the backcountry, discover hidden gems, and experience the rush of adrenaline as you navigate the twists and turns of the snow-covered trails. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a first-timer, snowmobiling in the Columbia Valley will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to feel the rush of snowmobiling and embrace the excitement of winter in the great outdoors.

Get Your Glide On with Ice Skating
There's nothing quite like the feeling of gliding across a frozen lake or ice rink on a pair of skates. Especially if that's on the longest outdoor skating trail in the world! The Whiteway located on lake Windermere is 34km of groomed tracks for skating, fat biking, snowshoeing, walking and nordic skiing. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, there are plenty of opportunities to get your glide on. Lace up your skates and feel the cool, crisp air as you spin and twirl on the ice. With stunning mountain views as your backdrop, ice skating in the Columbia Valley is a truly magical experience. So grab your skates and get ready to glide your way into a winter wonderland.

Soak Up the Natural Hot Springs
Hot Springs in the Columbia Valley provide the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind in the midst of a winter wonderland. Immerse yourself in the soothing, natural hot springs and let the warm waters melt away any stress or tension. Surrounded by picturesque views, these hot springs offer a serene and peaceful escape from the cold winter air. Soak your cares away and rejuvenate your body and mind in the healing powers of the hot springs in the Columbia Valley. It's the perfect way to pamper yourself and experience the ultimate relaxation during your winter getaway.

Indulge in Ice Fishing
Indulge in the serene and captivating world of ice fishing in the Columbia Valley. Picture yourself on a frozen lake, surrounded by snow-covered peaks, patiently waiting for that elusive bite. Ice fishing is not only a relaxing and peaceful experience, but it's also a great way to bond with friends and family. Bundle up, grab your gear, and find the perfect spot to drop your line. Whether you're an experienced angler or new to the sport, ice fishing in the Columbia Valley is an unforgettable winter adventure that will leave you with stories to share for years to come.

Enjoy the Season’s Festivals and Events
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Columbia Valley's winter festivals and events. From ice sculpture competitions to holiday markets, there's always something exciting happening during this magical time of year. Join in the festivities and celebrate the season with live music, delicious food, and unique cultural experiences. Whether you're looking to embrace the holiday spirit or simply want to have a good time with friends and family, the Columbia Valley's winter events are sure to delight and create lasting memories. Don't miss out on all the fun and excitement – mark your calendar and enjoy the season's festivals and events.

For information on all of the exciting things to do in the Columbia Valley, visit https://invermerepanorama.com/

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December 05

Recycling Tips

Recycling Tips

3 Things You Can Do to Recycle More Efficiently

The recycling process, as we know it, only began about 40 years ago. The blue bins were a curbside program created in Ontario in the 1980s. These days, there are many products that cannot be tossed in a blue box but can be recycled. Here are the first three steps you can take to recycle more:
1. Create a convenient spot to collect items like used batteries. Once you get into the habit of independently collecting one item, add another item to your collecting habit, such as used electronics or medications. Use a sturdy bin and print out information on where to drop off that collection so you don’t need to look it up each time your collection gets big enough.
2. Find out where to drop off products that require stewardship programs, such as tires, used electronics, light bulbs, batteries, cellphones, used paint, and medications, and small appliances. Your municipality should have a one-page information sheet you can print off and post somewhere in your home and workplace.
3. Learn about what can and cannot be recycled when it comes to plastics. Here are the proposed labels for Canada to be mandatory for all plastics by 2030. Use this information when purchasing products.

Did you know plastic bags cannot be recycled with your cans, paper, and cardboard? Any plastic you can "poke your finger through" needs to be recycled separately. Grocery bags dissolve into potentially harmful microplastics and, in the case of ingestion or entanglement, hurt and kill animals; they’re pretty much the worst. Even though these bags are technically recyclable, you have to go to a drop-off area to do that, not throw them in a blue box. Plastic bags are the number-one contaminant in recycling loads. Plastic bags act as “tanglers,” getting caught in machinery and shutting down the equipment. I found it surprising that the blue bags I was using to recycle were part of the problem! Apparently, you should empty them straight into the bin and reuse the bag or take it to their specific drop-off area.

When it comes to recycling, one of the worst things you can do is wish-cycle. That’s when we optimistically put non-recyclable objects in recycling bins. When we do this, we contaminate whole loads of otherwise recyclable materials. According to Canada.ca, Canadians are concerned about the impact of plastic waste and pollution and want concrete action to improve the recycling of plastics and prevent pollution.

In 2018, Canadians threw away 4.4 million tons of plastic waste, only 8 percent of which was recycled. Most of the plastic waste ends up in landfills, while about 1 percent ends up in the environment as plastic pollution. Implementing a circular economy for plastics could reduce plastic and carbon pollution and generate billions of dollars in revenue if done properly. The government of Canada has plans to do this by 2030.

Let’s not let the industry off the hook, either. Manufacturers have created a single-use empire built on the false narrative of recycling as the be-all-end-all solution to our consumption habits, ignoring the reality of how complicated and inefficient it really is currently. I say get mad, make some noise, and demand solutions! The fact that materials like plastics are unavoidable in our market economy is not our fault.

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January 10

Cozy Winter Getaways

Cozy Winter Getaways

Cozy Winter Getaways: Canadian Edition - Experience the Warmth of the True North

Winter has arrived, and with it comes the enchanting charm of the holiday season.
Embrace the magic of a Canadian winter by embarking on a cozy getaway to our
INNhotels properties in Alberta and BC. From the snow-covered landscapes of Stony Plain to the breathtaking vistas of Jasper and the serene shores of Invermere, our ten properties invite you to experience the warmth and hospitality of the True North.

Stony Plain: A Winter Retreat near West Edmonton Mall
Stony Plain Inn & Suites
Best Western Sunrise Inn & Suites
_____________________________________________________________________

Discover the idyllic winter retreat of Stony Plain, situated just a stone's throw away from the bustling West Edmonton Mall. Our Stony Plain properties offer a perfect blend of tranquillity and accessibility. Retreat to our cozy accommodations after shopping and holiday festivities at the mall. Picture yourself unwinding by the fireplace in your room, surrounded by the peaceful winter ambiance.

Explore the nearby winter wonderland with activities like ice skating or a stroll through the snow-covered landscapes. Our Stony Plain properties embrace the festive season with charming decorations and locally inspired amenities for those seeking a touch of holiday magic.

Jasper: Alpine Elegance in the Heart of the Rockies
Jasper Inn & Suites
_____________________________________________________________________

Nestled in the heart of the majestic Rockies, our Jasper property offers a truly enchanting winter escape. Imagine waking up to panoramic views of snow-capped mountains from your window.
Our cozy rooms are adorned with alpine-inspired decor, providing a warm and inviting ambiance. Unwind by the fireplace in our shared lounge, sipping hot cocoa or indulging in a glass of locally crafted wine.

For winter enthusiasts, Jasper offers a plethora of activities. Explore the snowy landscapes on a guided snowshoeing tour, or hit the slopes for exhilarating skiing. After a day of adventure, please return to the comfort of our hotel and relax in our hot tub surrounded by the crisp mountain air.

Invermere: Lakeside Tranquility with a Festive Touch
copper Point Resort
Invermere Inn & Suites
_____________________________________________________________________

Escape to the serene shores of Invermere and experience winter by the lake. Our Invermere property combines lakeside tranquility with festive charm. Picture yourself strolling through a nearby holiday market, where local artisans showcase seasonal creations. Please return to our hotel to find it adorned with holiday decorations, creating a cozy and joyful atmosphere.

Warm up by the fireplace in our lounge with a cup of spiced apple cider, or venture outdoors to the frozen lake for a round of ice skating. In the evening, gather around a bonfire under the starlit sky and enjoy the true spirit of Canadian winter.

Valemount: Mountain Retreat with a Local Flair
Valemount Inn & Suites
_____________________________________________________________________

Discover the hidden gem of Valemount, where our mountain retreat awaits.
Our Valemount property embraces the essence of winter with rustic charm and local flair.
Each room is tastefully decorated with indigenous artwork, providing a unique and authentic touch to your stay.

Please take advantage of the winter wonderland surrounding our property by engaging in snowmobiling adventures or exploring nearby trails on cross-country skis. After your outdoor pursuits, unwind in our cozy lounge to enjoy local wines and seasonal treats.

Red Deer: Corporate Comfort in a Winter Wonderland
Red Deer Inn & Suites
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Our Red Deer property provides a perfect blend of business and leisure for those seeking a corporate retreat amidst the winter wonderland. Escape the hustle and bustle of the corporate world and host your team in our comfortable meeting spaces equipped with all the amenities for a productive retreat.

After a day of meetings, venture into the winter wonderland surrounding Red Deer. Our property is strategically located to provide easy access to outdoor activities, offering a refreshing break from the boardroom. Reconnect with your team around a crackling bonfire, fostering bonds that extend beyond the workplace.

Grande Cache: Unplug and Reconnect in the Canadian Wilderness
Grande Cache Inn & Suites
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For a truly immersive corporate retreat, Grande Cache beckons with its pristine wilderness.
Our Grande Cache property offers a secluded and inspiring setting for corporate gatherings.
Escape the distractions of daily life and foster team cohesion against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and evergreen forests.

Take advantage of winter team-building activities during your corporate retreat, such as snowshoeing or guided nature walks. Our Grande Cache property provides the ideal setting to unplug, recharge, and strengthen professional relationships amidst the serenity of the Canadian wilderness.

Canmore: Alpine Bliss and Rocky Mountain Charm
Canmore Inn & Suites
- Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn
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Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Canmore welcomes you with alpine bliss and Rocky Mountain charm. Our Canmore properties offer a winter wonderland with enchanting views and cozy accommodations. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures or want to bask in the scenic beauty, Canmore has something for everyone.

Plan Your Cozy Getaway with INNhotels
Whether you choose the shopping delights near West Edmonton Mall in Stony Plain, the alpine elegance of Jasper, the lakeside tranquility of Invermere, the corporate comfort in Red Deer, or the alpine bliss of Canmore, our INNhotels properties in Alberta and BC promise a cozy winter getaway like no other.

Embrace the festive spirit, indulge in local holiday-themed amenities, and create memories that will warm your heart throughout the season.

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