DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: JOSIE SALDAT

A walk on the well­ness side.

Upon ar­rival I was asked what one word I thought sum­ma­rized my ini­tial im­pres­sion of Cal­gary: I chose wel­com­ing. As the sec­ond day came to an end, a new word came to mind: change. These two words com­bined best de­scribe the dra­matic re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the city’s 55 neigh­bor­hoods. Pas­sion­ate busi­ness own­ers are ready to prove that there are more rea­sons to visit Cal­gary be­sides the Stam­pede, and a per­cent­age of the city’s con­struc­tion bud­get is al­lo­cated to lo­cal art in the city. No­to­ri­ously known as a meat-cen­tric city, I was thrilled to ex­pe­ri­ence the sprout­ing move­ment of well­ness and wilder­ness through in­no­va­tive bou­tique ho­tels, restau­rants, niche bars and captivating city tours. From stay­ing, eat­ing, shop­ping and play­ing – Cal­gary, which also hap­pens to be Canada’s sun­ni­est city with 2,405 hours of sun­shine per year, has ev­ery­thing to of­fer with a spec­tac­u­lar back­drop of the Rocky Moun­tains. Only 90 min­utes from Cal­gary is Banff Na­tional Park, of­fer­ing some of the world’s best ski­ing, hik­ing and outdoor ad­ven­tur­ing in the world. The close prox­im­ity means you can stay in the city and play in the moun­tains. It truly is the best of all worlds.

Although I rec­om­mend stay­ing much longer and get­ting the full Cal­gary ex­pe­ri­ence, if you only have a few days, here are my top picks for 48 hours in (and around) Cal­gary. STAY Fo­cus­ing on aes­thetic, time­less de­sign and catering to the needs of each unique guest: Canada’s first bou­tique ho­tel, Le Ger­main continues to strive amongst its competition.

Creating an au­then­tic and stylish al­ter­na­tive to larger chain ho­tels, Le Ger­main Ho­tel Cal­gary is si­t­u­ated in a prime lo­ca­tion, right be­side the iconic Cal­gary tower. Rich in color and per­son­al­ity, the fam­ily owned ho­tel in­cor­po­rates nat­u­ral stone, glass and mod­ern de­tails re­flect­ing the city it re­sides in. Fol­low­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity move­ment, I was ex­cited to learn that Le Ger­main’s cut­ting-edge struc­ture was en­gi­neered and con­structed with en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies and their spa of­fers en­tirely eco-friendly prod­ucts.

It was easy to set my in­ten­tion for the day with Le Ger­main’s Nama- Stay yoga pro­gram. Un­wind af­ter a day of ad­ven­tur­ing at the RNR Well­ness Spa – I rec­om­mend nour­ish­ing your skin and senses with their Apri­cot Body Treat­ment.

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