INSTATRIP: CAL­GARY

Less than two hours from the Rocky Moun­tains, Al­berta’s largest city may be perched on the edge of a nat­u­ral wonder, but its down­town core is a wonder all its own. The bustling me­trop­o­lis is worth a visit filled with fit­ness, fa­cials and tasty foods.

Best Health - - CONTENTS - by AN­DREA KARR

BEST STAY

Lo­cated in Cal­gary’s East Vil­lage, a short walk from In­gle­wood (a hip shop­ping neigh­bour­hood), the Cal­gary Stam­pede grounds and Stu­dio Bell (home of the Na­tional Mu­sic Cen­tre), the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn Down­town Cal­gary (hilton­gar­deninn3.hil­ton.com) is a cozy gem in the heart of the city. Stay fit on va­cay by splash­ing around in the in­door pool or lift­ing weights in the fit­ness cen­tre. You can even bring Fido along to stay in a pet-friendly room.

BEST BEV­ER­AGE

If you’re not al­ready in love with kom­bucha, True Büch

(true­buch.com) will make you a con­vert. Not only is their fer­mented tea good for your gut, but the bot­tled flavours (like vanilla chai and blue­berry rooi­bos) and draft va­ri­eties (think root beer and hi­bis­cus gin­ger) are le­git tasty. They’re avail­able at sev­eral restaurants, mar­kets and yoga stu­dios in Cal­gary and a por­tion of all pro­ceeds goes to lo­cal non-prof­its.

BEST FA­CIAL

Give your skin a lit­tle TLC by pop­ping into XO Treat­ment Room

(xotreat­men­t­room.com), where they’ll uti­lize the lat­est techniques (re­ju­ve­nat­ing lasers, peels, vi­ta­min in­fu­sions and more) to get your skin in shape. Try the cus­tom fa­cial with owner An­nie Gra­ham and get her read on your skin health and the best treat­ment op­tions for your unique needs. At $350 for an hour, it’s a splurge — but you’ll see real re­sults.

BEST BURN

Get ready for a ma­jor core work­out, all while mim­ick­ing tra­di­tional surfer moves on the un­sta­ble (grounded) surf­boards at Surf­set YYC (surf­se­tyyc.com). Start with Surfer 101 for be­gin­ners, or move ahead to more ad­vanced classes with weights, TRX sus­pen­sion train­ing or even box­ing moves. And if play­ing surfer isn’t your thing, the stu­dio also of­fers barre, Pi­lates and kick­box­ing.

BEST BUYS

Just one of many In­gle­wood stores packed with gifta­bles, The Liv­ery Shop (the­liv­eryshop.com) is a col­lab be­tween two lo­cal brands — jew­ellery maker CoutuKitsch and ap­parel line Camp Brand Goods — who came to­gether to sup­port dozens of in­die la­bels from Cal­gary and around the world. The shop is housed in a big red sta­ble and fea­tures sim­ple and chic The Horse watches, luxe Syd­ney Hale room sprays and fra­grant Leaves of Trees body lo­tions.

BEST EATS

Whether you have a night or a week in Cal­gary, you won’t want to miss For­eign Con­cept ( for­eign­con­cept.

ca), chef Dun­can Ly’s love let­ter to cre­ative, mod­ern Pan-Asian cui­sine. Or­der an as­sort­ment of small and large plates and be sure to choose the Bul­gogi Im­pe­rial Rolls, Al­berta Trout Cha Ca La Vong and an Asian take on Ital­ian tiramisu — the Viet­namese Cof­fee Par­fait. You’ll fall in love and wish cross-coun­try food de­liv­ery were a thing.

STEPHEN AVENUE IN CAL­GARY

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