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✨ Happy weekend! Today is Saturday, August 3, 2019, and we’ll take two scoops of pure Canadiana in a waffle cone, please.
While we Canucks (mostly) turn into one big flock of snowbirds when making our winter travel plans, during the summer we’re all about exploring this great country of ours. The best way to experience the wilds of this land: Camping. There’s no shortage of campsites across Canada’s provincial and national parks to do it in — over 10,000 of them in fact. Some Parks Canada sites even let you skip the tent and rent unique pre-equipped accommodations like Ôasis shelters (at Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick and Terra Nova National Park in Newfoundland), yurts (at Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario, Kejimkujik in Nova Scotia, Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, and Fundy National Park), and luxury oTENTik platform tent-cabins (at sites across the country) for the ultimate glamping experience.
Or, stick to the basics with a rugged backcountry adventure or casual car-camping trip, or rent an RV for a multi-stop excursion. For car-less city dwellers, ParkBus is a free shuttle service that transports would-be hikers and campers in Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver to nearby national and provincial parks. Alternatively, go off the gird by camping on Crown land — Canadian citizens are allowed to camp on Crown land for free for up to 21 consecutive days. Canada.com
What to Pack
No matter which way you go about it, packing the right gear makes all the difference. Don’t want to invest? Outdoor outfitter Mountain Equipment Co-op runs a rental program, designed to help first-timers or infrequent campers keep costs down. A leak-proof tent and climate-appropriate sleeping bag should be at the top of your list, with durable, lightweight cooking tools coming in next.
— GEAR ESSENTIALS —
— HANGER MANAGEMENT —
— DRESS THE PART —
IN OTHER NEWS…
• Fashion: Duchess of Design
Meghan Markle has quickly cemented herself as a royal fashion icon. Now, the Duchess of Sussex is bringing her sartorial eye to the masses — and for a good cause. She’s launching a capsule collection of workwear with sales benefiting her royal patronage, Smart Works. The collection is in step with the charity’s mission to assist women who are working to enter or return to the workforce by providing them with professional coaching and free interview outfits. Markle enlisted designer Misha Nonoo along with British retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, and Jigsaw to create the capsule. For each item purchased from the collection, one will be donated to the charity. E! Online
• Beauty: Finnishing Touch
|“People invest a lot in face care products, but the scalp has been completely mistreated,” says Jasmi Bonnén, the founder and CEO of Finnish beauty brand Nuori. The skincare brand is looking to rectify that misstep with the launch of its new haircare range, dubbed Shield. Formulated to maintain the scalp’s natural oil balance, the three products — a shampoo, a conditioner, and a leave-in treatment that doubles as styling spray — shun harsh foaming agents and silicone derivatives that can cause build up in favour of natural ingredients, like protective tara tree flower tannins and nourishing oat kernel extract. Fashion|
• Home: Gourmet Decor
|Zara Home just launched its first-ever collection of kitchenware. The line of off-white stoneware, glass vessels, and linen tablecloths serves up old-world European style blended with utilitarian simplicity at budget-friendly prices. Domino|
• Food: Serial Cereal
|Turns out that Trix aren’t just for kids. The colourful fruity cereal disappeared from Canadian store shelves in 2005, breaking the hearts of ’90s kids across the country. Now, it’s back, just in time for the Trix Rabbit’s 60th birthday — and for grown-up millennials to share a bowl with their own kids. Daily Hive|
• Wellness: It’s Wine Time
|It seems the cure — well, a treatment, at least — for depression actually might be at the bottom of a bottle. Researchers at University of Buffalo have evidence that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, may have neurological “anti-stress effects” that could make it “an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.” (We’ll drink to that.) Nutrition Insight|
• Other Cool Sh*t: Goop IVR
If you strive to be about that Goop life but don’t live near the Goop MRKT pop-up in Toronto, Gwyneth’s people have a solution for you — and it involves virtual reality. This week, Goop launched a digital platform that allows users to explore a virtual version of the store, providing “an immersive digital shopping experience.” Picture one of those 3D house tours used in real estate listings, but instead of outdated furniture, you’re “surrounded” by shoppable displays of clean beauty and wellness products and racks of luxury fashion merch.
• Holy Guacamole!
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Oh, hey, before you go…
— LET’S DO BRUNCH —
• Savoury Pancakes with Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraîche
Chef and Crumb founder Devin Connell developed this “ultimate brunch recipe” exclusively for The Bullet, and we’re drooling just thinking about it. These savoury pancakes are just right for when you want something indulgent that doesn’t feel like you’re eating a glorified dessert for breakfast (not that we don’t love us some classic maple syrup, of course). They’re the perfect start to a leisurely long weekend morning.