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Canada Day in the mountains

I’m sure everyone has spent months dreaming of an upcoming vacation.. Imagining your toes in the sand, a crisp glass of rosé in hand, surrounded by friends, family and perhaps a couple of misbehaving dogs… I had been eagerly awaiting and daydreaming about our trip to Invermere, British Columbia that we took this past week ever since we decided on the dates way back in the frigid winter months. And then, of course, I woke up the morning we were set to leave with the worst cold I’ve had in a long time and reality set in. I tried to make the most of it… but not going to lie, for a couple of days I was totally miserable and convinced I had somehow contracted pneumonia in July.. Oh well. This will always be remembered as the Canada Day long weekend I kept everyone up half the night with my inescapable coughing and set a record for kleenex use…

*Emmylou and I all ready for the Canada Day parade!*

*Emmylou and I all ready for the Canada Day parade!*

Besides the unexpected illness, we did have a really nice time and are already talking about possibly heading back sometime in August. Zach’s parents have a place there, a few minutes walk from the lake, and it is one of our favourite places to relax, reconnect and spend some time outdoors. Invermere is about a three hour drive from Calgary and the town has become a destination for urbanites wanting escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s so so beautiful there – the town basically surrounds a lake that is nestled in the mountains, which makes for breathtaking scenery and endless amounts of outdoorsy activities to partake in. The town is quite tiny and has one main street with surprisingly great shopping, art galleries, cafes and even some upscale dinning options. One of my favourite parts of the trip was walking past the local grocery store and seeing their ‘mascot’ (someone dressed as a giant blueberry) standing outside dancing to hip hop. Emmylou was quite amused.

*'Downtown' Invermere... what it lacks in infrastructure, it makes up for in spectacular views*

*’Downtown’ Invermere… what it lacks in infrastructure, it makes up for in spectacular views*

We always go to Invermere around New Year’s, but hadn’t made it up in the summer for a couple of years. Zach’s parents came up for a couple of nights because one of their neighbours was having a BBQ they didn’t want to miss, so we spent some time with them which was nice, and had a convenient babysitting option for when we wanted to go out which was even nicer! It was really cool being there with Emmylou this time because she is at the age now (just turned two) where she is so much more aware of what is going on and gets excited about things. She absolutely loved the Canada parade, which had firetrucks and horses and a few floats. She loved waving her little Canada Day flag around as well. There was a park that we could walk to from the house – very important for a toddler.. haha. But her favourite part, of course, was the beach. We went down a couple of times and built sand-castles and played in the water and ate sand… We tried to stop her but she kept trying it for some reason… lol.

Zach and I had one evening to ourselves where we walked around the town and down to the beach, then grabbed some dinner at a new spot called The Attic, which serves amazing cocktails and meat and cheese plates and has the most perfect roof top patio to people watch from and lounge away the evening. We were also sure to make a trip to our favourite coffee shop, Kicking Horse Café, for some always needed caffeination (parents to a toddler.. always so tired.. lol).

One thing I am a bit disappointed about is that I usually work out a lot while I am there because the community centre has a great gym, but I was so sick I didn’t pull out my workout clothes once! We didn’t even do one hike! I was pretty lazy the whole time and ate a lot of fudgsicles because my throat was so sore, so I’m feeling antsy to get some good workouts in now that we’re back and I’m feeling a bit better.

*Heading down to the beach*

*Heading down to the beach*

*Right before I got hit in the leg by a sopping wet sponge ball*

*Right before I got hit in the leg by a sopping wet sponge ball*

*Smashing sand castles.. top ten favourite toddler activity*

*Smashing sand castles.. top ten favourite toddler activity*

*You have no idea how hard it was to get this picture...*

*You have no idea how hard it was to get this picture…*

*In order to get to the beach, you have to walk down this set of 164 stairs! We had a deal.. I carried Emmylou down, and Zach took her back up. Lol*

*In order to get to the beach, you have to walk down this set of 164 stairs! We had a deal.. I carried Emmylou down, and Zach took her back up. Lol*

*There was a juice shop in town which I frequented regularly in an attempt to rid myself of my debilitating cold*

*There was a juice shop in town which I frequented regularly in an attempt to rid myself of my debilitating cold*

*Meats, cheeses, some fizzy water from France and (not pictured) a coconut martini.. what more could a girl ask for? From The Attic*

*Meats, cheeses, some fizzy water from France and (not pictured) a coconut martini.. what more could a girl ask for? From The Attic*

*On the last night we BBQd some local steelhead trout and veggies for a little al fresco dinning*

*On the last night we BBQd some local steelhead trout and veggies for a little al fresco dinning*

*Snap from our evening walk down to the beach*

*Snap from our evening walk down to the beach*

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