Wednesday, August 29, 2012

EXPLORE: Canada's Top 10 Most Stunning Spots

It's no secret that Canada is a country replete with natural beauty. From the West Coast's towering Rocky Mountains to the Prairies' idyllic flatlands, there's no shortage of stunning sights to see. This week on the BT blog, we're taking you on a trip to the most gorgeous locations from coast to coast:

1. Kluane National Park, Yukon

 Glaciers, grizzly bears and breathtaking sights take this national treasure right to the top of our list.

2. Montmorency Falls, Quebec

Just minutes from Vieux Quebec, these awe-inspiring falls are definitely worth the trip.

3. PEI National Park, Prince Edward Island

With its breathtaking beaches and picturesque lavender fields, there's nothing not to love about PEI National Park.

4. Hot Springs Island, British Columbia

 What could be better than a naturally occurring jacuzzi?

5. The Outlaw Trail, Saskatchewan

This trail in Saskatchewan's Big Muddy Badlands (sounds like something out of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, right?) is the place to find an adventure!

6. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Talk about idyllic! Take the Cabot trail or just take in the scenery at this stunning destination.

7. Lake Louise, Alberta

 The aquamarine waters of Alberta's Lake Louise are simply unmatched. It's bound to take your breath away!

8. Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

If you can make it out to Nunavut, you have to visit this Auyuittuq National Park. The sights are simply magical.

9. Little Doctor Lake, Northwest Territories

Named for a local shaman, there's nothing little about Little Doctor Lake.

10. Cape Spear, Newfoundland

Stand at North America's easternmost point and take in the larger-than-life views at Cape Spear.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

INSPIRE: Our Latest and Greatest Foodie Finds

It's no secret that here at BeaverTails, we're all about upping the yumminess factor. That's why we're always scouring the net for the best and brightest recipes around. This week, there was no shortage of deliciousness at our favourite food blogs. Without further ado, here are our fave foodie finds of the week:

Lasagna made easy!

The ultimate summer dish.

Love at first bite!

 Did someone say fried chicken?

This ain't your mama's casserole.

Mexican night, every night.

Healthy, hearty and yummy, too!

These folks had us at bacon.

 We'd eat this any night of the week.

An all-veggie take on pizza!

What's your go-to food blog? Tweet us @BeaverTails or post on our Facebook page!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LISTEN: Our 5 Favourite Albums of 2012

2012 has been a great year for Canadian music, with homegrown acts like Grimes, the Weeknd, Cadence Weapon and the Sheepdogs gaining worldwide notoriety. There's no doubt about it - this was a year of great albums! We're already on the edge of our seats, waiting to hear who'll take Canada's top music honours with year's Polaris Music Prize. This week, we're sharing our most favourite albums of the year, from some of the country's top talent. Listen, share and (most importantly) enjoy!

1. Voyageur, Kathleen Edwards
This album from Ottawa-born singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has something for every listener, at times poppy, at times rocky, and always heartfelt. With guest appearances by the likes of Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) and Norah Jones, it's definitely worth a listen.
Listen to: Sidecar

2. Adventures in Your Own Backyard, Patrick Watson
We fell in love with Adventures In Your Own Backyard on our first listen. The Montreal-based musician's fourth album was, quite literally, recorded in his own backyard, at the home studio next door to his home. It doesn't get more homegrown than that!
Listen to: Into Giants

3. Metals, Feist
The fourth album from Canadian fave Feist was about as eargerly anticipated as they come. We loved every beat on this folk-meets-pop-meets-rock album, and couldn't have been happier to see Feist back on the Canadian airwaves!

4. Barchords, Bahamas
Alfie Jurvanen, aka Bahamas, has collaborated with two ladies on this list, but his solo work is all his own. Barchords gets right to the heart of things, with poignant tunes and poppy hooks to reel us all in. Well played, Bahamas.
Listen to: Lost in the Light

5. Aux alentours, Marie Pierre Arthur
It's not for nothing that this album from Quebecois crooner Marie Pierre Arthur got a nod from Polaris. It's catchy, upbeat and super easy on the ears. What's not to love?
Listen to: Fil de Soie

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

INSPIRE: Olympic Update

We don't know about you, but since the summer Olympics got underway in London, we've been on the edge of our seat watching the Canadian Team's every move! Since our last Olympic rundown, our country has scored it's first gold medal of 2012 summer games (woot!) and much more. Here's what went down for the Great White North over the last week in London:

Canada landed its 6th medal of the 2012 summer Olympics, a respectable bronze, when Misson, B.C.'s Brent Hayden swam to victory in the 100m freestyle men's swimming event.

The next day, we northerners secured our seventh medal when the Canadian women's eight rowing team rowed into second place for a silver medal win.

Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympics was an important day for Canada. Not only did it mark our country's 8th medal but also, our first gold after Rosie Maclennan's stunning trampoline performance.

Later that day, Canada's women's pursuit team, including Edmonton's Tara Whitten, Coquitlam's Jasmin Glaesser and Victoria's Gillian Carleton, cycled their way to bronze scoring Canada's 9th medal of the games.

Canada's 10th medal came courtesy of Ryan Cochrane after his silver medal victory in the men's 1500m freestyle event.

Corunna, Ontario's Derek Drouin landed our 11th medal after jumping to bronze victory in yesterday's men's high jump event.

After finishing second in the men's 1000m kayaking event, Adam Van Koeverden of Oakville, Ontario delivered Canada's 12th medal of London 2012.

Finally, we landed lucky number 13 after Burlington, Ontario-born rower Mark Oldershaw paddled to third place in the men's 1000m canoe race.

Who's going to bring in number 14? We'll be keeping our eyes peeled!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

INSPIRE: Canada at the London 2012 Olympics

As Canadians, it's in our blood to stand in the bleachers and proudly cheer on our favourite teams. Every time the Olympics roll around we get to show our pride on a worldwide scale, cheering not only our favourite athletes but also, our country! Let's take a look at where Canada stands so far:

photo via Yahoo! Canada

Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans of Quebec scored Canada's first medal of the London 2012 Olympics, diving into third place in the women's synchronized 3-metre springboard event.

Canada's next medal also came from Quebecois divers, this time from Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito after they captured bronze in the women's 10 metre synchronized diving competition.

photo via Toronto Sun

Ontario's Christine Girard reeled in Canada's third medal, also bronze, in the women's 63-kg weightlifting competition.

photo via Yahoo! Canada

Next, Quebec City's Antoine Valois-Fortier triumphantly took home the bronze medal for our great nation in the 81-kg judo event.

photo via CBC
Finally, scoring Canada's first silver medal of the London 2012 games, the men's 8 rowing team came in second place at the Olympic rowing regatta just this morning!

We can't wait to find out what will be our great country's next big win! Fingers crossed for the gold!