13 Cities, 13 Runs – Edmonton

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One of the greatest surprises for me on this running journey has been Edmonton. I didn’t have high hopes about the city and where I would be running when I first rolled into town but boy was I taken aback but the amount of amazing running trails in and around town.

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I learned while I was in Edmonton that in 2001, the city hosted the World Track and Field Championships and World Triathlon Championships. Running is a big deal in the city. There are more kilometers of forest-in-the-city running trails here than in any other urban area in the world.  Who knew? This is why my running journey across the country has been such a great learning experience. I always learn something new about each city I travel to.

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Like a handful of other cities, a lot of their running trails are located on the waterfront. Edmonton is beautifully located on a bluff situated on the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

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There are trails located on both side of the river and there are more than 25-miles of trails that connect two dozen parks. It’s the perfect mix of waterfront trails, park trails, neighborhood trails and deep-woods trails. Most of the trails I ran on were paved but they also have some trails that are dirt and packed gravel.

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The proximity to downtown is a major plus, it’s super easy to get in and out of the trails and go back to wherever you’re staying or living in the city. Once again, the river makes it easy to reorient yourself along the way so that if you decide to cut the run short or make it longer, you won’t get lost.

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I started my run at Dawson Park via the parking lot and went all the way to Capital City Recreation Park for a good 10 km run. Got to see some beautiful views of the river, downtown and also beautiful homes along the way. One of my favorite runs on this tour!

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For more info on Edmonton’s trails, go here.

Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearingNike Air Zoom Elite 8 (get them here), Nike Printed Engineered Women’s (similar one’s here), Nike Dri-FIT Wool Running Hoodie (similar one here).

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Spending time in Edmonton this past weekend has been amazing. I’m embarrassed to say that the last time I set foot in Edmonton was back in 1993. I still remember visiting the West Edmonton Mall and how cold it was in the winter time but I’m so grateful to have finally rediscovered this little gem in Alberta. Edmonton is a beautiful city located on the North Saskatchewan River. Though it may be the 5th largest city in Canada, the city is surrounded by a lot of nature and beautiful running trails all along the waterfront. The food scene here is really coming into its own and the vibe is surprisingly really cool. I didn’t expect to have such a pleasant time here but I really did. Check back soon for a travel post on the city!

I found this big chess game in Churchill Square, just beside the Art Gallery of Alberta (a stunning building in the downtown core). Churchill Square is a cute little spot where you can sit and people watch, play basketball, checkers, ping pong, etc. Couldn’t help play a little game of chess while I was there!

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Photos by @Offner

Anine Bing Biance Boots in silver (get them here)

Zara faux leather biker trousers (get them here)

Sincerely Jules Muse tee

Zara France TRF plaid boyfriend shirt

California Wine Fair

If you’re always on the lookout for the hottest new wines or an avid wine fan, the California Wine Fair is where you wanted to be last night! Many of California’s wineries are currently in the midst of their 35th annual wine fair tour across the country. Yesterday, 450 wines from the state of California were being presented at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. This was the wine fair’s fourth stop this year. Several hundreds of people came out to sip wine, meet folks and chow down on yummy appetizers.

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We were all given a map, a fair guide and pencils to mark down our favorite and not so favorite wines of the evening. Though I’m in no way the biggest wine “connaisseur”, I’ve really developed a lot more wine knowledge in the past year and a half, thanks to travels and also Offner, who had sold wine back in the day in France. Honestly, after tasting a dozen wines, it became a lot harder to differentiate all the smells and tastes.

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There was an all-around great vibe at the fair last night. Offner and I had fun looking at different wine names and labels, looking for the ones that stood out the most. I particularly enjoyed this rad label taken from a poster found in Nashville and transformed into a wine label by the Three Thieves called “The Show”. I also really enjoyed hearing about the history and location of each winery, their vines and products.

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If you’re on the west coast, fear not, the tour will be coming to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton at the end of April. Same goes for the east coast, the tour will be in Moncton and Halifax at the beginning of May.

Last night got me even more excited about my upcoming Napa Valley winery tour this summer! Great times!

 

 

This Week’s Ear Candy

Happy Friday y’all! Here are my favorite tracks and videos of the week:

This week I fell in love this Little Daylight‘s brand new vid for “Overdose”.  I had never heard of the band before this week but now know they’ve remixed a bunch of tracks for Freelance Whales, Passion Pit, St. Lucia and others before.  Their track is currently at #1 on Hypemachine. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did… perfect for your weekend if you ask me 🙂

 

Another track I fell in love with this week is from Summer Heart called “Hit Me Up Again”.  David Alexander aka Summer Heart is from Sweden. I absolutely love his chill dream-pop vibes.  No upcoming tour dates on his site but I’m sure he’d be a great act to see live. Here’s his trippy/dreamy video for his new single:

 

Finally, this morning, one of my favorite Canadian artists Cadence Weapon released a brand new video for his stellar track “Hype Man”.  Cadence’s latest record Hope In Dirt City was one of my top picks at this year’s Polaris Prize. I think he’s an extremely talented rapper and artist; he has something original and intelligent to contribute to the music scene. I also love his sense of humor.   I recently had the chance to chat with him for my show BRBR, what a cool guy!

Have a wonderful weekend!!
xo