Wellness hits Winnipeg this Weekend

Last night, I had the chance to check out the 21st annual Wellness Expo at the Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg. It was an amazing collection of exhibits to explore ranging from foods, supplements, natural healing, essential oils, financial planning and chiropractics including chiropractors for your dog.

I started out my tour with a lovely salt and essential oils scrub, then was given a free sample of artichoke hearts which I’ve never tried, and learned about many different supplements and oils that will help to heal various ailments at the cellular level. There were also several demonstrations of various holistic healing and energy balancing techniques.

I was really impressed by the wide range of exhibitors that were at this years show. I definitely learned a lot and have a lot more products to look at and research. It is exciting to see all the different people introducing different ways to improve our daily lives by focusing on different aspects of health and wellness.

I have to say a special thank you to my friends over at the Shaklee booth for inviting me to this year’s Wellness Expo. Make sure you stop by and learn about their lineup of health supplements, natural cleaners, beauty products, and sports drinks.

The Wellness Expo is open Saturday (today) from 10am to 6pm and Sunday (tomorrow) from noon to 5pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. For more information click here.

What did you find most interesting about this year’s expo?

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I can’t feel my legs

My writing today has frozen over. No seriously, I have hit the ice. Last night, I had the chance to go for an amazing but chilly walk along the icy Red River.

It was pretty surreal to walk from The Forks Market to Fort Rouge in the middle of the river. Knowing that under my feet was a river flowing and in a few short months that path that I walked on will be completely impassable.

It was great to enjoy some coffee and conversations with a friend as we checked out the river trail. The trail is lined by a row of trees which separates the walking path from the groomed skating trail. It was also neat to see the various warming huts in all their artistic splendour. There is also a wonderful art exhibit in a replica of an upside-down York boat which we explored.

The thought crossed my mind that the trail may be poorly lit after the sun set. However, I was pleasantly surprised the visibility was excellent as their is sufficient lighting from the surrounding neighbourhoods.

We only walked a small portion of the trail. I would really like to get my skates sharpened and go explore the entire length of it. It has been a long time since I have strapped sharp metal blades to my feet and gone gliding down the ice.

Have you experienced the river trail? What was your thoughts?

Alberta Aviation Museum

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This past summer, Mike and I had the chance to tour the Alberta Aviation Museum located beside the Edmonton City Centre (municipal) Airport or YXD.  I found it while I was aimlessly driving around one day while he was at work.  As I passed the airport, I looked over and saw a retired Pacific Western 737 sitting behind the fence and knew that this was a place that we had to visit.

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Admission ranges from $6.00 for children up to $10.00 for adults, with discounts for seniors.  The facility features over 40 aircraft ranging in age from old wooden hulled prop planes up to military and comercial jets.

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It seems like the common trend in aerosexuals is that they are fascinated by military planes.  However, the Alberta Aviation Museum have a very neat collection featuring various sections and displays.  As you enter the museum, you will find yourself face to face with some of the original aircrafts to fly in and out of YXD.

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The displays then move into an entire wall dedicated to the various commercial and passenger airlines in Canada’s history.  With various cabin artifacts from playing cards and napkins to old flight attendant uniforms, this collection is one of the best I have seen so far.

There is also a large collection of various war medals and historical facts from both sides of the Second World War.  They also have restored several military aircraft in both indoor and outdoor displays.

The museum will take between 60-90 minutes to view and depending on the weather, you can also get up close and personal with several large aircrafts located outside the museum.  Groups can arrange guided tours by the volunteers that run the museum.

A day at Nikiska


This weekend I had the opportunity to drive a bus charter up to Nakiska for the day. It was for a group of international students that were in Calgary, Alberta, Canada studying oil and gas to work for various companies around the world.

Nakiska is located on Highway 40, about 15 min south of Highway 1.  The short drive 45 minute drive from Calgary makes this the perfect opportunity for a day of skiing.

Nakiska was one of the Olympic sites for the 1988 Winter Games.  It was named after the cree word “to meet.”  Featuring over 1,000 acres for you to explore, there are over 70 trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to black diamond runs.  There are four chair lifts and two magic carpets to take you up this 735 meter (2,412 ft.) slope.

There is a mid-mountain lodge available serving burgers, hot beverages, and most importantly beer.  At the base of the hill there is also lodge with plenty of seating for you and your family to enjoy a Starbucks coffee or something from the Slopeside Deli.

If you are after a proper sit down meal, the Finish-Line Lodge has you covered.  The menu has put a unique twist on some popular favourites.  I had the opportunity to try the chicken quesadilla, which was made with apples in the blend and served with a house-made cranberry salsa.  The staff was really friendly and made sure that everything was served to perfection.  Thankfully, my server also notified me of their “no-refill” policy on soda.  If only she had told me this before I spent $3 on my glass of Coke and drank half before my food came.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to enjoy the hill as I was working, but I look forward to making a trip out here skiing soon.   Have you been to Nakiska?  What is your favourite part of this hill?

Miniatur Wunderland – Hamburg, Germany

I have recently been watching videos of miniature railways online.  In the process, I came across the video below of Miniatur Wunderland and was blown away by this miniature world.

With trains, cars that actually drive themselves, interactive situations such as the ability to create a fire that the fire department will respond to, and a fully functional airport, Wunderland has certainly made it onto my list of places I want to visit in the near future.

Tickets ranging in price from €12.00 for adults to €9.00 for children can be purchased online though the website.