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Where Are the Best Calgary Museums?Want to know more about the wonderful city of Calgary? Great! Because it’s very easy to do thanks to the many history museums you will find here. Here are just a few of the top ones in the area.

The Glenbow Museum

The Glenbow Museum is one that has received not only critical acclaim but popular acclaim as well. Not many museums can say that. If you want to know about the history and heritage of Western Canada you will find it here.

It’s a pretty big museum housing three stories full of information. Browse around a bit and you will find a very detailed account of the early years in Canada. You will also get a glimpse into some of the hardships that took place as well. It is the perfect museum for both children and adults.

Calgary Chinese

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The Best Cleaning Strategies for Spring CleaningStarting your spring cleaning is a very important thing. It's a sign of warmer weather arriving and it usually means it's time to purge some of the garbage you don't need anymore. Here are a few tips to get you started with this year's round of spring cleaning.

Start With Smaller Projects

Since the weather isn't exactly warm yet, you can start inside the house with smaller projects. Tackle the closets and other storage areas first. This will allow you to go through some of the items you may not need anymore and get something done before the weather turns warm enough to handle other tasks.

Don't Forget the Ceilings

Often, we forget to clean the ceilings because they are above us and out of our way. However, they attract plenty of dust

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Yann Haute Patisserie

There is, in Calgary, a colourful little house that is bursting with history. It was built in the early 1900's and spent some time as a family home. Later, it housed a few professional businesses. When Yann and Jeraldine laid eyes on it in 2006, they knew they found the perfect home for their business: a quaint and authentic French pastry boutique. Yann Haute Patisserie opened in this house in 2009 and has been delighting Calgarians with French pastry ever since.

"We felt the Calgary market was ready to add the same French pastry concept I grew up in," says Yann Blanchard, co-owner and pastry chef, of the decision to bring the brand to market.

He was right. We just can't get enough of the cakes, macarons, petit gateaux, wedding cakes and more.

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Where Can You Volunteer in Calgary?Volunteering doesn't have to be all about serving food at a soup kitchen. There are many great choices for volunteer activities in Calgary and many of the fit with specific passions. From art assistants to animal foster homes, there are plenty of great opportunities to volunteer throughout the city. Here are some of the best choices.

Dog Adoption Program at Animal Rescue Foundation of Alberta

You can volunteer to call applicants looking to adopt a dog through ARF and spend a half-hour providing a telephone interview. You will be part of the process of ensuring dogs end up in good homes. Find more information about this opportunity at arf.ab.ca.

Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council

If you're willing to help immigrants coming to

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How to Choose Between Buying a Home and Renting an ApartmentMoving from an apartment into a home that you own is a huge step for any person, and the excitement that comes along with it is palpable. However, some individuals don’t get as excited about home ownership as others, as they prefer apartment living to buying a home hands down.

What makes them so different and why would someone strongly prefer one over the other? Let’s closely examine the various aspects of these two living situations and find out which option is right for you.

To Buy Or Not To Buy?

Anyone who says buying a home is easy probably had an exceptionally unusual experience; that’s not to say that home ownership is something to be avoided, but it definitely takes time and energy to get everything in line to purchase property.

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Calgary's Best French FoodWhen it comes to food, French cuisine has always been a step above the rest, and Calgary is one of the best places to explore traditional French fare. This city is packed with some of the country's best French dining spots that friends and family can enjoy. Here are just a few of the best French restaurants in Calgary perfect for anyone looking to explore new and refined tastes.

La Chaumière

Whether you want to converse with your guest or with other diners, La Chaumière is one of the best spots. They provide carpeted floors and high ceilings, which makes for a peaceful atmosphere. The noise doesn't carry like it does in some restaurants and the music is actually kept in the background. Enjoy classic French dishes here, along with plenty of

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The Best Summer Calgary FestivalsMany great summer events happen in Calgary for adults, kids and the entire family. Some of these events are more popular than others. If you're moving to the area and looking for a great summer sunshine event to help you become a part of your new community, try one of these great festivals.

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival will be held in June for anyone ready to celebrate music. This festival features many different venues with all types of talent taking the stage. Last year nearly 30,000 people were in attendance and this year is expected to be the same. The bands on stage aren't your typical types of bands. Instead, the festival looks for bands that stray from the typical commercial rock.

The best

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4 Types of Insulation For Your HomeA home’s insulation is extremely important in keeping the Evergreen new home comfortable to live in. Insulation provides a layer of protection between the interior exterior that keeps the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Most people are familiar with the pink, fluffy-looking fiberglass insulation that’s extremely common in buildings of all type, but there are other alternatives that homeowners can pick from. Here are some of the different types of home insulation homeowners can choose from when updating their home.

Fiberglass Insulation

As briefly stated before, fiberglass is the most common type of insulation for homes. This is predominantly because it’s widely available and very inexpensive at less than a dollar per square

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Buying a Condo in CalgaryThe decision to buy a condo can be a tough one. When is it time to buy? Which is better for you: a house or a condo? Are condos a good investment? For many homeowners, these answers are not always clear. Having information about the pros and cons of buying a condo and how condo ownership compares to single family homeownership can help buyers decide if buying a condo is worth it.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Condo Ownership vs. Homeownership

A condo is a single unit in a building or community of condos. Typically, condos resemble apartments, but sometimes condos look like townhouses or even individual houses. Condo ownership

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Showing Tips When Selling a HomeYour first open house can be an exciting and productive experience, if your home is prepared in advance. Home sellers who go the extra mile with cleaning and staging can help buyers feel more at home in their property, which can lead to many offers and even a potential sale, even in competitive markets like North Calgary. Here is a collection of must-read home showing tips so every homeowner knows how to show a house for sale.

Deep Clean

Deep cleaning in the days before the open house takes place can help make your home more attractive to home buyers. If you’re strapped for time, contact a professional cleaning company for help. During this process, it’s important to clean parts of your home that rarely get attention during normal cleaning

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