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The Best Calgary Bookstores to Visit

If you enjoy the smell of pages, books lined perfectly on a shelf, and the comfort of a cozy reading chair, then you must be a reader! Whether you are a fan of magic and dragons or a true crime novel, there is so much available to read. In a single lifetime it is impossible for us to read all of the books we want to (according to Alan Kay, we might only read 1% of them in a lifetime!), but that doesn't mean we can't try!

Looking for a book to dive into during the cold months? Or perhaps you need an beach read that will keep you hooked all vacation long. Whatever type of "bookworm" you are, there are plenty of amazing local Calgary bookstores that have the stories you didn't even know you were looking for. Here are the best bookstores in Calgary for

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What Owners Should Know Before Constructing a New Home AdditionRising property values and a growing need for more space makes a home addition construction project sound like a keen idea. Yet, renovations involving new additions can be extremely pricey and stressful to boot. Here are some tips for mitigating constructing a new addition in your Erin Woods home without blowing the budget and questioning your rationality.

Evaluate the Home's Structure with a Design Pro

The value of hiring professional contractors, designers and architects cannot be overestimated when planning a home addition. Even if the work will be performed DIY, expert help can prevent serious, costly errors, especially in the initial stages. For example, a home's structure literally dictates what type of additions can be constructed through

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Calgary Fitness Centres & Gyms

Can you feel it? That reignited flame of motivation? It is this renewed spirit that inspires us to get to the gym to tone, lose weight, get fit, and burn off all of those Christmas goodies we ate. But as New Year's resolutions often go, the excitement begins to fade after a few weeks of focused determination. Want to stick true to your resolutions and accomplish your goals without losing focus? Take a look at the various Calgary Fitness centres and gyms that will help you stick with your New Year's resolutions and accomplish greatness!

Orange Theory Fitness

Calgary Fitness Locations: Orange Theory

If you are seeking a gym that focuses on the science behind a good workout, then you will want to check out Orange Theory Fitness! Every one-hour class is different, but each class focuses

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Is a Deck Worth the Cost of Installation?A deck can be the perfect addition to a home for a variety of reasons. Backyard parties, improved resale value, a rewarding summer project: a deck can be just what everyone needs to really enjoy the outdoors again. But a deck also comes with its fair share of potential complications, and could even land a homeowner in legal hot water. See why it's time to move forward and when homeowners may want to hold back.

Local Restrictions

When homeowners have their own property, they may think they have the right to make changes to it however they like. But because one home may affect the land of another, there are ordinances that may restrict or even prevent home renovations. Those in HOAs likely don't need to be reminded of this, but people who live in

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The YYC Hot Chocolate Festival & The Best Hot Chocolates in Calgary are Here

No beverage beats the sweet taste of a cup of cocoa in winter! The chocolatey goodness has everything you need to satisfy those cravings while warming you from the inside out. But Calgarian's don't have to settle for classic hot chocolate (though that is an option too) because February 1st - 29th, the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest takes over!

This month-long festival features dozens of local drink spots and eateries across the city that compete to create a hot chocolate that breaks boundaries and satisfies every taste! Each and every hot chocolate is different, featuring unique or odd ingredients, or fun twists on the classic. The best part of this festival is that a portion of the proceeds made from all hot chocolate sales go to support Calgary Meals on

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Things to Do in Calgary this February

Following the excitement of the winter holidays, February is when we are back to work and back to seeking out exciting things to fill up our weekends. Well if you are looking for new and thrilling things to do in the city of Calgary, you’re in luck. February happens to be hot breakfast month, library-lovers month, bake for family fun month, and, of course, the month of L-O-V-E! 

Whatever you want to celebrate this February, there is plenty to do to keep you outdoors in the snow or indoors with the warmth. These various events include markets, food and drink tastings, unique winter sports (like skijoring) and much more! Whatever the month of Feb holds for you, you can be sure that it will be jam-packed with activity.

And don’t forget, this month

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Drone Technology is Changing the Face of Real EstateThere are many things that home sellers can do to make their home more attractive to buyers. In recent years, one of the things that sellers have started to do to market their homes is to make an aerial video of their property using drones. Drone technology enables homeowners to show off their property in a way that was almost impossible just a few decades ago. Knowing the advantages of drones and how to maximize the appearance of the home with drone technology can help you make your home selling experience more successful and profitable.

Why Use Drones?

Drones allow home buyers to see what a home looks like from the sky. This gives buyers a unique perspective and ability to appreciate the layout of the house as well as the size of the property.

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Best Calgary Tobogganing Hills

The wind whipping through your hair, the chilly snow biting at your cheeks, and that free exhilarating feeling as you coast down the toboggan hill... Can you think of a better way to spend time outdoors during winter? We can't!

The next few months are ones guaranteed to have snow, so now is the best time to pull out your toboggans, sleds, magic carpets, GT-racers, saucers, tubes, and lunch trays and hit the slopes! There are a number of parks and hills found throughout Calgary, but only a handful will give you the sledding experience at the level you are seeking. Take a look at the best Calgary tobogganing hills throughout the city sorted by difficulty, and schedule in days of outdoor snowy fun!

NOTE: When sledding, always keep an eye out for

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The Best Restaurants in Calgary

Calgary has done it again and made it onto a top 100 list for outstanding accomplishments, and this time we did it 15 times! We are proud to feature the 15 amazing restaurants that made it to the top 100 Restaurants list by OpenTable. We're not surprised one bit given how far Calgary has come in the culinary world. Way to go Calgary!

If you are a major foodie in YYC, these remarkable Calgary restaurants won't be new to you. If you haven't yet visited these eateries, you'll want to add these to your date-night plans before year's end!

Bow Valley Restaurant Locations

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is where history and food come together to create a memorable experience for Calgarians. This restaurant is

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Home Architectural Styles for Home Buyers in CanadaCanadian homes may be built in all different architectural styles. Mahogany home buyers seeking a home that matches their personality should be aware of all these styles. Knowing which kinds of homes are out there and available can help you decide which type of home is right for your personality. Once you know the types you like, you can focus on those homes in neighbourhoods where you would like to make a home purchase.

Victorian

The Victorian era lasted from sometime in the mid-19th century up to the beginning of the 20th century. Homes constructed at that time were generally multiple storeys high, made up of many rooms and laid out in an asymmetrical shape. Today, these homes are often easily identified because of their elaborate shingles,

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