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Nov. 13, 2019 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Winter recreation communities around Calgary have much to offer, even for budget-conscious buyers

If you thought owning a winter recreation property was out of reach, think again.

While a RE/MAX survey last winter of western Canadians found that 67 per cent believed they couldn't afford to purchase a ski resort property, that doesn't align with the actual situation.

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Nov. 13, 2019 | Barb Livingstone

Alberta's recreational property market could offer attractive opportunities for buyers this winter

Alberta's recreational property market will likely be soft this winter, creating opportunities for prospective buyers.

Elton Ash, regional vice-president for RE/MAX Western Canada, says older buyers have been the recreational market's strength for years, but millennials are growing in purchase numbers.

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Sept. 25, 2019 | Sam Crick and Tamara Stearns

SPONSORED: 10 things to do before the snow falls

Believe it or not, winter is coming. Ensuring that your home's cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you both money and major headaches in the long run. Work your way through this fall home maintenance checklist and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are ready for winter:
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Jan. 16, 2019 | Natalie Noble

Let it snow: opportunities for winter fun abound in these three Calgary communities

When temperatures drop and snow flies, Calgarians need not stay indoors or head out of town to stay active.

More and more Calgarians are hopping on their bikes to get around the city during the winter months, but some special preparations are necessary for successful cycling in the cold and snow.
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Jan. 10, 2018 | Gerald Vander Pyl

A cold commute

Tips for safe and warm winter cycling

When winter arrives, many Calgarians store their bicycles away until springtime.

But not everyone.

A growing number of people cycle year round, including during their daily commute. And in the winter, that requires some additional preparation.

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Nov. 01, 2017 | Donna Balzer

November in the garden

Gathering in the beauty of the season

Weather changes in Calgary quicker than a fashion model on a runway. Clear and sunny becomes snow, and then rain and wind follow – sometimes all in one day.

But don't fret: Calgary holds the record as the sunniest city in Canada. This means we still have sunny days ahead this month. Take advantage of the light and boost your natural vitamin D levels while finishing up some last-minute garden jobs. Gardening builds health and happiness while you create a great yard and enhance neighbourhood beauty. While you are out in the garden, don't forget to:

Feb. 07, 2017 | Donna Balzer

Even plants need a spa day

How to freshen up houseplants in the shower

newDonnawebDo you have a layer of dust on your indoor plants from the pre-Obama era?

As the sun shines on my plants, I can see it's been too long. If I can write my name on the leaves in dust, I know it's time to send my greenery to the shower.

Light levels are so low in February in Calgary that any extra interference, like dust, slows houseplants down and blocks the already limited light. If leaf tips are browning or whole leaves yellowing, the plant is probably cutting its losses by getting rid of the lazy leaves that are too shaded to give back.

In nature, regular rains wash leaves clean, but in your apartment or house, plants need a helping hand.

Whether you believe in gift giving or not this is the time of year to be thankful for your garden and for nature.

Dec. 16, 2016 | Donna Balzer

Gifts from your garden

How eco-therapy can warm the soul during the holidays

newDonnawebWhether you believe in gift giving or not this is the time of year to be thankful for your garden and for nature. And the physical benefits gained aren't limited to things we have to buy.
Here is a seasonal selection of garden gifts to ponder:


Chelsie was at the landfill in late November when she noticed someone else had left large birch branches behind. Knowing these could be striking additions to her seasonal garden containers, she swapped out her waste for someone else's, and happily left with a few striking white branches. Later, she included them in her seasonal outdoor pots and planters.


Nov. 28, 2016 | CREBNow

Winter is coming

Knowing your local snow clearing bylaws may not be cool, but it's necessary

Winter is coming, and with it the one chore that many homeowners dread: shoveling their snowy sidewalks and driveways.

And while snow removal is often the last thing homeowners want to do on a chilly winter day, officials say it is important in protecting the public's safety.

"Sidewalks need to be kept clean for public safety, [and] a snow removal bylaw shares that responsibility without adding to municipal costs," said Charlene Ruttle, Cochrane's manager of municipal enforcement.


Feb. 04, 2015 | CREBNow

Bringing the heat

Hot coffee and fires in winter good for both gardens and gardeners

If you are not already on a plane to a tropical destination, you are likely staying put this winter with a hot cup of coffee in front of the fireplace.

My friend Brenda McIntyre was doing just that when she sent a text and asked, whether it was alright to put wood ash from her fireplace into the composter?

"Is once-in-a-while OK?" she asked. "Maybe it will balance off all the acidic coffee grounds I add every day? The Calgary soil is higher pH, so is this useful?"

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