After spending its inaugural season last summer hosting campers on a Crown Land island, Edmonton tour operator Urban River Adventures has announced its permanent residence. Located along the North Saskatchewan River, the new 128-acre property (open May through October) features 10 geodesic glamping domes, a hot tub, sauna, and kayak access. Just outside of Ottawa, the wild, year-old Hammond Hill retreat is also tweaking its operations. In addition to yurts and trapper’s cabins, from June it will offer solar-powered Skirt tents, designed by former SpaceX, Tesla and Airbnb employees. Eco-friendly yet futuristic, each unit starts at $125 per night.
Bikes and beers
With the exception of hikers, perhaps no one knows exercise-induced hunger better than cyclists. If you agree, the new Véloroute Gourmande may be for you. Connecting Montreal to Sherbrooke, the 235 kilometer trail showcases the best products, foods and beverages that the Montérégie region and the Eastern Townships have to offer. There are over 120 culinary attractions along the way, including cider houses, breweries and award-winning restaurants. Riders can lighten their load by using the bag-carrying service, making this a beginner-friendly five-day trip.
Canada’s fine arts festivals are back in full force for the upcoming summer season. The first event is The Works of Edmonton (July 8-17), the largest free outdoor public art and design festival in North America. Taking place in Churchill Square, it coincides with the Edmonton International Festival of Street Artists. From July 8 to 17, the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik also takes place. The longest running Arctic art and music festival in North America, the 10-day celebration includes soapstone carving and drum-making demonstrations, as well as musical performances from rising stars (throat singer Tanya Tagaq had his chance at the event in 2000).
London is now home to the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum. Located in Granary Square, King’s Cross, Queer Britain celebrated its grand opening on May 5, joining other LGBTQ+ museums around the world, including the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York. The first exhibition features images of changemakers from the queer community, including Roberta Cowell, a racing driver and the first known British woman to have sex reassignment surgery in 1951. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday and the visit is free.
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