Craft breweries across Canada that are doing it right

After living in Fort Collins, Colorado for a year, I inevitably developed a strong love for all things beer. After all, it’s said that Fort Collins is the Napa of beer. Even their university has a chemistry degree specializing in beer brewing. What choice did I have? Thankfully, craft beer brewing has also exploded across Canada. In fact, according to Beer Canada, there are over 520 licensed breweries across the country. If that’s not a great reason to travel from province to province, I don’t know what is. Here are some of our favourite picks from west to east.

Wild Mountain Music Festival – Music among mountains and friends.

When you think of culture and music in Alberta, obviously the town of Hinton leaps to mind. Located about an hour east of Jasper, this small town hosts the Wild Mountain Music Festival (WMMF) each July. If the crush of humanity detracts from your enjoyment of the music at the Edmonton and Calgary festivals, then this event is for you. A farmer turns over a huge tract of land to the organizers, and they put together a very relaxed, uncrowded and somewhat eclectic musical weekend. I make it an annual trip– it’s a great addition to a summer journey through the Rockies.


After what seems like CENTURIES (but was really only eleven months) and an extensive renovation, our HI-Calgary City Centre Hostel will reopen June 1st to once again welcome backpackers from around the world. Heavy damage from last summer’s Calgary floods led to the hostel’s closure almost one year ago.


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