Farmers’ markets, a centennial birthday and massive pool parties are just a few of the things we’re excited for this month.
Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper Park Lodge Heritage Gate
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is turning 100 this year, and it’s aging beautifully! I’m looking forward to checking out the centennial celebrations, which include a special performance by the women’s drumming group Warrior Women on National Aboriginal Day (June 21). More events are planned throughout the year, and there’s also a chance to check in at the 1915 rate of just 25 cents when you Tweet or Instagram your favourite #JPL100 memory. —Diane Bolt, editorial assistant
Whistler Art Walk
Photo courtesy Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane
ArtWalk in Whistler starts at the end of this month, and I’m hoping to go see it. Beginning on June 27 and running until Aug. 31, the work of local artists is displayed in a variety of unique spots throughout the town, including shops, hotels and restaurants. You can take a self-guided tour to check out the 40-plus participating venues, and browse (or buy) really cool pieces, from pottery and paintings to one-of-a-kind jewelry. —Jill Foran, editor
I’m a huge fan of farmers’ markets and love checking out local ones on my summer travels. Small towns across the country are embracing the market trend, including The Avenue Market held Friday nights in downtown Vernon (starts June 12) and the Lake Louise Farmer’s Market held Saturday afternoons (starts June 20). —Sara Samson, assistant editor
Vegas Pool Parties
Pool party season in Las Vegas is officially underway, and I can’t think of a better way to pass the time than lounging poolside, soaking up the hot desert sun. Be sure to check out the newest party on the Strip at The LINQ Hotel & Casino’s two pools featuring flat-screens, a 32-seat bar, cabanas and DJs. —Alyssa Quirico, editorial assistant
Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium
Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is a great place to spend a day, especially if you’re visiting the Windy City with kids. Now, along with popular exhibits including beluga whales, sharks, otters and penguins, the aquarium offers amphibians. I’d love to bring my family to see the new exhibit, which features more than 40 creatures—salamanders, frogs, newts and even rare, worm-like caecilians—and more than 30 habitats. Through 2017. —Pam Fieber, managing editor
Holiday Markets in London, Vancouver, Boston and Toronto
The holiday season doesn’t truly begin until German-inspired Christkindlmarkets pop up around the world, selling seasonal food, drinks, toys and decorations. Whether you want to meet Santa, see twinkling lights or sip mulled wine, get your yuletide on in London, Vancouver, Boston or Toronto.