Rarely does a "one-stop shop" truly have everything you need. If you're searching for a new WFH chair, pet accessories and party essentials all at the same time, you'd probably assume that an errand run is in order. Fret not: you'll likely find it all (and way more) at Shopper+, a newly redesigned Canadian website that stocks an impressive variety of carefully curated goods.
Headquartered in Montreal, the site recently underwent a total revamp, and Shopper+ is now having its digital grand opening all month long with massive deals and discounts you won't want to miss.
Catch one of the flash sales that happen 6 times per day (at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m.) to snag some products on the cheap. Plus, on September 22 and 23, you can get free shipping on your entire purchase.
With the increasing popularity of remote work, you may be considering sprucing up the home office. Now is the time to grab an ergonomic sit/stand desk, and Shopper+ has a stylish electric model (on sale until September 24), complete with a drawer and glass top.
With programmable height settings, you only have to set your perfect sit or stand heights once and — at the push of a button — you can add a little variety to your WFH posture. Plus, the table has two USB ports to charge your devices (that means no extension cords ruining your office aesthetics).
If the thought of cordless charging excites you, Shopper+ has a wide selection of fast-charging stations, like this wireless one. With your phone charged and your space camera-ready, you'll be set to flex your desk setup on TikTok.
For the photographers out there, you know that food photography is all about having vibrant backdrops, rich textures and, of course, the right tools. The next time you want to show off a culinary creation, check out these 'gram-worthy white and gold stainless steel utensils from Shopper+.
The online store also stocks everything from the hottest kitchen gadgets, like the air fryer (hello, guilt-free fries), to pet essentials, like a 68-inch cat tree. This play place has hanging toys built right in for your furry friend's enjoyment — or, you know, to keep your cat's inner evil tendencies at bay.
Suffice to say, you can find the best goods to make life easier (and better) on the relaunched Shopper+ online store — and you know it'll all be cute. Canadians can browse now for sweet limited-time deals with free and fast shipping.
Shopper+ "Grand Opening" Sale
When: Grand opening sales are on until 9.59 a.m. on September 24
Details: Shopper+ just launched a newly redesigned site, and they're celebrating by offering deals all September.
To learn more about the new Shopper+ online experience, visit their website and check them out on Facebook or Instagram.
It's that time of year again where you can wave goodbye to Montreal's construction and look forward to nothing but beautiful foliage and the calming sounds of nature on the open road.
If you're seeking relaxing vibes, good food and the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture, consider putting Ontario's picturesque towns — and one in particular — on your fall road-trip list.
Kingston is a small, vibrant city that's just a three-hour drive from Montreal and a stone's throw from Thousand Islands National Park. Here, you'll find historic sites, unique dining experiences, art galleries, charming boutiques and even hidden alleyways containing antique markets and delightful patios. And because everything is within just a few blocks of each other, it's all walkable.
When it comes to finding a place to rest your head for the night, Kingston has plenty to offer, from endearing historic inns to classic hotels. There are various packages available, and you have the option to enhance your visit with culinary or outdoor experiences, vineyard or brewery tours and shopping excursions.
Address: 203 Wellington St., Kingston, ON (Sally's); 326 King St E., Kingston, ON (Harmony Flavours)
Why You Need To Go: Fuel up for your big day with a delicious lunch at Sally's Roti Shop. This local favourite is known for its authentic Caribbean roti wraps, made by Sally herself. Inspired by her mum's recipes from her childhood in Trinidad, Sally offers fillings like jerk chicken and curry eggplant and spinach.
Alternatively, head to Harmony Flavours to pick up a sandwich made on fresh focaccia or a charcuterie tray. This gourmet food store offers local Ontario and Quebec artisanal foods (perfect for picnics!).
Price: $19.95 per hour (cheaper rates for longer rentals available)
Address: 25 Fort Henry Dr., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: Why walk when you can e-bike? Enjoy the thrill of exploring a brand-new area while doing good for the environment too. Locally owned i-Cycle Electric Bike Co offers e-bike rentals starting around $20 for the first hour, and the longer you rent, the more you save (full-day rentals are $69.95).
Once you're set up with your ride, head off on a self-guided tour of Kingston — from the downtown waterfront trail to the Barriefield Village and Fort Henry area.
Take A Trolley Tour & Learn About Kingston's History
Address: 248 Ontario St., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: The best way to see Kingston in a short amount of time is by booking a tour with the Kingston Trolley. You can get a great overview of the city while taking in historic sites and visitor attractions in the downtown core and along the waterfront. Just sit back, relax and let the tour guide fill you in on over 300 years of Kingston's history.
Face masks are required on the trolley and reservations are required (the hop-on hop-off service isn't available in 2021 but is returning in 2022).
Enjoy Some Spooky Fall Activities
Price: Up to $24.99
Address: 200 Ontario St., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you're in for a scare, you can join the Haunted Walk of Kingston for a tour through the city's historic (and possibly haunted) buildings and alleyways. Follow the light of your guide's lantern as they lead you on your ghostly walk and tell stories about Kingston's famously haunted courtyard, hidden burial grounds, grave robbing and more.
Not everything has to be scary if you're not up for it though. With impressive light displays, Pumpkinferno is the perfect Halloween activity for those who prefer to steer clear of the creepier side of Halloween.
Day 2: History & Art
Brunch It Up
Address: 44 Princess St., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: Downtown Kingston has a bunch of breakfast and brunch spots to stop for a bite to eat. Pan Chancho Bakery and Café caters to both early birds and late risers, serving brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.
A popular dish is the El Chancho, which features chorizo, two kinds of bacon, eggs, roasted corn salad, potatoes and brioche. Is your mouth watering yet? Many of the dishes here can be made gluten free, vegetarian or vegan.
Explore A Former Maximum-Security Prison
Price: From $40
Address: 560 King St. W., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Kingston Penitentiary opened in the 1830s and is Canada's oldest maximum-security prison. If the stories behind the forbidden walls intrigue you, you won't want to miss a guided tour. Your tour guide will walk you through the prison and tell the tales of prison breaks, infamous inmates and more.
If you love movie and TV trivia, you can sign up for the 90-minute Film Tour that explores the history of filmmaking at the penitentiary — TV shows like Murdoch Mysteries and Alias Grace have been filmed here.
Visit The Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Address: 36 University Ave., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: Art aficionados will love this stop on the Kingston itinerary. Better known as just "Agnes," the Art Centre at Queen's University has collections spanning Indigenous art, contemporary art, and historical art from Canada, Africa and Europe (including four Rembrandts).
New works are being exhibited all the time at Agnes, so don't miss your chance to see some great artwork from Canada and around the world.
Day 3: Unique Finds
Explore Kingston's Thrift Shops
Price: Prices vary
Address: 338 Princess St., Kingston, ON (What'll I Wear); 165 Princess St., Kingston, ON (YGK Thrift); 39 Montreal St., Kingston, ON (Montreat Street Collective)
Why You Need To Go: Thrifting during autumn is an opportunity to start switching up your wardrobe for the seasons to come. Plus, you might find a few hidden treasures you can take home with you to Montreal.
Why You Need To Go: Step up your thrifting and head over to Martello Alley. Here, at Ontario's only alleyway art gallery, you'll come across tons of locally made arts and crafts to admire and purchase.
Nearby, there is also Antique Alley, which features antique furniture, clothing, toys, books, vintage jewelry and memorabilia.
Wrap Up Your Road Trip With Local, Organic & Sustainable Nibbles
Address: 103/171 Wellington St., Kingston, ON (The Everly); 286 Princess St., Kingston, ON (Miss Bao)
Why You Need To Go: To finish off your short-but-sweet getaway, grab dinner at one of many Kingston restaurants. Sustainable and stylish, The Everly works with farmers and producers to create a rotating menu of seasonal dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
Before you head off on your trip, it's important to note that, as of September 22, Ontario's vaccine passport regulations require you to show proof of vaccination when eating indoors. This doesn't apply to takeout or patio services.
Kingston has a little something for everyone, from exciting outdoor experiences and delicious dining to thrift shopping and fun fall activities (spooky or not). If you're looking for a not-too-far escape from Montreal, you'll be pleased to discover what Kingston has to offer.
The tourism industry is once again open for business, and IGA has teamed up with the Montreal Canadiens to give you the chance to
win an unforgettable trip to Florida by entering one of the coolest contests out there for Habs fans.
Now that you can finally travel outside Quebec (with restrictions and safety precautions, of course), a change of scenery might just be what you're looking for after countless months of lockdowns and public health restrictions.
Aim for the Food contest, you could win a trip for you and your family to Walt Disney World® in Orlando, Florida, this holiday season. After all, there's nothing like a sunny vacay to help you shake off those winter blues.
There are three VIP trips to Florida up for grabs, where you'll get to cheer on the Canadiens and have the time of your life at the most magical theme park in Orlando.
Each IGA store is also giving away one official Montreal Canadiens jersey. So, even if you're not among the lucky few to win the grand prize trip to Florida, you can still get your hands on some merch from your fave team.
No matter how you watch — whether you're cheering on the Canadiens in the stands at the Bell Centre or just watching from the comfort of your living room — wearing a new jersey with the unmistakable colours of the Habs will have you feeling like a super fan.
For your chance to win, all you've got to do is buy eligible products at IGA, the official grocery store of the
Montreal Canadiens, and use your AIR MILES® Card at checkout to be automatically entered in the contest.
Until November 3, keep your eyes peeled for targeted products in the
Aim for the Food contest to increase your chances of winning.
Already picturing yourself cheering on your favourite team with your family and celebrating in style at the extraordinary Walt Disney World® theme park in Florida? If you're lucky, this once-in-a-lifetime dream experience could become a reality for you this December.
Price: Free to enter with the purchase of eligible IGA products
When: Until November 3, 2021
Details: Get your chance to win a trip to Florida to watch the Montreal Canadiens and visit Walt Disney World® when you buy select products from IGA supermarkets in store or online and use your AIR MILES® card.
To learn more about the Aim for the Food contest, check out IGA's website or follow them on Instagram.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Quebec.
Between extended lockdowns, social distancing and stay-at-home orders, 2021 has brought limited opportunities to have fun with friends or connect with the community. Smaller towns, ones that might not get as much action as their big-city neighbours, have especially felt this to be true.
One such community is Belleville. Just over a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Montreal with a population of less than 51,000, Belleville's a small town, but it's not one that's easily overlooked — at least, not for Mentos. Yes, Mentos, as in the "stay fresh" chewy mint you might have tucked in your purse or pocket right now.
Wanting to lend a helping hand to a small town that's been hit hard by COVID-19, Mentos decided to give Belleville's skatepark a serious upgrade. A space for community and fun, the skatepark — now called the BaSkateBowl — features basketball nets and mimics a basketball course layout. Belleville's young adults needed a breath of fresh air and Mentos provided.
The BaSkateBowl's grand opening took place on September 29, and it's already becoming a cherished community venue where Belleville's youth can practice their kickflips, free throws and ollies — all at the same time.
If you're looking for a fun road trip this fall, you should definitely check this spot out (and bring your board, if you have one). Everyone could use a little fun and, with health and safety measures in place, the BaSkateBowl is bringing together the basketball and skateboard communities of Belleville for a good time.
When: This is a permanent installation.
Where: 373 Moira St. E., Belleville, ON
Why You Need To Go: Mentos renovated Belleville's skatepark to include basketball nets — it's a guaranteed good time for the whole community.
Staycations are where it's at 2021, and Quebec — with its rolling hills, beautiful lakes and endless drives — is a wonderful place to go exploring near to home. As Canada's largest province, it's chock-full of memories just waiting to be made.
Quebec offers an abundance of both history and nature, from its townships brimming with European charm to its vast provincial parks. You can fly, train or bus to many of Quebec's must-see destinations, but the best way to explore this far-reaching province is by car.
If you're craving the open road, take a cue from 95.9 Virgin Radio host Vinny, who knows a thing or two about road trips. As one of the hosts of Montreal's favourite radio station (and a born-and-bred Montrealer), he reaches road trippers and commuters every weekday morning.
Vinny knows that when it comes to exploring Quebec, you don't have to travel far to uncover lush scenery, wildlife and get some R&R. In fact, his favourite spots are all less than three hour's drive from Montreal.
Just imagine hitting the open road with the windows down and the radio pumping, cruising your way around picturesque villages, quaint architecture, lazy rivers and towering fjords.
Once you've checked out your favourite stops from Vinny's list of must-sees, all you need is a car, snacks for the road and 95.9 Virgin Radio on full blast.
Time From Montreal: 2 hours
Why You Need To Go: With so much to do and see, Mont-Tremblant is one of Quebec's most popular destinations no matter the season or the reason. From a panoramic gondola ride with a bird's eye view of the Laurentians to bike riding through one of the mountain's many trails, this spot is ideal for explorers and adventurers alike.
After a day spent wandering through nature in all its glory, you can wind down with a shopping spree in Mont-Tremblant's famed pedestrian village. Follow it up with an Instagram-worthy dining experience at one of the dozens of restaurants for a vacay done right.
Why You Need To Go: Less than two hour's drive from Montreal (during which you can jam out to tunes on 95.9 Virgin Radio), Saint-Sauveur is another popular Quebec destination that makes for a great day trip. With a massive outdoor pool and water park, restaurants like Gibby's and spas like Vinny's fave, the Polar Bear's Club Spa, Saint-Sauveur is a must-visit for Montrealers.
Spend the day soaking and steaming in the spa's thermal waters, view the Laurentians from horseback or shop to your heart's content. No matter how you choose to spend your time, there's no shortage of fun to be had at Saint-Sauveur.
Why You Need To Go: According to Vinny, Estérel Resort is "an oasis." With a four-season spa that boasts lake and mountainside views, it's easy to see why. Estérel Resort is all about escaping the daily grind, so what better way could there be to make use of a vacation day? Estérel's all-inclusive packages make it a one-stop-shop for all things R&R.
If you're in the mood for a solid sweat sesh, you can venture through the Laurentians via paddleboard, canoe, kayak, pontoon boat or bike. Foodies will especially love the range of fine dining, including the renowned Bistro à Champlain restaurant.
Why You Need To Go: With more than 225 species that call it home, Zoo de Granby is the largest zoo in the province and offers a great day out for the whole family. Due to continued health and safety guidelines, reservations are required for the summer 2021 season, so be sure to save your spot to get in on all the action.
Slender-tailed meerkats, white rhinos, Japanese macaques and snow leopards are just some of the many animals you'll get to spy here. Learn all there is to know about Granby's conservation efforts while you're at it, too.
Why You Need To Go: Just off the island, La Ferme Quinn is a go-to destination for farm-fresh fruits and veggies, including apples, cucumbers, kale and almost every type of berry you can think of. With fall just around the corner, now's the time to plan your apple-picking adventure to stock up for all those pies you're sure to make.
If baking isn't quite your thing, don't stress. According to Vinny, La Ferme Quinn has the "best apple pie ever." You can also load up on muffins and a ton of other baked goodies that may or may not make it through the car ride home.
Why You Need To Go: Combining rustic charm with jaw-dropping architecture, Le Château Montebello might just take your breath away in the best way as it's situated within nature itself. Fun fact: Le Château Montebello is the world's largest log cabin, and it was rated one of the top 10 resort hotels in Canada by Travel & Leisure.
To make your staycay complete, there's an outdoor pool and cabanas, a sports chalet boasting everything from tennis to mini-golf, a nautical pavilion for those who like to kayak, canoe or paddleboard, hiking trails and even 90-minute guided ATV rides.
Why You Need To Go: You don't need to travel far to uncover the beauty of Quebec. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Centre de la Nature is a massive urban park that spans 50 hectares.
Whether you're in search of a chill picnic, wanting to uncover nature via the Centre's five kilometres of pedestrian paths, or looking to entertain the family at Piscine Saint-Vincent or the on-site petting zoo, Centre de la Nature has it all. There's even a tropical greenhouse that boasts a stunning array of plants and animals, so be sure to have your camera at the ready.
Why You Need To Go: Charm and character combine with history to make Quebec City a must-see (and see again) spot. Walkable and sure to satiate your wanderlust, Quebec City is a great spot to spend your vacation days. Crank up the radio while you're en route and listen to 95.9 Virgin Radio hosts talk all things pop culture and more before you pull up in one of the province's most iconic destinations.
Once you're there, soak up a bit of history at Château Frontenac then traverse the Plains of Abraham, the site of the famous Battle of Quebec. You can also peep a stellar view of the St. Lawrence River from Dufferin Terrace, zipline above Montmorency Falls, shop and eat to your heart's content — however you choose to spend your time, Quebec City has plenty to offer.
Why You Need To Go: Touted as a "super cool experience" by Vinny himself, Parc Omega is a safari park with a 12-kilometre route that winds throughout. You're likely to see wolves, deer, bears, bison, birds and more at this year-round attraction.
For the brave-of-heart, you can also spend a night or two in a cabin, chalet, lodge or pod that's surrounded by a pack of wolves. Each accommodation has a glass facade to allow uninterrupted views of nature and wolves alike.
Why You Need To Go: Since it's always five o'clock somewhere, what better way to spend a day than at a winery? Located just minutes from Montreal, La Bullerie is the first Quebec vineyard that specializes in sparkling wines. With the likes of white, red and, of course, rosé, you can sip and santé while you take in the picturesque views of wine country.
If you fancy a picnic while you're there, La Bullerie offers one of their very own that includes choice cheese, fruit and a local dessert. It's the ultimate daytime date location.