NKPR GUIDE: SUMMER OUTSIDE THE CITY

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how to enjoy the summer within a 2 hour drive of toronto!

The hot weather is the perfect excuse to get out of the city and spend some time in the great outdoors (that’s within a 2 hour driving radius)! We’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to escape the city life this summer:

Lavender Farms

Visiting a lavender farm is a perfect way to spend a day in the summer (and you’ll leave smelling great)! Many of these beautiful farms are only a short drive away from the city. Terre Bleu is one of the biggest lavender farms in Canada and is conveniently the closest to Toronto, near Milton. Terre Bleu is definitely Instagram worthy with a giant yellow door in the middle of the field, lavender ice cream, and tons of other scented and flavoured goodies at their gift shop!

Hamilton’s Waterfalls

Just hop on the QEW and check out the amazing waterfalls in Hamilton! Great for the active or those looking for a peaceful afternoon, there are over a hundred waterfalls where you can hike or even have a picnic. If you’re feeling a bit overheated, you can even stand in the waterfall to cool down!

Elora Gorge

The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Take a day trip to Elora Gorge or spend a few nights camping (with a breathtaking view to wake up to)! Canoeing, tubing, a splash pad, sport fields, trails, and access to great fishing on the Grand River, makes Elora Gorge Park a family favourite!

Niagara Falls & Niagara-on-the-lake

Spend the day (or weekend) in the picture perfect town of Niagara-on-the-lake, with gift shops, fine dining, historical sites, infinite ice cream options, and sooooo much more. The Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boats ride is a must when visiting this cute little town. Take on this Class 5 white water that’s guaranteed to leave you absolutely soaking wet and amazingly refreshed. Not a fan of getting wet? The Jet Dome tour follows the exact route as the Wet Jet but shelters you from the water. If arcades, zip-lining, and ferris wheels interest you, drive to Niagara Falls for a fun-packed weekend! 

GO Transit is also offering weekend GO Train service to Niagara Falls from June 22 – September 3. 

What are your summer plans? tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: Father’s Day 2018

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide!

June 17th is Father’s Day! We’re about a week away so we’ve put together some great ideas for how to spend your time (and maybe your money) to celebrate your dad! Whether he’s the adventurous type or likes to stay at home, there are gifts for every dad out there:

The Outdoorsman

There are some seriously cool products from MEC that we think all Dads deserve to have. Check out these awesome gifts that you could use this summer at home, on the road, or even camping!

Portable Fridge/ Freezer with WIFI

This multi-tasking freezer would make your dad the life of the party! It features dual cooled compartments for different food items, and you can control the temperature with a mobile app and charge your phone with the USB port!

UCO Softshell Ice Cream Ball Pint

This baby makes ice cream WHEREVER you go! Imagine all the times you’ve been at a family BBQ and could have used a nice creamy bowl to cool you down… now you can make it yourself as you play a friendly game of soccer!

The Food Connoisseur

Some dads are master grillers, and others love a good espresso (or both)! These Pusateri’s items are great gift options for any dad who loves to cook and enjoy their daily dose, or two, of caffeine.

Leather Grilling Apron 
Fully hand-made with 100% leather, this apron is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any dad who loves to grill.

Espresso Gift Set 
Nothing is better to start a morning than a cup of espresso and biscotti on the side! Add a great view and great company and that’s a perfect way to greet your dad on Father’s Day.

The Workaholic 

These Links of London goodies are classy and stylish ways to show your dad how much you appreciate all his hard work!

Driver Silver Dial Watch

Every look is completed with a sleek watch! Gift your dad this classic accessory- there’s no doubt it’ll be his new outfit staple.

Black Tone Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen

Really good quality pens are seriously underrated! This baby is bold and beautiful with a retractible nib, clip, and a polished black finish.

The Car Junkie

Bloor-Yorkville is hosting their 8th annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show on Sunday the 17th from 12-5 PM! Take your dad for some quality time and get up close and personal with some of the most rare, beautiful, and luxury cars.

What are you doing for Father’s Day? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

teva waterfall jump outdoors

Get outside!

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This week in the NKPR office, we hosted a media preview of Teva’s Spring 2011 footwear collection. Trying on shoes and sandals designed for outdoor adventure, plus warm spring weather got us thinking about the great outdoors, so we took a survey: camping or glamping?

(Glamping = glamourous/luxury camping)

Katy: If glamping includes a Muskoka cottage with a speed boat, wakeboards and a roaring fire than you know where to find me…

Heather: Camping. Smores just don’t taste the same when you make them in the microwave.

Cat: Camping! It builds character.

Kristen: My one memory of camping was when I was 6 in Drumheller. I sat in a tent while it rained eating a bucket KFC while my mother threw up from food poisoning. (Disclaimer: KFC was not responsible for the food poisoning.) We went back the next morning. I haven’t camped since. Glamping seems preferable.

Sarah: Camping! Keep it real.

Jenna: Camping! There’s nothing like the peace, quiet and ‘being one with nature’. It’s not the same thing as watching the Discovery channel in your hotel room.

Bunmi: Glamping for sure! I like nothing better than holing up in a boutique hotel, wrapping myself up in fine linens, ordering room service and watching movies in a big, comfy king-sized bed. Who’s going to put a chocolate on your pillow in the woods?!

Andrea: Camping. I prefer wind over a hair dryer.

Aimee: Camping. And portaging in my new Teva CHURN shoes of course!

Rebecca: Glamping because the best part of camping is roasting hot dogs and thanks to modern kitchen tools, those bad boys can be enjoyed in air conditioning.

André: Mimicking the TV show Survivor while camping.

And Jeanette takes the (campfire) cake for transporting us to the wilderness with her amazing camping itinerary:

“There’s nothing like canoeing to a remote location with your tent, supplies and a beater guitar. Setting up camp in the peace of the wilderness, feeling all of your city-concerns slide away. Making a delicious dinner of grilled chicken and baked potatoes with all the fixings. Some fine wine, a campfire jam and spooky stories before bed. Waking up to a morning swim on a beautiful sunny day and setting out in the canoe to find a wilderness hiking trail. Back for some afternoon reading and water play. Enjoy another evening meal and festivities before slipping into a deep restful wilderness sleep. Paddle out the next day feeling rested and refreshed and enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant on the way home to the city.”

Anyone care to join her on a weekend trip?! 🙂

As for me: I’m a glamper all the way. 🙂

What about you? Are you a camper or a glamper? Tell us in a tweet!

teva waterfall jump outdoors

Get outside!

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This week in the NKPR office, we hosted a media preview of Teva’s Spring 2011 footwear collection. Trying on shoes and sandals designed for outdoor adventure, plus warm spring weather got us thinking about the great outdoors, so we took a survey: camping or glamping?

(Glamping = glamourous/luxury camping)

Katy: If glamping includes a Muskoka cottage with a speed boat, wakeboards and a roaring fire than you know where to find me…

Heather: Camping. Smores just don’t taste the same when you make them in the microwave.

Cat: Camping! It builds character.

Kristen: My one memory of camping was when I was 6 in Drumheller. I sat in a tent while it rained eating a bucket KFC while my mother threw up from food poisoning. (Disclaimer: KFC was not responsible for the food poisoning.) We went back the next morning. I haven’t camped since. Glamping seems preferable.

Sarah: Camping! Keep it real.

Jenna: Camping! There’s nothing like the peace, quiet and ‘being one with nature’. It’s not the same thing as watching the Discovery channel in your hotel room.

Bunmi: Glamping for sure! I like nothing better than holing up in a boutique hotel, wrapping myself up in fine linens, ordering room service and watching movies in a big, comfy king-sized bed. Who’s going to put a chocolate on your pillow in the woods?!

Andrea: Camping. I prefer wind over a hair dryer.

Aimee: Camping. And portaging in my new Teva CHURN shoes of course!

Rebecca: Glamping because the best part of camping is roasting hot dogs and thanks to modern kitchen tools, those bad boys can be enjoyed in air conditioning.

André: Mimicking the TV show Survivor while camping.

And Jeanette takes the (campfire) cake for transporting us to the wilderness with her amazing camping itinerary:

“There’s nothing like canoeing to a remote location with your tent, supplies and a beater guitar. Setting up camp in the peace of the wilderness, feeling all of your city-concerns slide away. Making a delicious dinner of grilled chicken and baked potatoes with all the fixings. Some fine wine, a campfire jam and spooky stories before bed. Waking up to a morning swim on a beautiful sunny day and setting out in the canoe to find a wilderness hiking trail. Back for some afternoon reading and water play. Enjoy another evening meal and festivities before slipping into a deep restful wilderness sleep. Paddle out the next day feeling rested and refreshed and enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant on the way home to the city.”

Anyone care to join her on a weekend trip?! 🙂

As for me: I’m a glamper all the way. 🙂

What about you? Are you a camper or a glamper? Tell us in a tweet!