Travel Treasures: Roots Canada

I remember becoming aware of the Canadian clothing brand Roots Canada when watching the Olympics – they outfitted the Canadian Olympic team for several years and also created the berets that the US team donned at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. The hats created quite a frenzy as everyone was desperate to purchase one.

While at the Winter Gamers in 2002, we spotted some creative fans at the Super Giant Slalom event wearing their own hand-made “Rootz” gear.

Trav Treas Rootz

Custom-made “Rootz” bathrobe and baseball cap worn by fans at the Super Giant Slalom.

And I even met the Silver Medal-winning Canadian Men’s Curling Team – outfitted in their Roots attire – walking around downtown Salt Lake City!

Trav Treas Roots SLC

The 2002 Winter Olympic Silver Medalists in Curling: Team Canada. I asked to take their picture, and they said, “You should be in the picture with us!” I’m so glad that they said that!

So when our family traveled to Whistler, British Columbia, for a family vacation, I saw the Roots boutique in Whistler Village and had to stop in to shop. My sister joined me and we had a hard time figuring out which things to buy.

We both decided to purchase these cozy sweatshirts. Now that it’s a bit chilly in LA in the morning and evening, I’ve been wearing my sweatshirt to keep me warm. It’s so soft and comfortable – and brings back happy memories of our trip and beautiful Whistler.

Travel Treas Roots Whistler

Sarah and I posing in our new Roots sweatshirts at our rental home in Whistler.

I loved this black t-shirt with the red maple leaf – the leaf is felt and stitched onto the shirt. It is a woman’s cut so the fit is quite comfortable. Koa and Lau Lau are modeling the t-shirt and sweatshirt I purchased for my nephew who was born in Canada while we were on our vacation!

Travel Treas Roots Maple

I normally do not purchase clothes on my travels, but I am so happy with my Roots items – especially the cozy sweatshirt that is soft and keeps me toasty when it is cold!


Canada #FriFotos Bring Memories of a Special Family Trip

Last week, the #FriFotos theme was Canada. I shared several photos of a trip my family took to Whistler three years ago. What made the trip especially memorable was the unexpected arrival of my nephew Gael. My sister and her husband were enjoying a last vacation before returning home to southern California, moving into their new home and becoming parents. I guess Gael heard all the fun we were having with my parents, my other sister and her husband, and he decided to join the fun.

Since my sister was not due for another two months, it was a very scary situation when she went into labor. Luckily (to make a long story short), she and my nephew received excellent medical care, and we will be celebrating his third birthday tonight.

Here are some of the photos I took before our plans took an unexpected turn to the hospital in Vancouver.

I arrived early in Vancouver to explore the city before our family headed north for a week in Whistler. One of my favorite ways to explore a city is via a bike tour, and the tour I took with Cycle City Tours Vancouver did not disappoint.

We stopped in the Granville Island Public Market where fresh produce was on display everywhere, like these Rainier cherries.

Canada cherries

Rainier cherries on display at Granville Island Public Market.

I was very excited to see the Olympic torch from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Canada flameWalking around the city one night, I spotted this Maple Leaf on the McDonald’s sign. I have to say, I do like visiting McDonald’s wherever I travel. There are always a few items on their menu that are unique to the country where they are located.

Canada McDAfter the weekend in Vancouver, we drove north to Whistler. We stayed in a rental home and explored the area by bike, foot, ski lift and sea plane. Our first night in Whistler, we saw a beautiful sunset over the mountains.

Canada Whistler sunset

First sunset in Whistler.

On our first day, we took a lift up Whistler Mountain and saw this friendly sign on our way to the top.

Canada Mountie gondolaOne day, I hiked around this beautiful lake with my sister and her husband.

Canada Whistler hike lakeThese Canadian flags looked beautiful in the sunlight atop Whistler mountain.

Canada Flag WhistlerI have many more photos to share from this beautiful corner of the world, but these were the ones I shared for #FriFotos last week. Thank you Canada, for a beautiful family vacation that we will always cherish, not least because my nephew Gael was born there!

New to #FriFotos? Here’s a quick guide on the rules by Jeffrey Epstein.

#FriFotos was started on 15 October 2010 by Jonathan Epstein (@EpsteinTravels). Jonathan is the President and Owner of Celebrated Experiences, a company focusing on travel to the UK and Ireland. He is passionate about photography, his favorite hobby. Each week Jonathan cohosts #FriFotos with Stephanie Diehl (@TravelDesigned), Charles Yap (@CharlesYap), and Spencer Spellman (@SpencerSpellman). Jeffrey Epstein (@jeffreyinmotion), CEO of HBIM was a key advisor in the creation of #FriFotos and continues to assist in the Forum’s growth and success.