The Banff Upper Hot Springs (photo: Rothberg and Ram/Travel Alberta)

Ways to Keep Warm in Winter

By Sandra Sperounes

Ready for another four (or five) months of winter? Of course! We’re Albertans, we’re used to it. But even the hardiest individuals might want the occasional break from the snow and cold temperatures. Here are some suggestions to help you keep warm in winter.

SPRINGS FLINGS
Dip your toes (and the rest of your sun-starved body) in the soothing waters of Banff Upper Hot Springs. Sulfate, calcium, bicarbonate, sodium and magnesium are some of the minerals found in the springs. Members save 15% on admission. They also save 7% on family or senior annual Parks Canada Discovery Passes purchased at any AMA centre.

TASTE A SLEIGH RIDE
Visit a winter wonderland without stepping foot in the snow. Sip on some of DAVIDsTEA’s holiday flavours, including Sleigh Ride, an herbal tea with sweet beetroot and popped rice; or Let It Snow, a green tea with hints of custard, cinnamon and clove. There’s also Santa’s Secret, a sweet, minty black tea, Candy Cane Crush, and White Cranberry Bark, to name just a few. Members earn 5% in rewards dollars on the online purchase of teas, teaware and gifts.

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STRIKE A POSE
Move those muscles with a few sun salutations and warrior poses. Members save 10% on punch cards and unlimited passes at Yoga You4ia in Medicine Hat, or 25% on drop-in classes and 10% on retail products at Edmonton’s Bliss YogaSpa.

LAYER UP
Make the most out of sweater weather with some new additions to your closet. Pick up some comfy layers at two of Canada’s most iconic retailers. Earn 4% in reward dollars on online purchases at Roots. Members can also earn 4% in reward dollars on online purchases at The Hudson’s Bay.

TUNE OUT WINTER
Protect your ears from the cold and listen to your favourite songs with a pair of Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones from The Source. Members save up to 20% off the lowest-marked price on the latest technology or top brands in store or online.

GET COZY
Cuddle up with new blankets, sheets, and duvets from the Linen Chest. While you’re at it, grab some slippers, robes and holiday décor, including seasonal cushions and ornaments. Earn 5% in reward dollars on online purchases.

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SNOW BIZ
Tired of shoveling your walks? Spoil yourself and get someone else to do it! Members save 10% on snow removal from Yardly, one of Alberta’s fastest growing companies. Order online for a full season of snow removal.

YAY SOLEIL!
Perhaps you need to get out of the cold for a few days. If you’re heading to Las Vegas, take in one of the Strip’s many spectacles. Members enjoy a range of savings on Cirque du Soleil’s various productions, including The Beatles Love at The Mirage, and Mystère at Treasure Island, Cirque’s longest running Vegas show. (Some date restrictions apply.) Also save 10% on merchandise at select on-site boutiques.