To celebrate National Coffee Day today, we searched for the top-rated coffee shops in northwest Calgary: 

  • Higher Ground Cafe: located in Kensington (1126 Kensington Rd NW), open 7am to 11pm
  • Euphoria Cafe: located in Varsity (5403 Crowchild Trl NW), open 7am to 9pm
  • Lina's Italian Market & Cappuccino Bar: located on Centre Street north (2202 Centre St N), open 9am to 7pm
  • The Roasterie: located in Kensington (314 10 Street NW), open 8am to 10pm
  • Cafe Le Matin: located in Silver Springs (5720 Silver Springs Boulevard NW), open 830am to 5pm
  • Cadence: located in Bowness (6407 Bowness Rd NW), open 8am to 4pm
  • The Daily: located in Kensington (1126 Kensington Road NW), open 7am to 10pm
  • Extreme Bean: located in Parkdale (3303 3…

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Today marks the first day of fall, and it definitely feels like it! Colder temperatures can mean big changes for your home, so this time of year is perfect to tackle some of those home maintenance chores early, so that your home is fully prepared for winter. 

And if you do live in an area with cold winters, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care (we spoke with an expert to find out what you need to do). [Houzz]

Here's our top tips for autumn home maitenance: 

  • Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts: clogged gutters can lead to flooding and other issues.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors: besides air seeping through, which can…

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If you love a peaceful and scenic surroundings, but crave the accessibility of the city, then acreage living is perfect for you. Calgary is lucky to have some great acreage communities that offer the best of both worlds. 

  • Bearspaw and Springbank: Surrounding the Calgary city limits, the acreage communities in Bearspaw & Springbank offer an array of homes in a rural setting yet minutes to all the amenities of the city. With pristine views of the mountains & rolling countryside at every corner, a variety of custom-built homes can be found to suit to your every whim. More on Bearspaw and Springbank. 
  • Lynx Ridge: Lynx Ridge is small acreage community, located at the western edge of Calgary. This beautiful community contains many homes backing onto…

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If you're wondering when the right time is to say goodbye to your family home and downsize to a home more suitable for your lifestyle and needs, here's five easy signs.

  • You plan on travelling: if you're nearing a time in your life when you plan on travelling more and more, then leaving a big home just sitting doesn't seem feasible. You can downsize to a home that makes more sense, and then rent it out for the months you are away.
  • The kids have moved out: with your kids moving out and you becoming an empty-nester, you likely don't need the same amount of space anymore. This also leads into the next point...
  • You have empty rooms: if you have rooms in your house (especially bedrooms) that are sitting empty and you can't come up with a purpose for…

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Monday, September 5th is the International Day of Charity, and in the spirit of charity, we thought we'd share a bit about the non-profits and charities we support. 

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs. Since 1998, the Shelter Foundation has raised more than $22 million and currently supports 200 local women’s shelters and national partners. More information.

Calgary Food Bank
Every year in the fall, Kirby hosts "The Great Pumpkin Giveaway" in which over 1000 pumpkins are purchased and given free to the public in return for a donation to the Calgary Food Bank. Established in 1982, the Calgary Food…

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