Buying art is easier than ever thanks to online shops that offer everything from contemporary abstracts to landscapes—often in a variety of sizes. With prices that won't blow the budget, you can curate an art collection from the comfort of your couch.
The image wraps around the sides so you can enjoy its beauty from every angle.
This landscape was inspired by the striking country-road views of the American Midwest.
$30 to $246, minted.com.
Canadian artist Yangyang Pan's stunning print will add drama to any space.
$62 to $192, siiso.etsy.com.
Download this fun photo and print it in any size you want!
Muted colours and textures give this piece a vintage feel.
Artist Helena Wurzel's work feels like a modern take on folk art.
$79 to $1,586, 20x200.com.
Artist Hailey Mitchell's portraits are inspired by strong women around the world.
Photography from a favourite travel destination keeps memories alive.
$30 to $299, annawithloveshop.com.
Perch this preppy greeting at the front door to welcome your guests in style.
These mini cabins have all the essentials, not to mention being picture-perfect for an Instagram post. Next time you're thinking about a weekend getaway, think smaller.
Of course we dream of elaborate vacations to tropical destinations, or beach-side mansions with all the luxuries and more, but what's really been catching our eye lately is the ultra-instagrammable tiny cabins located in beautiful landscapes all across Canada.
Available for rent on Airbnb, these cabins are no bigger than a couple hundred square feet, but have everything you need from a kitchen, to second-floor bedroom loft, and some even with extra living room space. These cabins are perfect for the minimalist lover, or if the city is getting a little too loud for you.
The best part about these adorable cozy cabins? How affordable they are! The price, depending on season and location, ranges from about $80 to $150 a night, with most cabins being able to accommodate 2-5 guests.
Whether you're on the east or west coast, or somewhere in the middle, check out these listings and try not to get obsessed:
Westover Bed & Breakfast, approx. $125/night, airbnb.ca
This beautiful cabin is colourful, cozy and completely surrounded by a gorgeous green forest. It's on a 3-acre property and even comes with a full breakfast! With only room for two, this is the perfect excuse for a romantic quiet getaway.
2. Roberts Creek, British Columbia
The Micro Cabin in Roberts Creek, approx. $90/night, airbnb.ca
Made Instagram-famous by the most recent Bachelorette Canada, Jasmine Lorimer, and her fiancée, this tiny cabin is aesthetically perfect on the inside and out. It's incredibly small clocking in at only 125 square-feet but is so well-planned that it even looks spacious inside. I dare you not to put it on your bucket list.
3. Mara, British Columbia
Little Green Ranch, approx. $90/night, airbnb.ca
This is listed as a "Little Green Ranch" and that's exactly what it looks like. The cute green house with the green-painted porch is small but efficient! Great for spending some time on a countryside bonding with friends or family, this small ranch house fits six guests in three beds (and has a perfect five-star rating).
4. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Country Cabins Pine Lodge, approx. $120/night, airbnb.ca
A rustic, all-wood log cabin has never looked so appealing. It's small, can fit four guests, and has a view of the Aurora Borealis! If you've always wanted to go off-the-grid up north, this is the place for you.
Our Tine A Frame, approx. $150/night, airbnb.ca
A tiny house in the town of Tiny, Ontario, how perfect! The A-frame design is super cool, except for those who are over 6-feet-tall, then you may have to crouch in some spaces. Perfect for a weekend by the beaches (six beaches, to be exact), the house is also equipped with an in-porch hot tub! Be right back, booking it right now.
Cabin perched on escarpment band, approx. $135/night, airbnb.ca
Come here for the perfect 'glamping' experience. This small cabin perched right on the escarpment has floor-to-ceiling windows, making the view beautiful from wherever you're standing. They can even arrange for guests to help out on the nearby farm during their stay if they want!
Chalet dans les arbres, approx. $155/night, airbnb.ca
Make all your childhood dreams come true by staying in this "chalet dans les arbres." This isn't the kind of treehouse you find in backyards though, it's better. With cool rope bridges and walkways to get you to your cabin, you'll feel your inner 10-year-old coming out. These listers are experienced in unique rental experiences, they also own a hobbit house you can stay in!
Small ecological cabin on wheels tiny house style, approx. $160/night, airbnb.ca
These brightly-colours tiny-house style cabins are located in the most beautiful field of flowers by the St. Laurent river. Wake up in a calming, all-wood-interior cabin and feel like you're stepping into a fairytale land when you open the door.
JAnaB Log Cabin, approx. $80/night, airbnb.ca
If this tiny log cabin doesn't make you feel welcome in P.E.I, I don't know what will. The spacious porch gives you a perfect view of the sunset and most of the furniture and decor is locally hand-made. Get your feet wet in the east coast, figuratively and literally, as it's only a five-minute walk from a red sand beach!
East Coast Newfoundland cabin, approx. $105/night, airbnb.ca
This cabin offers TV with Netflix and Wifi, but chances are you won't be needing it. Located right beside the wharf, with stunning views of water and greenery, the fresh Newfoundland air will be the only thing on your mind.
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Historian Cheryl Foggo brings the stories of important African-Canadians to life with her books, films and plays
How much do Canadians know about our country’s black history? How many people would admit to knowing little about Viola Desmond before the campaign to choose a woman to appear on the new banknote? Most of us might say our knowledge stops at the Underground Railroad or Nova Scotia’s Black Loyalists. But this country is rich with stories of African-Canadian experiences on the east coast, west coast and everywhere between. While classrooms play catch-up in diversifying history curriculums, learning the names and stories of African-Canadian men and women is a conscious effort that should no longer be set aside.
Cheryl Foggo is a playwright, historian and author who’s committed to making the names and tales of African-Canadian settlers known. Based in Calgary, Foggo actively combs archives and documents recounting the lives of Alberta’s black settlers. One of her projects is a documentary film about the legendary black cowboy John Ware, who was considered a hero in Alberta’s ranching frontier.
We spoke with Foggo about her latest projects, Alberta’s lesser-known African-Canadians and why celebrating Canada’s black history is important not just in February, but year-round.
When did you first become interested in Canada’s black history?
From a young age I was interested in the stories I heard my mother’s family tell when we visited my grandparent’s home in Winnipeg. Although I wouldn’t have defined it as history at that time—it was just my Mom and her siblings and their parents talking about their lives—I found these stories interesting. As I got older, I gradually became aware of a disconnect between the history I was learning in school and what I was hearing from my family. I began to wonder why our stories were absent from the historical record.
Why do you think Canadians don’t know much about our country’s black history?
I think it’s up to Canadians to ask ourselves this question. Even what Canadians do know about the Black Loyalists and the Underground Railroad is limited to a “happy ending” narrative and skewed away from the realities of the struggles black Canadians faced historically.
Western Canada’s black history isn’t widely known or taught. Share the story of one lesser-known African-Canadian and her contribution?
It’s tough to choose, but I’ll pick a woman from Alberta. Violet King, the first black female lawyer in Canada. She was a trailblazer throughout her life and an accomplished classical pianist. She was also the only woman in her graduating class from the faculty of law at the University of Alberta in 1953, the same class as former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed.
King went on to work for Citizenship and Immigration Canada before becoming the first woman named to a senior management position with the American National YMCA. She also happened to be among the best friends of my mother, Pauline, and her twin sister, Pearl, and a bridesmaid for both.
In your opinion why is knowing more about Canada’s diverse history so important?
A history that is incomplete is damaging. A history that is purposely incomplete is sinister. How can Canadians move into a sustainable future if we can’t acknowledge our past? And how can we acknowledge and reckon with our past if our canonical history is missing pages?
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a documentary film about the legendary black cowboy John Ware and a collection of articles and essays that will anthologize my writings about Alberta’s black history.
Can you recommend some resources for Canadians who want to learn more about Canada’s black history?
There are many ways to gain more knowledge about this subject. Here are a few places to start:
> The Black Lives Canada Syllabus