Best reasons to travel in the fall

shutterstock_115225654Autumn is upon us, but that’s no reason to stop travelling. The fall season is one of the best times to hit the road, and here are a few reasons why.

1. Good weather
Just because the calendar says autumn doesn’t mean the weather automatically turns frosty. This sweater weather means you can bundle up in your favourite scarf or hoodie and enjoy the last few months outside before winter sends us indoors.

2. Festival season 
Many places host fall festivals that often revolve around the harvest, so just think of all the delicious food and wine you could be enjoying.
grape fall harvest

3. Fall colours
Regions like eastern Canada and the Rockies are especially beautiful at this time of year. As the leaves on the trees change colour and create an array of reds, oranges, and yellows, take advantage of nature’s perfect photography backdrop.

4. Crowds are smaller
The lower demand for travel during fall means lines are shorter and you won’t be shoulder to shoulder with other tourists. Children are back to school so the travellers you will meet tend to be couples looking for some peace and quiet. Your boss will also be happy to give you the time off because no one else is travelling.

5. Prices are lower
We saved the best reason for last! Fall is the shoulder season, sitting between the peak summer season and the busy winter season. The slower demand in fall means many airlines, hotels (Sandman included) and attractions charge lower prices in an effort to drum up business.
autumn leaves

See you this autumn!

Making a Month of Movember!

Some popular Movember moustache styles.Which one do you like best?

There are many exciting things to see in November. Outdoor enthusiasts can bask in the majestic scenery of snow-capped mountains and festive holiday goers can take in bright holiday light displays. Yet, perhaps the most exciting sight of all has less to do with the season and more to do with Tom Selleck and Salvador Dali.

What we’re talking about is Movember – the joyful time of year when men can experiment with their facial hair without judgement. Well, truthfully they may be prone to a well-timed joke or two, but it’s all in good fun because all proceeds from fundraising go towards prostate cancer and male mental health awareness.

A good reason to revel in ‘Mo’ if you ask us.


Movember began in Melbourne Australia some 10 years ago when a group of burly men decided to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as testicular cancer and depression. Now celebrating global success, the event has over 1.9 Million ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sistas’ (as supporters are so affectionately called) from across the globe, with campaigns all the way from Australia to New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

In 2011, over 854,000 supporters from around the world raised an impressive $125.7 million for the initiative – with Canadians being the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation as of 2011!


On November 1st, many manly men register at with a clean-shaven face. Then, for the rest of the month, these enthusiastic heroes ‘Groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery,’ as the official website states. These individuals also seek the support of their loving kin, friends and Mo Sistas to raise funds for the various charities the event supports.

In addition, the millions of fuzzy faces from around the world bring much needed advertising towards men’s health causes, but they do so in a way that is funny, endearing and light hearted.

At the end of the month, all participants are encouraged to create or attend a Gala Parté where they can celebrate their manly moustaches or shave them off in a fun-filled ceremony.

With a few of Sandman’s own kin ready to don their facial fur in a bid of support, Sandman is proud to wish everyone a Happy Movember – may the moustache be with you!

For more information about Movember in Canada, click below:

Prostate Cancer Canada

Prostate Cancer Canada implements Movember funds in programs related to awareness, public education, advocacy and support of those affected, as well as research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer. For more information on the programs funded by Movember please click here

Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation implements funds raised across three programs: 1. An Awareness and Education program that significantly increases the understanding and reduces the stigmas of the health risks that men face. 2. The Canadian Male Health Network – a Movember initiative that was started to address critical men’s health issues. Male mental health is the first priority issue to be addressed by the Network. 3. Movember’s Global Action Plan that accelerates key outcomes in prostate cancer research by facilitating global research collaboration.

Movember Celebrations in Canada
Vancouver Gala Parté

Nov 28, 2012


The Commodore

868 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC

V6B 2C9



Calgary Gala Parté

Nov 30, 2012



421 12 Ave SE

Calgary, AB

T2G 1A5

Edmonton Gala Parté

Nov 29, 2012


The Starlite Room

10030102 Street

Northwest Edmonton, AB

T5J 0V6

Winnipeg Gala Parté

Pyramid Caberet

176 Fort Street

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 1C9


Ottawa Gala Parté

Dec 01, 2012


St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

310 St Patrick St.

Ottawa, ON

K1N 7E1

London Gala Parté

Nov 29, 2012


Jim Bob Ray’s

585 Richmond Street

London, ON

N6A 1L9


Ottawa Gala Parté

Dec 01, 2012


St.Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

310 St Patrick St

Ottawa, ON

K1N 7E1

Montreal Gala Parté

Nov 30, 2012


Theatre Rialto

5723 Avenue du Parc

Montreal, Quebec

H2V 4G9

Halifax Gala Parté

Nov 28, 2012


Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road

Halifax, NS

B3H 4P7







Edmonton Celebrates Its Heritage with the River City Roundup

Edmonton has many nicknames. It’s the ‘City of Champions’ and ‘Festival City’ too. Yet, the moniker ‘River City’ is what makes big news around this time of year. Why? Well, quite simply, ‘tis the season for the River City Roundup, a 10-day celebration of Edmonton’s Western heritage, which very appropriately is connected to the giant waterway running through the city.

What’s the Story behind ‘River City’?

Perhaps an obvious designation for those who are familiar with the area’s geographical structure, the ‘River City’ label stems from its landmark location nestled right along the mighty banks of the North Saskatchewan River.

Yup, it’s the North Saskatchewan River from space!

The North Saskatchewan River has the unique designation as a Canadian Heritage River. This is due to its important role in developing much of what is now modern-day Western Canada.

The river not only was a major transportation route for fur trade brigades, but it also provided a settling ground for many fur trade posts. This enabled the surrounding regions to flourish and also provided much of Western Canada with the necessities for urbanization and growth. Flash forward to 2012 and Edmonton now supports the famed North Saskatchewan River valley parks system – which is the largest system of urban parks in North America.

So, yes, the name ‘River City’ is well-deserved.

As the municipality gears up to celebrate, we thought we’d give you the scoop on all the exciting action happening throughout the area. Whether it’s chili cook offs, live performances or dazzling fireworks displays, you can find it all at the River City Roundup.

River City Round Up Kick-Off Party, Sir Winston Churchill Square, Friday: 11:30 am – 7:30 pm

River City Round Up’s Kick Off takes   place November 2-3 in Sir Winston Churchill Square. You can expect to see and   taste the best of the West with their 22nd   Annual Chili Cook Off where, for only $2 a bowl, you can try some of the most   coveted recipes in the nation with free entertainment and door prizes too! Cooking   goes from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm but don’t forget that the chili disappears fast, so arrive early to get you pick of the picante.

If   you’re looking for evening entertainment, head down to Buckle on the Square, as Sir Winston Churchill   Square breaks loose and comes to life with everything from beer gardens and BBQ   snacks to live entertainment.

If   you’re looking for some Saturday entertainment, then head down to City Market Downtown. Starting   at 10am, there will be a whole gamut of great activities including free   children’s crafts games, live entertainment, animals, food and more.

But   don’t leave too early, because at 5:30pm Canadian country music legend George Canyon arrives!   Performing on Churchill stage, his energetic show is sure to light up the   crowd – partially because it is immediately followed by a spectacular fireworks show!

Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place, Wednesday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

If you’ve got a soft spot for some good ol’ cowboy action then the Canadian Finals Rodeo is the one place you want to be. You can expect to see the best Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding folk in the nation, in addition to tons of prizes, contests and rodeo hoopla too.

Yee haw – River City, here we come!

To book your stay at Sandman Hotel Edmonton West, click:

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To find out more about the River City Roundup, click:

Show Us Your Best Fall Pictures!

All across Canada at all of our Sandman Hotel locations the leaves are slowly changing shades. In the spirit of the season, we wanted to see if any of our lovely blog readers had any cool autumn pictures to share.

Feel free to send us a shot of your hometown as it changes seasons, or simply let us know your favourite thing about this time of year! Tweet your pictures to @Sandmanhotels on Twitter or send them to and we’ll send one lucky winner a $10 Rockford gift card! Winners announced Monday.