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Partner Spotlight: The Enjoy Centre

July 16th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton No Comment yet

A cozy cup of coffee, a fresh bouquet of flowers, or a yoga class; however you like to practice self care and wellness, The Enjoy Centre in St. Albert has you covered. A peaceful environment with something for everyone, The Enjoy Centre truly is a place to reflect, reconnect, and relax.

Do all of your grocery shopping in one place at The Enjoy Centre’s specialty markets: Wild Earth Bakery, Amaranth Whole Foods Market, Sandyview Farms Deli, Evoolution Olive Oils, and Liquid Harvest. A one stop shop for everything you need to make a fresh meal, when you shop at the Enjoy Centre you can feel confident you’re bringing home fresh and local products to put on your plate.

Stop by Hole’s Greenhouse to find the perfect plants for your garden, or grab some fresh cut flowers to brighten your day. Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry! If your plants are looking a little under the weather, Jim Hole offers a Professional Plant Diagnosis! Jim also offers educational Gardening Talks at no charge! You’ll have the best garden in the neighbourhood in no time!

Finish off your trip to The Enjoy Centre with a yoga class, massage, or a mani and pedi at the Wellness Within Health Spa! Visit them online or give them a call to learn more about their services and to book an appointment.

Voted Venue of the Year by Blush Magazine, the Enjoy Centre is available to rent for your next event. With the bright natural light  and open, airy design, you’ll feel like you’re outside, without having to stress about facing the elements. Host your wedding ceremony, reception, and take all of photos all in one breathtaking location. Browse their instagram account to get some serious wedding inspo before you plan your big day.

Before you check out the Enjoy Centre for yourself, make sure you look at the Enjoy Centre Loop on your GetintheLoop app and take advantage of our exclusive offers!

Pack your Bags and Head to Edmonton!

July 10th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton No Comment yet

With the constant (and playful) rivalry between Alberta’s two largest cities, it’s easy to overlook Edmonton and focus on Calgary. However, Edmonton has a lot to offer and shouldn’t be ignored. It’s one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Canada. Despite the frigid temperatures it’s known for, Edmonton is actually one of the sunniest cities in the country! To top it off, the city is home to the largest urban parkland in Canada (take that, Calgary!)

Known to be a very blue collar city, Edmonton has a strong love for the arts and has even been dubbed “Festival City”. Hosting over 50 cultural, heritage, sport and music festivals throughout the year, Edmonton has an event for everyone. Their emphasis on festivals even earned recognition from National Geographic, who dubbed them one of the “Top Summer Vacation Destinations” in the world! If you’d rather stay indoors, Edmonton is also famously known to have the biggest mall in Canada. Besides countless stores and restaurants, West Edmonton Mall boasts an amusement park, a water park, a hotel, a mini golf course, a skating rink, and an aquarium complete with four resident sea lions!

In case you need more convincing before you pack your bags, Edmonton is one of the best cities to get ahead as a millennial. Not only home to one of Canada’s top universities, the University of Alberta, Edmonton also has a very strong economy. Despite the downturn that Calgary experienced in recent years, Edmonton’s median household take home income is $82,000, significantly higher than Canada’s average. In addition, the average cost of a home is only $389,330, which is drastically lower than other Canadian metropolitan cities.

Explore Edmonton for yourself with the help of GetintheLoop. Discover exclusive offers and unique experiences from our partners across the city. Download the free app here to get started.

 

Win the Ultimate Golf Weekend!

July 9th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Things To Do No Comment yet

Sunshine, beers, and two days on the course? We know that summer might have just started, but we like to plan ahead. What better way to wrap up August than a weekend golf trip with three of your best buddies?! We’re not sure if there’s a way to top that, so we’re giving away a package for four to the Golf Central Alberta 2018 Invitational Tournament on August 18-19!

Get away for an all inclusive weekend playing at two of Central Alberta’s top golf resorts, Alberta Springs and Wolf Creek! Valued at over $1200, the package includes: two rounds of golf, one night accommodation, a shuttle to the golf course, cocktail party and dinner, plus first tee gifts and prizes for the best team!

Click HERE to enter. Contest closes July 31 at 11:59 PM PST.

20 Fun Facts about Canada

June 26th, 2018 Posted by blog No Comment yet

Canada is pretty great, eh? But did you know these 20 weird and wonderful facts about our country? Impress your friends this weekend and drop some Canadian knowledge while you celebrate Canada Day!

  1. Canada was founded in 1867, but we didn’t get a flag until nearly 100 years later in 1965!
  2. The famous Canadian phrase “eh” is actually in the Oxford English Dictionary!
  3. Canada, specifically Quebec, manufactures over 77% of the world’s maple syrup!
  4. 20% of the world’s freshwater is in Canada

  5. Although we REALLY love hockey, Canada’s national sport is actually Lacrosse!
  6. There are more donut shops per capita in Canada than in any other country
  7. Of the 25,000 polar bears in the world, 15,500 of them call Canada home. Churchill, Manitoba is actually called the Polar Bear capital of the world! At times there are more polar bears there than people!
  8. Canada is the second largest country in the world based on size, but it is home to only 0.5% of the world’s population
  9. Canada has the longest coastline in the world
  10. You can blame us for putting pineapple on pizza…Hawaiian pizza was invented by a Canadian!
  11. 10% of the world’s forests are in Canada

  12. Although you probably watch their shows in Vegas, Cirque du Soleil was founded in Canada!
  13. The phrase “trick or treat” was first used by a Canadian in Alberta!
  14. In 1883 the baseball glove was invented in Canada
  15. Mac n Cheese is the most popular grocery item purchased in Canada
  16. Canada is the largest producer of blueberries in the world
  17. 2.4 million caribou, also known as Reindeer, live in Canada! Which makes sense, because you can write a letter in any language to Santa Claus at The North Pole, HOH OHO, Canada and one of his elves will respond to you (no stamp necessary)

  18. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was -63 C! That’s the temperature of Mars!
  19. Canada’s literacy rate is over 99%!
  20. Canada had to create an “Apology Act” because so many people in court would say Sorry. This act allows apologies to be considered a sign of empathy, not guilt.

 

Canada Day Events

June 25th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Okanagan, Things To Do, Vancouver, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Kelowna

If you want to celebrate Canada Day in Kelowna, you’ll definitely want to head downtown! Starting at 10:00 you can listen to music at the Folkfest Stage at Prospera Place, and the activities continue on from there.

Head into Waterfront Park to taste the food from a variety of different vendors while you listen to music at one of the many stages set up in the area. Make sure you stroll along the waterfront to Stuart Park and Kerry Park, where there are more events taking place, including areas just for kids!

Plan ahead to find a good spot to watch the 10:30 pm fireworks, which are launched from the middle of the lake. They’re best seen if you’re along the water front!

Admission to the festival site is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to help support the cost of the celebrations. For a schedule of all of the events taking place, click HERE

 

Vancouver

Home to Canada’s largest celebration outside of Ottawa, Canada Place is the must-attend Canada Day event in Western Canada. With food trucks, a main stage performance by Jojo Mason, and a citizenship ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians, you won’t want to miss out on the family fun!
The much anticipated fireworks show starts at 10:30 pm, but make sure you plan your viewing spot! The best locations are Canada Place, Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, Crab Park, and West Vancouver Seawall.
To learn more about the events at Canada Place, click HERE.

 

Victoria

Be a part of the largest living flag in the country! They broke a record last year and are hoping to do so again this year. The main stage, which is situated on the Legislature Lawns, will have live music all afternoon from a variety of local acts. Make sure you stick around for the fireworks display in the harbour at 10:20pm.

For more information and to view a full schedule of the days events, click HERE.

 

Edmonton

With events happening all over the city for Canada Day causing road closures, you’ll want to pick your destination ahead of time so you can plan your route.

Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Alberta Legislature Building. Either stay at the Legislature Building for more Canada Day fun in the afternoon, or visit Mill Woods, The Works Art & Design Festival, Chinatown The Art Gallery, or The Zoo for all of their different activities on Canada’s birthday.  

Edmonton’s fireworks show takes place at 11 pm over Edmonton’s River Valley. Click HERE to learn more about the Edmonton’s Canada Day events and stay up to date with the road closures and alternate routes.

Canada Day Events

June 25th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Okanagan, Things To Do, Vancouver, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Kelowna

If you want to celebrate Canada Day in Kelowna, you’ll definitely want to head downtown! Starting at 10:00 am you can listen to music at the Folkfest Stage at Prospera Place, and the activities continue on from there.

Head into Waterfront Park to taste the food from a variety of different vendors while you listen to music at one of the many stages set up in the area. Make sure you stroll along the waterfront to Stuart Park and Kerry Park, where there are more events taking place, including areas just for kids!

Plan ahead to find a good spot to watch the 10:30 pm fireworks, which are launched from the middle of the lake. Admission to the festival site is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to help support the cost of the celebrations.
For a schedule of all of the events taking place, click HERE

 

Vancouver

Home to Canada’s largest celebration outside of Ottawa, Canada Place is the must-attend Canada Day event in Western Canada. With food trucks, a main stage performance by Jojo Mason, and a citizenship ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians, you won’t want to miss out on the family fun!
The much anticipated fireworks show starts at 10:30 pm, but make sure you plan your viewing spot! The best locations are Canada Place, Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, Crab Park, and West Vancouver Seawall.
To learn more about the events at Canada Place, click HERE.

 

Victoria

Be a part of the largest living flag in the country! They broke a record last year and are hoping to do so again this year! The main stage, which is situated on the Legislature Lawns will have live music all afternoon from a variety of local acts.

Make sure you stick around for the fireworks display in the harbour at 10:20pm. For more information and to view a full schedule of the days events, click HERE.

 

Edmonton

With events happening all over the city for Canada Day causing road closures, you’ll want to pick your destination ahead of time so you can plan your route.

Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Alberta Legislature Building. Either stay at the Legislature Building for more Canada Day fun in the afternoon, or visit Mill Woods, The Works Art & Design Festival, Chinatown The Art Gallery, or The Zoo for all of their different activities on Canada’s birthday.  

Edmonton’s fireworks show takes place at 11 pm over Edmonton’s River Valley. Click HERE to learn more about Edmonton’s Canada Day events and to stay up to date with the road closures and alternate routes.

 

Partner Spotlight: HydroFly Kelowna

June 18th, 2018 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Things To Do No Comment yet

We’re pretty confident that, at one point or another, everyone has wanted to be a superhero. What if we told you that your chance to rise up like Iron Man and zoom around the sky was just down the road at the Downtown Marina in Kelowna?

After coming to Canada in 2011, Flyboarding is gaining popularity as an extreme water sport. Powered by a hose that pumps water from a jetski, a flyboarder is strapped into boots and a small board, which allows them to rise out of the water and fly. Kind of like a superhero…

Needless to say, the GetintheLoop team was intrigued, so we decided to head out on the lake and try it out for ourselves!

Mike Prince, the owner of Hydrofly and a professional flyboarder himself, quickly suited us up with wetsuits, helmets, and life jackets, before we hopped into the boat and left the marina.

After a short lesson in the boat about how to get started and what to expect, we were in the lake. The water propelling the flyboarder from the lake shoots out of jets attached to the board below your feet. This water stream is controlled by the instructor on the jetski, so you never need to worry about having too little or too much power.

Within a few minutes, and on the second attempt, we were out of the water. Mike was just a few feet away the entire time, controlling the

 jetski and providing instructions. When you start to fall, the instructor lessens the power so you don’t shoot into the water (this was one of our biggest fears). 

By the end of our session we had the hang of it. We were able to rise out of the water, move forward through the air, and turn left and right. Overall, flyboarding was a lot easier than we expected! The trick is definitely to stay relaxed and not try too hard or force the movements.

 

Mike and his team were great throughout the entire experience. It was fun, exhilarating, and we never felt unsafe or out of control. It’s an activity people of all skill levels can master quickly.   

Want to try flyboarding yourself? We’re giving away one individual flyboarding experience, including a photo package, AND a tshirt! Check out our facebook post for your chance to win! 

 

 

Winery Spotlight: Covert Farms

June 18th, 2018 Posted by blog, Okanagan, Wine No Comment yet

Nestled in the hills of Oliver, BC, Covert Farms is a 4th generation family farm and winery, sprawling over 650 acres.

Proudly an organic estate, Covert Farms uses a natural fermentation process to focus on the vineyard and fruit, and minimally intervenes during the wine making process. All of Covert Farms wines are made using organic grapes that are grown on their farm. To control pest insects on their farm, Covert has released Ladybugs, who happily return year after year. You can learn more about Covert Farms’ harvesting process throughout the season, including why they planted Sunflowers to control grape-eating birds, HERE. Covert Farm’s wine portfolio currently includes a Roussanne/Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Rosé, and their proprietary red blends, The Bluff, MDC and the iconic, Amicitia.

The Covert Farms property is also home to Seacrest Organic Produce. After turning their focus to winemaking in 2014, the Covert’s leased the management of their organic produce to Seacrest Organics. Available for purchase, or you can pick-it-yourself, Seacrest Organics only offers in season produce, with their goal being to support a healthy community and help to grow agri-tourism within the South Okanagan.

You can learn more about Covert Farms on a guided tour. Take a ride in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck as you drive through the farm, enjoy some organic produce, and of course, sample some wine! You’ll get to pick your own strawberries, feed the long-horned cows, and snack on some charcuterie, while you taste different wines.

Covert Farms is also licensed to hold weddings, concerts, corporate events, and intimate dinners! A popular destination thanks to its secluded location and acres of natural landscape for photos. As an added bonus, Covert Farms has an extra large inflatable trampoline on their property, which is guaranteed to loosen anyone up and put a smile on their face!

Want to experience this magical farm in the middle of Canada’s desert for yourself? Visit them at 300 Covert Place in Oliver, BC. They’re open 7 days a week from 11:00 – 5:00.

GetintheLoop wins 2018 Grant Thornton LLP Business of the Year!

June 15th, 2018 Posted by blog, Company No Comment yet

On June 14th GetintheLoop was honoured to accept the Grant Thornton LLP Business of the Year at the 2018 Business Excellence Awards.

Although our journey as a technology start-up has been fast and furious, it’s our passionate team that has made us who we are. Today we take time to reflect on this recognition and give a big shout out to our team for their dedication, perseverance and support in making us the top-rated iOS and Android application of its kind in Canada, used by hundreds of top national and local brands.

The exciting part is that it’s just the beginning!

Today GetintheLoop connects local business with mobile consumers in 30+ cities to reach tens of thousands of consumers every day. GetintheLoop is also a proud partner of Canada’s leading media companies connecting our partner’s offers to millions of additional consumers across Canada.

Our new Enterprise platform will allow global brands to use the power of our technology to build and directly engage with their own mobile audiences, while driving new revenue and obtaining detailed consumer insight.  This expansion of our technology will set the stage for future growth for our entire organization.

We would like to thank the hundreds of business partners who supported us early on in our growth and who continue to push us to be better each and every day.

To find out more about GetintheLoop or Loop Media Group, please contact us.

Father’s Day Things To Do

June 12th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Okanagan, Things To Do, Vancouver, Vancouver Island No Comment yet

Your car is making a weird noise? Call Dad. Can’t figure out how to do your taxes? Call Dad. Want to hear a funny joke? Call Dad.
He’s the man, but have you figured out how you’re going to celebrate your pops this year on Father’s Day? In case you’re still looking for some ideas, we’ve put together a list of things to do and gift suggestions!

Okanagan

  • Take your Dad to brunch at Gallaghers Canyon AND get tickets to watch the Golf BC Championship Mackenzie Tour. Walk the course while the PGA players compete in the final round or watch from the patio! Book your table HERE. 
  • Make sure Dad is looking his best this summer and treat him to a new pair of shades! Get 30% off at WatchIt!  in Orchard Park HERE.
  • When was the last time you did something brand new? Take Dad flybaording! He’ll feel like Iron Man when he comes out of the water! Check out Hydrofly’s deals HERE.
  • Fuel up after flyboarding with a burger at Train Station! Get $5 off HERE.
  • Does Dad have a not-so-secret sweet tooth? Get him some chocolates! View the GetintheLoop member exclusive offers from Purdy’s HERE.

  • When all else fails… Give Dad what he really wants…beer! Get 10% off 2 or more craft beer packs from Public Liquor HERE.

Vancouver

  • Already planning on going out for brunch on Sunday? Make sure you head to Colony in Kits, where you’ll get 25% off as a GetintheLoop member! Get the deal HERE.
  • Sometimes it’s the little things that leave the biggest impact. Wash Dad’s car for him, he’ll definitely appreciate the thoughtfulness of it! Get a deal at Washworld HERE.
  • Take dad out for dinner but don’t break the bank…. Buy 1 dinner and get 1 free at Unwind Restaurant downtown! Learn more about this offer HERE.
  • Get a cake for dessert for the whole family from Menchies for 20% off! Choose from Oreo, Cake Batter Sprinkle, or Chocolate Vanilla. Make sure you call ahead to order! Learn more HERE.
  • Go big this year and take Dad to Nootka Island Lodge! Spend 3 days and 2 nights at a remote, fly-in resort this fall! He’ll absolutely love it. Price includes flights, meals, your room, and excursions! Learn more HERE.

Vancouver Island

  • Dads like to be pampered too! Treat him to a new haircut from Chatters or an Olive gift set from the Body Shop for 50% off! 
  • Take Dad out for some good ol’ southern comfort food at Shanzee’s Biscuit Cafe! Their new Whistling Dixie burger with pimento cheese, bacon, and house-made mayo pairs perfectly with an ice cold pint and sunshine on the patio! Receive $1 off as a GetintheLoop member HERE.

  • Head to the Victoria Bug Zoo! On Sunday, Dads get in for free! Click HERE for your free admission ticket.
  • Take Dad out to the ball game! The Harbour Cats have a 1:00 pm game on Father’s Day! Get your tickets HERE.

Edmonton

  • Take Dad out for a coffee and a baked good from Wild Earth Bakery and Cafe. Sometimes a little quality time is all your old man wants! Get a free coffee when you purchase a baked good HERE.

  • Never been good at golf? This year is your year! Attend an adult camp with Dad at Eagle Rock and perfect your swing! Book your spot HERE. 
  • Grab dinner that the whole family, especially Dad, will love! Head to Boston Pizza or order in! Save $5 on orders over $25 by being a GetintheLoop member HERE.

  • Guarantee your spot as the ‘favourite child’ and Get Dad Edmonton Eskimos seasons tickets AND take him to go see the Grey Cup! Learn more HERE.