When your seven-year-old daughter is so enthralled with a travel moment that she enthusiastically toasts her “great life” on social media, your followers are bound to be curious about where you took her and what you did.
For precocious Bea Oxford, daughter of famous Alberta-born blogger Kelly Oxford, that moment came about thanks to a monstrous burger and fries at Charbar in Calgary’s East Village.
Kelly Oxford was on a recent whirlwind business trip to Calgary, and she used the opportunity to show her daughter and protégé Bea the city and region. For Oxford, it was a reminder of the things she loves about Alberta, and how much the area has grown and evolved in recent years.
Oxford moved to Los Angeles in 2012, after catching the attention of several Hollywood celebrities for her laugh-out-loud quips and quirky observations on Twitter, where she has nearly 700,000 followers.
She also wrote a comedy screenplay for TV about being a young mom living in Calgary. That caught the attention of celebrities like Jessica Alba, while her blogs and tweets became a favourite of talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel and the late film critic Roger Ebert. She’s also the best-selling author of a memoir and a busy mother of three children.
Oxford, who also rocks Instagram and Snapchat, was a keynote speaker and guest at the SocialWest social media summit in Calgary, so it’s no surprise the highlights of her visit appeared frequently in posts and videos on various platforms. The posts garnered thousands of likes and had locals gushing with pride: “So happy to live in such an amazing province,” wrote one follower.
“Bea is a great travel companion,” said Oxford after her trip. “She is curious about everything and will try anything.” (For the record, Oxford says if Bea wasn’t available to travel with her Mom, Oprah would be her second choice as a travel partner).
Bea is becoming a celebrity in her own right for her wise-cracking wit on social media. Like her mom, she riffs on everything from life to entertainment, fashion and food, and is the oft-quoted subject in her mom’s Twitter feed.
Their Alberta visit included luging, wolf-watching, canoeing, eating “rich meaty food” – all true Canadian experiences. But the thing that had Oxford feeling most nostalgic about Alberta was the Rockies. She waxed poetic about Lake Louise, describing The Post Hotel as the “land of no filter.”
Like most parents, Oxford wants her daughter to remember the things they do together, such as their canoe trip on Moraine Lake on the final day of their trip.
“Hope she remembers this for the rest of her life,” Oxford posted. But then she followed it up with her typical wit: “This is the quietest I’ve ever seen this child. Quiet your child with nature.”
Here are five of Kelly and Bea’s favourite moments in Alberta
Best attractions. For Kelly it was a visit to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, something she’s always wanted to do. For Bea, it was the thrill of zipping down the track on the Skyline Luge at Winsport Canada Olympic Park.
Highlights. “Honestly, it was all so different from California, and even though I've lived in Calgary and Banff, it was so great to revisit – from Stephen Avenue to canoeing on Moraine Lake.”
Things she misses most about Alberta. “I love canoeing and hiking. I can hike (in Los Angeles), but not canoe. I missed the Rockies. I love Canadian food. I love all food, but I love Canadian rich meaty food. We ate at some amazing restaurants.”
Most memorable anecdote. “Bea flipping out about the food was probably my favourite. … At The Post Hotel, (she) asked the owner Andre if she could be the hotel's Eloise (from the famous series of books.) He was polite and just laughed; she was dead serious.”
Best laugh-out-loud moment. “Bea's face when she watched the server at The Post Hotel pour chocolate syrup on her ice cream.”