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Bucket List for Kids: Ingonish Beach and the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton

Bucket List for Kids: Ingonish Beach and the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton

Every second summer when I was a kid, my parents would pack my four sisters and me into their much-too-small Ford car and head for Cape Breton. We lived in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley then, so we’d drive from Middleton to Halifax, then 4 hours to Baddeck where the Cabot Trail starts, and finally to the eastern side of the island, to Ingonish Beach. Although Cape Breton is an island you don’t take a boat … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Iceberg Alley and L’Anse aux Meadows, Nfld

Bucket List for Kids: Iceberg Alley and L’Anse aux Meadows, Nfld

  The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the best places to see icebergs. In fact it’s called the ‘Iceberg Capital in the World’ and between 400 and 800 of them float along Iceberg Alley every year until they melt away. These are among the fastest moving icebergs in the world. The journey usually starts in Greenland where the icebergs break off (calve) from a glacier. After a year or so in the arctic water, … Read entire article »

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Mexico City, page 2

Click here to return to first page Paseo de La Reforma to Chapultepec Park Mexico City’s ceremonial avenue, Paseo de La Reforma, was modeled after the Champs-Elysees in Paris and as you walk down it towards Chapultepec Park you pass many fabulous monuments—to Cuauhtemoc (the last Aztec Emperor), El Angel (representing Mexico’s independence), and Diana fountain (goddess of the Hunt). The most important monument is probably El Angel, a golden angel on top of a tall column with sculptures around the base representing law, justice, war and peace. Take a slight detour for a look at the Monument to the Revolution, a tall arch topped by a polished copper dome. On a spring-like day in February my stroll down La Reforma was delightful. The walkway is wide and spotless, there are stone benches if you just want to rest for a while, and stands … Read entire article »

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Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Mexico City is great! Really. So why do so few foreigners visit, even those who travel regularly to other parts of the country? It’s because of the “fear” factor and I think it’s been overplayed. A travel writer with Australia’s Sydney Morning Sun-Herald wrote a rather humorous article on his trip to Mexico City, about how he hardly took any photos the first few days because he was “too scared of being mugged to pull my camera out … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids in Canada

Bucket List for Kids in Canada

Here’s our Bucket List for Kids in Canada that we’ll add to every month. Many of these suggestions come from grandmothers (aka Nana) who seem to be out in droves enjoying life with their grandkids! Bucket List for Kids throughout Canada Stargazing in a dark-sky place (17) Riding Via Rail Jumping in a lake Bucket List for Kids in Western Canada Skating under a glacier, Lake Louise, Alta. Tree hugging, Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, BC Whale watching, Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC Biking the Myra Canyon … Read entire article »

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Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

When touring the gardens of ancient estates, a certain discipline is required to keep one’s mind on the gardens and not the equally remarkable buildings, artifacts and history. Coughton Court, the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409, is such an estate and visitors should be prepared to be charmed, inspired and educated by its somewhat modest but appealing attractions. Situated in the Warwickshire countryside in the heart of England, this imposing Tudor house with the … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Biking the Myra Canyon Trestles, Kelowna, B.C.

Bucket List for Kids: Biking the Myra Canyon Trestles, Kelowna, B.C.

The old Kettle Valley Railway use to run through southern British Columbia and a 9 km section of it has been transformed into a bike trail that is great for families. It’s through the Myra Canyon where the mountainous terrain is so steep that when they built the rail line they had to include 18 wooden trestles and two tunnels—an engineering feat that was so outstanding that the Government of Canada made it a National … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Path of the Glacier Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Bucket List for Kids: Path of the Glacier Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta

The Path of the Glacier Trail in Jasper National Park takes you close to the north face of Mt. Edith Cavell, the highest mountain in the area with peaks of 3,300m, and to the glaciers that hang from it (Angel, Cavell and Ghost). It’s a hike the entire family can probably do since the path is well tended to and there are benches to rest on along the way. There were three generations in our … Read entire article »

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Parker Ridge Trail, Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Parker Ridge Trail, Icefields Parkway, Alberta

My brother hiked the Parker Ridge Trail with his family and told me that it was one of the must-do hikes along the Icefields Parkway. Since we had time for only one stop on our drive from Banff to Jasper we decided to give it a try. Parker Ridge Trail is rated as an easy hike (albeit requiring some effort), taking 2.5 hours round trip. You are rewarded at the top as there is an exceptional … Read entire article »

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Burning Man, Nevada, USA

Burning Man, Nevada, USA

For one week every year, thousands of people gather in the Nevada desert for a festival dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. Ron Perrier was one of them. Burning Man has become one of the most popular festivals on the planet and I had wanted to go for many years but getting tickets can be a challenge. I finally went in 2014, which was the festival’s 28th year. The concept of Burning Man is difficult … Read entire article »

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