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Bucket List for Kids: Stargazing in a dark-sky place

Bucket List for Kids: Stargazing in a dark-sky place

When was the last time you saw a starry sky? If you can’t recall it could be that you, like most Canadians, live in an urban area where artificial lights glow all night long causing … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Jumping in a lake

Bucket List for Kids: Jumping in a lake

Every summer when I was a kid we would go jump in a lake. It was like the rule. It was usually a lake in one of Canada’s provincial or national parks. Sometimes we’d go … Read entire article »

Road trip itinerary: Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador

Road trip itinerary: Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador

Many visitors to the Maritimes want to see all three provinces (Nova Scotia including Cape Breton, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) and some continue on to Newfoundland & Labrador. I regularly receive questions about … Read entire article »

Bucket list for kids: Riding Via Rail

Bucket list for kids: Riding Via Rail

Children have long loved toy trains that run on wooden tracks, stories about fast trains/slow trains/adventure trains. So what could be better than a ride on a real train? Via Rail is the passenger train … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Skating under a glacier, Lake Louise, Alberta

Bucket List for Kids: Skating under a glacier, Lake Louise, Alberta

There’s an emerald lake in one of Canada’s most magnificent settings that was once called “the lake of the little fishes” by the people of the Stoney Nation who lived close by. This lake is … Read entire article »

Celebrating Canada’s railway hotels

Celebrating Canada’s railway hotels

There is a famous moment in Canadian history when on November 7, 1885 an iron spike was pounded into a railway tie in Craigellachie, British Columbia signalling the joining of Canada’s east with its west … Read entire article »

Quebec’s Eastern Townships offer many “aha” moments

Quebec’s Eastern Townships offer many “aha” moments

I’ve travelled through the Eastern Townships of Quebec on a number of occasions principally because the highway that takes me to Vermont runs through it. I never stopped for more than a few hours until … Read entire article »

Canadian Children’s Museum, Gatineau, Quebec

Canadian Children’s Museum, Gatineau, Quebec

If you want to expose your kids or grandkids to the value of travel then take them to the Children’s Museum, which is part of the Canadian Museum of History across the river from Ottawa’s … Read entire article »

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Prettiest town in Canada?

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Prettiest town in Canada?

I first visited Niagara-on-the-Lake, a town on the southern shore of Lake Ontario close to the US border, for a romantic weekend with my (then) husband. It’s a place worthy of a splurge. We stayed … Read entire article »

Bucket list for kids: Agriculture and Food Museum, Ottawa

Bucket list for kids: Agriculture and Food Museum, Ottawa

Canada is the only country to have a working farm right in the middle of its capital city and it is a great place to take the kids. I recently took my two young grandkids … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Toronto Zoo

Bucket List for Kids: Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo has been around since 1974, a long time. It’s the largest zoo in Canada with more than 5,000 animals (that includes invertebrates, like insects and crabs, and fish). It’s divided into geographical regions … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Ontario Science Centre, Toronto

Bucket List for Kids: Ontario Science Centre, Toronto

Going to the Ontario Science Centre with young grandkids, as I did earlier this month, made me wish I had paid more attention to science at school or at least remembered what little I had … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: CN Tower, Toronto

Bucket List for Kids: CN Tower, Toronto

The elevator that my young grandkids and I took up the CN Tower has two panels of glass in its floor and as we went up, up, up at a speed of 22km/15mph it was … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Ripley’s Aquarium Canada

Bucket List for Kids: Ripley’s Aquarium Canada

Ripley’s Aquarium in downtown Toronto is Canada’s largest indoor aquarium. It’s a happy place and I think most kids who enter it will leave wearing a big smile. There are moments when it can be … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Whale watching

Bucket List for Kids: Whale watching

Canada is a great place to watch whales, on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and even in between. Whales are very interesting to watch. They’re big so it’s hard to miss them. In fact, … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Wilderness canoeing

Bucket List for Kids: Wilderness canoeing

Wilderness canoeing is the ultimate rite-of-passage for Canadian kids. A true wilderness canoeing experience should include at least one portage, where you have to carry the canoe and all your stuff overland for a while … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Tree hugging, Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island

Bucket List for Kids: Tree hugging, Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island

Cathedral Grove is an old growth forest in British Columbia. Some of the trees here are more then 800 years old. There are giant Douglas firs, one measuring 9 metres in circumference, and groves of … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: PEI National Park

Bucket List for Kids: PEI National Park

Kids love Prince Edward Island because no matter where you are you’re not too far from the beach. And what’s so great is that in summer  the temperature of the ocean isn’t too cold and … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Rock climbing, Peggy’s Cove

Bucket List for Kids: Rock climbing, Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove is a largely untouched fishing village just 43 km from Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital. When you bring your kids here they’ll probably first notice the red-and-white tower with a beacon on top. That’s … Read entire article »

My itinerary for the Canadian Rockies

My itinerary for the Canadian Rockies

The provinces of Alberta and British Columbia share the Canadian Rockies, famous for their rugged peaks and the valleys that separate them. Last summer my family travelled around the Rockies and here is our itinerary. The … Read entire article »

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