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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 »

How not to go birding in Cape May, New Jersey

How not to go birding in Cape May, New Jersey

A good friend of mine is a birder and one of the go-to places on her bird watching list has been Cape May on the coast of New Jersey in the United States. So when … 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: 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: 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 »

May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

At one stage in my life I organized conferences, high profile ones with lots of media coverage. To do this successfully you have to be a bit of a freak about the details. So when … Read entire article »

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, … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: The world’s largest skating rink, Ottawa

Bucket List for Kids: The world’s largest skating rink, Ottawa

The Rideau Canal runs from Canada’s Capital all the way to Kingston on Lake Ontario, 200 km away. During the winter a section of the canal in downtown Ottawa is turned into the Rideau Canal … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Calgary Zoo, Alberta

Bucket List for Kids: Calgary Zoo, Alberta

The Calgary zoo in Alberta is the second largest zoo in Canada and a popular destination. There are 800 or so animals (not including every single fish and insect, of course) and about 120 different … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Bucket List for Kids: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Everyone should see Canada’s most famous natural attraction at least once and that is Niagara Falls. They are among the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Canada and United States share the falls. … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: White water rafting in the Rockies

Bucket List for Kids: White water rafting in the Rockies

Is white water rafting scary? It depends in large part on the rapids. Rapids rated class 1 are little more than moving water, probably not too exciting. With class 2 rapids there are splashy waves. … Read entire article »

Bucket List for Kids: The Dinosaur Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

Bucket List for Kids: The Dinosaur Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

Canada’s Dinosaur Museum (aka the Royal Tyrrell Museum) has one of the largest displays of dinosaurs in the world. No worry if you know little about palaeontology (the study of fossil animals and plants). You’ll just leave … Read entire article »

Final leg of a classic trip through Southeast Asia

Final leg of a classic trip through Southeast Asia

Barb and Ben Dietrich, recently retired, travelled through Southeast Asia for three months last year and sent emails “home” describing the journey. Here is the final leg of the journey. Malaysia We ended up only visiting the … Read entire article »

Travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway? Read this first!

Travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway? Read this first!

Ron Perrier took this infamous railway from Moscow to Irkutsk in September and shares the experience. One of the world’s iconic railway journeys, the Trans Siberian Railway conjures up all sorts of romantic visions. Extending 9,259 … Read entire article »

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