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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 now called Lake Louise and its backdrop is the stunning Victoria Glacier, so close that you almost feel that you are beneath it. You’ll find Lake Louise in Banff National Park, the oldest park in Canada. Each winter the “lake of … Read entire article »

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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 September, which happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit this part of Canada. I had certain expectations before going. A family I know goes skiing there every year, so I assumed there would be mountains. … Read entire article »

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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 Parliament Buildings. The message here is that there are different reasons to travel and one is “to see and try new things” and “let our imagination grow wings”. Each child is given a passport that they get stamped at official checkpoints … Read entire article »

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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 there and they had such a good time that we stayed until they shut the doors on us. I have been there many times over the years to see the animals. My dad used to take me and my sisters there … Read entire article »

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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 a lighthouse and at night its bright light use to warn sailors not to come too close. If your kids are like mine, the next thing they’ll notice are the rocks. These are not little rocks. They’re huge granite boulders that … Read entire article »

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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 Skateway. This is no ordinary skating rink. It’s more than 7 km in length, which makes it the largest naturally frozen ice rink in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s also very well taken care … Read entire article »

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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 species. It’s a comfortable place to be with kids. The zoo is arranged by geography and there is also a fantastic Prehistoric Park. It’s hard to miss the penguins because they’re right at the main entrance, and that’s great because they’re … Read entire article »

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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. The Horseshoe Falls, which is in Canada, is twice as wide as the American Falls in the States, and has the highest drop. In between is the Bridal Veil Falls. There’s a walkway on the Canadian side that runs so close … Read entire article »

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Travel with Nana

Travel with Nana

Editorial: Carol Kiecher, a blogger I regularly follow, abandoned her travels in Mozambique a short while ago and returned home to the United States early. This was a surprise (and of some concern) as she is an intrepid traveller, having visited more than 70 countries, and one who usually travels on her own, staying in youth hostels. She’s also 79 years of age. She was worried about falling, which, she writes, “would be a disaster”. The infrastructure … Read entire article »

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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. Class 4? Well the waves are big, the rapids intense and you probably have to be at least 12 years old to go rafting on them. Kids as young as 6 years can go rafting on class 2 rapids on … Read entire article »

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Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Ontario, Canada

I knew nothing about Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse until the owner of the B&B where I was staying in Niagara-on-the-Lake (Darlington House) told me about it over breakfast. She described it as an intimate place, one she especially liked to visit in winter. “It’s a 10-minute walk from Niagara Falls,” she said, “across from the Electrical Development Company. There’s parking there.” Couples still dream of being married close to Niagara Falls and this property is a … Read entire article »

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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 a little smarter because of all the hands-on activities. You won’t run out of things to look at because there are over 125,000 fossils, some small and others enormous. The place can be a little scary too! The museum was named after … Read entire article »

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Château Montebello, the world’s most luxurious log cabin

Château Montebello, the world’s most luxurious log cabin

There has been a tradition in my family of spending at least a summer, during one’s youth, working at one of the great Canadian railway hotels. I started the trend, taking the train from Ottawa across the prairies to work as a waitress at Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta. Jasper Park Lodge belonged to the Canadian National Railway chain at the time, later to be owned by Canadian Pacific Railway. Jasper Park Lodge was just one … Read entire article »

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Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Just about everyone who lives in Ottawa is familiar with the Central Experimental Farm. It’s hard to miss because it’s a 400-hectare working farm in the middle of the city just 3 km from the Parliament Buildings. Parents (and grandparents) have been going there for decades to pet the farm animals with their kids. And the Farm’s ornamental gardens are the backdrop in many of the region’s wedding photos. Two of the Farm’s plant breeders brought … Read entire article »

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On the lookout for Alice Munro

On the lookout for Alice Munro

Was that Alice Munro, the highly acclaimed “master of the contemporary short story” and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, eating dinner at a ‘rib restaurant’ in Goderich? It all started a couple of weeks ago, September 26 to be exact. I was in Goderich visiting my sister Charlotte and doing some research for a travel article on the Lake Huron region for Riding the buses. We were having lunch with Cindy Fisher, tourism coordinator … Read entire article »

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Understanding Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Understanding Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

For nearly 6,000 years the native people of the North American plains hunted buffalo. They did this without horses, guns or even bows. Instead, they enticed the animals to jump off a steep cliff to their death. One of the oldest and most extensive sites is Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southwestern Alberta, Canada—a UNESCO World Heritage site. The jump is where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, where the cliffs are as high as 18m … Read entire article »

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Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Canada

Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Canada

Algonquin Park was Ontario’s first provincial park, established in 1893 as a wildlife sanctuary. Today it’s best known for the more than 2000 km of canoe routes that run through it. My (then) husband was introduced to the Park as a  Boy Scout and always wanted to return. When he suggested we do a three-day canoe trip into the Park I said sure, believing that if I didn’t organize it then it wouldn’t happen. But the … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Larkwhistle

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Photo gallery of Vancouver Island with the kids

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Photo gallery of a Canadian cottage garden

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