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Vancouver Island Treasures – Parksville & Qualicum Beach

Lazy days spent in the sun at a sandy beach are what vacation day dreams are made of. Add day trips to caves, a cathedral of old-growth trees, ocean kayaking, and quirky shops (including goats on the roof), and you have the recipe for a spectacular family vacation destination. So where is this magical place? Look north […]

5 Fun Family Sleepovers in Toronto

Why not skip the hotel one night and sleep somewhere more unusual during your next family vacation? Since the release of the first Night at the Museum movie starring Ben Stiller, unique sleepovers have been springing up everywhere. These creative overnight outings allow kids to learn while having fun, and parents don’t have to vacuum up the popcorn […]

Victoria’s Butchart Gardens and Empress Tea – A Match Made in Girlie Heaven

Call me a girlie girl. I adore wandering through botanical gardens to gaze at nature’s prettiest petaled creations and breathe in the scent of sweet blooms. And I love little more in life than dining on delicate finger sandwiches and petit fours over a cup of hot tea (pinky finger pointed upwards). So when I saw […]

Winter Vancouver Girlfriend Getaway

Winter is a fabulous time to sneak away for some relaxation with a best gal pal or two. After the holiday shopping and party frenzy, an all-girls holiday can provide a fresh start to a new year. As a Vancouver resident who recently ducked out for a staycation in my hometown with a travel blogging […]

The Most Fun You’ll Have in Vancouver with Kids

I knew I MUST bring my family to Vancouver. I got hooked on this Canadian city’s friendly attitude, love of the outdoors and tasty cuisine during a visit a couple of years ago for a travel blogger’s conference and I vowed to return with my brood. There’s just so much to see and explore for […]

Kayaking with Kids in Victoria, British Columbia

Said to be more English than the England itself, Victoria, British Columbia, is green, clean and charming. But the town’s quaintness isn’t what draws my family here each year. It’s the water. The town’s centerpiece is its sparkling inner harbor, where float planes land every 15 minutes and water taxis ferry passengers from one side […]

Building Fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto

Visiting a LEGOLAND theme park is not always possible for families of LEGO enthusiasts who aren’t lucky enough to live near one of their five amusement parks (two in the U.S., three in Europe, and one in Asia). Fortunately, there’s an additional option that just might be closer to home. LEGOLAND Discovery Centers offer a […]

Niagara Falls – Beyond the Kitsch

Niagara Falls became one of North America’s original modern-day vacation and honeymoon destinations in the 19th century. Everyone’s heard about it, and millions of people from every corner of the world have visited the Falls. For some, it’s the ultimate tourist trap. The kitsch that made Niagara Falls famous (or infamous) can still be found. Happily there […]

Romantic Getaway in Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is well-known as the number one, biggest ski resort in North America. But not everyone who decides to visit Whistler skis or rides, or is even interested in hitting the slopes. Sacrilege to us skiers, I know. Whistler’s success as a resort destination goes far beyond its acres of skiable terrain and vertical drop. Whistler Village […]

Maple Syrup Festivals – A Canadian Spring-time Tradition

Of all the harbingers of spring, my favorite has to be the start of maple syrup season. Maple syrup is symbolic of Canada and trips to the sugar bush are a spring-time tradition for many Canadian families. I have fond childhood memories of such excursions so I enjoy going with my kids now, even if […]

Hands-on Learning at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto

The Ontario Science Centre  is one of the best family-friendly attractions in the city of Toronto. Known to locals as the “OSC”—this science and technology museum provides visitors of all ages an opportunity to learn about science through hands-on experiments and displays. Participation rather than observation is emphasized throughout the center. Kids can spend hours here without […]

Big Family Fun at Big White Ski Resort

“It’s the snow.” The Big White motto says it all, but that’s not all you need to know about this Canadian ski resort. There’s also the wintry activities for families, great village atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the British Columbia interior that appeal to ski enthusiasts from all over the world. Big White’s famous Champagne Powder snow Family Focus […]

Creative Valentine’s Day Activities in Toronto

It’s that time of year when panic sets in as the pressure mounts to order bouquets of expensive flowers or purchase heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to demonstrate how much we love our significant others. It doesn’t take a great deal of thought or effort to buy flowers or chocolates, though. A truly romantic gesture requires a bit […]