Family camping back to basics
My wife and I took the kids camping this past weekend. We went with a few friends and a few friends of theirs who we didn’t really know, so there was quite a gang of us. To be clear, we didn’t
It’s worth the drive to Pumpkinville
Where the heck is Pumpkinville? It’s a question followed by an equally puzzling answer. Pumpkinville is near Ellicottville. Where is Ellicottville? It’s just about a half hour south of the Buffalo border crossing in up-state New York and it’s not just for skiing
Beyond Las Vegas
By Diana Ballon As we head northeast from Las Vegas toward the Valley of Fire, we listen to an iPod playlist of Gram Parsons’ Ooh Las Vegas, Joni Mitchell’s The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines and Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas.
By Christine Davis Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie is a place unto itself. You’d barely know it was there when driving past – save for the long driveway running parallel to a quarry turned swimming hole. But when you
Discovering Vienna’s Love of Life with The Love of My Life
By Dee-Anne Wessel As we touch down at Vienna International Airport, my first thought is that we’ve come a long way and I’m not just talking distance. On this our 30th Anniversary, we aren’t as financially strapped as we were when
By Tiffany Doerr Guerzon During school break, many families will be hitting the road! With kids strapped into car seats or seat belts they can quickly get bored. Avoid the “Are we there yet?” chorus by packing a few games
The California Desert with Family
By Diana Ballon The desert has that expansive barren quality that makes me feel small and insignificant, like how kids probably feel much of the time, except I’m all grown up. In California, it’s a place where flat beige land bumps
The Long Road
We go up to my brother’s place on Manitoulin Island for an informal family reunion every Victoria Day weekend. He runs cottages at Dominion Bay, which is on the south shore of the island. On the Saturday, we generally help
Between steep mountains and deep blue sea: Charlevoix is a place of beauty
Story and photos by Diana Ballon Ah Charlevoix. Here is a place you can go to be seduced by beauty, immersed in culture, inspired by the art, and sated by its bounty. If you live in central Canada, the seduction can occur
A weekend away
My wife went away to the cottage this past weekend with a few girlfriends from college. It’s an annual event. The participants change slightly each year depending on who can escape work and family responsibilities, but there’s a core of
Take the stress out of packing for March Break travel
By Susan Toth March Break is around the corner. Your vacation destination awaits you and your family. Have you started to think about what to pack? Planning ahead will make your travel experience and the fun adventures ahead of you far
Jamaican me crazy
By Christine Davis There’s an old saying that goes: Once you have kids you no longer go on vacation, you take trips. But what if you could take a vacation – one in which both parents and children can relax, explore and
Discovering a Different South
We’re fair weather travellers. Neither myself, husband Mark or 17-year-old daughter Kate are content to lie on a crowded beach and soak up the sun as we’d much rather be on the move making new discoveries in a temperate climate.
Go West Young Family
The weather colder these days, and the Santa Claus parade has come and gone, so we decided to go for a little trip with the kids to somewhere a little warmer – Edmonton, obviously. Actually, our choice of destination was determined
Going back home
By Kinjal Dagli-Shah One of the first things we planned when our daughter was born six years ago was a trip to India, the country of her origin. At nine months old, she met all of our extended family and spent
Twelve things your kids will love about Stratford
By Anne Bokma There’s something delightful about sitting in one of Canada’s preeminent theatres and listening to hundreds of school kids enthusiastically chant, “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest. Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!” It’s a far cry from
Busy or bust: road trip tips
For some parents, kids are just the nudge they need to dust off the passport or cash in the frequent flyer miles.
Northern Owl exhibit on now at Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
Northern Owl Exhibit, live Birds of Prey displays and demos at Butterfly Conservatory
Planning a Magical First Time Experience at Disney
Disney World – it’s the most magical place on earth and visiting with your young family for the first time is likely as exciting for you as it is for them.
Visit Fergus and Elora or put down roots
Having visited this area of Centre Wellington Township many times to hike, swim, kayak, shop and dine, would it still be possible to experience it as a tourist?