7 Great Travel Activities for Kids

Family Day, being the first long weekend to arrive in most Canadian provinces on either the 2nd or 3rd Monday in February, (depending on which province you live in), is the perfect way to start off the year’s family get-a-ways. Let’s face it, life gets hectic especially when we have kids. Family Day is a fabulous opportunity to stop, take a breath and celebrate the importance of our family members and those we think of as family. (If your region doesn’t have such a holiday, designate your own!) So, the question beckons…”HOW do we keep the kids busy while we travel to our destination?” Continue reading 7 Great Travel Activities for Kids

St. Jacobs – Sparkles & Treasures

St. Jacobs – Sparkles & Treasures

If you have never visited St. Jacobs, a quaint small town community located just north of Waterloo…it should most definitely be on on your “must visit” list! It is well known for it’s Mennonite heritage and farming but also for it’s charming collection of retail shops in The Village, the St. Jacobs’ Outlet Mall and of course the 2-storey St. Jacobs Farmers Market. Thought they were only open during the spring/summer months? Think again! Continue reading St. Jacobs – Sparkles & Treasures

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – (Part 2 of 2): Beyond the Supermarket Walls – Farm to Table

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – (Part 2 of 2): Beyond the Supermarket Walls – Farm to Table

As we walk the fruit and veggie aisles or the bakery, meat or dairy departments during our weekly grocery shopping trips, how much thought do we really give to where our food actually comes from, the safe food practices adhered to by farms or wonder “What does ‘organic’ truly mean”? Continue reading Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – (Part 2 of 2): Beyond the Supermarket Walls – Farm to Table

Fresh Air, Fresh Colours

Fresh Air, Fresh Colours

With temperatures dipping below the freezing mark now most nights, the air is definitely cool and refreshing! But it’s not too late to enjoy the fresh autumn colours of the fall leaves as you hike or mountain bike on the trails of Hilton Falls  — in fact, it’s perfect!  Located in Campbellville, ON, near Milton and close to the 401 Highway, Hilton Falls is only one of seven parks under the Conservation Halton umbrella.  There are a myriad of trails to choose from in the parks, most of which are open year round, depending on your activity of choice and level of difficulty you prefer. Continue reading Fresh Air, Fresh Colours

Travel to Boost the Spirits

Travel to Boost the Spirits

Although autumn has unmistakably arrived, a sun drenched day calls to mind a fascinating road trip I took this summer to visit two of the most iconic locations in Ontario, Canada – Manitoulin Island, (known as Mnidoo Mnising in Ojibwa, or Spirit Island), and Tobermory.  This portion of Northern Ontario, generally known for its rich history of Canadian Indigenous people, picturesque views as well as hiking and cycling on the Bruce Trail footpaths, proved to be the recipe for the “mindfulness retreat” vacation that I so desperately needed! Continue reading Travel to Boost the Spirits