In the words of everybody’s favourite medical professional, Dr. Seuss
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
My mother was an elementary school teacher with a great love for children’s books. I so fondly recall crawling up on to her lap in the giant, wooden rocking chair while we uncovered the latest adventures of Curious George and Amelia Bedelia.
Lucky for us Canada also has a long list of entertaining and engaging children’s literature to broaden the imagination of our nation’s youngest readers. There is no feeling quite like Continue reading “Kids CanLit for Christmas! Explore Canada With Your Little Readers Through These Sweet Books”
Canada is truly free. That’s not just a word that we throw around, it really is the true north, strong and free! Canada was actually named the “Most Free Country on Earth” in 2015. One of the reasons was because 94% of Canadians believe they have the freedom to choose the course of their own lives. The current Canadian Cabinet members are equally divided between men and women, along with many different cultures because we see the value of each group of citizens being represented. Our previous Governor General, Michaëlle Jean was not only a woman, she was a Haitian refugee. Our Minister of Defense is Sikh. Many Members of Parliament are immigrants from countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, India, the United States, England and Switzerland. Immigrants are encouraged to share the traditions and stories from their homeland. This leads to great understanding and compassion along with yummy food and festivals. There are so many other reasons to list as well including the fact that Continue reading “OH CANADA! 7 Reasons For You To Explore The Great White North”
Buckhorn & Lakefield, Ontario:
PUMPKINFEST! Two Words: Pumpkin. Cannon.
About 40 minutes North-ish of Peterborough, Ontario lies the itsy bitsy village of Buckhorn. We’ve been to the area several times to eat delectable Chinese food at the Cody Inn, inhale a Kawartha Hoagie at Mainsreet Landing or to Pizza Alloro for the most interesting and mouthwatering pizza I’ve ever had. Continue reading “PUMPKINFEST! Fun on the Farm for the Entire Family!”
Dear Drought of 2016: You win.
We cloth diaper. There, I said it. Now that it’s out there I’ll explain a little bit why. We love the Earth and try to conserve resources where we can, but are not environmental activists by any stretch of the imagination. I try to buy organic fruits and veggies, but only Continue reading “The Best Laid Plans (of a Cloth Diapering Mama) Often Go Awry”
I adore experiencing some of my favourite childhood memories all over again with my own little people and seeing the wonder in their eyes. With Lunenburg being a UNESCO World Heritage Site this means that everything is carefully preserved, authentic and is quite Continue reading “Lunenburg: Maritime History Comes Alive!”
I’ve always wanted to get out and go whale watching. Knowing that we have the opportunity to do it now and are unsure of when the opportunity will arise again we took the leap (and ferries) to Brier Island, Nova Scotia. They’ve got a reputation as the best whale watching around. Continue reading “Brier Island: Whale Tales and So Much More!”
The importance of the humble Dory to the history of Eastern Canada is undeniable. They were a way of life for thousands of fisherman and helped create the fishery as we know it today. The Dories were carried on large schooners (think Bluenose). Fisherman then climbed in and were lowered into the water to venture out, fish for the day and return to the ship. It was dangerous work for many reasons. If a man were to go overboard there was usually only one person to help get him back in, and in the frigid North Atlantic, hypothermia sets in quickly. Tragically, despite painting the boats bright Continue reading “We Found Dory! Our Dory Day on the South Shore”