“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?”
– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
We were able to make a last minute escape to Nova Scotia this past April and since the opportunity was there I wanted to make a couple of stops on the way back home to Ontario. I was on the fence about making the detour to Prince Edward Island but I am so grateful that we did.
I took a leap and booked a room at Dalvay-by-the Sea. It’s long been a dream of mine to be a guest at the “White Sands”.
Wandering around a Maple Syrup festival is about as “Canadian” as, well…a Maple Syrup festival.
We took advantage of one of the first warm and sunny days of the year and ventured out to Maple Fest at McLean Berry Farm in Buckhorn, Ontario. The sun, nature and exercise are exactly what our family needed after a long winter. While we have managed to spend more time outdoors this year, I’ll still be pretty happy to give the old man Winter the old heave ho.
My name is Allison and I unintentionally lie to my husband and children every November, without fail.
Allow me to set the scene. It’s mid-November, the leaves have all fallen off of the trees, the days are shorter and getting greyer by the second. I grab my giant cup of coffee and proudly announce that this-this is the year I am going to enjoy winter! We’re going to learn to snowshoe and cross-country ski and enjoy all of the parks that are open around us. Then, before I know it it’s mid-January and I’m spending my spare moments wrapped in my Snuggie, Continue reading “The Beauty and the Brrrr: 5 Niagara Falls Attractions for Your Family This Winter”→
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”→
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!”→
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!”→
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”→
“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you loved the beach”
My not-so-secret love affair with Nova Scotia is as old as I am. In case you’re keeping track that continues to be 29 years for the third year in a row. There’s nothing I don’t absolutely love about Nova Scotia. The scenery amazes me each time we’re there. My mind never gets used to it. Every time I see the waves cresting upon the pristine sand beaches Continue reading “Lockeport, Nova Scotia “Feels like my Heart is Home””→
We’re so hoping to be able to have the opportunity to travel East again this summer! I’ve compiled a list of the attractions that we haven’t done yet as a family and would love to check out! I haven’t traveled to Cape Breton since I was a kid myself and remember the wonder that struck me even then. We’re hoping to get in some hiking, beach going, playing, exploring Continue reading “Our Nova Scotia Bucket List for 2016”→
Basic French for Traveling Through Quebec (and a couple fun facts)
Quebec is one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada. They’ve got it all. Beautiful lakes, mountains (magnificent ski hills!), vast forests, the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. It can be a little tricky however for the Anglophones among us to communicate Continue reading “Sooooo…you’re traveling through Quebec”→