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Why Canada Should Be the Next Destination for Your Family Holiday

Why Canada Should Be the Next Destination for Your Family Holiday

Canada is a fantastic reason to jet off to North America for your next family holiday, and as the country is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, 2017 is the perfect year to visit. This diverse country has everything you and your family need to have a fun packed holiday. From bustling cities to remote ski slopes you’ll be sure to find many fun activities for weeks’ worth of entertainment. If you’re unsure why Canada is the place you should be visiting for your next family holiday, then we have a few reasons that will make you change your mind.

 

All Year Round Destination

Whether you usually jet off with the kids in the summer or winter, you’ll find that Canada is perfect during any time of year. While the weather varies from coast to coast, you’ll find mild and comfortable temperatures during the summer months and snow covered ground during the winter months. Canada’s harsh winters mean that the country is a perfect destination for families who love to ski, so if you’re looking to head to the slopes on your next family holiday then Canada is ideal for you.  From Banff to Whistler, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Countless Beautiful Lakes

One of Canada’s best features is its lakes which are dotted all over the country. Visiting some of Canada’s lakes will provide you with spectacular views and make you feel connected to the world. With smartphones and technology taking over the lives of modern kids, it’s important to get them out in the fresh air, enjoying the simple things in life. Take a hike around the lakes and get to know your family without the constant burden of smartphones. Check out this guide to the best lakes in Canada.

Niagara Falls

Canada is home to one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world, Niagara Falls. With a view like no other, a trip to Niagara Falls is something that you and the kids will not be forgetting in a hurry. It’s somewhere you can spend a day or even longer as the attraction is surrounded by restaurants and activities. There are also plenty of Niagara Falls hotels available to ensure that your stay is comfortable and that you get to see all that the attraction has to offer without worrying about rushing off.

 

Mountain Ranges Like No Other

If you and your family are often found hiking, then Canada is certainly the perfect holiday destination for you. The country is full of amazing mountain ranges to satisfy your need for getting your hiking boots on and challenging yourself. Not only will these mountain ranges provide you and your family with an energetic day out but the views from the top will be sure to blow you away. Make sure you know all of the precautions to take before you set off to ensure that hiking in Canada’s mountains is a safe experience for your family. Don’t forget to look out for grizzly bears and more of Canada’s wildlife, another of the countries fantastic features.

Interesting Cities to Explore

Canada is a huge country and home to some of the most interesting cities in the world. Firstly, a trip to Toronto won’t disappoint. The biggest city in Canada, Toronto is an exciting city offering plenty of shops and a view of one of the world tallest sky scrapers. Secondly, Montreal the second biggest city in Canada, is home to plenty of fascinating culture. Surprisingly the most spoken language in Montreal is French and you’ll find that being in the city is like being in France. Thirdly, Vancouver is a must see while in Canada. A smaller city with a beautiful skyline. You’ll find plenty of activities while visiting this calm but fascinating city.

Canada is a great country to visit and perfect for both children and adults. Whatever the age of your kids you’ll find plenty of activities to keep yourself busy during the trip. Whether you like to visit bustling cities to dine and shop or remote locations to get in touch with the outdoors, you’ll find that Canada has lots to offer your family. These are just five reasons why Canada should be the next destination for your family holiday but there are many more. Choose which season you’d like to visit this amazing country and start planning the holiday of a lifetime that your family will reminisce about for a long time.

Is a mom of two daughters, ages 12 and 13, we live in the Metro Detroit area here in Michigan. Employed at a local school district in the kitchen Michelle talks with parents and kids on a daily basis.
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Family Camping: Safety & Outdoor Knowledge to Share with Your Kids

 

 

A camping trip is an fantastic opportunity for family adventures in the great outdoors. It provides opportunities for bonding and helps create valuable memories for your little ones. For a successful camping trip, make sure your child is thoroughly prepared and knows the risks and rewards that lie within nature. Here are some tips on how you can teach your children the safety standards of camping:

Preparation

Prepare your kids for the camping experience with a trial run at your house. You can show your kids the process of tent set-up and the tasks included in the packing of sleeping mats, sleeping bags and other camping equipment. Ask your kids if they are interested in any specific activities available at your campsite. Once you’ve established a list of your activities, you can discuss what kind of clothes and gear are necessary for your plans. Let your kids pack their own bags, so they can make decisions on what is important for the trip and what should be left at home. Check in with them once they’ve finished packing and talk about whether or not they are prepared for weather conditions and all the activities you previously discussed.

Natural Dangers

While you travel towards your camping destination, discuss the safety precautions that all campers should know. Print out a list of animals you may encounter in the great outdoors, which you can find on the state or national park’s website. The Redwood National Park has an animal guide that lists endangered species, commonly seen animals and provides information on how you can stay safe from aggressive elk or mountain lions. Play a game with your kids of which animal is a foe and which is a friend.

Talk about the natural foods that can be found within your camping location, like berries and mushrooms. Explain that while these foods may look familiar and safe, they could potentially be poisonous. Tell your kids that these forageable foods shouldn’t be consumed or touched. At the campsite, go over fire safety and discuss how they should behave when you have a live, contained fire.

Outdoor Knowledge

The more knowledgeable your kid is about the nuances of camping, the less likely they will encounter any accidents or injuries. Give your child specific responsibilities while you’re on your trip. Have him take on simple tasks, initially, like a flashlight test that will make sure all flashlights have charged batteries. Increase his responsibility and give him the role of navigator for your hikes. Go over the trail map, together, and provide a compass. You can teach your child about navigation and how to use a compass with an online video tutorial.

 

Other tasks that your children can spearhead include, tent cleanliness, food preparation, washing dishes, campsite trash, plant identification, and resource conservation. For resource conservation, provide a checklist of the food you’ve packed for the trip and your kid can monitor the family’s daily food and water consumption. You child can learn about how you can ration food and will help make sure there is enough food and water for the duration of the trip. This is also an excellent opportunity for math practice, as you can teach him about fractions and percentages.

 

Is a mom of two daughters, ages 12 and 13, we live in the Metro Detroit area here in Michigan. Employed at a local school district in the kitchen Michelle talks with parents and kids on a daily basis.
We know life is crazy and hectic for families so …
In the end if I find something to make life easier I share it!
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Bavarian Inn Restaurant A Michigan Landmark

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com

Is a mom of two daughters, ages 12 and 13, we live in the Metro Detroit area here in Michigan. Employed at a local school district in the kitchen Michelle talks with parents and kids on a daily basis.
We know life is crazy and hectic for families so …
In the end if I find something to make life easier I share it!
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The Biggest Bar Night of the Year Contributes to Fatal Thanksgiving Auto Accidents

 

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the busiest travel days of the year. And the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is also the biggest party night of the year. Friends and family are home for the holiday – there are people to see, lives to catch up on, reunions to be celebrated. Alcohol plays a major role in these get-togethers, but it’s not the only cause of fatal car accidents.

The window for the Thanksgiving holiday is identified as Wednesday at 6 p.m. until the following Monday at 6 a.m. During this time period in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 301 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the nation. And nearly six in 10 (58 percent) of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

Is a mom of two daughters, ages 12 and 13, we live in the Metro Detroit area here in Michigan. Employed at a local school district in the kitchen Michelle talks with parents and kids on a daily basis.
We know life is crazy and hectic for families so …
In the end if I find something to make life easier I share it!
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OuterBanks Here We Come!!

We are so excited to be spending a week in Avon, NC in a beautiful oceanfront home! Thanks to Resort Realty. They offer everything you need for your Outerbanks Vacation. Keep an eye open for our post on our week oceanside coming soon.

Is a mom of two daughters, ages 12 and 13, we live in the Metro Detroit area here in Michigan. Employed at a local school district in the kitchen Michelle talks with parents and kids on a daily basis.
We know life is crazy and hectic for families so …
In the end if I find something to make life easier I share it!
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
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Bachman Academy

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Bachman Academy is a school for students who are diagnosed with learning differences. We educate boarding and day students in 6th-12th grade who are diagnosed with ADHD, Dyslexia, Aspergers Syndrome and other Non-verbal learning differences. The academy’s mission is to empower students to develop the skills and values necessary for success in a global society.

Is a mom of two daughters, ages 12 and 13, we live in the Metro Detroit area here in Michigan. Employed at a local school district in the kitchen Michelle talks with parents and kids on a daily basis.
We know life is crazy and hectic for families so …
In the end if I find something to make life easier I share it!
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
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I love to hear from my readers, so please leave a comment.