St. Andrews by-the-Sea in New Brunswick

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After visiting larger the larger centres of Moncton and St John, we finished off our New Brunswick family trip in St Andrews by-the-Sea. This picturesque town is a place that completely stole my heart in the most unexpected of ways.  I knew that I'd enjoy this leg in our trip, yet the vast impact which St. Andrews made was most unexpected. We arrived in St, Andrews during their market on the main street ... read more

Where to Play and Stay with your Family in Calgary Alberta

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Disclosure: I received IHG rewards points to facilitate this review of this particular Calgary stay. All opinions are 100% my own. Calgary is a family-friendly city in Alberta that we visit often. Being so close to where we live, it's one of our top choices for a weekend getaway. No matter what time of year, it's a city that bursts with things to do and places to see. Since we've been there countless times, ... read more

A Family Stay in Saint John New Brunswick

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While our family was in New Brunswick, and after taking in Moncton, we made our way to Saint John, the most populous city in the province. This southern New Brunswick city lies right at the entrance to the Bay of Fundy and is relatively close to the Maine USA border. This makes Saint John a prime city for visitors to visit when in this maritime province. As well, it's also a port stop for cruise ships coming from the ... read more

Best of the Moncton Area – Travel New Brunswick #LetsGoNB

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The first leg of our recent New Brunswick family trip was spent in Moncton. We flew into the small airport after a long weather delay in Calgary, and we immediately felt more relaxed. I quite enjoy flying into small airport for the ease in getting out and on our way.  It was only a short drive to our hotel, the Delta Beauséjour Hotel. A charming and friendly hotel, our family of five very much enjoyed ... read more

Clam Digging in Prince Edward Island

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If someone told me that I'd one day be clam digging on the shores of Prince Edward Island, I'd most likely laugh. Yet there I was, rubber boots on and trudging in the iconic-red mud, whole-heartedly looking for that perfectly sized shellfish.  The chance to go clam digging is possible thanks to Experience PEI, the Island's leading maker of memories and experiences for travellers. Clam digging is just one ... read more

Let’s Go! New Brunswick Retreat #LetsGoNB

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Our Canada is a vast country that offers so much from coast, to coast, to coast. Living in Western Canada all my life, I've explored 'my side' of the country many times over, and still manage to jaw-drop at the beauty of each exploration. Yet when it comes to the provinces on the very east coast, my experience isn't as impressive. When taking family vacations, we've always ventured afar to other countries, always ... read more

Exploring the Beauty of Prince Edward Island

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I think we've all heard from someone (if not from many), that 'Prince Edward Island is Beautiful.' Since I'd never before visited our smallest Canadian province on the east coast, I had always wondered - how so? How is PEI beautiful? Simply because of the landscape? What does 'a beautiful place' truly mean? Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Prince Edward Island for the first time, and indeed I agree ... read more

CanadaStays Celebrates the Summer of the Staycation

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What are your summer plans? Us, we always stick closer to home during the summer months, and take in local activities and attractions. We might visit other provinces within Canada, but we rarely leave the country. After all, we Canadians have such a long and bitter winter, yet our summer weather is simply amazing. Many times over the season I'm reminded just how beautiful our country is, and one of my goals is to ... read more

Unwind and Unplug at Nipika Mountain Resort


In the breathtaking British Columbia Rockies, there is a mountain resort called Nipika, nestled in a valley just outside Kootenay National Park. Just a 20 minute drive from Invermere, Nipika Mountain Resort is a place that brings you back to the basics. It's a resort that the family goes to unwind, connect, unplug and play. Accommodations at Nipika Mountain Resort are hand-built and beautiful log cabins. The ... read more

Around the World at The Calgary Zoo


I'm fortunate that the City of Calgary is just a quick drive from where I live. It's a city that we visit often - to take in attractions, do some fantastic shopping yet usually our stay is a wonderful mix of it all. One favourite through the years is a visit to The Calgary Zoo. The Calgary Zoo Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park has seen me as a child, a teen, met each of my babies and has watched us all grow ... read more

Pine Lake Leisure Club


In a previous post, I showed you our cabin accommodations, during our stay at the Pine Lake Leisure Club with thanks to Parkbridge. Yet, a #glamping experience isn't complete, without all the great amenities that this resort has to offer. Pine Lake Leisure Club has some great amenities for their guests, ones that really up the bar when it comes to lake-side living. Heated Outdoor Pool - Our stay was during one of the ... read more

Pine Lake Leisure Club Cabins by Parkbridge


Earlier this month the kids and I stayed at one of the Pine Lake Leisure Club Cabins, by Parkbridge. Just before our stay, my husband was called to work, so I invited a friend and her two kids to stay with us for the weekend. A multi-family summer trip to the lake? Sounds fun, right? It was! The Pine Lake Leisure Club is a short drive from Calgary or Edmonton and only 20 minutes from Red Deer. The Leisure Club offers ... read more

The Lake Life


This past weekend the kids and I {along with a friend and her kids}, took a double family road trip to Pine Lake, Alberta. We stayed at Parkbridge Leisure Club, a place that truly perfected the art of glamping. More about our weekend will come but for now, I'm sharing a snapshot of The Lake Life. Gotta love summers in Alberta, the sun doesn't fully set until almost 11pm.   . . . ... read more

Prince Edward Island – #1 Place to Travel in Canada for 2014


Ever since I was a young child and completely enthralled with Anne of Green Gables, I've always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island (PEI). Having been born and raised in Alberta, I've had a fascination with Canada's smallest province and island. Perhaps it's because when compared to the plains and mountains of Alberta, it looks like a whole different country. While my part of Canada has much to ... read more