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Remembering the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

The Olympic Flames burns bright on the Vancouver waterfront

It was five years ago that Vancouver experienced the incredible: the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February 2010.

Two weeks - 17 days - of emotional highs, lows, and everything in between. The Olympic experience changed the city and its residents in personal and profound ways, and for the better, I'd like to think. 

We certainly had an amazing time, collecting Olympic pins, and clapping our red mitten-covered hands. Holding the torch, touching gold medals, and being in the thick of Gold Medal hockey celebrations in downtown Vancouver were priceless experiences that we'll never forget. …

Top 11 Things for Families To Do in Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Canada since before the last century. The Falls and the attractions that surround them consistently rank as top travel destinations for families and visitors from around the world. Growing up in Ontario, Niagara Falls was the obligatory day trip destination to bring our out-of-town visitors, to marvel at the natural wonder and enjoy the local attractions.

Whether it's getting soaked on a jet boat, viewing the incredible Falls from above (or below), having fun at local theme or water parks, or watching a re-enactment of the War of 1812, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy in the Niagara Falls region. 

7 Free Things to Do in Bern, Switzerland

7 Free Things to do in Bern, Switzerland

Bern, the beautiful and historic capital city of Switzerland, is filled with art, culture, food, and - surprise - great things to do that won't cost you a dime. This is no small deal when travelling in one of the most expensive countries in the world. 

Our list of 7 excellent, fun, and totally free things to see and do in Bern includes some of the best attractions that money can't buy. If you pair your visit with a stop at the Migros Marktgasse (Switzerland's most popular grocer) to stock up on affordable sandwiches and take away treats (don't miss their extensive chocolate selection!), you have the makings of a fantastic and cost-effective day trip or weekend away. 

Best Whistler Hotels for Families

Westin Resort  & Spa

Whether you want to ski-in, ski-out, or are looking for the best hotel pool in the Village, the resort community of Whistler, British Columbia, has accommodation options for every family's taste and budget. 

Our family has stayed in many of Whistler's most fabulous hotel properties, and each one has its own charm and advantages. (Free wifi is standard throughout all of the hotels, so I haven't listed it separately in each mini-review.) 

Here are six great places to stay and play with your family in Whistler this winter season. 

What's your 2015 #ResolveToTravel Resolution? 

Mauna Kea.Hawaii

Where in the world do you want to go in 2015? Have you set any travel resolutions for yourself or your family? Perhaps this is the year for that round the world adventure!

My latest post for Canadian travel insurance company Travel Underwriters offers some pictorial inspiration to kick start your new year travel dreams. From the mountains of British Columbia to the jungles of Costa Rica and deserts of Jordan, there are so many unique and wonderful travel destinations to visit and enjoy on a round the world trip. …

Enjoying Winter Fun on the Sea to Sky Gondola: Contest!

Family snowshoeingPAULBRIDE2

A new year brings forth resolve to try new things and do family activities with more dedication. Injecting more fun in our lives should be also be a New Year's resolution, don't you agree?

The lovely folks at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish want to help you have more fun with your family this winter. The Sea to Sky Gondola folks have given me a Family Day Pass (2 adults, 2 children) to give away for a roundtrip on the scenic gondola. The Day Pass will allow your family access to the hiking and snowshoe trails, and to enjoy the viewing platforms, suspension bridge and the many amenities in the Summit Lodge.