Canada

What do you like about the Great White North? My Top Five Canada list includes the cottage, the great outdoors, and yes, sushi. What's on your list? (via thetravellingmom.ca)

This is My Canada – 5 Great Things about the Great White North

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As a Vancouver-based family travel writer, my first and most loyal allegiance is to my home and native land: Canada. I’ve lived in three provinces over my lifetime – Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia – and we’ve been lucky to have travelled in all of them as a family as well. Canada is a BIG country, the second biggest in the world in fact. It’s tough to describe the many wonderful things about the people, places and things in our…

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Six fun and adventurous activities for kids and families in the vacation-friendly Parksville Qualicum Beach areas of Vancouver Island. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Six Adventurous Activities for Families in Parksville, British Columbia

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Travelling with the kids to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area of Vancouver Island – or Oceanside as it’s also known – is an annual ritual for us. It’s a beautiful area of British Columbia, has family-friendly amenities and accommodations galore, and the pace of life is laid back and re-energizing for visitors of all ages. Whether you only have a long weekend or an entire week to plan a family getaway, these six adventurous activities in Parksville Qualicum Beach will remind you…

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Plan for some Island Time this summer. Enjoy a relaxing holiday in beautiful, family-friendly Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Family Friendly Parksville + Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island

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I always find that my body relaxes when it realizes it’s on Vancouver Island. There’s an ‘Island time’ feeling for me, as soon as we drive off of the ferry. The pace of life is not as rushed as other places, such as in Metro Vancouver, that’s a welcome thing. Travelling here as a family at least once a year, we appreciate and value this special atmosphere of relaxation and friendliness that we find every time we travel to Vancouver…

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Located high above British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Silver Star is a ski destination that caters to families and offers gold medal fun for all ages. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Gold Medal Family Fun at Silver Star Mountain Resort

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The promise of dry, Okanagen powder is a powerful lure to anyone who enjoys skiing or snowboarding. And we certainly do. And so for this February mini-break we chose to drive 6 hours into the BC Interior, north of Vernon, to experience the famous amazing, light, dry snow that has made Silver Star Mountain Resort a well-known winter holiday destination for locals and savvy foreign tourists alike. Silver Star didn’t disappoint us, with blue sky days and fresh powder falling to make…

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Vancouver winter family fun awaits on the three North Shore Mountains that form the backdrop to the city's ever-changing skyline. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

How to Enjoy Vancouver Winter Fun on the North Shore Mountains

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The North Shore Mountains that form the backdrop to Vancouver’s ever-changing skyline are a big reason why this west coast city is considered one of the most beautiful and livable urban areas in the world. The three local north shore mountains – Mount Seymour, Cypress and Grouse Mountains – are only 40 minutes away from Vancouver. These local ski resorts offer similar but slightly distinctive snow sport programming that can meet nearly every family budget. They also have full-service restaurants and cafeterias offering a wide variety of…

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