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Get the kids on the slopes with Ski Canada SnowPass

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Winter in Canada can have some benefits. Really. It’s a source of pride in our country to bundle up, brace for the lower end – the sub-zero – of the thermometer, and go outside and play in the cold white stuff. It’s almost a patriotic duty, though on the west coast we don’t feel quite the same bravery venturing out into our annual winter rains. The Canadian Ski Council and the nation’s ski resort areas have made it easy for Canadian families with…

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Lonely Planet Book Giveaway

Giveaway! Win Lonely Planet Kids for the Holidays

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Do your children dream of exploration? Do they love it when you read them stories at bedtime, or enjoy reading books themselves as a favorite nighttime ritual? My kids love to read, despite the lure of their iPhones, our family iPad, and the latest version of COD on the Xbox {they are teenagers now}. But the love of a good book, and the quiet time it embodies to enjoy it, is a valued commodity in our home. Thanks to the…

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Does Back to School spell an end to travel?

Does Back to School spell an end to travel? No, but…

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Four years ago (how can it be so long?), I wrote an ode to the trouble of travelling with school-aged kids. In reality, it’s less ‘trouble’ than simply challenging, at times, and it’s never stood in the way of us taking the kids out of school for family trips. Only once has a teacher written back in reply to an absence notice, unhappily so, berating us for our youngest missing a week of middle school before spring break. My diplomatic reply indicated…

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Don't play with safety during your summer travel plans this year. Follow these tips to prevent losing your child in a public place.

I lost my son at the beach: tips to prevent losing your child in a public place

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Ah, lovely summer! The holidays are in full swing, with road trips, visits to grandma’s house, and days spent poolside and at the beach. In my latest article for Travel Mamas, I go back in time nine years, to the gorgeous summer day that we lost sight of our son on a crowded beach. While it’s a scary story – every parent’s nightmare – it had a happy ending, thank goodness. The experience taught us a few things about safety in public…

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Are you ready for summer travel? Breeze through security this summer travel season with these helpful tips.

Breeze through security this summer travel season

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Gearing up for a family trip? Flying with family is no simple task. Getting everyone packed, organized and ready to go through security with little fuss can present quite a challenge. Thankfully, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has some summer travel tips for families to help make your summer travel experience run smoothly. Know how to carry-on  Children get hungry for snacks, and being prepared with their favorite snacks & treats saves time and money. Solid foods such as apples, granola…

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