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’25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit’

It’s summer vacation season, and with Canada’s 150th birthday this year and a weak Canadian dollar, many of us are choosing to stay home and discover a little more of our home and native land. But, before you go, you need to check out the new book 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit. The book, by Calgary travel writer Jody Robbins, takes you coast to coast with detailed descriptions of THE BEST places for affordable family adventures in Canada.

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Is it ok for your teen to bring a girlfriend or boyfriend on vacation with you?

A friend of mine was recently approached by her 16-year-old son with an interesting request – to take his girlfriend on vacation with them this summer. They were planning a 10-hour road trip, followed by a week of camping; it wasn’t going to be expensive and far from luxurious. He wanted to know if she could sleep in the extra twin bunk in their trailer and just “hang” with them for a week at the lake.

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Texas Bucket List: the Houston Water Wall

For the last four years, I’ve been keeping a Texas Bucket List on my phone. You know, we all have one – a list of things you want to see and do either alone (lol!) or with our families. My list was specific to Texas since I knew we wouldn’t live here forever. As a Canadian, living in warm Texas has always felt like a bit of a honeymoon and I wanted to take full advantage of it.

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Good eats along Calgary’s 17th Avenue

It had been quite some time since I’d been in Calgary and, more specifically, on 17th Avenue SW. I’m going to say 7 years…has it really been that long since we moved??

So, on our recent spring break, I was able to enjoy and view this great Canadian city through the lens of a tourist. No work, no carpools, no rush-hour traffic – we were simply there as visitors.

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Family vacation to Turks and Caicos

So beautiful! It’s the first thing I say when people ask me about our recent trip to Turks and Caicos. At times, I felt like I had to pinch myself – is this real?? It was absolutely what our family needed after a busy fall and holiday season.

The first thing you notice flying into Providenciales, the main island of Turks and Caicos, is the turquoise crystal clear water. From the air, you can easily see the reef surrounding the island, making it one of the best snorkeling and diving destinations. It also makes for calm, relatively shallow waters, which is great for kids and those who aren’t fond of bashing waves (that would be me!).

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Amazing scenery along California’s Pacific Coast Highway

California’s famous Highway 1 – a cliff-hugging oceanfront drive along California’s Central Coast stretching from Monterey to Morro Bay – is touted as one of the top road trips in the United States. My husband enjoys driving, so this was our opportunity.

We were on our way from San Francisco (you can read about our SF trip here) to Los Angeles, so we loaded the three kids into the back of our car, and hit the road!

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