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Doors Open Ontario

May 31, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Doors Open Ontario

Last year, out of the blue, we have decided to participate to the Doors Open Ottawa during the first week-end of June.   That year, we have discovered a wonderful way to learn more about the facilities in our city as we visited the Traffic Control, the Supreme Court, the parliament, the paramedic’s headquarters as well as the Ottawa Citizen on a two days adventure. This year, we will miss Doors Open Ottawa since we are away from home.   But I discovered that this event is not limited to Ottawa only.   Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to participate to Doors Open Toronto and discovered interesting things. Here’s the places we went to learn more about these iconic places in Toronto. Union Station Since the opening in 1927, Union Station has been one of the most significant hubs in Canada’s transportation network. In the last 35 years, the station has taken on added importance in the Toronto area as the terminal for commuter rail services and as a vital link in the Toronto... [Read more...]

Royal Botanical Gardens

May 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Royal Botanical Gardens

Since my husband has a contract outside of town, we have decided to bring the whole family with the RV and homeschool on the road.   Though we do a bit of school work during the weekdays, I also wanted to discover new places in the Toronto area.   Since I review books and products, I figure that I could try to get free admission to different attractions in or near Toronto in exchange of a blog post. One of the first attractions I contacted was the Royal Botanical Gardens which is located about 1 hour and 30 minutes from our campsite.    This activity would definitively be a day outing and it would require us to be rested.  Imagine my delight when I got a positive response from them.    We were set to visit the RBG over the long week-end in May. So on May 19th, we drove to Burlington to explore and discover a garden that I have been wanting to see for many years now.   I grew up in Montreal and I went many times to the botanical gardens there.   I also had the privilege of... [Read more...]

Homeschooling away from home

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Homeschooling away from home

As I am writing this, we have arrived in Toronto for an extended period of time while my husband works on a contract in the area.    We were fortunate to find a campsite close to the workplace where he would be (about 10 minutes of drive) and that was open before the long week-end in Ontario.  It isn’t our first time rving and homeschooling while my husband is working on a contract as we did it two years ago while being in Northern Ontario for a couple of days.   However, this time it is for a longer period of time and I am unsure about how the homeschool will go. When packing for such events – i.e. homeschooling/contracting – we had to be wise for the quantities of things to bring.   I am pleased to say that the math and English curriculum were finished before our departure.  The only books I needed to bring were French as well as science. I had two plastic containers of things to bring for our school time.   This got reduced to one container strategically placed so it... [Read more...]

Visit The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you enjoy visiting local display gardens when you are traveling hither and yon? Indeed, they can be a great way to see local flora and fauna. They are also fabulous locations in which to gather some regional knowledge and history and to gain a better understanding of the local climate. If you are visiting Vancouver Island, British Columbia this summer, then you might consider a visit to The Butchart Gardens, which is located about 14 miles north of Victoria. Once a bleak limestone quarry pit, the 55-acre garden was started by Jennie Butchart in 1904. Jennie’s husband, Robert Pim Butchart, was a pioneer in the cement industry. After the limestone was depleted from the land near their house, Jennie decided to convert the useless pit into beautiful productive gardens. Those gardens are  now known as The Butchart Gardens and to this day remain a family owned private garden open to the public. If you are visiting with children, rest assured that the children will be entertained... [Read more...]

Teach your kids about birds

April 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Teach your kids about birds

Ornithology can go hands-to-hands with camping.   And to learn more about birds, you need to learn to be patient as well as to be quiet when exploring the woods, grasslands or other places where birds can be found.   You also need some equipment to be successful in finding birds.   So where can you start if you have never done it before? My first suggestion would be to find a good book that will introduce your to the world of ornithology.  The purpose of this post is to present you a great book that would be perfect for children and adults. Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America Written by Bill Thomson III Published at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt About the Book Covering 300 of the most common birds in all of the United States and Canada, The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America is loaded with color photographs, drawings showing typical behaviors, range maps, an easy-to-use checklist, fun facts, and authoritative information about each bird, its vocalizations,... [Read more...]

Exploration 101 at the Boston Museum of Science

March 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A couple of years ago, we were once again in the area of Boston and wanted to explore the museums out there. The first one we went to visit was the Boston Museum of Science  which we were able to access for almost free because of our membership at our local Science museum.   I say almost free because this particular museum charged us a child entrance ticket for our family.    I am not complaining because if we would have had to pay for everyone it would have cost us a fortune. Our experience there was fabulous.  There are many levels to explore and discover with the kids.   We even took a picture with a Naboo Starfighter from Star Wars while there! Two particular things were our highlights while visiting the museum of science in Boston.    The first one is the human body section where we stumbled (literally) on a live experiment to explain how our heart works with the heart of a lamb.   Apparently, both hearts works the same way so it was very instructive.    My oldest... [Read more...]

SAS Shoe Factory tour, San Antonio, TX…

March 12, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

SAS Shoe Factory tour, San Antonio, TX…

One source of fun (and educational!) opportunities that is often overlooked when traveling, is that of factory tours! We have done several tours this winter while visiting the sunny south; the latest was a visit to the SAS shoe factory in San Antonio, TX. SAS stands for San Antonio Shoemakers, and their quality products have been 100% American made since it’s beginning in 1976. Planning our visit, we weren’t really sure what to expect – the website made a stop look like it would be fun – but you know how websites can be – they can make a destination look like an interesting place to visit only to arrive and find that the attraction is a dud. Not so with SAS! We found it to be much more interesting than we had hoped! Pulling into the parking lot we found the grounds to be spacious, with adequate room for RV and bus parking. The parking lot was neat and clean, and full of interesting displays of classic cars and machinery. The buildings are designed to look... [Read more...]

Spring is coming…

February 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Spring is coming…

This week-end I caught my husband counting the weeks on his iPhone.    I was wondering what he was doing and then I realized he was counting the number of weeks before we can go up to our RV at the campground.   Total is fourteen weeks.   Fourteen weeks before we can drive to our RV and open it up for the season. Let me tell you that the weeks are not passing by fast enough according to the kids.   My four years old keep asking when we will go and remind us that we need to bring her pink blanket with us when we do.   She recently told us that we should not forget our plastic containers with the clothes when we go. Too funny!  You can sense her passion for camping and fishing as well. So slowly we are wrapping up our homeschool.   The kids still have about eleven weeks to complete their mathematics.   My oldest as finished his English writing curriculum.   English grammar is almost completed as well.   Bottom line we are doing good even though the French lessons won’t... [Read more...]

How it’s Made – A Guitar is Born

January 27, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

How it’s Made – A Guitar is Born

Did you know that in the state of Pennsylvania there is a town called Nazareth?   And in this town, you can have the opportunity of visiting…..; C.F. Martin & Co. For over 150 years, The Martin Guitar Company has been producing instruments that are recognized all around the world.   These instruments are in the highest quality and their construction is very precise. We had the opportunity to visit the factory back a few years ago and we really enjoyed it.    In 2008, we embarked on our first ever trip with our RV and we experience many interesting things.   Visiting a guitar factory was one of our highlights in our trip. We had planned the field trip with the kids before arriving in PA because I had purchased the book Watch It Made In The U.S.A. As a visitor on the factory tour, you will be shown how the guitars come to life through the hands of the people working at C.F. Martin & Co.  Tours are done regularly between 11am and 2:30pm Monday to Friday.    There is... [Read more...]

Death Valley National Park…

January 25, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Death Valley National Park…

One of the National Parks that has surprised me the most was Death Valley.  I expected it to be a vast valley with nothing but barren sand dunes for miles and miles.  I didn’t give it much thought, but just figured that it was worthy of it’s National Park status due to the fact that it is deemed the hottest spot in the United States.  And to be honest, the only reason that we gave it a day’s worth of our time was because we are on a mission to collect Jr. Ranger badges from every National Park that offers them!   view from the Furnace Creek visitor's center Since the park covers 3 million acres of land, there is plenty of park to explore!   We drove in through Death Valley Junction from Pahrump. We left with enough fuel to last the day, and that is one tip that I would highly recommend for anyone driving the park – it’s a big park!  While there is fuel at Stovepipe Wells, it is about $1.50 more per gallon than if you just fill up before leaving... [Read more...]

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