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United States & CanadaWhistler's Winter Family Wonderland

HCWT 11.14.2014 20:39 0 0

Whistler's Winter Family Wonderland

Canada's British Columbia is known for its winter scenic terrain and family-friendly skiing on the two adjacent mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb. These slopes can accommodate some 12,000 skiers a day on dozens of trails with short waits in the numerous lift lines.

Whistler Village

Especially appealing for families, It's a winter wonderland of family adventure.Whistler Village offers the most slope-side lodging accommodations in North America. The village, nestled at the foot of the mountains, is a car-free zone and offers walking paths and over 300 shops, eateries, and lodging accommodations.


Tours of the snowy Whistler back country areas are available by dog sled, by snowshoes, and also by sitting cozy and warm in horse-drawn sleighs.

For cross-country ski buffs the Lost Lake Trails are a 10-minute walk from most village accommodations. The trail system includes 20 miles of groomed trails; nearly 3 miles are lit for nighttime Nordic rambles. Equipment rental and trail passes are available at several shops in the village.

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United States & CanadaFamily Snow Fort Adventure - Canada's Ice Hotel

HCWT 11.14.2014 20:14 0 0

Canada's Ice Hotel
... Quebec's ultimate family snow fort adventure.

Discover a uniqQuebec's Ice Hotel on Lac St. Josephue family adventure at Canada's Ice Hotel - the ultimate ice and snow fort for kids of all ages. Sheila shares her family's memorable experience at Ice Hotel on the shores of Lac St. Joseph about 20 minutes west of Quebec. It gets its name, not surprisingly, from the fact that nearly everything in the structure is made of frozen water. That includes the walls, ceilings, beds, furniture, chandeliers, and even the glasses you drink from at the bar. The Ice Hotel is rebuilt every year, designed with new themes, created with amazing architecture, using over 12,000 tons of snow and 400 tons of ice.

Plan early!  This family spring break is snow-packed full of kid-fun activities! Hurry, before the ice melts! 

Read more about this unique family snow fort adventure  - Canada's Ice Hotel.

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United States & CanadaToronto Zoo - Best Wildlife Family Adventure

HCWT 08.22.2014 21:20 0 0


Canada’s Toronto Zoo – A Family-Best Wildlife Adventure

Toddlers, giraffes, zoomobiles, baboons, and carousels – oh my! Share Habeeb's family adventure and discover what makes Canada's Toronto Zoo, one of the world’s top wildlife parks and favorite family attractions.
It’s home to over 5,000 animals exhibited in seven different habitats from around the world - Indo-Malay, Africa, Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, Canadian and the Tundra. The zoo encompasses some 710 acres with 6 miles of walking trails. It is one of the largest zoos in the world and Toronto’s favorite attraction. Read more at Canada's Toronto Zoo.

The Masai giraffe is a most curious animal with its long neck and tongue. Photo by Toronto Zoo.

The Masai giraffe is a most curious animal with its long neck and tongue.

The rare white lions come from Timbavati in South Africa. Photo: Toronto Zoo

The rare white lions come from Timbavati in South Africa. 

The Baboon exhibit provides hours of entertainment. Photo: Toronto Zoo


The Baboon exhibit  provides hours of entertainment. 


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United States & CanadaAfrican Lion Safari Family Adventure

HCWT 07.22.2012 20:53 0 0


Family Vacation at African Lion Safari

The African Lion Safari, Canada’s original safari travel adventure is located an hour’s drive from Toronto or Niagara Falls. Imagine seeing hundreds oThe giraffe and zebra are curious about the cars.f species of birds and animals from all over the world roaming free on a 750-acre reserve replicating the animals’ natural settings?

The African Lion Safari Park, located midway between the Canadian cities of Kitchener and Hamilton is a zoo in reverse! It cages the visitors in their autos instead of placing the animals in enclosures. The Park attracts and entertains nearly 500,000 visitors a year.  

The gates to the African Lion Safari, a family operated venture had just opened when, after paying an entrance fee, the kids and I entered the grounds of one of North America’s top wild animal private parks. The grandkids, full of chatter were excited to begin our journey.

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United States & CanadaFather & Daughter discover Canada's Gatineau Park

HCWT 07.22.2012 20:18 0 0


Only a few minutes drive from the heart of the capital of Canada was the Gatineau Park, a forest, which encompasses some 361 sq km /140

Pink Lake is one of the Park's favorite sights. Find out why it's called Pink Lake.

Pink Lake is one of the Park's favorite sights. Find out why it's called Pink Lake.

sq mi. The Park was founded by Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest reigning Prime Minister. 

    In 1903 Mackenzie King fell in love and bought a small piece of land edging Kingsmere Lake. In the ensuing years, he purchased more land in the area and finally came to own 231 ha (570 ac). To the south of the lake he built a simple four-room summer cottage, which he called Kingswood.  Later, he moved to another cottage, Moorside, which he made into an elegant year-round residence with elaborate flowerbeds and a collections of art. When he died, he bequeathed his property to the Canadians as Gatineau Park.

     The Park encompasses 35,600 ha (88,000 acres) of forest and 40 crystal-clear lakes. The forests contain 1,000 species of plants and 40 species of trees - 90% of which are maple. It is home to 230 species of birds and 54 species of mammals - from bats and deer to bears and wolverines.  Across its wooded hills are 185 km (115 mi) of hiking and biking trails and 15 picnic sites. The Park offers cross-country and downhill skiing facilities, snowshoeing trails, beaches and campgrounds.  

Stroll through the gardens at Mackenzie King Estate.

Stroll through the gardens at Mackenzie King Estate.

    Today, this protected nature reserve provides some 1.5 million annual visitors with year-round serenity of its natural environment and a multitude of outdoor activities. 

    Leila and I were excited to see the popular Pink Lake.  As we looked down at the turquoise waters, we commented, “But it’s not pink!”  Our guide smiled, “It was named after the ‘Pinks’, an Irish family who first settled here.”

    After a fine lunch at the Moorside Tearoom, part of the Mackenzie King Estate we toured the former Prime Minister’s estate, spending sometime at the Kingswood Residence, which had much of Mackenzie King’s personal belongings on exhibit.  Our guide commented, “He was frugal and some say eccentric, but he was a great Prime Minister.”

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