This summer we decided to do a few staycations rather than going off on one big vacation and I’m really glad we did. We quickly learned that living in Southern Ontario provides endless opportunities for adventure. Our children got to explore and enjoy nature in our own backyard and understand how lucky we are to live in such a culturally rich, geographically diverse and absolutely stunning country.
One of my favourite day trips we did was a 3 hour canoe trip down the Grand River in Paris Ontario with a tour company called Treks in the Wild. I can’t say I’ve done a lot of canoeing in my lifetime and my husband is a pro, he grew up with a cottage, so I was a bit nervous about how this was going to go. I knew the scenery would be pretty but I wasn’t sure how long my 6 and 8 year olds would cooperate in a tippy canoe or how long my arms would hold up. I had visions of us all capsizing as the kids began to get restless and our leisurely morning going up in smoke. But what I quickly learned was that sometimes you don’t know how much you’ll enjoy something until you get out and do it.