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5 days of Canadian field trips… day 2

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One of our favourite museums is the Canadian Museum of Nature 

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~Lisa

 


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5 days of Canadian field trips… day 1

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Let me kick start this 5 day series with the parliament of canada !

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This is a great field trip for kids studying the government … I would suggest maybe 8 years and up …depending on the child and their interest in architecture and /or government  as they not only learn about the government but the building itself is really beautiful to visit and learn about.

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oh and  by the way it is FREE just be careful as it fills up fast during tourist season and they have limited spaces for visits and close early in the afternoon.

~Lisa


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Canada Day ideas

Canada Day is just around the corner 🙂

We like to go see the fireworks … but other then that we take advantage of the day  to just be together and enjoy what ever local activities we stumble upon. From outdoor concerts to festivals… there is always something fun to see and do on Canada Day 🙂

We tend to have a relaxing family day and try to make some fun summer cool treats such as this neat cold treat  🙂

freeze bananas for a few hours  and then toss in blender with a few raspberries … taste just like raspberry ice cream 🙂 really creamy, completely raw, vegan and delicious!

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To get other neat and fun Canada Day activities  or ideas go check out the Canadian homeschool blogging team here 🙂

and happy Canada Day!

~Lisa


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A Virtual Field Trip

Welcome to Quebec; where I happen to be living for the moment.

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I have to start by saying I haven’t seen that much of it in real life … I have been to Quebec city and all around the Montreal area, up north and south … but have never made it past Quebec city or to the far north.

Here are some places I am very familiar with and love:

Montreal is a great city as there are many families and many parks and green spaces. almost anywhere you are in the city you can probably find a park not far.

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One of my all time favourite places is Mount Royal … a huge green space right smack in the middle of the city. Kind of like central park … only way better 😉 , because it is a mountain and there is an amazing view from the top. (fun factThe park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also co-designed New York’s Central Park )

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Then there is Old Montreal; which takes you away and makes you feel like you are travelling through a town in Europe. With it’s cobblestone streets and the port with the huge ships … lots of fun for kids to see and explore.

Montreal is known as the underground city … because it has a vast underground subway system which is referred to as the metro … and you can shop, eat and travel all while never stepping foot outside.

Another great place that we really like is Parc jean Drapeau which is also linked to Notre Dame Island … it is a great place to bike, walk, roller blade… this is where expo ’67 was held and there is a famous sphere like ball which today is the biosphere museum   ( fun factNotre Dame Island was built in ten months from 15 million tons of rock excavated for the Montreal Metro in 1965. to clarify … when they dug out the underground metro system they came up with the plan to make a man made island from all the rubble)  also this is where the famous Canadian grand prix takes place.

I will suggest the best time to visit is May / June or September / October but if you are coming for some of the famous festivals such as the jazz or just for laughs then you would need to come during the summer months or if you are coming for the winter festival, that is usually in early February … and then the sugaring off season is always fun ( fun fact quebec is the worlds leading producer of maple syrup “with about 75 percent of global production” )

Mont Tremblant is a great day trip get away; a village on a ski mountain. We have gone in June and loved it as there were lots of neat activities such as mini put, panoramic gondola ride, luge,  and the beach to hang out at.IMG_4576IMG_4495

I asked friends to help me come up with a list of places to visit in the province and below is the places my friends mentioned 🙂

a nature park just north of montreal: http://centredelanature.laval.ca/

this place looks lovely for rescued horses:  http://ahorsetale.org/horse-rescue-wp/

a Chimpanzee Sanctuary : http://www.faunafoundation.org/the-sanctuary/

another great outdoor place: http://www.ilesaintbernard.com/en/naturalsites/refuge-faunique-marguerite-youville-wildlife-sanctuary/

http://www.matawinie.com/

water park : http://www.parcaquatique.com/en/

where ever you go; overall quebec is very family friendly and there is lots to see and do 🙂

if you visit any of these places please let me know how you liked them 🙂

please go check out my fellow Canadian bloggers with their provincial field trips here 

please enter our giveaway for this month by clicking here  Entry-Form ***

*open to Canadian residents – excluding Quebec Must be 18+ to enter. Ends April 15th, 2015 @11:59pm EST. *** sadly due to quebec regulations  which have nothing to do with myself or the Canadian homeschooler or the giveaway partner and simply due to the quebec provincial government regulations; quebec residents are not eligible for this giveaway  this month … yes it completly  sucks! :/

~Lisa

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