Canada day is always a special celebration in the Little Miss Kate household. It is more than just another long weekend, for us it is a time to get together with family. Good food, great company and celebrating the amazing country we live in – what more could you ask for? We have a yearly tradition of taking a Canada Day Picture that started out like this
Then grew to this
and now, well…
Given that this year Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday I created a Canada 150 Bucket List for our family to make sure we get out and enjoy our beautiful country and take part in some beloved Canadian activities
Canada 150 Bucket List
Hitting the Water – From canoeing and paddle boarding to hitting up the beach I am hoping to spend some quality time on and in the water this summer. With the nice weather being around for such a short time we are going to make the most of it. Little Bear loves canoeing with his Grandpa so we will make time to get in some quality time with him. We will also be exploring several beaches in Southern Ontario including Valens Lake Conservation Area. My smartphone GPS will be my bff in helping me get to my destination as quickly as possible while avoiding any traffic tie ups. If you don’t have a data plan on your phone to step into The Mobile Shop to talk plans, because trust me – real time traffic updates are a lifesaver when traveling with kids.
Hitting the Trails – This year I splurged and bought a bike trailer so we can go on bike rides as a family. Monkey is OK for longer rides, but Little Bear and Roo don’t have the stamina to go very far. With the trailer I get an extra workout and we have room to pack a picnic lunch to go along on our adventures. We have several paved multi-use trails near us that we are going to start on and then see where we can go from there!
Connecting With Our Neighbourhood – While we have always been friendly with our neighbours a recent sudden and unexpected loss of one of the people who lived on our street has brought our street even closer together. I feel like bringing people together after a tough loss helps everyone heal. On Canada Day long weekend we helped host a street BBQ where everyone on our street was invited to come out to enjoy some good food, lots of laughs and connect with one another. There was even a little ball hockey to go along with the festivities. It filled my heart with so much love seeing everyone coming together like that, knowing that we are not only building a great neigbourhood for our children to grow up in but also creating lasting friendships. I can check this one off our list… at least until Halloween when we have our street pumpkin carving party!
Beaver Tails & Poutine – Two Canadian specialties that make my mouth water just thinking about them. While Beaver Tails can be a little illusive there are more and more locations popping up, and a quick search on my smartphone shows me that there is a new location less than 15km from my house! And with apps like UberEats I am able to get tasty Poutine delivered right to my door. If your phone is feeling sluggish when it comes to apps pop into The Mobile Shop to get unbiased advise on all devices across all the leading wireless providers in Canada. The Mobile Shop will make sure you are set up with a solution based on your needs. Now time to enjoy some Canadian treats!
Hockey & Skating – While hockey might not be the official sport of Canada it is the most easily recognized. I didn’t set out to be a hockey mom, I am not a great skater and don’t like the cold hockey rinks. However the kids have really enjoyed skating on our local outdoor ice rinks and Monkey started hockey school last year and loved it. This year my gold is to have more of us on the ice becoming better skaters, and Monkey is going into his first rec hockey. So we will be spending time as a family on the ice and cheering for Monkey when he plays. I have been tasked as the “official” videographer for the games so I can send some clips to my parents who live a couple of hours away and won’t be able to come down to games that often. Need a phone that can keep up with your photography and video needs? The Mobile Shop carries a full selection of the latest smartphones so you can get the perfect picture every time.
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I can’t wait to take on some more family adventures this year and cross more items off our Canada 150 Bucket List. How did you celebrate Canada Day this year? Are you taking the opportunity to explore Canada a little more as part of the 150th celebrations?