I've visited over 30 countries on six continents (still one to go!) I love writing about my adventures for National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, Travel + Leisure, Fodors, Lonely Planet...

Stargazing in Québec’s Dark Sky Reserve

The anticipation at ObservÉtoiles, an outdoor observatory in the Eastern Townships, had been building for hours. Or was it days? I'd traveled there, along with my husband and 10-year-old son, to watch April's solar eclipse at the astronomy-themed spot, which found itself — through a stroke of cosmic luck — squarely within the path of totality. It was quiet as the surrounding forest went dusky. But when the sun disappeared, a gasp rippled through the crowd, followed by an impromptu round of applause…

Down in the Valley

At Rockytop Overlook along the Skyline Drive of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, the distant haze
scatters light creating a blue paint stroke outline of
Lewis Mountain on the horizon. The living canvas before me with deep shades of green running along Loft Mountain is larger than any gallery exhibition. This masterpiece moves in the breeze, the shadows deepen along valleys, the light catches on a new angle and the grasses sway by my feet.

Athens, Greece with kids: Beaches, trains, and mind-blowing ruins

People visit Athens, Europe's oldest capital city for the awe-inspiring ancient sites such as the Acropolis and Parthenon. And while kids of all ages can find these sites interesting, Athens also offers lots of other family-friendly activities and attractions including museums, parks, promenades, and more. Whether you’re squeezing Athens in while traveling around Europe, combining a stay in the capital with island hopping, or lingering a little longer, these are the best things to do with kids in Athens.

5 Reasons Why Belize Should Be Your Next Family Vacation Destination

What to see and do in this Central American paradise.

Animal-obsessed kids will love Belize because of its rich biodiversity and abundant opportunities for wildlife encounters. Dip below the waves to snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest in the world, where you can marvel at schools of colourful tropical fish and even larger marine creatures, like dolphins, stingrays and sea turtles.
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Top Things To Do in the Maldives With Kids

Known as the ultimate honeymoon destination, the Maldives might not automatically register as a family friendly vacation spot.

However, thanks to the warmth and kindness of Maldivians who genuinely seem to find kids delightful, the extraordinarily rich marine biodiversity and a range of fun excursions and activities, these 26 atolls floating in the Indian Ocean are a natural playground for kids of all ages.

5 Ways To Get Outside This Winter—That Aren’t Skiing

Skip the skis and try these winter sports instead.

When I moved to Ottawa 17 years ago, I was determined to learn how to ski so I could enjoy the four months of snow and cold we get here in Canada’s northern capital. However, after falling over on nearly every bunny run across the province, I discovered skiing doesn’t exactly come naturally to me. Instead, I've been getting my winter adventure kicks on ATVs, snowmobiles, dogsleds, and snowsh

Stormwatching, surfing lessons, whale-spotting — Vancouver Island’s Tofino is . . . Canada’s Wild West!

Wearing my hotel-branded yellow raincoat, I walk to Cox Bay Beach on Vancouver Island’s Tofino looking out to the wild Pacific waves, dotted with brave surfers. The noise of the ocean is immersive, like cinema surround sound. I record it on my phone, hoping it will transport me back here once I am home, far from the restorative healing properties of the sea.
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