Winter Weekend in Whistler

Winter in Whistler at Nita Lake Lodge

Winter in Whistler at Nita Lake Lodge

Take two 30-something women, put them on snowboards for the first time, and embarrassment (or broken bones) will ensue, right? Not so fast. I grew up in Tennessee, which is not exactly a hotbed for winter sports. After living in Seattle for four years and listening to my friends tout the joys of nearby skiing and snowboarding, I decided it was finally time to learn. I recruited my friend Emmie to join me as she was in the same boat, a completely novice snowboarder. We discovered there was an all-women ski and snowboard camp being taught throughout the winter in Whistler, British Columbia. Making fools of ourselves in front of a group of women seemed like the ideal way to learn, so we signed up.

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Visiting Montreal in the Wintertime

Notre-Dame Basilica alter in Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica alter in Montreal

The last leg of our Canadian winter adventure took place in Montreal. We really only had one full day in the city to explore before we had to head home back to Los Angeles. We were growing weary of the snow and the cold, but something about being in Montreal was exciting and drew us out to explore and spend our last couple of days really enjoying the time we had left in Canada.

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Family Time at Canada’s Niagara Falls

Looking out over Niagara Falls from a Niagara Helicopters Limited ride

Looking out over Niagara Falls from a Niagara Helicopters Limited ride

No one in my family had ever seen Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, so we were very excited for this leg of our winter vacation. Our initial introduction to the falls was by helicopter. We were swept up and away by Niagara Helicopters Limited for a fast but very fun sightseeing tour of the Niagara Falls area. We swooped and hovered over the falls for about 15 minutes while the audio tour guided us through what we were seeing. It’s a great story and a very whimsical way to be introduced to one of the most popular waterfalls in the world. The kids loved it, and since this was their first time in a helicopter it made it that much more special.

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Ten Reasons Why Kids Love the Four Seasons Toronto

A view of the Four Seasons Toronto lobby

A view of the Four Seasons Toronto lobby

During the holiday season we took our kids on a cross-country train ride, and one of our stops was Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And, just as in the beginning of our trip in Vancouver, we stayed at the Four Seasons. This hotel is incredible. It’s the landmark hotel for Four Seasons, which means all the best things Four Seasons has to offer are within the walls of this beautiful space.

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Small Town and Big Plans in Jasper

The welcome sign for Jasper in Alberta, Canada

The welcome sign for Jasper in Alberta, Canada

Jasper is located high up in the Canadian Rockies. It’s a small town, but it gets quite a bit of tourism year round. The summer months bring visitors for their annual family vacations at the lakefront resorts, and winter brings avid snow sports enthusiasts.

We visited during Christmas on our family vacation and stayed at the Pyramid Lake Resort above town. This mountain resort made it feel as though we were visiting Kellerman’s from the movie “Dirty Dancing.” It is certainly a place where families come to spend their summer vacation on the lake canoeing, hiking, and getting away from it all.

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