Northern Ontario roadtrip with baby Duncan: From Toronto to Iroquois Falls

baby with paul bunyan

Last week we headed up north for our first roadtrip with baby Duncan. Loaded up with sleeves of diapers, stacks of wipes, a borrowed Pack ‘n Play, and every bib we own, we took our little family from Toronto up to Sudbury, Timmins, Iroquois Falls, New Liskeard and North Bay. I’d never been north of Sudbury, so I was happy to see some more of our beautiful province.

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fall in sudbury ON

On the drive up, the trees had just turned yellow, but by the time we were making our way south again, the trees were in full autumn reds and oranges. When we were up in Timmins, it was a cold 5C, so it was a surprise to come back home to unseasonably warm 25C weather.
fall in northern ontario

the big nickel sudbury ON

roadtrip with baby

We were a little bit apprehensive of taking a 6 month old on a 1-week roadtrip. Would we be stopping every 20 minutes to deal with a screaming/wet/hungry baby? Would he be able to nap on the go? Would he keep us up all night?

baby in hotel

Fortunately, Duncan did great! We went with the flow and kept the car rides as short as possible, stopping when we could.

We took turns sitting in the back with him on the drive so that we could give him a bottle or keep him entertained. A couple weeks ago we moved him into a convertible car seat since he had outgrown his bucket seat, so that definitely helped keep him more comfortable.
mom and baby in hotel

Sometimes naps were skipped and bed time was a little later than usual, but Duncan actually slept better than he usually does at home, sometimes sleeping through his usual 4am quick feed.

He also loved swimming at the hotels. It was a nice way to splash away some energy after spending a few hours in the car.

baby with giant moose

Most of all, he loved all the attention he got everywhere he went. People up north are so friendly, and he returned every smile with a giggle and got loved on by everyone we encountered.

roadtrip with baby

roadtrip with baby

After a successful first roadtrip with baby, it’s given us the confidence to try to do some more weekend travels this fall.

lumberjack baby in the fall

north bay ontario waterfront

Travelling with baby: Duncan’s first trip to Kelowna, BC

mom and baby at the lake

Last week we took Duncan on his first flight to visit his grandparents in Kelowna, BC. Mike and I love to travel to Kelowna every summer, and we were excited to share the experience with Duncan. We knew that it would be different now that we were travelling with baby, but it all went quite smoothly and everyone had a great time.

lake okanagan, kelowna BC

We love Kelowna for the beautiful scenery, amazing hiking and great beaches. While we enjoyed all those things on this trip, we didn’t do so as frequently as usual. That was partially due to having the baby, and largely due to smoke from the forest fires. We took advantage of the clear days, and had a wonderful first experience travelling with baby.

mask for baby lol

We were understandably nervous about making the 5 hour flight with a baby, but Duncan was such a great little traveler. We didn’t bring a stroller since Mike’s parents rented a bunch of baby gear for us, so I used my ring sling to carry Duncan through the airport. Although the rings set off the metal detector and I had to remove it to go through security, it worked out really well. It was great to have my hands free to wrangle luggage and documents, and Duncan was nice and comfy and liked looking around at all the people and things in the airport.

baby and ogopogo in kelowna

He didn’t let out a single cry on the flight there, although he became over-tired because he was just so excited with it all that he didn’t want to nap much. He was smiling at everyone the whole time. While airplane diaper changes aren’t ideal, I think Dunc’s favourite part was getting attention from everyone as I carried him down the aisle to the washroom. Continue Reading

Honeymoon Highlights: Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Honeymoon Cruise

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Honeymoon Cruise

We’re back from our honeymoon, so I’m checking in to share some highlights! We took a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean on their completely insane Oasis of the Seas ship. We’d never done a cruise before, but people kept recommending that we give it a try.

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Honeymoon Cruise

The ship was 16 decks of craziness with non-stop entertainment, ridiculous amounts of food, and six thousand other people.

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Honeymoon Cruise

There were rock climbing walls, surf simulators,  a park, casino, skating rink and carousel. We watched shows with dancers and acrobats, divers and aerialists and The Martian in 3D.

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Top Five in Kelowna, British Columbia: Summer Edition

kelowna

Mike’s parents live in Kelowna, British Columbia, and we recently enjoyed a wonderful visit with them. The temperature was around 35C (95F) and sunny for much of our stay, so we spent a lot of time cooling off at the local beaches.

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There is so much to do in Kelowna in the summer for outdoor adventurers and wine aficionados alike. In addition to a photo dump, here’s a recap of my Top Five in Kelowna, British Columbia: Summer Edition.

Top Five in Kelowna

1) Hiking. I’m a big fan of hiking and Kelowna has countless trails for all lengths of hikes and all levels of difficulty. We use HikingAddiction.ca to plan our Kelowna hikes. On this visit we hiked the Bear Creek Canyon, which has a beautiful waterfall, and Rose Valley, which was a more intense hike but rewarded us with the most stunning views. In addition to the great trails and amazing vistas, another thing I really appreciate is that many of the parks have well-maintained washrooms. No squatting in the bushes on these hikes!

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