All the Way From Down Under to Canada!

One thing we feel really good about with our Global FieldTrip is that is has inspired others to “go for it” and travel – especially our family from Australia!  Last Christmas, our cousins from outside of Melbourne wanted to experience a white Christmas in Canada – and the Siomos family got what they wished for!  For two weeks we gave them a Canadian winter adventure which included skating, hockey, tubing, snowshoeing and more!

Winter Wonderland!

Just this past Spring, another set of cousins from Oz – the Damchevs, called us up and said they were coming for a summer visit.  We were so excited to have them stay with us and experience a Canadian summer, which should be much warmer, right?

It was time for a Great Canadian road trip!  First to Ottawa for Canada Day, then off we went to Montreal where we enjoyed the Montreal Jazz Fest, Mount Royal, Smoked meat, Montreal bagels and more! We had loads of summer fun, despite the cooler than normal temps.

Then we went NorthWest to Beachburg for some white water rafting with Wilderness Tours.  We had a spacious log cabin right on the beach which was perfect for kayaking and reviewing our rolls:)

The paddling weather was perfect – it was the best weather they had seen so far into the season with sunshine and clear skies.

Staying cool in the rapid!

Jenny’s still in the raft!

We’re rocking this!

Jenny’s still in the raft!


Upon our return to TO, it was time to celebrate Mikhaila’s 16th birthday and connect with all the family.

More fun included the Blue Jays, Eaton Centre, Nathan Philips Square, Niagara Falls, the Beach and more!

Of course Canada’s Wonderland was a hit with the kids of all ages!  Although the weather was overcast and gray – we decided to go anyways and were rewarded with fast and easy access to all the rides!  There were no lineups at all!!! Everyone enjoyed the awesome roller coasters multiple times and the tasty treats!

Family visits were essential and we were lucky to connect and have lots of fun!

Overall, it was an amazing time with all of our Aussie cousins and we can’t wait to see them all in the near future! With all of our fast-paced and stressed out lives, taking the time to have fun, travel with the kids, and spend time with family is so important.  We just need to do it more often!!

Until we meet again – which should be very soon!!

Wonderland Fun!

8 thoughts on “All the Way From Down Under to Canada!”

  1. Ravi Puliani says:

    Belated Happy Birthday to Mikhaila, from all of us here.

    1. Katina says:

      Thanks Ravi – it’s been one continuous celebration here! We hope you are all well!

  2. Sharon Faulhaber says:

    Well you folks are like the energizer bunnies. You just keep on giving. Love your tales & travels. We will live vicariously thru you!
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Katina says:

      Hi Sharon,

      It’s fun to show off our beautiful country/province/city etc… we have a lot to be proud of!

  3. Oma says:

    We enjoyed to read about the visits of the australian branch of the family and it was great that we were able to meet them and celebrate their visit. Looks like you all had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing

    1. Katina says:

      We had a lot of fun and it was great to connect with our family that we don’t get to see very often! Glad you were able to meet them too!

  4. JEnny says:

    These were certainly fun times!

    1. Katina says:

      Yup – you should go to Australia and see their beautiful country!

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