Friday, July 2, 2010

Schools out for summer!!!

Well it is official, summer vacation has begun. How are you spending those crazy, hazy days of summer? How are you keeping your children entertained for the next 10 weeks? What are your vacation plans? Why not try an active vacation this year? Perhaps some adventure travel? Keeping you and your family active this summer is very important, so why not combine sport and adventure for your vacation.

Maybe sea kayaking in one of our Atlantic Provinces, white water rafting in Quebec, cycling in the Drumheller Badlands of Alberta or hiking in the Rockies of British Columbia? Tree top tours are the latest craze in family adventure travel and can even be done as a day trip in most areas of Canada. Haliburton Forest in Ontario has the world’s largest canopy boardwalk. Imagine being suspended 20 meters above the forest floor. Your children will forget all about their video games after an exciting day in the tree tops.

How about a multi-sport vacation? Whiteshell Provincial Park in Pinawa, Manitoba, offers golf, tennis, rafting, canoeing, hiking, sailing and geocaching. What is geocaching you ask? It is basically a high tech treasure hunt and will definitely keep your techno teens entertained, outside and active this summer. Participants use GPS devices and often traverse rocks, mountains and creeks to locate caches — usually a stash of trinkets and clues to the next location. It’s fun for the whole family!

To learn more about how you and your family can have an active vacation this summer check out these SIRC resources:
  • Adventure travel, running and triathlon. Active Woman Canada Sept/Oct 2004: Vol. 2 Issue 5. p. 10-12
  • Travel like a PRO. Broudy, Berne, Backpacker Mar2009, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p37
  • ADVENTURES GUIDE. Bicycling Jul2008, Vol. 49 Issue 6, p133

To learn more about geocaching check out these SIRC resources:

  • Teaching GPS Technology in Nature Education Programs. Bourdeau, Virginia, Camping Magazine Nov2007, Vol. 80 Issue 6, p1
  • SCAVENGER HUNTS GO HIGH TECH. Hontz, Jenny, Shape Jul2006, Vol. 25 Issue 11, p42
  • Over the River and through the Woods. Chavez, Deborah J.; Courtright, Rich; Schneider, Ingrid, Parks & Recreation Apr2004, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p68

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