November 15, 2015

I Say I Want a Revolution

non judgement, revolution, happiness I want to start a revolution. A non judgement revolution where people are free to define and live their own happiness.

North America is an extremely judgemental place to live. Who wore it better? Who has the best house? Who gained weight? Who looks younger? Who has the best job/partner/life? As a society we are consistently judging other people on how they live their lives. I am asking for your help, we have to make this stop.

Many of Hollywood’s top actresses have chosen not to have children and they fight a continuous battle of defending their choice. Oprah, Ellen, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Kim Cattrall to name just a few. These are talented, driven women who have remained successful in an increasingly competitive and fickle industry. They have won awards, travelled the world, created empires, volunteered and donated millions of dollars yet continue to be asked if they feel incomplete for not having children. Why must they have children to be considered whole? It’s because it’s part of the recipe.

The recipethe North American ideal for success:

-go to post secondary

-get a ‘good’ job

-get married

-buy a house

-have children

-work hard

-retire

There you have it folks. Follow these simple steps and you too are guaranteed a life of happiness. While I do believe that this can be happiness for some, it is impossible to believe it is for EVERYONE. That is like saying there is only one recipe for dessert – vanilla cake. If you want dessert you must follow this recipe. That’s boring. People’s passions, dreams and interests are far to varied to be expected to fit into a one size fits all mold of happiness. Many are realizing this and are making their own adjustments to the recipe. The problem is when they deviate from the original they are judged by society.

A women in her mid thirties who did not go to post secondary, works as a server. She has been in the service industry for 15 years and is incredibly good at what she does. She has bought her own car, her own house and has an impressive financial portfolio. Despite all this people ask her when she is going to get a ‘real job.’ She loves her job, why is it not considered real?

Another women has her masters degree and a very successful career. She is exceedingly motivated and holds a position of someone at least ten years her senior. She owns her own house, her own luxury vehicle, and her own membership to a country club. She likes to travel for 2-20 weeks at a time. She is asked when she will ‘grow up’ and settle down and stop with the travelling. Why must she stop when it’s her greatest passion?

Another example, a twenty something, very successful young man works an incredibly challenging and thankless job with children and youth. He works hard and has forged ahead in his career with a rare combination of heart and determination. His job requires a level of giving that not many possess. He is scrutinized when he says he does not want to have children. He is called selfish and childish and told that he will change his mind someday. How is that fair?

A mother of two incredible girls, volunteers at her church, is extremely involved in her community and her children’s school as well as taking care of her house and large property. She is looked down upon when she answers stay at home home Mom to the question ‘what do you do?’ From six in the morning until ten at night she is working, investing everything she has into the future of her family. Sadly she is made to feel inferior to women with careers.

I am sure you have judged and have been judged. Neither one makes you feel good.

I am guilty of judgement. I used to question why anyone would get tied down to a 25 year mortgage, a life of debt for for some bricks and mortar? Why are they ruining their lives getting married so young? Why do you work so much? Why don’t you travel more? Judge. Judge. Judge. Judge. I finally realized that people do not want to live my life any more then I want to live theirs.

One way is not better than the other. That’s the thing about life, as long as you are happy living it, it’s the right choice. We have to respect and appreciate the diversity of life without judgement. Everyone has their own path to forge and while you do not have understand or even like another’s path you do not have the right to condemn it for not being like the one you choose.

We need to stop trying to compartmentalize life. No one should ever have to hear “Why don’t you….

get married

have kids

get a ‘real’ job,

travel more/less?”

Happiness is subjective and is unique as our fingerprint. Embrace the diversity.

Will you join me on the revolution or are you going to eat vanilla cake forever?

 

“WHEN YOU JUDGE ANOTHER, YOU DO NOT DEFINE THEM, YOU DEFINE YOURSELF.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Eastport, Happy Adventure, whales, kayak, adventure, bald eagle, experience, peace, Newfoundland, central, adventure central, ocean, sea kayak, canada,boat, bucket list, travel, outdoor, life, lifestyle,I was sitting in a kayak in the middle of the ocean, silently praying the giant beast wouldn’t flip my boat.

It was a warm misty morning that covered itself in a blanket of grey fog and enveloped itself over the day. I was staying at my favourite place on the planet, The Inn at Happy Adventure on the Eastport Peninsula in Newfoundland. The Inn is beautiful and had inspiring views of the ocean from almost any point in the place. I had just finished my coffee when my kayaking guide arrived. His name was Chris, a University student with a bright, infectious smile and a personality to match. I was nervous that the rain would cancel our adventure. It had already been moved from the day before due to high winds, and I had to leave that afternoon. I looked at Chris full of trepidatious hope. Everyone else who was supposed to be on the tour had cancelled because of the rain, but the water was excellent for a paddle; still and smooth, perfect for spotting whales. Chris smiled and told me if I didn’t mind getting wet and being the only one on the tour he was ready to go. One thing I have learned while travelling; you can’t be a princess. If you are not willing to get wet, muddy, dirty, scratched or cold, you will miss out on some of life’s most amazing experiences.

“Let’s Go!”

The water was as smooth as glass. The fog was gently rolling out of Happy Adventure Harbour and the rain turned from downpour to docile mist. It was hard to tell where the sky stopped and the water began. As I was climbing off the dock and into the boat, I took a deep breath of salty air. I always feel an unparalleled sense of peace when I kayak. Gliding over the water as though weightless, the only sound the rhythmic dipping of the paddle as it first kisses the water, then the air, the water, the air, keeping time with the journey like the ticks of a Grandfather clock. It is a living meditation that I allow to wash over me. No one can reach me out there.

My tranquillity was broken by the spray of a whale in the distance. Chris stopped paddling to tell me it was a Minke whale, a “smaller” variety only growing from 23-26 feet in length. My eyes widen.

“Would you like to get closer?” he asked me.

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A huge smile raced across my face as I paddled in the direction of the whale. We powered through the water on a mission. It was an amazing experience, and I was incredibly excited. Chris stopped suddenly and began hitting the side of his kayak with his paddle. In the same rhythm that he had been using to paddle he was now using to bang the side of the boat; one side and another, one side and the other. I wondered what to do when out in the middle of the ocean in a kayak when your guide has suddenly gone crazy. He explained to me that was creating noise so that the whale knows where we are and doesn’t surface underneath us and flip our boat over. My excited anticipation was now panic-inducing fear. The rain, the fog, the isolation, my increasing heart rate and the consent replay in my head of the jaws theme song. The only thing to do was to be still and breathe. Then, as if on cue, the spray appeared six feet in front of us. The whale dove and fanned it’s magnificent tail into the air and just as suddenly as it appeared it was gone. I was speechless. Being a witness to nature in it’s purest form is a surreal experience. The fear I had felt faded into adrenaline as I turned to Chris,

“I want to see more!”

Eastport, Happy Adventure, whales, kayak, adventure, bald eagle, experience, peace, Newfoundland, central, adventure central, ocean, sea kayak, canada,boat, bucket list, travel, outdoor, life, lifestyle,I launched my kayak forward with strength and determination, flying through the water focused on reuniting with my new friend. The spray arose again, this time, it was 15 feet away it was a humpback and it was massive. It dove down into the ocean and waved to us with its monstrous tail. It was like an addiction; I wanted more whales, I needed more whales. We got to experience the dance of another six before we reached the point where we hit the open, unprotected ocean. The wind had picked up, and it was not safe to continue but that was ok, I had gotten my fix. On our way back we hugged the shoreline, the fog had rolled out and left beaming sunshine in its place. Chris took me to explore sea caves and the pristine white sandy beach of Sandy Cove. The beach was beautiful soft sand that looked like it belonged in a Caribbean magazine. A bald eagle swooped down directly beside our kayak and emerged victorious with a fish in its claws. He perched on a branch just over our heads as he dined on his fresh caught feast. Eastport, Happy Adventure, whales, kayak, adventure, bald eagle, experience, peace, Newfoundland, central, adventure central, ocean, sea kayak, canada,boat, bucket list, travel, outdoor, life, lifestyle,

Even though I was just an observer that day, I felt connected to the symphony of nature and the graceful melody of it all. I felt privileged to be able to experience it. To bear witness to the habitual beauty of the animals we share this planet with. Who exist in the state of peace that I craved and longed for when out of my kayak on back on land.

 

Kayaking is just one of the amazing adventures offered through The Inn at Happy Adventure click here to view all of the epic experiences.

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Your stomach is a flutter with a kaleidoscope of butterflies. The hair on the back of your neck, charged with the energy of nervous anticipation. Your heartbeat is racing as fast as your mind and the smile refuses to leave your face. You have just agreed to go on a first date. The intoxicating cocktail of excitement, nerves, fear and hope can make it hard to think clearly, as you attempt to decide what to do for your first date. At this point, most people resort to dinner and a movie or meeting for drinks, because it’s safe and comfortable. It’s an easy option, but it’s also a boring choice. You are not like every other woman out there. You are unique, special, awesome and amazing, and your first date engagement should be that too. Here are a few ideas to help you create a first time experience that is as memorable as you are. Read More…

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“Why are you still single?”

I shudder every time someone asks me this. This question is like sharp nails slowly peeling their way down a chalk board. How do people expect me to honestly answer this question?

I have no idea why I am single. Thanks for asking.

Watching everyone around you get married and build a life together while being the only one standing alone on the outside can feel isolating and confusing. Why am I still single? After having some serious chats with my closest married friends and living with a married couple for a year, my perspective changed. I got to see first hand how hard married life can be. How much work that you have to put into it. The grass is not greener. Being single, I can travel whenever I want, where ever I want. I don’t have to ask anybody if I can do anything. I have complete and total freedom. Now when I am asked that question I answer;

“Because it’s awesome and I am really happy, why are you still married?”

 

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Owning any house for that matter. It seems like the ultimate confirmation for official adulthood is buying a house. I appreciate that it’s a smart financial investment. However for someone with a transient soul, going into debt for the next 25 years for a pile of brick and mortar sounds more like a jail sentence. I have chosen to spend my money building stamps on a passport; just because it’s unconventional and different doesn’t make it less of a valid life choice or make me less of an adult.

 

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This is one I really struggled with. Growing up I didn’t think there was an option. Women had children that’s the way it has always been. In my 20’s I decided I was an independent women and that children would tie me down. In my 30’s I thought that maybe I did want kids. I followed a lot of really amazing travel writers who had kids yet were still traveling the world. I realized it was not an either or decision. However I had items in my cupboard that lasted longer then most of my relationships, so I went to a fertility clinic to see about freezing my eggs. It was during this process that I found out that my weak heart would not be able to handle the hormones your body produces during pregnancy. I would not be able to carry a baby to term. It’s amazing how you can grieve for something that you weren’t even sure that you wanted. I reverted back to my perceptions growing up. I was a women and having children was my inherent right and that right had just been taken away from me. I felt like a part of me had been stolen. After months of feeling like I was a victim with no prerogative, I saw that in actuality I have many options. I can seek out surrogacy or decide on adoption or be the best damn Godmother in the history of the planet and rock that title. I may decide to not have kids at all but that doesn’t make me less of a kick ass woman.

 

 

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Starving myself, following fad diets and the latest work out trends was exhausting. Pilates, zumba, P90X, aerial yoga, boot camp, all to live up to someone else’s idea of the perfect body. The people I was comparing myself to have personal trainers, cooks and nutritionist to help them look that way. I just have me and most times I barely have time to eat. When I stopped putting so much pressure on myself to achieve a perfect body and focused on being healthy I began to feel happier as well. I was getting compliments on how I looked and was even getting regularly ID’ed at the liquor store. Being 35 and getting carded for wine, now that’s a trend I want to be a part of. I have accepted that it’s ok if parts of my body are squishy and I no longer beat myself up if every now and then I eat an entire bag of chips for dinner. Being happy is the best thing I can do for my body.

 

 

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Having a certain amount of money saved by a certain point in life and stressing about it not being there is no way to live. I was so focused on reaching a certain number that I stop living. All I was doing was working. What good is money if you are too warn out to enjoy it? I crashed. I had a breakdown and had to escape life. I went into hiding in Nicaragua with no phone or internet; I was completely off the grid. I used that hard earned savings to take time to experience life instead of just passing through it. Planning for the future is ok, as long as you don’t miss the present in order to make it happened. You never see a U-haul following a hearse, you can’t take it with you when you go. I learned to enjoy life now because the one certainty in life is that nothing is guaranteed.

 

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Life is dramatic enough without creating more. I follow the words of Eleanor Roosevelt;

Great mind discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

I want to be a great mind and surround myself with other great minds. Quality over quantity. I would rather have a few great minded friends then a hundred small minded ones.

 

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Every single time I get my damn ducks in a row one of those buggers wanders off. Just when I think I can see my future clearly something happens to cloud the picture. I had a crystal clear vision of my future with a beautiful man. He was English (I have a serious weakness for accents), we met in California while at a conference. We had a whirlwind romance and continued to grow the relationship through skype and phone calls everyday. He came to visit me in Canada and we were planning on traveling the world together. This was my fairytale story. It was perfectly clear. Then, I found out he was married. Future shattered. Definitely didn’t see that coming! Life throws you curve balls that blindside you in the face. It’s happened before, it will happened again. I have learned to take deep breaths and to accept that the future is unknown. I may never get my ducks in a row, but I always have my wine bottles in a row and that is a future worth celebrating.

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Every day thousands of women are being deceived by the men that they are dating. From lying about being married, to where he is from, to his profession, the lie is delivered with such conviction it’s almost impossible to detect. Many men are able to continue the lie for months and even many years. Leaving the women with not only gut-wrenching heart break, but also feeling foolish for falling for the deceit at all. Detecting a lie is incredibly difficult and has been studied by psychologists and criminologist for years. Unfortunately, there is no simple formula to uncovering those telling the truth to those spinning a web of lies. There are, however, a few red flags that us dating ladies should be aware of. The following are nine signs that you may be the victim of romantic deception. Read More…

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Broken heart, dating, single life, on line dating, trust, heart broken, Baggage, Start Small, Let it Go, Support, Female support, Undolus, Take Time, Trust Yourself, You know the feeling. It’s like someone drove a Mac truck into your stomach and parked it there. Your head is spinning and it’s nearly impossible to focus. Nothing in your world makes sense and you would like nothing more than to build a cocoon around yourself and shut out the world. It’s the pain of a broken heart. At one time or another, we have all felt it. Once the agony subsides and you can see clearly again you are left facing one very important question. How do I trust again after having my heart broken? Read More… 

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Greece
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Santorini (Thira):

The beauty of this island can only be matched by the charm of it’s people. I recommend staying in Oia (pronounced Ee-ah) it’s less crowed than Fira (the main city) and has the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

The public buses are a great way to get around the island and only cost 1.50 euro. You really don’t have to do anything on this island except sit on a balcony and experience the awe-inspiring view. If you do want to venture out, here are a few other things I suggest: Go to Kamari, the black beach, and collect real pumice stone from the shore. Snorkel, almost anywhere off the island. Go sailing, either with a tour or rent a boat yourself. Go on a wine tour; Santo wines is the one I suggest as it has the most breathtaking view of the caldera on the island. Sipping wine while enjoying that view almost guarantees that you will never want to leave. www.santowines.gr

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Europe, Mediterranean, Greece, travel, acropolis, Athens, Santorini, Oia, Fira, greek islands, greek food, Plaka, Dalphini hotel, Karmari beach, black beach, Ydria, cecil, museum, acropolis museum, Kandori Restaurant, wine, santowines, Thira, travel, travel Greece, Things to do in Greece, tips for GreeceTW Suggests eating at: The bakery across the white marble street from Delfini. They bake fresh treats daily, a perfect way to start your day.  Also across the white marble street and to the left is a cafe with amazing lattes and the most decedent chocolate lava cake you can imagine. For a nice dinner out, try Kandouni Restaurant and Bar www.kandouni.com

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Athens:

You really don’t need to spend more than 2-3 days in Athens, unless you are a history buff in which case you could spend weeks. No matter what, you have to see the Acropolis. Standing amongst this ancient fortress while staring out at the modern city of Athens, you feel as if you are caught between two times. Not being huge on museums, I do highly recommend that you visit the Acropolis Museum after visiting the Acropolis. It will put everything you have just seen into context and also has a stunning view of the fortress. www.theacropolismuseum.gr . The Plaka is the oldest area in Athens and is mostly open only to pedestrian traffic. It is a good place to find souvenirs, restaurants and cafes.

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TW Suggests eating at: If you are looking for traditional Greek food at a great price, The Hani in the Plaka serves huge portions of fresh cooked food. Also in the Plaka, Ydria cafe-restaurant has a good menu and a beautiful courtyard patio, great for a mid afternoon latte. www.ydria.gr

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Food you should try in Greece: Real Greek salad~ fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives and feta cheese ~ so fresh. Saganaki cheese (fried cheese), moussakas (sautéed eggplant, tomato and minced meat), yoghurt with honey (Greece promotes the best honey in the world), Baklava (a dessert made from layers of filo pastry filled with nuts and sweetened with honey, Ouzo (liqueur with a black liquorish taste).

Europe, Mediterranean, Greece, travel, acropolis, Athens, Santorini, Oia, Fira, greek islands, greek food, Plaka, Dalphini hotel, Karmari beach, black beach, Ydria, cecil, museum, acropolis museum, Kandori Restaurant, wine, santowines, Thira, travel, travel Greece, Things to do in Greece, tips for GreeceTipping ~ 10% -20% for servers if there is no service charge on the bill. For taxi’s just round the fair up.

IGNORANCE IS NOT AN EXCUSE! KNOW THE TIPPING CUSTOMS OF A COUNTRY YOU ARE VISITING.

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I had to focus on breathing. I could hear what my roommate was saying but the words were fading into the background as the drum beat of my heart grew louder. The whole world around me began to slow down as my brain raced to process the information I had just been given. It was as though I was standing in the middle of a boxing ring, unable to move my hands to protect myself from the painful blows. This couldn’t really be happening. How could the man I was falling in love with be married? I was devastated. Total knock out. Read More…

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June 23, 2016

Top Ten Toronto

The Traveling Waitress’ Top 10 Toronto (Summer Time)

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Toronto Blue Jays, Distillery District, Panorama Lounge, Toronto Island, Canada. Ontario, travel, tope ten, Toronto, Steam Whistle, St. Lawrence Market, Younge and Dundas, Queen Street, CN Tower, Edge Walk, The CN Tower Edge Walk ~ There is no better way to see the city of Toronto then a 360 degree tour 1,168 feet up! On a clear day you can see all the way to Niagara Falls. It’s an amazing and an experience you will never forget. 

Steam Whistle Brewery Tour ~ After the edge walk you will need a drink!  Steam Whistle is just steps away from the CN Tower. I love my beer and try to do a brewery tour in every city I visit. Stream Whistle is BY FAR my favourite. Not only to they have an amazing tasting Pilsner, the tour guides are fun, down to earth and great story tellers. They make the experience interactive and tons of fun. And unlike most breweries they do not make you wait to the end of the tour to give you a beer. Steam Whistle also supports local musicians and artists and is environmental friendly company. If that isn’t enough the beer tastes AWESOME. 

St. Lawrence Market ~ Hundreds of different vendors with any flavor your tested buds could imagine. National Geographic named the St. Lawrence Market the #1 food market in the world. Nuff said. Plus it’s a nice walk there from Union Station down Front Street. 

The Distillery District ~ The oldest part of the city, this Victorian era pedestrian only village is home to artsy boutiques, great restaurants and local designers shops and studios. Once the old whisky distillery, this charming area of the city now houses one of Canada’s best beers, Mill St. You can take a tour of of the Brewery or just enjoy a delicious beer and food pairing at the restaurant. 

Toronto Island ~ Take the ferry to Toronto Island, you can rent kayaks or bikes and explore the island, grab a picnic or a game of mini golf. I recommend being over there once the sun sets to get an amazing skyline view on Toronto as the sun goes down and the lights come up. 

Panorama Lounge ~ Speaking of great views of the city. Right at the corner of Bloor and Bay street is the Manulife Centre. Go inside, it looks like a shopping mall at first but trust me and keep walking to the back, take the escalator and you will see a sign for Panorama Lounge. Then take the elevator to the 51st floor. Cocktails are expensive but it is worth it to have one while over looking the city at night.

Queen Street ~ This is an awesome street to walk down and explore. It has everything from funky one off shops and boutiques to well know stores. You can find some great souvenirs here. I highly recommend stopping at Poutini’s house of Poutin for a culinary Canadian classic (fries topped with cheese curds and hot gravy) They even have a Vegan version!!! http://www.poutini.com/              The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern is also on this street where some musicians you may have heard of; Willie Nelson, Police, The Ramones, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, MatchBox 20, The Strokes, Billy Talent, The Trews, Bryan adams and The Rolling Stones have played. Catch a local Toronto band and discover why we have such a great reputation of indie bands. www.horseshoetavern.com

Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Game ~ Located right downtown at the Rogers Centre (locals still call it Skydome). If it is a nice day the dome is open allowing the chant “Let’s Go Blue Jays” to be heard under the beaming sun, tickets start at only $10. After the game walk down the street in any direction to visit a hotdog vendor for a taste of the world’s best street meat (in my humble opinion). You can also take tours of Rogers centre and walk right onto the baseball diamond. Tour tickets are just $12 and the tours run every hour from 11:00am – 4:00pm. toronto.bluejays.mlb.comToronto Blue Jays, Distillery District, Panorama Lounge, Toronto Island, Canada. Ontario, travel, tope ten, Toronto, Steam Whistle, St. Lawrence Market, Younge and Dundas, Queen Street, CN Tower, Edge Walk,

Younge and Dundas Square ~ Toronto’s (smaller) version of Time Square. Bright lights, billboards and bustling people make it so you are never boarded here. Free concerts and performance art is often taking place and if it is a really hot day you can run through the street level water fountains to cool off. www.ydsquare.ca

Take a World Tour ~ Toronto is an incredibly multi cultural city. With over Over 140 languages and dialects spoken here, and just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speaking a language other than English or French at home, it is no surprise that there are pockets of the city that hold their own mini country within them. Don’t worry they all accept the loonie!

~ Little Italy ~ along college street between Bathurst St and Ossington Ave

~ China Town ~ Spadina Ave. (Queen To College) and Dundas St. (East and West of Spadina)

~ Greektown ~ All along Danforth Ave from Jones Ave to Hampton Ave

~ Little Poland ~ Roncesvalles Village, Roncesvalles Ave from Queen Street To Bloor

~ Little India ~ Little India, also known as the Gerrard India Bazaar, a half dozen blocks on Gerrard Street East

~ Little Portugal ~ Along Dundas Street West from Shawn Street to Rusholme Road

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Trekking in the trees

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Getting out there and exploring the beauty of this awesome planet is something we all enjoy doing – but we all tent to get stuck in our habits. It’s easy to fixate on just one activity that you really enjoy doing – whether that’s hiking, running or camping, snorkelling, jazercising. It happens all the time, we buy gear with a single pursuit in mind and tend to forget about any adventures outside of our peripheral vision.

If you’re looking to get out there and try something unconventional and different,  to switch it up and have amazing new experiences, any of these are an awesome choice for mixing it up this summer. Read More…

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Exploring Caves and Caverns near Toronto

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Put the passports away. There is no need to travel far to experience amazing Live Out There adventures this summer. These are 5 epic experiences within two hours of downtown Toronto.  Caving, Horseback Riding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Cycling and Kite Boarding.  If you want to get out there this summer without breaking the bank or fighting the cottager traffic, from the epic adventurous to family friendly fun, we have got you covered. Read more…

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