For us in Canada, we are planning on spending a lot of time outdoors, so we’ve put together some of our favourites for our adventurous kiddos. This year more than ever, whatever you choose – try to buy local. We gathered as many local vendors and Made in Canada companies for this list.
Halloweens Creepy Creatures. Many species get bad reputations – learning more about these spooky critters can help you channel your own inner creepy creature and understand the important roles they play. The more you learn, the more you’ll realize these animals aren’t so scary after all!
This fall leaf craft is great for kids of all ages. BONUS: it's relatively simple and everything that’s needed, you should have on hand. All you need is half an hour, some wax paper, leaves, and a glue stick (optional to add a construction paper border around the edges).
Whether you plan to venture to the city park, provincial park or national park, there are some basic safety tips everyone should know to help keep you and the family healthy, happy and make the most of your outdoor adventure!
Before you run to the store to restock on pain for the kids, consider making your own! Homemade inks can be made out of almost anything you can find outside - walnuts, bark, moss and even many weeds yield beautiful shades of earthy browns and greens.
If you plan to get outside and enjoy some hiking, you might be in an area where there are black bears, grizzlies or both. Black bears are prevalent across Canada (and the United States of America), while grizzly bears are found in Western Canada. How do you avoid an encounter with a bear and keep yourself safe? The first step is to understand bears and their behaviour.
With Canada Day quickly approaching, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the wealth of our National Parks - coast to coast. These vast spaces of protected land are what makes Canada beautiful and unique. Here are some of the coolest facts we found that you may have not known about our parks.
Natural navigation means orienting yourself and crossing a landscape without needing to rely on technology like maps, gps or compass. Developing natural navigational awareness can really help you get your bearings if you ever get lost - and it will make outdoor exploration more meaningful and exciting!
As a pediatrician, I spend a lot of my time counseling families on healthy lifestyle changes for both prevention and treatment of a variety of medical conditions. Outdoor play has the potential to improve the health of Canadian children in many ways: by naturally reducing screen time, increasing physical activity, and providing opportunity for healthy parent-child relationship development.
We have taken time this week to chat one-on-one with each of our team members, we have found new resources and new information, and we have thought a lot about what we can do now and, in the future, to be advocates, ambassadors, and allies for diversity in the outdoors.