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About Me & My Family

I'm a mom of two girls living just outside Toronto, Canada and I'm on a mission to show my girls the world - one trip at a time. We went on our first family trip more than 18 years ago and have never looked back! I have been blogging about traveling with kids since 2011 at gonewiththefamily.com
We Just Got Back From
Amsterdam and London, England
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Prince Edward Island, London, Paris (can't pick one!)
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Galapagos Islands
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January 13 2015
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Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello
392 Notre Dame,
montebello, Quebec
"Family-Friendly Luxury Hotel"
We have stayed at Château Montebello on three separate occasions - twice in the winter and once in the summer - and loved it on all of those stays!

The resort itself is both beautiful and historic - it is said to be the largest log cabin in the world. I especially like the six-sided stone fireplace in the lobby. There is plenty of comfortable seating which makes it the perfect place to sit and chat, read a book, or play games with family members.

Most guests eat in the resort's dining room. My younger daughter loves it because there is a buffet available for both breakfast and dinner. Meals are also available à la carte.

The reason that my family enjoys the resort so much though is that there are so many activities available, no matter the season, that it is almost impossible to get bored here. In the summer we have enjoyed swimming, kayaking and canoeing at the nearby Fairmont Kenauk and much more. In the winter, there's ice-skating, curling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. There's also a large indoor swimming pool that can be enjoyed at any time of year as well as a games room, supervised children's movies in the evening and more. We stayed most recently during our Christmas break a couple of weeks ago and even though there was snow we still managed to have a great time for a couple of days.

We also make a point of visiting nearby Omega Park and the village of Montebello while staying at the resort. Omega Park is a drive through wildlife park that is always a hit with kids because the highlight is feeding elk and deer carrots from the windows of your car. If you like chocolate then be sure to visit the Chocomotive store in the village of Montebello - you can watch chocolate being made while you browse the merchandise and try to narrow down your choices.

Château Montebello is located about midway between Ottawa and Montréal which makes it easy to add a stay here on to a trip to either of those two Canadian cities.

Fairmont le Château Montebello is a great resort for all ages.
September 09 2014
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Gateway Village | kids travel, kids activities
Gateway Village
100 Abegweit Blvd.,
Prince Edward Island
"Fun place for a pitstop!!"
Gateway Village, located at the foot of the Confederation Bridge, makes a perfect pitstop for anyone arriving or departing Prince Edward Island by car. There's a Visitor Information Centre as well as a number of shops and food outlets. The play park is perfect for stretching and burning off some energy after long car drives. There's a Cows Ice Cream in Gateway Village so we always stop upon arriving on the island for our first cone and then again when we are leaving for our last. We also always make a point of visiting Cavendish Figurines and taking a photo with the Spirit of Anne statue - just one of the many tributes to Anne of Green Gables that can be found on the island.
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September 05 2014
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The Holman Grand Hotel | kids travel, kids activities
The Holman Grand Hotel
123 Grafton Street,
charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
"Stylish Boutique Hotel - Great location!"
Our family has visited Prince Edward Island many times but we had never stayed in Charlottetown, the capital city, until our recent summer trip. We booked late and weren't able to get our cottage for a full week so decided to spend 2 nights in the city before heading to the beach for the remainder of the week. With some quick internet research we discovered the Holman Grand Hotel - we hadn't heard of it before but it seemed to suit our needs perfectly.

The Holman Grand Hotel opened in 2012 and was the first new hotel to open in the city in 25 years. An interesting bit of trivia is that the hotel is housed inside the former Holman Department Store which was long a fixture in Charlottetown.

The location is fabulous - in the heart of historic Charlottetown across from the Confederation Centre of the Arts and just a few minutes from the waterfront. We parked our car when we arrived Saturday and didn't get it out again until we were leaving on Monday.

There were five of us so we booked two separate rooms with 2 Queens in each - located near each other but not adjoining. The two teenagers had one room and my husband, 11 year-old and I had the other. I loved the stylish modern rooms with hardwood floors in this boutique hotel. The bed was so comfortable and luxurious that I didn't want to get out of in the morning. From the large windows of our room we had a panoramic view of both Province House and the Confederation Centre of the Arts. We had a small kitchenette (including a refrigerator and a Keurig coffee maker) as well as a sitting area with two upholstered chairs and a small table, a flat-screen tv, and a long desk/work station. The bathroom was quite lovely - spa-like, large and modern with a separate tub and a walk-in shower.

We had a delicious dinner in the on-site restaurant, the Redwater Rustic Grille. We walked to Starbucks and Tim Hortons for breakfast - both within a few minutes walk.

We used the pool and and the hot tub briefly after a day spent out walking around town. The pool area is small and rather spa-like which is fine with older kids but might not be conducive to active play with younger kids. There's also a health centre which was fairly well-equipped but we didn't have the opportunity to use it.

The older girls loved that the hotel was connected to the Confederation Mall and they checked out the shops one afternoon while we were walking around town. WIFI at the hotel is complimentary which everyone in our family appreciates. I hadn't noticed the policy when I was booking online but was also pleased to discover that the property is 100% non-smoking.

The lobby is large and welcoming and one thing that I absolutely loved (as a bit of a history geek) was the two massive pieces of art hanging on the back wall of the lobby depicting the Charlottetown Conference and the Quebec Conference. These two conferences held in 1864 led to the formation of Canada in 1867.

I would definitely stay at the Holman Grand Hotel again. I loved that it was a stylish boutique hotel in a historic location which made it easy to sightsee in Charlottetown.
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September 05 2014
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Pizza Delight | kids travel, kids activities
Pizza Delight
Route 6,
Prince Edward Island C0A 1M0
"Casual and Family Friendly!"
Our family has visited the Cavendish region of Prince Edward Island 8 times and I believe that we have eaten at Pizza Delight on the first night of our visit each time. In fact, my 17 year-old announced on our most recent trip last month that we HAD to eat at Pizza Delight the first night - because it's tradition!

Pizza Delight is a Canadian-owned and operated pizza chain with many outlets in Atlantic Canada. This particular outlet is located on the Cavendish Boardwalk which has a few dining options as well as shops and a Cows Ice Cream outlet.

The menus offer a variety of items including pizza, pasta, salads and additional entrees. There is a kids menu and gluten-free items are available as well.

Take-out and delivery is also available for anyone renting a cottage or staying at a campground who prefers to eat at home rather than in the restaurant.

The atmosphere at Pizza Delight is casual and family-friendly - it's definitely one of those restaurants where you don't need to worry at all about bringing young children. It's not fine dining but it's decent food, served quickly in a family-friendly environment. That was an important factor for us when the girls were little and now apparently we return because - tradition!
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August 15 2014
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Harbour Hippo | kids travel, kids activities
Harbour Hippo
Prince St.,
Prince Edward Island
The Harbour Hippo is a fun tour of Charlottetown aboard an amphibious vehicle. The tour begins next door to Founders' Hall near the Charlottetown waterfront and takes passengers on a drive around the downtown area before plunging into the harbour for a cruise along the shore line.

While driving through the streets of Charlottetown, passengers will see Province House, Peake's Quay Wharf, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Victoria Row, the Beaconsfield Historic House and more. There is a tour guide on the Hippo that will provide narration during the course of the tour. Like any other tour, the narrator will often make or break the tour. In our case, we had a charming guide who kept everyone both informed and entertained throughout the course of the tour.

We have done these land and sea tours in several cities and they always seem to be popular with families. The length is just right for the attention spans of youngsters (55 minutes in this case) and the thrill of driving into the ocean is the most popular part of the tour.
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