2015 – A year in travel

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With 2015 drawing to a close our family took the time to discuss how lucky we are to be living the life that we are with family who we care about so deeply. 2015 was far from perfect, we suffered through some tough times including family health scares and the passing of a loved one, but it certainly included some perfect moments that we will all cherish for the rest of our lives, and that’s really what life is about. Life is a series of moments, and those who make the best of those moments live with the fewest regrets and the best memories. Join us as we celebrate 2015 – A year in travel.

Looking back on our year, we choose to celebrate the great times that we had and learn from the tough ones. Here are some of our greatest memories of 2015:

Colombia and the Great White North

January started out slow for us as we recovered from the holidays and prepared for our first big adventure of the year. In February we took a week-long romp through Bogota and Cartagena in Colombia. This trip was made extra special as it marked our two-year old’s first foray into worldwide travel. We climbed mountains, discovered gold, our four year old learned how to snorkel and we also made sure to get in plenty of beach time to shake off the winter blahs!

2015 - C Snorkelling near Pirate Island

Almost immediately on our return to the snowy-white North, we swung up to Ottawa, Ontario/Gatineau, Quebec for our yearly trip to celebrate Winterlude. We spent some amazing time with family sliding down the ice slides, eating delicious foods and being defeated on our attempts to skate the canal due to the frigid minus 35°C temperatures!

2015 - Hitting the Hills

Niagara Falls and Conservation Areas

March marked our oldest son’s fourth birthday and we took the chance to visit the Fallsview Waterpark in Niagara Falls, Ontario. With both sides of our family onboard, we partied through the night and spent the day slipping and sliding through the twisty-turny slides.

As the snow began to melt and spring started to make an appearance, we shook off the winter cobwebs and started to explore the places around us, including Weber Falls in Hamilton in April and the Forks of the Credit Conservation Area in May.

Weber Falls in Hamilton

June finally pushed out 2015’s epic winter and we celebrated the warmth with our yearly father’s day trip with Christina’s family to Sauble Beach Ontario for some sun, sand, and bonfires.

2015 - Sauble Beach

Ottawa and Canada Day

The following weekend we journeyed up to Ottawa to visit family and took in the very cool Children’s Museum and the Canadian Museum of Nature where the kids explored, made crafts and almost got eaten by dinosaurs. During the last weekend in June, we kept things local once more by visiting Elgin, Ontario to see Thomas the Tank Engine and meet the residents of Sodor. While in Elgin we visited nearby London, Ontario to wander around Storybook Village. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t co-operate with us and a huge storm closed the park down and trapped us inside the gift shop along with the park’s other visitors!

Storybook Village

For the July 1st Canada Day celebrations we stuck to home and took in the party at Chinguacousy Park in Brampton, Ontario.  The kids rode the rides and got their faces painted while watching the fireworks. The next weekend we visited Warsaw, Ontario. Warsaw is our home-away-from-home and we canoed up the Indian River and explored the waterfalls and dams before jumping off rocks into the cool, clean water.

2015 - Brampton Canada Day

Triathlon and Jordan

August marked C’s first foray into competitive sports as he, along with two of his cousins ran their first Triathlon at the Dr. Katie Shufelt Triathlon in Peterborough, Ontario. He loved the chance to give it all he had and it was absolutely precious watching a bunch of kids race their bikes with training wheels on! In August we also hit Limehouse Conservation Area in Fergus, Ontario, one of our favorite spots for a hiking day-trip as well as Rockwood Conservation Area in Rockwood, Ontario. We also went camping with our close friends at Mara Provincial Park in Mara, Ontario where we built castles on the beach and tried to catch fish with our hands.

2015 - Shufelt Triathlon

Capping off our very busy August was our epic 18 day journey through Jordan where we experienced Petra, the Citadel, the amazing and generous local culture and made some incredible friends as well as memories to last a lifetime.

A family rides horses guided by a local in Petra

Limehouse, Belfountain, and Rockwood

The end of September didn’t give us much of a chance to recover from our trip to Jordan.  On our epic return home we celebrated D’s second birthday along with trips to the Devil’s Punchbowl in Hamilton, Ontario and return trips with Christina’s uncles who were visiting from the Philippines to Limehouse Conservation Area and Rockwood Conservation Area.

2015 - Belfountain Conservation Area

The warm weather stuck around through October and we took the opportunity to visit Belfountain Conservation Area in Belfountain, Ontario to take in the beautiful fall colors before ending up in Caledon, Ontario to do some apple picking so we could make applesauce for Thanksgiving. October also marked the beginning of Hockey Season with both C and I getting ready for the season. This was C’s first season of hockey and he is absolutely loving it!

Children's hockey

Christmas and New York

In November, with the days getting shorter we visited the local Brampton Christmas Market and celebrated a visit by my Dad with a trip to Mountsberg Conservation Area in Milton, Ontario to see the local Bison conservation efforts.

2015 - Brampton Christmas Market

For the American Thanksgiving, we journeyed down to New York City to visit family, including Christina’s Grandfather who was celebrating his 97th birthday. With help from our relatives, we got a chance to tour the United Nations and the kids got a chance to present their Christmas lists to all the participating countries! We took in the sites in the Big Apple and ate the amazing local treats to cap it all off.

Family sitting behin UN platform

In December, with 2015 drawing to a close we joined the family to watch the Peterborough Santa Claus Parade, rediscovered the Toronto Christmas Market and celebrated the holidays with family and friends.

We look back on an amazing year and how blessed we are to have the opportunities to experience these amazing adventures and we look forward to 2016 and our plans are even bigger!

We thank you all who have joined us as we chronicle our adventures and we hope that in some way we can inspire you to explore your own backyard, area or the World at any chance you can.

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About the Author

Kevin Wagar is a professional traveler and family travel expert living in the Greater Toronto Area. His beautiful wife Christina impressed on him her love of travel and they have made exploring the world an integral part of their life. With the birth of their two boys, Kevin and Christina have made it their mission to show others that traveling with children isn't as scary as it sounds and that kids can benefit from experiencing the world outside of their front door and beyond.

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  1. What a fantastic year of travel: you visited the most diverse destinations, it must have been amazing! I think it’s great to stop and celebrate the good things in life: I also had a mixed year with great and definitely not so great memories and I try to make an effort not to take the good times for granted. In a way, that’s a big reason why I love to blog: to notice and commit those times to memory better. Happy new year!

    1. The hard times really do help you to appreciate the good ones. It’s important to not take these amazing adventures for granted because they can be taken away at a moments notice.

  2. Great year, sorry for all the trials you had to endure. Question: the map, I have been looking for something like that. Is it a plug-in, how do I get one of my own?

    1. Thanks Stacey!
      The map tool is from Code Canyon and is called Interactive Maps. It’s great for it’s sleek looks an ability to link to categories. There are a few others out there but this one worked well for me.

  3. I’m really sorry to hear you’ve experienced health problems in your family…but glad to see how you’ve managed to still create all these beautiful memories with your family. It’s one of the reasons why we decided to do our round the world trip with our son last year, to create these memories and make the most of the moment.

    Jordan is firmly on my list, it looks fantastic. Thanks for tip on which guide to ask for, I may drop you an email if/when I book the ticket 🙂

  4. Looks like a fabulous year! Colombia sounds amazing – I will track down more of your articles about your travels there. I am particularly envious of your snowy adventures in Quebec though – my kids have grown up in Singapore and Hong Kong and never seen snow and they are desperate to go somewhere snowy!

  5. What a great year for your family! Lots of travels and I loved reading more about your family travels to Jordan! Love to see others explore with their kids at any ages. Looking forward to following where 2016 takes you and the family.

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful year 🙂 I’d also like to pass on my condolences for the loss of your loved one, but you really took lived up to the mantra of making the most of the one shot of life we’ve got. I wish you and your family a great 2016…including that trip to Morocco you mentioned to me. Any tips you want, do feel free to give me a shout!

  7. What a year! Well done! You’ve visited amazing places… and so diverse!! Sorry for the hard moments. It is a good reminder not to take things for granted and enjoy every moment as much as we can – travel related or not!
    I’m still in time to wish you a happy Chinese New Year 😉

  8. It seems you have had a great year in 2015. From the names of the places it seems that you had a lot of fun and frolic. I have not been to any of those places and hope to visit some in life. I loved the elephant ride though, it looked so cute.

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