Our visit to Parc Safari – Hemingford

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06h00: Oui, même un week-end, j’ai réglé mon réveil pour surprendre les enfants avec un court voyage à Hemingford, Parc Safari. Alors je me suis levé un peu plus tôt pour terminer le pique-nique, mettre les trucs dans le  le SUV, me préparer, apprécier un café CHAUD (oui lire ici #momvictory) et ensuite réveiller les garçons.

Tout a commencé avec une grosse crise de colère avec mon plus jeune (Oh oui …) et puis j’ai commencé à regretter de les avoir réveillé si tôt et de ne pas avoir attendu qu’ils se réveillent tous seuls puisqu’ils se réveillent déjà si tôt en semaine. Après les avoir soudoyés avec des collations amusantes à apporter et l’iPad pour la route afin qu’ils puissent regarder un film ou jouer à des jeux, Liam a soudainement commencé à être plus gentil et soudain, Axel  aussi. ( bizarre haha )

À ce moment-là, Loic mon adolescent s’est même ré-endormi. Quelle matinée, quelle bonne idée de maman j’avais eu de cette journée, de me lever très tôt… haha.

La raison pour laquelle je les ai réveillés si tôt est que nous avons  la chance d’assister au petit déjeuner des lions mais c’était à 8h30 précis et nous avions environ 1h30 de route à faire.

Donc nous sommes finalement partis, avons ramassé l’un des amis de Loic puisque mon mari était sur le quart de week-end ce jour-là, et puis nous avons finalement pris la route.

Tout s’est très bien passé, tous les garçons s’entendaient très bien jusqu’à …  ce qu’Axel a commence à vomir PARTOUT dans son siège auto, sur lui, sur le iPad, sur le plancher de la voiture … YEP. Et deux fois !!!

Je vais vous épargner les détails mais ensuite, avec le début de matinée que j’avais eu, c’était trop et je voulais juste rentrer à la maison, aussi bien que je ne savais pas comment Axel se sentirait plus tard et je ne voulais pas qu’il soit malade durant la journée pauvre petit coco. Alors je me suis arrêté au bord de la route, j’ai tout nettoyé, changé Axel, jeté des trucs dans une poubelle parce que je ne supportais plus l’odeur … et repris la route pour me diriger vers le Parc Safari.

Je suis contente de l’avoir fait car Axel se sentait si bien après, et oh que nous avons passé une journée incroyable, avec des activités tellement amusantes et ces animaux étaient tout simplement LES MEILLEURS, la RÉCOMPENSE du JOUR!

Nos coups de coeur de cette journée: Les lions, les girafes, les phaons, les chameaux et les petits suricates.

Il y a un air de jeu pour les plus petits, le site est vraiment éducatif, et il y a plusieurs aires de jeux d’eau et piscine mais nous n’y sommes pas allés car il faisait trop froid cette journée là.

Allez-y cet été, je vous le dit, c’est un coup de coeur assuré.

 

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6:00am: Yes, even on a weekend I pt my alarm clock to surprise the kids with a fun short road trip to Hemingford, Parc Safari. So I got up a little bit earlier to finish up the picnic, pack the SUV, get ready myself, enjoy a WARM coffee ( yes I did: read #momvictory ) and then wake up the boys.

It started with a HUGE tantrum with my 2 youngest ( Oh yes… ) and then I started immediatly regretting waking them up so early and not waiting for them to wake up by themself since they already wake up so early on week days. After bribering them with some fun snacks to bring and the iPad for the road so they could watch a movie or play games, Liam started to be nicer and suddenly, Axel stopped as well.

By that time, Loic my teen fell back to sleep. What a morning, what a great mom idea I had haha.

The reason why I woke them so early is we had the chance to attend to the Lions breakfast but that was at 8h30 sharp and we had about 1h30 of drive to do.

So we finally left, picked up one of Loic’s friend since my hubby was on weekend shift that day, and then really took the road.

Everything went really well, all the boys got along until…. Axel started throwing up EVERYWHERE in his car seat, on him, iPad, car floor… YEP. And TWICE!!!

I will save you the details but then, with the morning start I had, that was TOO MUCH and just wanted to come back home, as well as I didn’t know how Axel would feel later. So I stopped by the side of the road, cleaned up everything as much as I could, changed Axel, thrown stuff in a garbage because I just couldn’t support the odor… and took the road again and heading to Parc Safari.

So glad I did because Axel felt so good after, and oh we had an amazing day, with just so fun activities and those animals were just THE BEST, the REWARD of the DAY!

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Our favorites of this day: the lions, giraffes, bambis, camels and small meerkats.

There is a play area for the little ones, the site is really educational, and there are several playgrounds and swimming pool but we didn’t go because it was too cold that day.

Go there this summer, I tell you, you will LOVE your day and experience!

Stephanie xx

 

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Weekend gateway at the Blue Mountain resort

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We had the chance to travel up north of Toronto last weekend to the beautiful Blue Mountain resort, where we lodged at the Westin Trillium house. Loving fun and amusing weekends with our boys, we packed the truck, some luggages and snacks and hit the road for a 4 days, 3 nights weekend gateway. But let me tell you that we would have stayed there more days, we really loved it. It totally worth the drive, it took us  a little over 7 hours and every little member of our family loved it.

At our arrival, we had the pleasure of discovering our beautiful 2 bedroom family suite, with a full kitchen, living room, dining room, 2 bathroom, beautiful large balcony with a stunning vie on the village, pool and Georgian bay. We were surprised by a fun and cute teepee and a bowling game for the kids and a nice yummy attention on the table, waiting for us. We unpacked quickly our luggage and headed out to explore the beautiful village and attractions available on site.

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We then started our activities for our stay such as hiking, riding on the open-air gondola, miniputt at the Cascade putting course, enjoying the woodlot low ropes and the Timber high ropes, ride on the ridge runner mountain coaster, heated swimming pool, splash at the Plunge water park and even tour Blue Mountain’s mill pound by boat.

FOOD

Here are the restaurants we went to and totally recommend:

BREAKFAST

Sunset Grill.

This little friendly and welcoming breakfast restaurant was fun and perfect if you want to have a quick, yet good breakfast. The kids enjoyed pancakes and fruits, while the boys had a generous omelette and I had a egg white only omelette ( counting the carbs you know haha )!

Oliver & Bonacini Café grill.

This was the Westin restaurant located by the lobby, with it’s beautiful and contemporary decor. The smoothies are a must try and the fruit salad. The omelets were great as well as the oatmeal bowl. You can also have lunch and diner at this plate, as well as a cocktail at happy hour before heading our to diner. We have a fun time.

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LUNCH

Grand Central lodge.

We had lunch there, which is located just at the bottom of the ski slopes ( yes that resort is located at the bottom of the ski mountain ). The kids had cheeseburgers and we had a build your own salad, perfect if you ask me if you want to eat healthy but quickly.

DINER

Firehall pizza co.

We had the sweet potato fries, bruschetta as appetizers. Then, we ordered the yummiest pizza and they were so good. The sizes are really generous so it’s perfect to share a few of them with some salad to make it more healthy… but hey, it’s perfect for a cheat day.

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Pottery

That was totally a culinary experience. We had as appetizers, the seared scallops, beet variation plate and as for main dishes, the boys took sauce rosé penne, my teen and hubby took the and I had the filet mignon and I had a fish dish that was just sooo yummy and fluffy.

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snacks

We brought lots of snacks with us ( cheese, crackers, fruits ) but of course, they NEEDED some more snacks, like a yummy marshmallow brochette at the Rocky mountain factory, an ice-cream cone at Hatley and a frozen yogurt cup at Menchies. They really enjoyed it all.

Here are the highlights of our activities and the ones that the boys liked the most. The resorts really has plenty of activities for really all ages and tastes. My boys loves anything outdoors and that involves running, climbing, jumping etc so they were really pleased with all of these activities selections.

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That was at the Timber high ropes with my teen Loic. That was definitely my favorite activity of the weekend.

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We had an amazing ride on the open-air gondola.

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We hiked the mountain all together.

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We had a fun family mini putt.

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We had rides on the ridge runner mountain coaster.

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The boys enjoyed the woodlot low ropes course.

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Hope it will give you the taste of visiting that resort this summer, let me tell you again, it was worth all the hours of drive from Montreal and we are looking forward to going back for sure.

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Let me know if you go and what were your favorite activities and highlights.

Stephanie