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Summer the way it used to be
Summer is a time for family and friends, which possibly accounts for the huge popularity of cottages by a lake in Canada. Not everyone has a cabin to call their own, of course. Many don’t choose to invest in a place that will be used only a few months a year. Find yourself stuck in the city? Here are a couple of ways to enjoy the great outdoors with those you love that won’t break the bank.
Go to family camp
If you wax nostalgic for those halcyon days you spent at summer camp as a kid, here’s your chance to relive the experience. And this time you can take your kids — and your dog! — with you. At Camp Wanakita on Koshlong Lake near Haliburton Heights, ON you get your own cabin which accommodates from three to 12 people, and three squares a day. The washrooms and showers are in a separate building — this is camp after all — and the activities are endless. Biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, crafts, puppetry, yoga, jazz dance, archery and dozens of others; participation optional. And don’t forget the campfires, skits and talent night. So fun! So inexpensive! Plastic covered foam mattresses, bring your own bedding and towels. Cell phone coverage is weak. Closest Wi-Fi is a 15-minute drive away. Rates for seven days: adults $556; youth 10-16 $400; kids 3-9 $375; under 3 free. You’re only permitted to stay a week. wanakita.ymcahbb.ca/family-camp-programs.cfm.
Take a hike
Consider a seven-day romp through the Rockies on a guided trip that takes you from Banff to Jasper and back. Camp in spacious two-person tents, all meals and transportation between National Parks included. Take a different hike everyday to some of the most beautiful spots in the country. Distances vary from a few kilometres to an 18-kilometre circuit in Jasper that takes you up to a 2790-metre summit. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and a daypack, everything else — tent, meals, park and camping fees — is supplied. Maximum of a dozen people on each trip. From $1395. timberwolftours.com/site/our-tours/best-of-banff-yoho-and-jasper.html.
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