Amanda MacKay

Author Bio:

Amanda is mum to two fun and lively kids. Together with her entrepreneur husband, she loves seeing the world through her kids’ eyes, introducing them to new experiences and adventures and, when they are finally asleep, tucking into bed with a good book. Visit Amanda on Instagram at Food + Country.


Posts by Amanda MacKay:

Jasper National Park From End to End: Experience the Best of the Park When You Visit These Attractions

Posted on: July 12, 2017

Driving down the Icefields Parkway as I returned to Calgary from an April conference at the Jasper Park Lodge, I vowed to return as soon as possible with my husband and two kids in tow. I had travelled along this route way, way back during junior high school, but my memories had faded over time
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The Alberta Industry That Clay Built: Exploring Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat’s Historic Clay District

Posted on: July 3, 2017

Standing inside the cool, spacious and dimly lit brick-walled beehive kiln at Medalta Potteries, watching my seven year old daughter crane her neck to see to the top of the curved ceiling, it’s hard to imagine the same space crammed from floor to ceiling and wall to wall with hundreds to thousands of clay objects stacked in
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Celebrate the Sunny Season North of the 49th: 5 of Canada’s Best Summer Festivals

Posted on: June 19, 2017

Sure, being unique and original and doing things your own way are great ways to live your life, but sometimes it’s A-OK to follow the crowd… like when that crowd is headed to an awesome festival! Whether it’s because most of our country gets too much a whole lot of winter every
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Start Your Holiday Hassle-Free: 7 Tips for a Smooth Trip Through Airport Security… Even With Infants and Young Kids!!

Posted on: May 17, 2017

Heading off on a vacation is exciting, but the requisite preparations for a trip that includes flying can leave a parent feeling frazzled. Once you’ve jumped through all the hoops needed just to make it to the airport, the last thing you need is to get hung up at airport security. While we can’t promise
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What’s Red & White and Popping Up All Over? Spring Tulips, in the Canada 150 Celebration Gardens!

Posted on: May 3, 2017

An international symbol of friendship and a welcome sign of spring’s arrival after every long Canadian winter, the tulip has been feted with abundant displays at the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa for 65 years. Inspired by the gift of 100,000 tulips from the Netherlands to Canada following World War II (Canadian soldiers were instrumental
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Grab the Grandparents & Get Away – Greater Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Have Something for Every Generation!

Posted on: February 10, 2017

As we descended into Palm Springs International Airport, I half wondered whether we were doing the right thing in visiting the same vacation destination twice within 6 months. After all, our first trip to the Coachella Valley  had only just taken place in May and now here we were –  less than halfway
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Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia: Captured in Living Colour

Posted on: August 26, 2016

As the ocean breeze fills the sails of the schooner Amoeba and she heels to one side, I brace my feet against the rail and drink in the crisp salt air and incredible coastal scenery surrounding us on all sides. The stark white and red of the Kidston Island Lighthouse stand in bright contrast to the browns and
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Canada’s Olympic Cities: Then and Now, Plus How to Visit

Posted on: July 25, 2016

As Rio de Janeiro puts the finishing touches on their venues and plans for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games (August 5-21, 2016) and some of the world’s best athletes conclude years of training in anticipation, we’re remembering Canada’s own Olympic games. Over the past 40 years three Canadian cities have had the honour (and the
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A Picture Perfect Family Vacation in the Coachella Valley

Posted on: July 8, 2016

Palm Springs, a popular fall-through-spring holiday destination for western Canadians, is actually just the best known of nine small cities that populate Southern California’s Coachella Valley (Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage). The whole area is renowned for its warm, dry
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O Canada, O Yum! Eating Your Way From Coast to Coast, Across The True North

Posted on: June 24, 2016

I’m a proud and grateful Canadian. I think most of us, whether newly arrived from other countries or raised in families that have lived here for generations, realise that we live in a special part of the world. This country boasts stunning landscapes, plentiful natural resources, a [mostly] harmonious blend
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