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:

Finding Mountain Magic at Panorama Mountain Resort: On the Slopes, and Off!

Posted on: February 22, 2016

Mountain magic – do you know it? If you’ve ever experienced winter outside the city and amongst the peaks, you probably know what I mean. There’s something special about the combination of cold snow and ice, natural beauty, rustic architecture, and getting chilly [outdoors] before getting warmed up [indoors] that makes a cold Canadian winter
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Bonny Scotland, Here We Come! A Canadian Clan Plans a First-Time Visit

Posted on: February 5, 2016

My husband and I have always dreamed of visiting Scotland. His family came to Canada a long time ago, but with a name like MacKay, a love of single malts (his, not mine) and a mild obsession with Outlander (mine, not his), it makes perfect sense to want to visit the old homeland.
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Mom and Dad at the Seashore: A Kid-Free Weekend in Monterey

Posted on: October 28, 2015

Sipping my lunchtime margarita (lime, rocks, salt – classic!), I had one of those ‘you know you’re on vacation when…’ moments. I think I let out a sigh, and I know I felt the tension in my shoulders relax another notch. Like most busy parents, I dearly love my children and thoroughly
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5 Weird and Wonderful Canadian Museums

Posted on: July 20, 2015

Museum. For many of us, that word still conjures up distant memories of dusty old buildings, housing dusty old objects in dusty glass cases. Hopefully interesting, but quite possibly not, depending on your interest in the subject. Fortunately, museums have come a long way in the last few decades and now, wherever you
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Camping in Comfort: Sundance Lodges, Kananaskis Country

Posted on: June 14, 2015

As far as family camping weekends go, this one was not off to the most auspicious start. Our Calgary weather, which had been 30ºC and sunny on Thursday, had taken a sharp nosedive to 5ºC – with pouring rain no less – by Friday lunchtime. Half of our parental team was still
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The Joys of Winter in Canmore, Alberta

Posted on: March 18, 2015

Canmore, Alberta is a mere one hour drive west of Calgary, but it feels like a whole different world. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, it’s an all-seasons outdoor mecca and the lively mountain town provides a terrific base for all those outdoorsy visitors. If you’re getting tired of the ‘same old, same old’ at
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Family Fun in the Flathead Valley: Kalispell Montana

Posted on: February 23, 2015

The Flathead Valley in northwestern Montana lies between Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, which holds the distinction of being the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. More than that, it’s a piece of paradise. Between the valley and the lake, the area offers a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities year-round,
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A Winter Weekend in Kananaskis Country

Posted on: February 18, 2015

Kananaskis Country, or K-Country as we [sort-of] locals like to call it, is a stunning swath of provincial parks and wilderness areas in the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, roughly between Calgary and Banff. To call this area a national treasure might just be understating the case.
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Valentine’s Day, Family Style: Valentine’s day activities for the whole family!

Posted on: February 11, 2015

Valentine’s Day – love it or hate it? Do you think February 14th is a great excuse to show your sweetheart just how much you care, or an over-commercialized non-holiday destined to cause friction between the genders? Regardless of your feelings toward the romance aspect, Valentine’s Day with kids can
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Panorama Mountain Resort: Fun for the Whole Family

Posted on: February 4, 2015

A family winter getaway to Panorama Mountain Resort in southeastern BC is so… hmm, what’s the best word? Oh yeah… it’s so easy. Now, hold on a second, I’m not talking about the runs; there’s plenty of vertical for even the most daring of daredevil downhillers. No, what I’m referring
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