Jennifer Merrick

Author Bio:

Jennifer Merrick is a Toronto-based freelance travel writer, ESL teacher and mom of two teens who has been writing about family travel since 2008. Her stories have appeared in 30+ print and online outlets, including Today’s Parent, travelingmom.com and Montreal Families. You can follow her on Instagram @JenniferMerrick3.


Posts by Jennifer Merrick:

From Toddlers to Young Adults, Is This the End of Our Family Road Trips?

Posted on: October 5, 2021

“I don’t think I want to go,” our 19-year-old son told us when we excitedly announced we were taking a family road trip to Eastern Quebec and Nova Scotia. “Okay,” I answered, swallowing hard. Even though I knew this day would come, I felt deflated. We’ve been travelling as a
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Is the RV Life Right for Our Family? We Took an RV Rental on the Road to Find out.

Posted on: July 20, 2021

Cabin fever hit us hard during Ontario’s last lockdown. But what were our options? Buy a cottage? Too expensive. Move to an island and work remotely? Oh, so tempting but not feasible. “I got it!” I turned to my partner as we were binge-watching Oak Island, an addictive reality show
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Along for the Ride: Family Friendly Cycling Trails in Ontario

Posted on: April 15, 2021

You may have noticed more cyclists out and about recently. Bike sales surged in the spring of 2020 and show no sign of slowing down this year either. And no wonder. With indoor venues and entertainment options limited, biking is an accessible outing and a sure-fire cure for cabin fever.
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Cottage Without Commitment at These Ontario Cottage Getaways

Posted on: March 10, 2021

As I’ve always enjoyed the novelty of new places, I never entertained the idea of owning a cottage or a cabin in the woods. But in 2021, after a long spring lockdown, I found myself yearning for a quiet spot in nature to escape to. It turns out I wasn’t
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Southern Ontario Road Trips To Get You Through Winter!

Posted on: December 4, 2020

I admit our family’s Southern Ontario road trips don’t always begin particularly well. It’s usually an early start, so the kids grumpily gather their stuff for the car as their parents gulp down coffee like it’s water. But as the day progresses, spirits lift and smiles return. The change in
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Escape to These Stunning Ontario Islands!

Posted on: September 4, 2020

“Islomania is a rare affliction of spirit,” wrote author Lawrence Durrell in 1953. “There are people who find islands somehow irresistible…and fills them with an indescribable intoxication.” While I wouldn’t call myself an islomaniac, there is something special about islands. Their separation and disconnection draw us in and invite us
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Family Fun Road Trip Along the Canadian Shores of Lake Superior

Posted on: July 14, 2020

With summer camps closed, online learning (or unlearning) finished and all of us suffering from varying degrees of stir craziness, this just may be the time for an epic Canadian road trip. One of our family’s all-time favourite adventures on the road was along the shores of Lake Superior. With
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