Joanne Elves



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Joanne Elves is watching her kids grow far too quickly but uses every opportunity for an adventure to be with them. Travels take them skiing the Rockies, snorkeling the Bahamas, surfing the coast of Oregon and running through Disneyland dressed as action heroes. Joanne is a freelance writer based in Calgary and regularly contributes to Canadian Cycling, Canadian Running, up!, The Globe and Mail, Travel Alberta and the Canadian Tourism Commission.

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How One Family’s Ski Habit Turned Into a Growth Chart at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Posted on: December 30, 2020

Euphoria Isn’t a State of Mind, It’s a Tradition… The run is called Euphoria but when many people stand at the top of it, the last emotion is that of intense happiness or self-confidence. It’s a typical black diamond run at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort overlooking the town of Golden B.C.
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Seven Ways to NOT Get a Sunburn

Posted on: December 5, 2019

As the parent of a fair-skinned ginger-haired child, I’ve been diligent when it comes to sun protection. Well, I thought I had until we went on a week-long cruise through the Caribbean. Hats, long sleeves and multiple tubes of sunscreen were packed. Day three we hit the beach in St.
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Are You a Family That Golfs Together? Walt Disney World is a Magical Golfing Getaway!

Posted on: October 25, 2017

Take the kids to Walt Disney World for a golfing escape! “Ma…Ma…you gotta keep your head down, or you’ll never hit it.” Yes, I’m no longer mommy or mom. I’m “Ma,” and instead of me teaching my daughter the sports I love, she is teaching me how to love her
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Hide Disneyland under the Christmas Tree

Posted on: November 23, 2016

Its been a few decades since I was a kid but I remember dreaming of waking up on Christmas morning, running into the living room to find a trip to Disneyland wrapped up in a clever oversized box. Yeah, no matter how nice I was or how much I wished
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Studying Abroad with MEI International Academy: Where Teenagers Live it to Learn it

Posted on: October 14, 2016

It was the Face Time call that had me in tears. Sorrow? Joy? It was both. I missed my daughter terribly. She was in her hotel room with the busy streets of Paris out the window. It was week two of her summer adventure and she was loving it. Stories
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Got Dad? Spend an Active and Fun Father’s Day with your Pop!

Posted on: June 3, 2016

Father’s Day should be that special day where Dad is singled out and thanked for his hard work. Serious… It’s not easy being the right-hand-man to mom. So to show him his efforts are appreciated, why not spend the day doing what he likes to do. Dad the Coach Father’s Day
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Do It all – Ski! Bike! Bowl! Skate! – at Silver Star Mountain Resort

Posted on: February 26, 2016

It was 8:30 on a Sunday morning after a night of powder drifting from the darkened heavens and I thought for sure the regulars would be fighting for first tracks. Nope. It was 10:30 and we drifted over to the backside to see what was left for powder. Most of
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A “Golden” Opportunity for Winter Family Fun!

Posted on: February 19, 2016

“A family that skis together stays together.” Okay, that might be my motto but apparently it’s still working for me. What used to just be trips to the local ski resorts has turned into weekends and mini stay-cations in Golden, B.C. We gravitate to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to ski
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Ten Best picks for Kids in San Francisco

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Take a look at our best ten … no wait…eleven…or is it twelve(?) picks for family fun in the heart of California! We tromped all over town and had a blast. We walked across the bridge, watched the sea lions in the harbour and took in a baseball game with
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Finding Magic in Hawaii at the Aulani Disney Resort

Posted on: April 6, 2015

Disneyland or a beach? Settle the argument in the middle of an ocean. You want a beach holiday but the kids want to go to Disneyland. Such a conundrum!. But I’m with you….a beach right about now sounds pretty dreamy. So, why not settle in the middle… as in the
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