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Shelley Cameron-McCarron's writing has appeared in outlets such as Canadian Geographic Travel, Zoomer, Miami Herald, WestJet magazine, Canadian Living, enRoute, MSN Travel, Philadelphia Inquirer, Saltscapes Travel and more. She's happiest chasing down stories around family adventure, food, culture, and sports. She lives with her husband and children in coastal Nova Scotia.

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Hawks Cay Resort: Why This Florida Keys Oasis Should Be on Your Family’s Vacation Radar

Posted on: September 27, 2019

Saltwater sprays my face and I grin, sinking back into my seat on a small boat powering through the Atlantic Ocean en route to the Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area, home to some of the best snorkelling in Florida’s Middle Keys. It’s day three of our stay at Hawks Cay
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A Four Stop Do-It-Yourself Pastry Crawl Through Calgary

Posted on: February 6, 2019

I’m about to sample my first piece of kouign-Amann at Calgary’s LaBoulangerie Bakery Café, the French bread and crepe shop revered for its all-butter pastries, including this flaky goodness inspired from France’s Brittany region, when owner Shosh Cohen tells me people have been known to fight over the last piece
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Toronto With Teen? Time to Take on the City!

Posted on: November 30, 2018

As we’re whisked like royalty into the newly opened Hotel X Toronto, staring into a lobby of nearly 10-metre ceilings, gorgeous floor mosaic tiling, oversize flowerpots, and an impossibly cool living wall of plants taking pride of place behind the front desk, I hear my teenage daughter marvel: “What kind
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Six Cool Ways to Explore Space Center Houston

Posted on: October 5, 2018

Talk souvenirs from Houston, and my kids may get starry-eyed remembering the Neapolitan Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich from Space Center Houston, an fantastic living museum home to over 400 things to see and do, including the fascinating NASA Tram Tour which gives a behind the scenes look at NASA Johnson
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Big Fun In Texas – Hitting the Highlights of Houston

Posted on: June 1, 2018

I’m crushing on Houston big time. I mean, I’m staying at a downtown hotel that has a lazy river in the shape of the Lone Star state on its roof (yup, a river…in the map of Texas…on its roof!). My plans for today alone include giraffe feeding at the Houston Zoo,
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Big Family? Here Are Some Unique and Affordable Accommodations for Big Broods!

Posted on: April 9, 2018

Let’s face it. Travelling as a family of five or more in an accommodation world built for four can be challenging. I know this all too well. When my kids were small, it was possible—though never preferable—to cajole the wee three into one bed. Now that the oldest tops me
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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid, in Edinburgh

Posted on: October 20, 2017

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, lends itself well to haunted and historical tours. Is ‘the watcher’ lurking in the shadows of the dark stone corridor ahead? My youngest daughter is taking no chances, here in the airless, almost claustrophobic cavern beneath the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland’s beguiling capital city. The normally
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Exploring Bonnie Glasgow With Teens and Tweens

Posted on: August 18, 2017

Freshly deposited in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city at 1.2 million people, my youngest child is surprisingly enthusiastic: about shopping. And I can’t blame the tween fashionista. I’m hooked too as our family of five wheels our suitcases down the teeming sidewalks from Glasgow Queen Street train station to our hotel,
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24 Hours of Family Time in Fredericton

Posted on: September 30, 2016

“Nooo, don’t take Ghostly Gus to look for your missing daughter. We love Ghostly Gus,” my nine-year-old daughter laughs as we watch a brief kerfuffle between a haunted hike ‘participant’ and our leader on the pretty riverside walking trails that lace downtown Fredericton. Bemused, we watch the two race off
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Toronto is the perfect big city mother daughter getaway!

Posted on: April 29, 2016

My best mother-daughter moment in Toronto–and there were many– came unexpectedly at twilight inside the CN Tower. “The world is a beautiful place,” my nearly nine-year-old daughter murmured happily to herself as she pressed closer to the window on the outdoor terrace observation deck to gaze out over the lights
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