Great Family Camping at Long Point Provincial Park #Review

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For the past few years we have camped in Norfolk County at Long Point Provincial Park, partially because we know it’s a great place to camp and also because the beach is awesome.

Long Point is about a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto and located on Lake Erie and when I say ON lake Erie I pretty much mean it.  Here’s a picture to show you…

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The Beach

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Okay so let’s cover the beach first.  The beach is covered in beautiful sand and goes on for miles and is perfect for making sandcastles.  Although the beach tends to get busier with day-trippers on the weekend, there is ample space for everyone so you don’t feel sardined as the beach is very wide.  Make sure to pack your frisbee, soccer ball or kite as there is lots of open area to play. There is no rocks or seaweed on the beach as it is well maintained but there is the odd fallen tree log that is great for taking a cute shot of the kids!  Sunsets can be seen perfectly on the beach and if the weather allows, I highly recommend you catch one while you’re there.

VWK - Long Point Beach The water is shallow which is great for younger kids or big kids like me that need to slowly get used to the water.  Many days there are great waves so be sure to bring your boogie boards to ride the waves.  Skim boards and kayaks are also a great way to have fun at the beach.   Although the waves can be fun, they also come with an undertow that can be dangerous on certain days.  Since the beach does not have lifeguards, it is the parents responsibility to watch their children carefully and especially when the undertow is strong.

The Campground

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Long Point Provincial Park is home to 4 different campgrounds.  Firefly, Monarch and Turtle Dunes are located in the newer section of the park while Cottonwood is set apart from the others and is considered the ‘old park’

Cottonwood is where we choose to camp as it a smaller park and the beach is only steps away from nearly every site.  The park is a beautiful sand dune environment, with very few sites having grass coverage.  

Water stations are located all over the park where you can find water for cooking, cleaning and drinking.  The water is tested daily and is cleared for personal consumption.

Washrooms are kept fairly clean and are always stocked with soap and toilet paper.  Showers are  located centrally in the park with roomy stalls with good water pressure a change are and the best part is that they are FREE

The Playground contains a teeter-totter and swings and is filled with more sand.  It’s a great place for kids (and adults) to make new camp friends and let out some energy.

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All sites are equipped with a fire pit with a removable cooking grate.  Wood can be purchased for cooking and campfires at the main camp store.

Fireflies – At night time the park is lit up with fireflies!  Watch for them in the bushes, one your tent or flying by your head.  They are sure to give you a cool show!

Check-out time is 2:00pm but you are welcome to move to the day-use area of the park until 10:00pm or use the public beach for the day

** NOTE: Cottonwood is a Radio-free park and non-electrical

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Tips for Camping at Long Point

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Non-reservable sites –  Cottonwood has 25 non-reservabe sites that are first come, first served. Check out the non-reseravbles before you set up camp as you may find one that is more suited to your tastes.  The camp office will gladly switch you to a non-reservable site upon arrival if you find one you prefer.

Bring your bikes – There are lots of places to bike and you can take a trip to the ‘new park’ to play on their bigger playground, go get some ice cream or just to check out the local cottages.

Port Rowan is the nearby town (about 10 mins away) and has a grocery store, LCBO, ice cream shop, general store and restaurant

Bring a beach tent – Due to the fact that the beach is quite big, there is plenty of room to set up a beach tent to take a break from the hot sun and shelter ou from the wind.

Watch for snakes, frogs and turtles – not that they are going to hurt you but because they are cool to watch and quite common at Long Point

Poison Ivy – Stay out of the grassy areas as there is lots of poison ivy throughout the park

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Long Point is a place not to be missed wether you are going for the day or staying for a week.  You will fall in love with the beach and keep coming back, like we do, year after year.

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Bingemans is a splashin’ good time for the entire family! #Review

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We are always up for trying out new places for family fun so when we were invited to visit Bingemans in Kitchener, my family was totally excited.  I had been years ago but had never been with the kids.

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Thankfully we got a nice sunny day so it was a perfect day for the waterpark and we spent our entire day there.  Big Splash has 7 different waterslides, a heated wave pool and a splash area so there’s something for everyone.

Besides riding the slides over and over again, we also enjoyed this about the water park:

  • There is cool music pumping through the speakers all day
  • Lots of loungers and chairs with shady areas available
  • There is an ice cream hut on location as well as a snack bar but I love the fact that you can bring in your own food.  We packed up a cooler with sandwiches, fruit, veggies and water and then hit the ice cream place for dessert.
  • Staff is super friendly and attentive to the safety of all guests
  • Bathrooms and the park in general were very clean

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Beyond the Big Splash water park… 

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For sure, the water park was the highlight of our kids day but there are so many other things you can do at Bingemans.  Included in your daytime entry, you can also use the pool, mini golf and beach volleyball.  We loved the mini golf!  As a competitive family, this course was a great family battle on this super cute course to see who would be victorious.  I am happy to say that the winner was…. ME!

Onsite there is also Funworx which has video games, a climbing area and a ropes course.  We barely made it there to play due to all the fun we had in the waterpark.  The kids were a little disappointed because we didn’t have socks for them which is required on the climbing structure and neither were wearing close toed shoes for the ropes course.  Now we could have bought socks but they were quite happy to play some video games, grab some fries and head back to our site for the night.  KingPin bowling looked cool as well but again there was the time factor.  That being said, when we return we will be sure to stay more than one night so we can make time to do everything.

Camping At Bingemans…

Because one day at Bingemans is not enough to take in all the fun, why not consider staying the night. In advance, you can book a campsite to tent or park your trailer or stay in a cabin or a yurt.  We stayed the night in a Yurt for the first time ever and it was a cool experience!

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In Yurt Village, you will find9 yurts that you can stay in if you are looking for a hassle free way to spend the night.  The best thing we found with the yurt is that there was barely any set-up required.  The yurt was equipped with 2 sets of bunks (single over single and single over double), a small table and chairs and a front locking door to keep all you valuables safe while you are away from the site.  Thick canvas sides keep you protected from the elements with the side windows allowing for good airflow.  Each site is equipped with a picnic table for outdoor eating or games and a fire pit for yummy nighttime snacks.  Oh and the kids were excited that the yurt had an electrical outlet so they could charge their iPads for a late night movie.  All in all it was a cool experience with an easy set-up.  When asked if they would yurt camp again I got 2 really loud cheers and 1 cheer for regular tent camping.  Whatever the liking, we can come back and enjoy Bingemans again in a tent or in a yurt and have a great time!

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Thanks to Bingemans for hosting us for a fun time and we can’t wait to return in the near future!

WIN a family fun day at Bingemans!!

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10 Family Favourite Campfire Treats

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Campfire treats is one of the things that our kids look the most forward to when we go camping.  Basically the sweeter and gooier, the better.  Kids just like to be able to make their own creation so just be sure to have lots of marshmallows, fruit and chocolate on hand.

Here are some of our favourite desserts and goodies we like to make on the campfire!  Enjoy!

Camping Treats

S’mores 

Probably one of the most popular of all campfire treats is s’mores.  Easy to make and oh so yummy

What you will need:

  • Package of marshmallows
  • Chocolate bar (we prefer Hershey’s)
  • Package of graham crackers

Note:  You can use chocolate covered cookies in place of the graham crackers and chocolate bar

Roast marshmallow to preferred doneness.  Place a piece of chocolate on one graham cracker and then place the marshmallow on top and place another graham cracker on top.  Squeeze the graham crackers together to melt the chocolate and squish the marshmallow down.  Enjoy!

Campfire Cinnamon Twists

Campfire Cinnamon Twists

What you will need:

  • 1 package of ready to bake biscuits
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Butter

Take a piece of the biscuit make into a snake shape and then wrap it around a cooking skewer or stick. Cook over the fire until golden brown. Roll in butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar all over it and warm over fire for about 30 seconds to melt the butter and crisp up the suer and cinnamon.

Campfire Crumble recipe

Campfire Crumble

What you will need:

  • Oatmeal Cookies
  • Pie Filling or favourite fruit
  • Cinnamon
  • Tin Foil

Take 2 cookies per person and crumble one into the bottom of the foil.  Top with fruit, cinnamon (if desired) and the other crumbled cookie.  Wapr it all up and cook on grill over fire until warm

Campfire treats

Chocolate Fondue

What you will need:

  • Chocolate bars to melt
  • Dipping stuff: cookies, fruit skewers, marshmallows
  • Pot

Place pot of chocolate near embers to melt the chocolate.  Dip roasted marshmallows, fruit skewers and cookies into the chocolate.  Warn the kids to be careful as the chocolate will be super hot

Campfire treats

Campfire Baked Cinnamon Apples

What you will need:

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown sugar
  • Little bit of butter
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil

Cut the apple in half and take out the core. Place the apple halves on a piece of aluminum foil and fill the apple with the desired amount of cinnamon and sugar and a little bit of butter.  Put the apple back together and wrap the apple up and place in coals for about 20 mins.  Be sure to rotate for even cooking.

Campfire desserts

Dessert Tortillas

What you will need:

  • Soft tortilla
  • Bananas, Strawberries or Apples Chocolate, caramels, and marshmallows, coconut, peanut butter
  • Icing Sugar
Place the tortilla on a piece of foil and place your desired toppings inside leaving enough room to roll it up.  Wrap in foil once rolled and place on the coals or girl to melt filling.  When done, unwrap and sprinkle with icing sugar

Campfire treats

Campfire Cones

This one is one of our kid’s favourites as it’s customized to their liking

What you will need:

  • Ice cream cones (Waffle or sugar cones work best)
  • Filling – marshmallows, fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, toffee bits, cereal, granola
  • Foil (enough to wrap each cone)

Stuff each cone with the fillings of your  choice and wrap the cone in the foil.  Place on grill or on coals and rotate until the contents are all melted together.

Banana Boats

Banana Boat

What you will need:

  • Banana
  • Hersheys chocolate bar or chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows or mini marshmallows
  • Additional items you could add: Caramels, nuts, cereal pieces, sprinkles, butterscotch chips,
  • Aluminum foil

Leave the banana in the peel and cut it down the middle.  Put all your toppings you’ve chosen in the middle of the banana.  Wrap in the aluminium foil and bake in the coals or on the grill until contents are melted

Campfire treats

Ooey Gooey Brownies

What you will need:

  • Two-bite Brownies
  • Marshmallows
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate chips

Place broken up brownie pieces on a large piece of foil.  Top with marshmallows, strawberries and chocolate chips.  Wrap up tight and warm on fire to melt the chocolate and marshmallows.  Open up and enjoy!!

Camping treats

Grilled Stuffed Waffles

What you will need:

  • Frozen waffles
  • Ingredients to stuff your waffles with:  Chocolate, marshmallows, fruit, nuts …

Place your favourite ingredients between two thawed waffles and wrap up in foil.  Place on grill or over coal to toast the waffles and melt the stuffing.  Be sure to rotate package often so you don’t burn the waffles.

 

 What’s your family’s favourite campfire treat? 

Tell those Mosquitos to Bug Off…WIN the battle with Mozi-Q

With Winter over and the Spring rain coming down we are well on our way to summer weather! Woohooo is all I have to say! As we all know though, with summer nights comes the pesky mosquito. As an outdoor enthusiast in the summer, a cottager and a Mom of 2 little kids that are LOVED by mosquitos, I am excited to try out a product called Mozi-Q. When I saw this product featured on City Line I was totally intrigued as I would love to enjoy the summer nights without having to spray my family down with repellant or hide indoors until they die down.

After my initial investigation into Mozi-Q, here is what excites me about trying it this summer:

Homeopathic – Safe for the entire family

Works quickly – Only need to take Mozi-Q 30 mins before going outdoors

Easy to take – Chewable and no bad taste

Works on other bugs – Not only does it work on mosquitos but it also works on black flies, head lice, ticks and bed bugs!

Canadian eh – Mozi-Q is Canadian made!

Bring on the mosquitos as I can’t wait to try out Mozi-Q! I’ll let you know my findings but in the meantime why not try it out for yourself for FREE!

We are giving away Mozi-Q to 3 lucky people! Enter HERE

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Press Release/Product Info

Health Canada Approves the First Homeopathic Mosquito Repellent Pill

Bug Off! New natural and effective product keeps mosquitoes at bay

CALGARY, AB – Gone is the need to douse yourself in harmful DEET to repel pesky bugs. Calgary’s Erin Bosch has created the first oral bug repellent, Mozi-Q, an all-natural product recently approved by Health Canada.

In Erin’s homeopathic research she came across a study from the 1960s that proved that a combination of homeopathic remedies would help to keep mosquitoes, ticks and other blood sucking insects at bay. She decided to try it with her patients and when they kept coming back for more she realized it was time to formulate the product so it could be shared with the rest of the world and Canada.

“Mozi-Q allows people to enjoy the outdoors without being “bugged,” say Bosch, CEO and Founder of Xerion Homeopathie.

The product is made from staphysagria, a plant-derived substance that in the 1960s was discovered to be a natural insect repellent. While results vary from person to person 90% of those who take the product have noticed that mozzies, black flies and other bugs stay away.

Baffling to scientists, some people are more susceptible to bites than others. Some get attacked by bugs while others leave every outdoor party, cottage get-away or golf game unscathed. Mozi-Q is designed to change a person’s susceptibility to bites so that insects are less likely to prey on them. After taking Mozi-Q most notice a drastic reduction, if not almost the disappearance of mosquitoes nipping at their skin. Those usually considered “lunch” by mozzies may still incur a few bites but the effects subside extremely quickly without the usual suffering and swelling left by the six-legged bloodsuckers.

A great ally for all outdoor enthusiasts, Mozi-Q will have people chucking the sticky, smelly sprays in the trash and ridding themselves of stinky and smoky bug coils. It’s a great tool for campers, cottagers, golfers, hikers and anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors without being annoyed by mosquitoes.

The product’s features include:

  • It works within 30 minutes
  • No side effects
  • It repels mosquitoes and other bugs
  • The product can be taken every 2-3 hours starting before you go outside
  • Can be used in conjunction with other therapies
  • Homeopathic medicine is by definition non-toxic

Available in over 250 health food retailers for $24.99 (contains 60 capsules). For more information on where to buy: http://www.mozi-q.com/

Corporate History Xerion Dispensary, a homeopathic formulation and manufacturing company is based in Calgary, Alberta. The company’s focus is on fast-acting formulations for unique indications and ailments that solve a specific problem for the consumer. Xerion Dispensary (XD) is bringing homeopathic products to the market in a fun and fresh approach that garners mass appeal. For more information please visit http://www.mozi-q.com/

** We have not tried this product as of yet, but will give you our honest feedback once the mosquitos fly!

Welcome to Vacationing with Kids

We are excited to have you join us at Vacationing with Kids! When you hear Vacation WITH kids do you start laughing hysterically, start rocking back and forth or break out in hives? I used to feel the same way but family vacations can actually be enjoyable and create some of the best memories. I found the key was being prepared and gathering as much information and insights before we went so once we got to our destination we could relax and have fun.  My goal is to provide you with easy and pain free ways to plan and execute a memorable vacation with your kids by arming you with as much information as possible. You don’t need to be pulling out your hair and stressing out because we are here to help. Whether you are planning a trip south, have decided to camp (or Glamp) or just want a day trip with the family….you can find the information here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get even more up to date information.  Wishing you happy travels!