Summer has officially started and while it can be a blessing to be finished packing school lunches and running everyone off to class each morning, it can also feel somewhat overwhelming to have an open schedule for the next two months. If your little ones are off to camp or will be in childcare over the summer, you will still have those long summer evenings and bright weekends to make the most of the warm summer playtime.
Here are five ideas to start you off in planning your Canadian Summer Bucket List, and using the summer sunshine to pull your family outdoors to build a life-long connection with nature. Make sure to plan for sun- and bug- safety by investing in quality summer essentials, like non-toxic and water-resistant sunscreen, and natural bug-repellants.
Camping is a summer tradition for many Canadian families. Whether you pitch a tent in the backyard or in the middle of nowhere, happy memories can be made. Make sure your family doesn’t leave a harmful footprint on nature’s ecosystems, and make a commitment to bring only eco-friendly and biodegradable soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, and other products that will be contacting the soil and water systems.
Get Active in Water
Keeping cool in summer is key. While staying hydrated is very important, keeping those body temperatures comfortable is also something to keep in mind. There are many different water activities to enjoy, including splash parks, swimming in lakes, rivers, and oceans, kayaking, and paddleboarding. There are often plenty of businesses that will rent paddleboards and other equipment on an hourly or daily basis, and investing in a new experience may be the highlight of your summer.
Take a Hike
Canada is abundant in parks and nature reserves. Whether you have children who are 2 months in a carrier, or 20 years, this is something the entire family can enjoy. Make sure to check out this helpful website for information on hiking in Canada.
Hunt for Geocaches
Hunting for geocaches is an exciting and interesting way to get your family outdoors. Hunting for geocaches is like going on a real-life treasure hunt. If you’ve never heard of a geocache, you can read up on them and how to get started here.
Pack a Picnic
If you’re strapped for time off from work to get out there and enjoy the summer with your family, picnics are a perfect way to get out there together, while still meeting the daily obligations mealtime. Instead of sitting around the table, throw together something light and simple in your reusable food containers, like sandwiches and salads, and head to a park or beach to enjoy dinner outdoors.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, nature-rich summer from all of us at The Ninety Ninth Monkey, Brooklin’s eco-friendly product store!