It’s the time of year when children are home from school, parents have allotted vacation and people of all ages are ready to spend time outdoors. July and August are perfect for families and mature adults to travel, chill or sojourn. Whether it be a long trip to explore the culture and history of Europe, or a short trip across the border to our neighbour’s to the south, taking the time to travel with friends or family is a great way to explore, learn and build stronger relationships.
A couple of tips before travelling in or outside of Canada: leave a copy of your ticket, itinerary and passport with a close friend/family member; let family know where they can locate your power of attorney or will; make sure your immunizations are up to date; call your credit card and bank to let them know travel dates; make sure you have adequate travel insurance and read your policy documents. If taking medications make sure you have enough while on holiday including a bit extra in case you are delayed. And, have a friend or family member check your house periodically while away.
Travel is a wonderful experience to learn about a new culture or learn a new language, to meet with new people, explore history and taste foods of a country can stimulate the senses.
You do not need to travel far! Indeed, there are plenty of things to do and see in Toronto. Planning a “stay-cation” in Toronto could include biking at Centre Island and Wards Island and having something to eat at the Rectory Café (a quaint little restaurant overlooking the boardwalk and Lake Ontario).
How about a picnic at the Brickworks or a stroll through the Distillery District with an array of eclectic little shops? Black Creek Pioneer Village is also a favourite with both Canadians and visitors: take a walk through history; the children will enjoy sitting in the old school house or seeing the animals at the farm.
How about a drive to Niagara on the Lake or Stratford to see a show? A wonderful book worth purchasing is called Toronto Urban Strolls for Girlfriends author Natalie Prezeau who also wrote Toronto FUN Places.
You can also find ideas on interesting places to visit on Mosaic’s website, as well as social media outlets. Every month Mosaic releases an “Activity Booklet” with events in and around Toronto for people to attend!
Article supplied by Mosaic Home Care Services & Community Resource Centre
Kevin Lopes, Marketing and Media Assistant