Family Vacation Ideas – Where to go winter or summer

Vancouver’s PNE

One of the best places to start a family vacation that I can think of is Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition Grounds. Voted as Canada’s Best Family Entertainment destinations, the PNE offers something for people of all ages.

Playland which is open from the middle of April till the end of September has Rides and Games for kids of all ages. With over 20 rides to choose from including a wooden roller coaster there is hours of fun for the whole family. Also located on the grounds is the Pacific Coliseum. Here you can enjoy some of the best music and sports entertainment in the world.So be sure to put the PNE on your list of places to visit.


The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth

It all starts on July 6th/2007 The Calgary Stampede.

Start your day by taking the kids to the midway. Here you can enjoy rides of every kind, Ferris Wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, there is even a ride that takes you above the crowd so you get a birds eye view of the whole grounds. From there you can carry onto the Rodeo. Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Barrell Racing, Wild Horse Race and my favorite Bull Riding. Just imagine jumping on the back of a big bull and trying to stay on for just 8 seconds. Easier said than done.

Then after the rodeo comes the Chuckwagon Races. The excitement as the announcer calls the race is unbelievable. The crowd goes wild as they thunder around the tracks. Then to end a perfect day you can take in the Evening Show and Fireworks. The entertainment is fantastic and once the fireworks start it is spell binding. One thing to remember is to book your accommodations early. Calgary fills up in a hurry at Stampede time.


Niagra Falls MarineLand

Niagra Falls may be noted as one of the most romantic places on earth but it is also home to Marineland. For a family vacation it is one of the best places to come and see a spectacular show. Here you can spend hours just watching the Dolphins as they leap into the air and do some amazing flips.

Then stop in at ” Friendship Cove” where you can see Killer Whales from above the ground and below. They put on a show that the kids will love. Then you can carry on and see the Beluga Whales, my daughter loved these whales the most.

For rides there is “The Sky Screamer” the worlds highest triple tower. From the top you can get an amazing view of the falls and surrounding area but not for long. These are just a few things that Marineland has to offer. There is definitly a lot more for you to enjoy.


Ottawa’s Rideau Canal

If you are planning a winter family vacation then be sure to bring your skates. Located in the heart of Canada’s capital city , Ottawa you will find the worlds largest skating rink.┬áJust imagine over 7 Kilometers of ice to skate on. As you skate along the Rideau Canal you get to see some of the great scenery that Ottawa has to offer.

If you don’t have any skates you can rent them or a sleigh at the rental shops along the way. You will also find food stands and souvenir shops for you to explore. One stop that you may want to take is to the Parliment Building. I took the family on the tour and this building is fantastic. The sculptures, paintings and stained glass work is unbelievable. If you take in the Parliment Building it is best to go on a weekend. That is the only time that they allow you to take pictures.


British Columbia’s Whistler Mountain

Whether it’s winter or summer a family vacation at Whistler is truly amazing.

As you leave Vancouver and travel along “The Sea To The Sky Highway” you start to realize some of the beauty that British Columbia has to offer. People from around the world come to enjoy the skiing during the winter with fantastic powdery snow and great climate. Everything from Movie Stars to Royalty come to enjoy Whistler A summer family vacation in Whistler even offer more activities than the winter. With Bungee Jumping, Horseback Riding, Rafting and Golfing just to name a few activities that the whole family can enjoy.

If you want to plan a real special vacation be sure to come to the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Olympics are going to be one of the most spectacular events that you will ever witness. But be sure to book your accommodations well in advance.

Authentic Timber Frame Homes & Cabins by Canadian Shield Log Home Craftsmen

The beauty of a modern timber frame is seeing its strength in every corner of your home. Charming but subtle, new or reclaimed pine or fir timbers give your home all the warmth of wood without limiting your interior decorating creativity. Overhead beams and non-intrusive posts replace as many standard load-bearing walls as you like: keep only those you want for organization and privacy. You’ll also get a timber roof system custom-designed for your needs and tastes, whether that means a soaring cathedral ceiling over the family room or a loft for the kids’ sleepovers. Whatever you have in mind, your Winterwood timber frame will pair timeless design with enduring craftsmanship.

Timber Frame Construction

Like all our materials, we hand-pick every timber that goes into your home–each piece must not only be true and strong but also have beautiful, clear grain. We hand-craft each joint using both state of the art tools and age-old techniques.

Designed to support the combined weight of the entire house and roof (including a Canadian winter’s worst snows!), a timber frame replaces standard 2×4/2×6 stick framing with impressive pine or fir posts and beams. In the tradition of the familiar New England barn, our timber frames are engineered to last for generations.

Finally, a timber frame offers choice for the future by giving you the freedom to expand your home later on. Because the walls between timbers are not load-bearing, they can be removed to make way for another bedroom, a bigger family room, or that breakfast nook you’ve always wanted.

Post and Beam Homes

The term “post and beam” can describe any building system that employs round or square log and timber but lacks the traditional joinery of a timber frame, and can either be structural or purely decorative. At Canadian Shield we use the term to describe our beautiful round log buildings that share many of the advantages of a timber frame but incorporate the natural look and feel of round logs fit snug with our trademark scribe joinery.

We typically employ post and beam logwork in larger common areas as well as ceilings and truss systems in conjunction with other building styles. We also love incorporating creative accent pieces in kitchens, front entranceways and around stairs using unique branches, burls and carvings.

Design Ideas

Owing to the strength and versatility of timber frame construction, the design of your home is limited only by your imagination. Consider, for example, incorporating open concept designs from around the world: A rustic Tuscan kitchen. A serene Japanese bedroom. An impressive Scandinavian vaulted ceiling. At Winterwood we encourage you to explore new possibilities because our goal is to make every home we build one-of-a-kind.


A timber frame still requires insulated exterior walls, but there’s no shortage of choice available to you here, either. Our timber frames look good inside any shell, from economical vinyl siding to piece-en-piece faux log. For the most energy efficient enclosure, we recommend structural insulated panels (SIPs) or ecological straw bale walls. For more on the perfect pairing of timber frame and straw bale construction, check out our photojournal of a current straw bale project and learn more at the Ontario Straw Bale Coalition website.

On the inside, you can choose how many elements of the frame are exposed. For instance, you could leave the ceiling joists and knee braces visible in the kitchen and family room, but hide them in the bath and bedrooms. As with everything in a custom-built Winterwood timber frame, you have ultimate creative control.