honeymoon road trip Canada

In 2013, we were informed that we were to be posted from Edmonton, Alberta to Ottawa, Ontario. We flew out, scoured real estate and ended up deciding to live in Prescott, Ontario. Upon returning to Edmonton, we entered a whirlwind of packing, organising and planning.
We are not very good at turning down the opportunity to turn any event into an adventure, so we decided to drive the 3,000+ km to Prescott. Ultimately, turning a mundane moving trip into a belated honeymoon-getaway road trip experience. Despite having been told that we could do the drive in 48 hours through the USA, we opted for a comparatively leisurely 9 days through Canada.
Camera in hand, we started our first real adventure since getting married. We took an alternative route, going south from Edmonton and then up through Ontario. We stuck close to water sources and went off the beaten track to find waterfalls, lakes and hiking trails, at one point we found ourselves scaling a rocky edge of a very choppy Lake Superior.
We baked in the hot sun and played catch with storm clouds. The journey was amazing and, although we arrived in Prescott stiff, tired and adrenaline filled, we were delighted to have taken this trip together. Exploring some of the most beautiful areas of Canada with each other has, thus far, been one of the most pleasurable aspects of our married life.
If some countries have too much history we have too much geography w.l. mckenzie king canada quote
I’ve broken our Canada road trip into a series of blog posts, which can be found here:
Canada Road Trip Series
What are your tips for making a mundane trip into an adventure? Do you have any road trip hints and tips for smooth travel?
In 2012, I travelled across 3 Canadian provinces and completed my first major ‘road trip’. Road trips are a new concept to me, so my excitement was intense. Follow the Road Trip Journey and discover places to visit and enjoy in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, as well as hints and tips on the best way to make a road trip romantic, enjoy each others company and find great photo opportunities

Blanket forts are so much fun! You can never be too old to enjoy one. Better yet, there are loads of ways to make your grown up blanket fort work for you.

The Canadian and I recently celebrated two whole years of marriage. Neither of us feel that our anniversaries need extravagant gifts or plans. After we married, we agreed to ensure that our anniversaries would turn into special dates, whereby we would do something together, rather than buy something for each other. In a way that’s similar to our outlook on Valentine’s Day, we are of the opinion that if we need to focus on one day a year, we’re not doing it in a way that works for us.

After scouring and reviewing the North American and British wedding anniversaries, we decided to follow the British traditions. This year marked the second year and, as such, the cotton anniversary of our marriage. We spent the day with immigration Canada – not the best place to spend it! After what was a stressful day, we had a BBQ with some family and, once everyone had left, we built a blanket fort, because blankets are cotton, yup nothing gets past me.
Few people were as excited or as amused by our plan to build a blanket fort for our anniversary but we still loved it. It was juvenile, fun and exciting. The best part about it is that we are both nerdy people, we enjoy building things and its a unique shared experience for the memory bank. We also got to work as a team and building a blanket fort, to us, was a brilliant way to spend a cotton anniversary.
We planned our blanket fort so that we could sleep in it, watch Doctor Who (didn’t I say nerdy already?), and eat our favourite finger foods. We pulled the mattress into the room and set it down next to the sofa, we placed ladders, side tables and chairs around the mattress and pegged the blankets around them, all the fabrics were light weight, and the entire fort was supported by the ceiling fan and the curtain rods, all through the use of handy pegs (be sure that the fabric is not heavy if you are using light fixtures. Secure it very loosely, if you tug on the blankets, it’s better for the fort to collapse rather than the light fixture land on your head!).
We filled the fort with fairy lights and voila! Our fort was complete. It lasted 5 days, until the cats managed to get in and have fun with it!
Here’s some tips on how to build a grown up blanket fort that works for you:
~ collect all your blankets, sheets, spare fabrics, duvets, pillows and scarves in one place.
~ pegs, lots of pegs! And maybe some safety pins.
~ have an idea of what you want your blanket fort to look like: will you need cushions or a mattress? What about fairy lights (those little lights used on Christmas trees the world over)? Do you want to crawl in, walk in or just duck to get in? Do you want to stand up inside the fort? Do you want to keep it up for a few days? (If yes, where can you build it so that pets, children and guests won’t require that the blanket castle be taken down prematurely?)
~ be wary of fire hazards, blanket forts and flames do not mix well.
What so you think, is there a blanket fort in your future? Have you ever built a blanket fort for grown ups?