Where to Au Pair – Toronto

 

Toronto is the most assorted multicultural city on the planet where over 140 languages are spoken and the city’s motto is “Diversity Our Strength”. It’s the safest metropolitan area in North America and the ideal city to explore as an Au Pair. Toronto is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities. If you’re looking for the urban feel of New York City with the charm of Canada, you’ve come to the right place!

Get to know Toronto by exploring its rich History.

There are multiple ways to get to know the city from a historical point. Toronto is home to the largest museum in Canada and the preeminent spot to explore the natural world and humankind’s cultural past, The Royal Ontario Museum. But if world-renowned collections, innovative programs, and galleries are not the experience you’re looking for, discover the rich cultural background of Toronto with a visit to Casa Loma – Canada’s majestic castle, complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures to make your Au Pair friends jealous!

Enjoy Toronto’s tourism with a 13min ferry ride to the Toronto Island!

The island is approximately 5 kms long from Ward’s Island to Hanlan’s Point and is actually a group of 15 islands inter-connected by pathways and bridges. You can walk from one end of the Island to the other. Kids and adults of all ages can find something to do or see on the Island. There are beautiful swimming beaches (including a Clothing Optional Beach on Hanlan’s Point!), sports facilities, bike, canoe and kayak rentals, a boating marina, large grassy fields for picnics, a theatre, nature paths, an amusement park and a charming 150 year-old community of 600 people living year-round in cottage-like homes. This is the perfect place to bring your host family for a day of adventure and fun!

Discover the contrast to the city’s urban rush by adventuring into Toronto’s beautiful Nature.

Toronto has a plethora of natural experiences for you to enjoy! Spend a day exploring Riverdale Farm – home to a variety of domestic farm animals. A visit to the farm is a great experience, particularly in spring when we welcome new additions to the animal family.

Take in the spectacular with a tour of Niagara Falls! The falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). You will also get to experience the beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

opt-falls-background-1600x1000-283kView over 2000 butterflies made up of over 40 different species at the Butterfly Conservatory located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Visitors to the Butterfly Conservatory are transported to a tropical paradise full of lush vegetation, trickling waterfalls and thousands of vibrantly coloured butterflies.

Celebrate and experience some of the world’s best Festivals!

The city is alive with celebrations of culture and diversity year round – but don’t take our word for it! Check out a few of the fantastic festivities Toronto has to offer and join in the merriment:  The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, an exciting cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry and visual and performing arts; the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America.  The Toronto Summer Music Festival, bringing world-renowned performing artists to Toronto for an unparalleled combination of concerts, guest lectures and masterclasses. The Candian National Exhibition, this annual fair is fun for the entire family! Midway rides bring chills and thrills. The National Trade Centre boasts an International Marketplace with goods spanning the globe along with innovative products. Horse shows and dog shows entertain both young and old. The Toronto International Film Festival, the world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city. The Toronto Christmas Market, inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, delivering the sounds of the world’s greatest jazz musicians from the quaint and most intimate of venues to large concert halls. And many more!

Bundle up and get ready for some fun in the Toronto Snow.

Winter is cool! And Toronto is an exciting place no matter what the season, but when the weather gets chilly Torontonians get creative and gear up for some frosty fun! If you like to skate, get your groove on at the Harbourfront with free skating every Saturday night and DJs spinning different genres to keep the party going. You could also check out the city’s first skating trail at the Colonel Samuel Smith Park. If skiing and snowboarding is more your speed you’ll be thrilled to know that you can do so within the city’s limits! Centennial Park and Earl Bales Park are home to urban Ski & Snowboard Centres. Both locations offer a variety of hourly, daily and seasonal passes and programming to suit your needs so you can get the most out of the sport you love! Warm up after with a cup of the best Hot Chocolate in Toronto! Epic hot chocolate drinks are the newest thing in Toronto and local shops are taking the winter staple to new heights with wild ingredients and preparations. Grab one to go and if you feel like trying something new, rent a heated hut and learn the art of ice-fishing. The sport is currently witnessing renewed interest, so if you’re game to bundle up this winter to catch some fish, then now might be the time to take the plunge.

hotchocolate Toronto is alive with unforgettable experiences! It embodies the friendliness of Canada through its multiculturalism and celebration of diversity and is the perfect balance of a fast paced city with easily accessible nature at your fingertips. There is so much to do and see in this remarkable metropolitan that you will be hard pressed to cram it all into your year as an Au Pair and may have to return again and again!

Where to Au Pair – Iqaluit

 

Welcome to the youngest territory in Canada! It’s one of the largest unspoiled natural paradises on the planet; it’s big, ancient, beautiful, and new! Iqaluit – meaning “many fish”, is the Au Pair adventure of a lifetime! This exciting, dynamic city is the political, business, journalism and transportation hub of Nunavut. Because so many Iqaluit residents originate from somewhere else, the community is known for its laid-back, culturally varied and tolerant, welcoming personality. The friendly people of Iqaluit — the ‘Iqalumiut’ — love to go out on the land, sea and ice at all times of the year to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Stop by the Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre

If you are new to Iqaluit, this is a great place to visit to get your bearings. You will learn about Iqaluit’s history, its culture, and everything it has to offer. With great displays, lots of crafts, a friendly and helpful staff, and all the information you’ll need regarding activities in the area, this will be your first step to discovering this beautiful territory!

Get up close and personal with the Aurora Borealis

Iqaluit Northern Lights

View the Northern Lights – it doesn’t get better than this! These “dancing lights” appear in a wide array of colours and shapes as they move across the sky. There are many different myths surrounding the Aurora Borealis, including the Inuit peoples belief that the lights were the souls of the animals they hunted; but in fact they are caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.  Don’t forget to capture the moment with your camera – these beauties will secure you bragging rights among all your Au Pair friends!

Immerse yourself in the unique culture and traditions of the Inuit in Iqaluit

For centuries, Inuit in the area lived in small nomadic groups around the bay, which provided them with caribou, fish, seal, walrus and whales as staple sources of food and clothing. However, their lifestyle was dependent on the movements of the area’s wildlife, which in turn were determined by shifts in local climate. As a result of these shifts, Inuit often travelled extensively in search of supplies. Take part in one of Iqaluit’s annual festivals celebrating the traditions of the Inuit people.  Learn about their culture, take part in traditional games and music, as well as joining in the fun of modern winter sports – snowmobile racing, cross-country skiing, etc.

Tackle the gorgeous expanse of land by exploring the multiple Parks and Beaches

Iqaluit’s charm lies in its natural beauty! Get out and explore some of these exquisite parks filled with historical sites. Whether you are hiking with your host family, participating in a group tour with other Au Pairs, or on the lookout for wildlife (we’d recommend bird watching! Nunavut contains several bird sanctuaries that are excellent to visit) you will have an unforgettable experience. Be sure to check out Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, Qaummaarviit Territorial Park, and Apex Beach!

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A modest urban outpost smack in the middle of one of the world’s most rugged wildernesses, Iqaluit is unmatched in its combination of the past and present. If you love the outdoors and have and adventurer’s heart, you will fall in love with this city!

Dealing with Separation Anxiety

 

Separation anxiety is anxiety provoked in a young child by separation or the threat of separation from their primary caregiver. Whether it starts early or late, whether it’s mild or severe, separation anxiety is a normal part of a child’s development and because we know it can be a stressful journey, we’ve put together a few tips to help families cope.

We recommend starting small! Practice in your home environment with a friend/babysitter by leaving the room for a short amount of time before returning. If your child cries, have your friend comfort them and let them know you will be back shortly; you can also call out to let them know you are still there and will just be a few minutes. As your child becomes accustomed to your small absences, you can increase the time you are away. Eventually your child will learn that they are still safe even when you are not present and that you will always reappear.

If you will be leaving your children with a childcare provider for long periods of time make sure that you have prepared them and yourself for this change, especially if this is the first time you will be doing so. You may have practiced short absences with your child and readied them as much as possible for this next step, but it’s not uncommon for parents to forget that they may also feel anxious or even guilty about leaving their child for the day. Make sure to talk to your child’s caregiver about your feelings and let them know you might call to check in with them or would like to receive updates throughout the day. Find a way for you to stay connected during your absence so you can be more at ease and able to concentrate when you’re out.

Be sure to say goodbye before you go. You may do this before your caregiver arrives, you may do it right before you head out the door, every family is different and you will have to find what works best for you, as long as you take the time to acknowledge your absence with your child so they are not caught off guard when you are suddenly not there. Some children react badly when they know you’re leaving, but regardless of how upset the child is, sneaking out only adds to anxiety, increases the fear of abandonment, and breaks down the child’s sense of trust.

If your child is still having difficulties with your absence, consider leaving behind a transitional object. This could be a blanket, a teddy, or a personal item such as Mommy’s bracelet, Daddy’s watch, etc. – something of comfort to help a child feel more secure and remember that you will be back soon.

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Remember, overcoming separation anxiety is a gradual process that takes a different amount of time for each child. But you will all get through it and pretty soon the time they spend with their caregiver will be a positive and exciting part of your child’s routine that everyone looks forward to.

Where to Au Pair – Regina Saskatchewan

The sunniest capital city in Canada, Regina is the perfect place to call home.  Known for its generous, friendly people and rich community pride, Regina is a beautiful oasis on the prairies with more than 350,000 hand-planted trees. There are many attractions and events that take place all year in Regina for residents and tourists alike. It is an excellent location to Au pair, with an abundance of parks, sports and recreational facilities, bicycle pathways, family attractions and an exceptional quality of life.

If you’re an Au Pair in Regina, you don’t want to miss Last Mountain Lake.

Roughly 40km North West of the city, the lake is 70km long and only 2km wide at its widest portions. But exploring the lake may take a few days as it offers two beaches and a Provincial Park, situated on its east shore. Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park is the perfect place to kick back, relax and have fun! The park contains a marina for boaters and sea-goers, trails for hiking and biking, playgrounds, picnic areas, a corn maze and two mini gold courses! Bond with your host family and stay for a weekend at the full service campground, taking your time to discover everything this lake has to offer.

See what it takes to become a Canadian Mountie!

Every Canadian Mountie gets their red serge tunic and Stetson hat via Regina’s RCMP Depot, the Mountie training facility since 1885. Visit the RCMP Heritage Centre to find out what kind of training these red clad Canadians undertake to become iconic law enforcers. With self-guided audio tours, virtual reality experiences (hop in the saddle and learn some of the intricate moves Mounties perform) and the Sargent Major’s Parade (weekdays at 12:45pm) you will get an unforgettably Canadian experience!

DowntownTake a day trip to Moose Jaw.

Get the Au Pairs in your area together for a road trip! The beloved and prehistoric prairie town of Moose Jaw boasts more history in its compact centre than all of Regina. Whether your taste leans toward high-energy activities or more passive functions, “The Friendly City” has something for you: Take a tour through the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, becoming part of the underground experience as you travel beneath the city streets. Pay a visit to the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa for a soak in Canada’s largest therapeutic geothermal mineral water pool. Explore Moose Jaw’s 28 acre Crescent Park known as “The Jewel of the Prairies” offering activities such as lawn bowling, an outdoor amphitheater, and Moose Jaw’s Art Gallery and Exhibition Centre. The only difficulty you’ll encounter is fitting all of the fun into one day! On your way out, make sure to wave goodbye to Big Mac – the world’s tallest moose: a 32ft sculpture located next to the visitor’s centre, keeping watch over the Trans Canada Highway.

Join in the celebration of music at the Regina Folk Fest!

If you’re in Regina during the second week of August, Victoria Park is the place to be! Join 20 000 fans seeking to catch a glimpse of their favourite folk and indie bands. An annual event in Regina for over 40 years, this three day festival is sporting some huge names in the Indie/Folk scene. With performances by Blue Rodeo, Ani DeFranco, Michael Franti, and Feist to name a few, this will be a weekend to remember. Three days of stellar music performances, an arts market with a selection of outstanding vendors, and workshops to attend between acts all add up to an unforgettable experience! There is also the opportunity to get involved by volunteering, which is an excellent option for Au Pairs saving money as tickets can get pricey.

ReginaSome people say that Saskatchewan is a boring flat of canola farms and prairies. Those people have obviously never visited Regina. From the inspirational and historic little quirks that give it its charm, Regina will capture your heart and have you reminiscing about your time as an Au Pair for years to come!

Montreal is a great city to Au Pair!

 

 Montreal, Quebec is a lively city filled with galleries, attractions, restaurants, as well as a multitude of annual events and celebrations. Montreal provides no shortage of things you can do.

 

Montreal is well-known for its fabulous architecture, favourite communities, delicious meals and big selection of cultural areas. Nevertheless, Montreal should be renowned for its open-air fun-based activities too. You’ll find countless outdoor activities you’ll be able to test, particularly if you are keen on fascinating things you can do in Montreal.

Begin your time as an Au Pair with a trip to Mount Royal!

Mount Royal is Montreal’s major milestone. Locals take pleasure in the views offered by this mountain peak year round, so do not even think of omitting this location.

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The moment you arrive in Montreal, Mount Royal ought to be your very first place to see. This mountain, even though it is not as tall as you might imagine, showcasing just a height of 233 meters, gives guests the chance to please their eyes with the breathtaking sights that may be noticed when reaching its peak. Walk the Chemin Olmsted Route where you can also experience stunning sceneries. This renowned loop begins and ends in the same location, more specifically on Avenue du Parc, that is positioned at the bottom of the mountain peak.

The great component of Mont Royal is the fact that there’s no entrance fee needed, the hill being pretty much turned into a general public recreation area.

Kayaking and cycling near Lachine Canal

Another place of interest well worth considering is Lachine Canal, a 14 km trail where you’ll be able to jog, enjoy bike rides, or maybe stroll on a Sunday afternoon. In the event you wish to lease canoes, pedal boats or kayaks you can head to H20 Adventures rental heart which can be located in the vicinity of Atwater Marketplace.

The canal offers several bridges, contact other Au Pairs in your area and go for a communal bike ride! If you want to hire a motorbike, there are many rental places you are able to go to.

Urban Biking

The Canal or perhaps the Mountain aren’t the only places in which vacationers can bicycle, taking into consideration which the complete town is crowded with folks who vacation making use of Bixi.

The distinctive concept of Bixi was born a long time ago in Montreal. This idea is essentially a general public sharing system of bikes. People are permitted to visit one of the 411 stations and get bikes which they ride to a different station. As soon as they’ve arrived towards the destination, they spot the bicycle within the rack so that everyone can utilize it. This method needs a daily or annual fee, depending on how much you employ the bicycle.

Surfing, Stand Up Paddle boarding or Kayaking around the St. Lawrence River

Many adventure fanatics will likely be stunned to discover that Montreal is actually a perfect location for surfing. St. Lawrence River has demonstrated to be ideal for this action, and because it is only a handful of minutes away from downtown, draws in many vacationers.

Montreal can easily be compared to New york City, since both cities are island destinations. That is the reason why there exists a plethora of torrents called Lachine Rapids between the city of Montreal and also the south shoreline. There torrents are well-known for their constant waves triggered by the remarkable amount of water, natural characteristics. For $70, you’ll have the time of your Au Pair life while surfing on Lawrence River.

However, do not forget to bring a wetsuit because the water is usually cold. Furthermore, travelers could also benefit from these rapids and boat alongside St. Lawrence River.

Montreal is a year-around city to live in with tons of things to do in the summer. But Au Pairs who love winter season sports and activities will also have a blast because Montreal happens to possess one of the most favored ski zones in North America.63393_4c47a2f2d725d81dccb1bef42f29fdf8590628b0

You can choose snowboarding, ice hiking, snow mobiling, snowboarding and canine sledding.

If one thing is for sure, this is that you will have the perfect time and you’ll live memorable experiences in Montreal.

 

How to be a great Nanny employer!

 

How to be a great Nanny Employer!

It’s a nanny’s world out there meaning that if you find a good nanny – hold on to her!

1.) Follow provincial labour standards with regards to hourly pay rate, overtime, vacation time etc. This is so simple and is yet the number one issue of contention between nannies and employers. It is what she is entitled to, and anything else simply won’t do!

 2.) Show your appreciation … and often! Nanny employers are also busy families, but take the time to show your nanny, this special person who cares for your children on a daily basis, how grateful you are for helping you run the household more efficiently.

3.) Provide regular raises and bonuses for continued good work. If a nanny is from overseas, purchase a flight to her home country to enable her to visit her family. Provide monthly bus passes to help your their nanny socialize on her time off or give birthday and Christmas bonuses.

4.) Have respect for her position as a nanny and appreciate that it is an important job! Even she may not always want to work as a nanny forever, but nanny traits like being trustworthy, organized, reliable and being patient are traits important for all jobs.

 5.) Communicate well with your nanny and let her know she can talk to you openly too. Don’t let little problems escalate out of control. Try and schedule regular nanny performance reviews, where you and your nanny can sit down and discuss any issues.

6.) At the end of the day, just remember – A happy nanny means happy children, and a happy you!

Where to Au Pair – Waterloo Ontario!

The City of Waterloo is located in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, in the Region of Waterloo. The quality of life is enhanced by arts, culture and heritage scenes, recreation opportunities, parks and trails, facilities, programs, services and more. Waterloo is a great place to live, work, learn and play.

It’s ready made for outside living

There are more than 3,000 acres of parks and six conservation areas. Explore this beautiful location by hiking a new trail each week, taking a scenic walking tour, or taking the kids for a picnic in the park! With amenities such as leash free dog areas, skate-parks and the world’s best maintained waterway: The Grand River, Waterloo makes it easy for those with a love of the great outdoors to have a good time!

The Grand River: Waterloo Ontario

The Grand River: Waterloo Ontario

The area offers urban and country living

“Our neighbourhoods are a reflection of who we are. We walk on our neighbourhood streets, we shovel our snow and we plant our gardens. This is where we live, and this is where things happen at a grassroots level.”

Waterloo residents take pride in where they live and there are many programs in place to care for the suburban nighbourhoods – old and new, ensuring they are well maintained and a beautiful place to be. The area sports three urban core locations: Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Get the best of both worlds with the activity and bustle of city life, and rural country settings only minutes from town.

World-class education and Activities

The area is home to three top universities – University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University – and one of Ontario’s premier colleges – Conestoga College. With fifty-thousand students attending annually there are opportunities in abundance to meet people and make new friends. Take part in a group or club and find those that share your interests! Or try something completely new! Waterloo offers activities ranging from Cycling to Embroidery and everything in between. With an easy to use online directory on the city’s website, you’ll have no trouble joining in!

 

Cultural festivals and creative spaces

The region is home to more than 60 arts, culture and heritage festivals and galleries.

Check out the Festival of Lights in the winter months: with over 100, 000 decorative lights, fireworks on opening night, and horse-drawn trolley rides through the park.

Explore The Royal Medieval Faire on September 16th An interactive day consisting of vendors, hands on displays, food and beverages, games, celtic music, magic, swordplay, authentic costumes and decoration, plus much more.

During the months of July and August catch a movie in the park! Check out what movies are playing and arrange a date for your host family to join you! Spread a blanket or pull up a lawn chair and enjoy a film projected onto a giant inflatable screen – entry by monetary or non-perishable food donation to the foodbank.

Watch with baited breath in May – September as each month different artists battle head to head, showcasing their talent in a masterful duel and compete in categories such as fort building, synthesizing, and obstacle course running.

 

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There’s a lot to explore in the Waterloo Region, from vibrant neighbourhoods to quaint villages and lively urban centres. It is a place that strives to combine the excitement of new experiences with the peaceful beauty of nature and home. Waterloo has that small town feel with an impressive collection of amenities usually found in large urban cities. It’s a fantastic location to learn about and experience Canada – you don’t want to miss it!

Where to Au Pair: Au Pair in Kelowna, BC

If you’re considering being an Au Pair in Canada then moving to the Kelowna region will be a great adventure! You will love to live in a friendly, cosmopolitan city which offers plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors, simply continue reading to discover 5 reasons why you should seriously consider moving to Kelowna.

Kelowna boasts a world class ski resort 

Kelowna is home to the Big White Ski Resort, which boasts 118 unique trails. So, whether you’ve been skiing or your life or are keen to learn how to ski or snow board, you’ll be sure to find plenty of trails which suit your level of experience. If you’re a newbie make sure to take advantage of Big White Ski Resort’s ski school, which offers invaluable lessons from highly qualified ski instructors. 

As an Au Pair living in the Kelowna area, it’s well worth purchasing a season pass, which boasts unbeatable value for money and will allow you to hit the slopes as often as you’d like. As a season pass holder you’ll be about to enjoy free night skiing sessions and will also be able to make use of the resort’s ice skating rink and Nordic trails, free of charge. 

Kelowna boasts a wide variety of word class vineyards 

Kelowna is home to over 20 award winning vineyards, examples of which include Mission Hill Winery, Quails’ Gate Winery, Ancient Hill Winery and Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery. 

So, if you fancy spending your weekends vineyard hopping and wine tasting, you’ll love living in Kelowna. As a bonus, the majority of vineyards, which are in Kelowna, also specialize in offering gourmet café style lunches.

Kelowna backs straight on to the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake

If you’re interested in moving to a picturesque city, it’s well worth considering moving to Kelowna as the central business district looks straight out over Okanagan Lake. In fact, downtown Kelowna is home to two impressive public parks Waterfront Park and City Park. 

Waterfront Park winds around the shore of Okanagan Lake and features a wide boardwalk, a beautifully landscaped garden and a dedicated swimming area as well as a manmade beach. If you have children, they’ll love growing up with Waterfront Park on their doorstep. 

City Park is also incredibly popular with locals and tourists and features a wide boardwalk, which is popular amongst joggers as well as a children’s playground, a skate park and a dedicated picnic area. 

Kelowna offers some of the best beaches in the Okanagan. Young adults will enjoy the busy atmosphere of Gyro Beach, while families with small children may prefer the quieter Rotary Park Beach. If you are looking for lots of facilities, City Park features one of the largest sand beaches in town as well as a picnic area, basketball and tennis court, children’s water park and a skateboarding park. Waterfront Park offers a semi-secluded beach and bird sanctuary for visitors that are looking for a quiet place to relax and enjoy the sunshine and nature.

Kelowna offers individuals an active lifestyle that few cities can match 

If you love nothing more than spending time exploring the great outdoors, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Kelowna as you’ll be able to spend your free time water-skiing, mountain biking, swimming, skiing and hiking. As Kelowna boasts plenty of mountains, forests and parks, which are just waiting to be explored. Even after a year of living in Kelowna, you’ll still be able to find new hiking trails, that you haven’t explored. 

If you choose to move to Kelowna, it’s well worth joining one of Kelowna’s many recreational clubs. Examples of which include the Kelowna Yacht Club and Hiking Addiction. The latter of which is Kelowna’s official hiking club. After all, there’s no better way to settle in to a new city, than to make new friends who share your passion for adventure. 

Kelowna’s restaurants and cafes feature local produce on their menus 

If you’re a fan of fresh food, you’ll enjoy eating out in Kelowna as many of Kelowna’s most popular restaurants make a point of featuring local fare. As an example, Old Vines Restaurant, offers an ever-changing seasonal menu which features vegetables which are grown in Old Vine Restaurant’s on-site garden. As well as locally sourced steak and seafood. 

If you’re looking to grab a quick bite of food on the go, you may also be interested in checking out Okanagan Street Food, which offers fresh seafood tacos. Which are full of locally caught snapper. 

One bonus to living in Kelowna, is that no matter whether you prefer French, Thai, Mexican, Italian or Canadian fare, you’ll be sure to find a restaurant which caters to your tastes. 

Life & Arts Festival

This family orientated festival showcases local talent and the growing cultural district of Kelowna. Enjoy stage and street performances in music, live theater as well as culinary and performing arts. With three stage venues as well as an artisan market, this festival offers a little something for everyone.

Kasugai Japanese Garden

Located within a walled enclosure behind City Hall, Kelowna’s Kasugai Japanese Garden is almost completely hidden from the streets. Built to represent the sister-city relationship with Kasugai, this sanctuary provides a relaxing escape from the busy downtown areas of Kelowna during the summer months. The garden itself features a walking path around the perimeter, footbridge, koi fish pond, waterfall and many scenic sitting areas.

Mission Creek Path

Mission Creek Park offers 12 km of average to difficult trails, including Mission Creek which is a famous trail for walking, cycling, and jogging. The path begins at the intersection of Dilworth and Springfield and continues all the way to Lakeshore Road. Dogs are allowed in this park. Enjoy living in Kelowna.

Tours in different locations

Kelowna has no shortage of high-quality places to visit, and there are different places known both for it’s delicious organically grown wine and signature on-site pyramid. Unlike many of the other wineries in the area, it offers free guided tours several times a day followed by a complimentary tasting.

Heritage sites

This heritage site is where the famous missionary ( Pandosy) ministered for the original settlers. Founded in 1860, this site marks an important period in history. Today you can explore the four-acre property, which contains several of the original buildings that have been restored and filled with antiques unique to the area.

Bear Creek Park

Located in West Kelowna, this area offers more than 5 km of well-marked hiking trails, including Bear Creek Canyon Trail. This popular trail makes a loop of the canyon and includes a footbridge over the creek, a sturdy staircase on the side of the mountain and several viewpoints offering spectacular vistas. The park is also home to a 400m sandy beach, playground and summer concession.

 

Reasons to Hire a Nanny or Au Pair Through a Full Service Agency

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Many parents who are considering hiring a nanny or au pair wonder if they should use an agency?

As we’ve discussed at length in a number of blog posts so far this year, the Canadian childcare crisis is very real and even though the new federal budget introduced a series of proposals which would in theory increase the number of childcare spots available as well as make those spots more affordable, it’s unlikely that any changes will go into effect until 2018.

If this is so, what are Canadian families to do?

In consideration of the number of childcare options potentially available to families, the following are some of the reasons why it might be in your family’s best interest to hire a caregiver (such as a nanny or an au pair) through an agency like us.

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1. Convenience

This is the main reason families come to us: we save you time so that you can spend it with your friends and family.

We handle all the particulars of the Au Pair application and placement process so that you don’t have to. Because trust us: it is no easy job finding the ideal Au Pair or caregiver for a particular family.

Let us bring you the wisdom of our twenty years of experience as a caregiver placement agency and help you find your perfect match.

2. Reliability

The bottom line is this: we only place caregivers and au pairs who have been thoroughly screened by us or one of our partner agencies abroad.

All of our applicants undergo an extensive screening process (including background checks, medical exams, and character references) and all of them have previously verified experience working with children (or the elderly, in the case of our caregiver program).

So, while sites like Craigslist and Canadian Nanny might be the more popular way to find childcare these days, with an agency like us, providing you with a greater peace of mind is part and parcel of our commitment to you.

3. Practicability

Hiring a in home caregiver such as an au pair or nanny can provide you with the quick fix you need if you’re stuck in a jam.

Our au pair placement process can take as little as four weeks! Check out some of the profiles we have available now.

One of the other benefits of hiring an au pair or a nanny through an agency like us is the opportunity for a replacement. It’s not a particularly enjoyable topic of conversation, but unfortunately, not all caregiver placements work out.

This is why we have measures in place to provide you with replacement au pair or nanny, should you need one. It is not often that childcare options provide you with such a reliable backup.

4. Support

An invaluable part of our services includes providing ongoing support to you and your caregiver before and during their placement.

One of the most rewarding parts of our job is keeping up with all of our clients and caregivers by phone and email to make sure everything is going as smoothly as possible and that the line of communication between Employer (family) and Employee (caregiver) is always open.

To put it simply: we are here for you, your family and your caregiver.

These are all of the things that we, a longstanding caregiver placement agency, can offer you when it comes to reliable, affordable childcare.

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Where to Au Pair: Halifax

Halifax CitadelThis week’s edition of our ‘Where to Au Pair’ series will take us to Nova Scotia, one of the three provinces in eastern Canada known collectively as the Maritimes.

What the Maritimes may lack in city size and population when compared with their ‘big sister’ provinces such as British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, as this article explains, they make up for in stunning natural beauty.

Let’s zoom in on Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital, and find out why it might be a great location for your future au pair placement in Canada!

Halifax Waterfront1. Proximity to the water

If you are used to living by the water, or have never had the chance to do so, Halifax boasts one of the most impressive waterfront walks in Canada.

While a Google Image search alone doesn’t even begin to do it justice, Halifax’s waterfront consistently ranks at the top of everyone’s list as one of the top things to do in the whole of Nova Scotia.

Halifax Public Gardens2. Public parks

Right in the heart of Halifax lies the famous Halifax Public Gardens, purportedly one of the finest examples of a Victorian Garden in North America.

Talk about a perfect place to stroll with your au pair kids or on your own to find a quiet escape from the bustle of the city!

Halifax Beaches

3. Access to beaches

You guessed it, proximity to water means proximity to beaches.

According to the article aptly titled ’25 things about the Maritimes that make the rest of Canada jealous,’ you are never more than an hour away from a glorious, saltwater beach.

Talk about some picture-perfect, Instagram-worthy views, too.

Halifax Festivals

4. Arts and culture events

The list of arts and culture events (from music and food festivals, to fundraising events and pride parades) is jaw-droppingly long for a capital city in such a small province, which leads us to hypothesize that there would never be shortage of fun and exciting things to do during your au pair placement!

Family service Halifax

5. High quality of life

The quality of life in Halifax is unsurprisingly high, as any Halifax local (‘Haligonian’) can attest to.

And frankly, how could it not be, given its idyllic location, its thriving arts and culture scene, its enviable of manicured public parks and heritage buildings hearkening a not so distant past, and the unbeatable access it provides to the rest of the naturally beautiful province and the Maritimes as a whole.

I don’t know about you, but as a Canadian, but I’d be hard-pressed to think of a location in Canada I want to visit more than Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the rest of the insatiable Maritime provinces.

Many thanks to the following useful articles and webpages:

Visit Halifax

Destination Halifax

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