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Don't forget it's never too late to become a tourist in your own back yard


by Tina Y. Gerber - McCurley


I will admit, I have been envious of Church friends who have been able to afford to travel upon their retirement. Some on scenic road trips, grand tours of Greece, some travel the great Canadian Rockies by rail, and many have gone on Cruises. It made me think of the adventures I had with my children while they were growing up.

Don't forget, it's never too late to become a tourist regardless of your age!

As a single parent, my funds were limited but I had great family support which allowed us to have many adventures.

Growing up, my daughters were exposed to many adventures within Ontario. A favourite was our visits to Niagara Falls: a view from a unique perspective, enjoying Maid of the Mist, Journey behind the Falls, Marineland, Skylon Tower, Clifton Hill, Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. In addition, we had memorable times together at the Royal Ontario Museum, along with Camping Adventures to Provincial Parks, and Day Trips to Cullen Gardens, and Wonderland.

One of the kids favourites was, when my sister signed us up for, The Canopy Tour in the Haliburton Forest. I was no daredevil but the kids were natural explorers, and the bigger they got the more they wanted to do! The breathtaking views of the canopy tour were broken into four parts: A scenic drive through the private forest, a canoe paddle across a wilderness lake, then a guided walk along the rapids. The final leg of the journey was a Canopy Tour among the tree tops. At 20 meters above ground, you could see the Haliburton Forest from above. I was great, up until this point. The guide provided us with the necessary harness and carabiners clips. However, I was too short to reach them, my youngest daughter had to clip me, and laughed the entire time, while I cried! I was stiff and sore for weeks afterwards. Fun memories.

Today, health and financial situations vary and create limitations when it comes to travelling. Still, there are still plenty of getaways, to suit just about any physical ability or budget. By the time my article gets published I will have had my first knee replacement. I look forward to some travel in the next few years. However, I really like to stay close to home, as I'm a real home body.

The Bible emphasizes the importance of contentment and trust in God's providence. It addresses envy, and cautions believers against harbouring this destructive emotion. It warns against the ravishing destructive effects to our own health if we leave envy unaddressed. In Prov. 14:30 it states, “A tranquil spirit revives the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.”

Uh, I have decided I am happy for the individuals who could afford these big vacations after retirement.

Canada is a great place for seniors, with its 'first world class' infrastructure and jaw dropping sites. Whether you want to visit the magnificent National Parks or explore something else, there is an adventure for every taste. You don't need to be young to savour the sites. Your travel journey starts when you choose, even now.

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