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Happy August - 10 simple ways to enjoy August

By Kari Svenneby

We have loved summer so far with a lot of simple backyard fun; we have been riding bikes and swimming in lake Ontario. Some days we even have been canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding on the lake. There is so much nature in the city of Toronto if you take the time to find it; it is great to live so close by a big a lake. We love to bike close to the water and even biked to Toronto Island (it is a 18 km round trip from the Beach).

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I hope you are enjoying summer regardless if you are in the city or in the country.

Here are 10 simple outdoor fun ideas to do in August:

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Camp food fun for kids

girl by the lake We had a wonderful camping trip at Pukaskwa National Park. It was everything I was longing for. It got us lots of wilderness and some great hiking opportunities. Though I love to be outside in the city, I love to get outdoors in the wilderness. (I live in the fourth largest city in North America) Add a comment
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The wonders of garlic mustard :recipes

Google  garlic mustard and it will take you to pages telling horror stories about this invasive and dreaded herb plant. Here in Ontario, Park and Rec has even a invading species program and encourages everyone to not grow it in the yard and to report if you see it when you are out hiking Learn how to identify it here:

Garlic mustard is originally from Europe and was introduced by early settlers. It grows all over North America.

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Outdoor Lanterns

 My friend Debra and I had a party 3 years ago in a park in Toronto. Debra used to live in British Columbia and she remembered the wonderful lantern festival there. We invited a few friends with kids for a summer party. It was a gorgeous night and we had so much fun making these magical lanterns together.

 

 

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Camp food

campfood3Last week we went to our old style cottage here in Norway by the Swedish border. Our cottage is about 100 years old and was made by my great grandfather and my kids are the 5th generation who has enjoyed it.It is not a fancy cottage by today’s standards. It has an outhouse, no power, no running water and we have to hike to get to even get to the cabin. The water come from the well and for cooking we are using an old wood stove or we cook over open fire outside.I love to cook on open fire but my kids love it even more. On our last trip we also did fair bit of foraging as well. So much fun outside!

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Are you by the sea this summer? Catch some sand crabs

crabfishingfrontWe love to be by the sea; with the smell of the salt water and to swim. It might surprise you, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, the ocean can get quite warm in Norway. If you go to the coast during the summer in Norway, you will notice that kids do not just love to swim and make sand castles there. You will see kids on docks, rocky outcrops and the beach catching sand crabs and proudly creating aquariums for their catch.

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