Lori Knowles, Special to QMI Agency

Freelancer Lori Knowles wrote family travel and skiing columns for Sun Media.


During big wave season, surfing on Oahu's North Shore is best left the pros. Waves are smaller and gentler during the summer months. KIRK LEE AEDER/HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

Surfing on Oahu's North Shore

They call it The Surf Bus -- a groovy, Scooby-Doo-like Mystery Machine that chortles up to our hotel, the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu.

Some newly minted surfers pose with their boards at the Surf Sisters base in Tofino, B.C. PHOTO COURTESY SURF SISTERS/TOFINO TOURISM

Tofino, B.C. a wild west coast getaway

This time our target is Tofino, B.C., a ruggedly handsome spot for active moms and career girls getting away from kids and work -- women who like to hike, surf, stroll, soak, and of course, eat.

The Upper Canada Village's Alight at Night Festival has returned again this year. The annual festival is close to their one million light goal making the village brighter than ever. (Handout)

Trips keep kids busy over the holidays

I can hear the inner cries of many moms and dads -- my comrades in arms -- as the holiday season approaches: "Two weeks off school? How will we cope?"

<b>OLD MONTREAL:</b> A family visit to Montreal must include a walk -- or ride -- around Vieux-Montreal, the city's birthplace in the 1600s. Take an organized tour of this once-walled city. There are preserved fortifications still visible, and there are spots that were frequented by Canada's First Nations people some 2,500 years ago. Kids are thrilled by horse-and-buggy rides through the cobbled streets. See oldmontrealextravaganza.com and old.montreal.qc.ca. (QMI Agency)

Top family attractions in Montreal

There's a city with an old-world/new-world feel that's equally cosmopolitan and equally family oriented, yet a whole lot closer to home: Montreal.

This year's Crankworx (Aug. 10-19) is expected to draw almost 140,000 people to Whistler. A popular concert series rounds out the extreme mountain-biking events. BLAKE JORGENSON PHOTO/Special to QMI Agency

Extreme summer fun in Whistler

For a village that was little more than a chairlift and a garbage dump a few decades ago, Whistler, B.C., sure has a way of drawing a crowd.

The 8.5-metre-long CanaDream RV parked on the red sand of North Rustico, P.E.I,. a lobster fishing village. PETER GILBERT/Special to QMI Agency

King of the road in P.E.I.

Here are 10 tips that will make this ultimate family road trip a relatively smooth one!