About lesleycarter

Traveling and extremes have encompassed my life for 30 years; from white-water rafting, skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing, caving, swimming with dolphins, swimming with beluga whales, and base jumping, I've tried every "bucketlist" adventure I could imagine. My wedding day in Jamaica even included a little bit of rock climbing followed by a trapeze act in my gown. I've been to 100 countries and I envision 100 more!

Mega Fun Parc Omega

Elk and carrot at Parc Omega, QuebecDid you ever have a deer lick your face or an elk gently nuzzle your neck for another carrot? I thought Parc Omega was going to be an interesting wildlife encounter but it was way beyond my expectations. Parc Omega is a safari park in Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Quebec. A 12 km nature route takes you along lakes, meadows, small valleys, forests, and rocky hills to meet moose, elk, bison, wolves, and bears all within their natural environment. Come along for the ride through Parc Omega with us and we’ll show you why it’s one of our favorite family adventures in Quebec.  Continue reading

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The Decision Not to Homeschool

Athena's first day of school

I didn’t take the decision to send Athena to school lightly. She’s only five years old but she’s traveled the world with me and learned so much along the way. She is outspoken, friendly, compassionate, and she doesn’t see the color of your skin as anything but beautiful. She’s been parasailing, panning for gold, roller coaster riding, hiking, sledding, horseback riding, paddleboarding, and surfing in California, snorkeling in the Caribbean and Thailand, skiing in Austria, California, and Canada, drum dancing in Greenland, sailing in Thailand and California, rock climbing in Canada, and ziplining in Canada and Costa Rica. She practices different languages in each new country and she sees the world with wonder and joy. She may not remember it all but it has already shaped her into part of the person she will hold on to for the rest of her life. This year marked D-Day (decision day) for us. Would she go to public school and travel less? Or would we continue to travel the world and homeschool? I decided to send her to school after years of careful consideration. Here’s why.  Continue reading

The Best of Iceland with Kids

Iceland with KidsWhen I dreamed of visiting Iceland, I imagined wild adventures like scuba diving between two continents, ATV riding, paragliding, and sky diving, and it is all possible in Iceland, but maybe not with a five year old child. She’s adventurous and loves to push the limits but I have a few years before she can jump out of planes or dive between continents. So what are the best experiences in Iceland with kids? We spent a few days discovering Iceland to find out for ourselves. These are are top five suggestions for Iceland with kids. With bountiful natural beauty, spectacular sights, and unique, soft adventures, Iceland with kids is magical.  Continue reading

10 Items for Your Montreal Bucket List

Old Town, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I love Montreal; I chose to move here after all. It’s filled with old world charm, museums, spaces to explore and discover, and outdoor adventures. Most weekends, we just hop on the train and let it take us to a new place in the city to discover it’s magic. You can’t go wrong. These are our 10 favorite activities to add to your Montreal bucket list.  Continue reading

Eastern Canada Bucket List

Magic Mountain Little Squirt
Since moving back to Eastern Canada, my bucket list has grown substantially. There are extreme adventures and quiet trails, 5-star historic hotels and hidden cabins for rent in Canada‘s eastern regions. You can lean off of buildings, raft a tidal bore, or explore enchanted forests. There are so many unbelievable options that I’ve created an Eastern Canada bucket list.  Eastern Canada is generally considered to be the region of Canada east of Manitoba, consisting of the following provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. These are our favorite bucket list ideas in Eastern Canada.
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I Arrived in Greenland

Exploring Greenland
Visiting Greenland has always been in the back of my mind but I feared putting it on my yearly bucketlist because I didn’t think I’d never make it happen. I guess that’s the entire point of a bucketlist. It’s a long way to go for an experience and it’s cold, but my gosh, it’s worth it! The expansive natural beauty is remarkable. Yesterday we arrived in Nuuk, Greenland and today we spent our first full day discovering the beauty that surrounds it.   Continue reading

Athena’s First Day of School

Athena's first day of kindergarten
Athena is officially a kindergarten student. She started school this week and I keep shaking my head at the fact that I have a child in school. When I started Bucket List Publications, she wasn’t even born and now she’s enrolled in a French Immersion school in Montreal. Where did the time go? How am I the mother of a child in school when I still feel like a kid myself? And with Athena off to school during the days now, I need more of a purpose. What should I do with my time? A job? Volunteer? Exercise? Write a book? Pick up a hobby like day drinking? (Just seeing if you’re paying attention.) I feel lost. Is this how all mothers feel when their kids go to school? Continue reading