Calm Enough for Her; Active Enough for Me

Bennett Lake, New Brunswick

Finding family-friendly destinations that offer something for everyone is difficult. Someone always has to compromise. But at Bennett Lake in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, there is something for everyone. Kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating, hiking trails, swimming, and barbecuing are part of the experience at Bennett Lake. My in-laws, Darren, Athena, and I all found something fun to do today at the lake. 

Athena is always happiest when she’s in the water. She likes a pool the most because it’s calm and warm, but today was her first experience in a lake. The gentle waves lapsed over her feet and the sand felt soft between her toes. It was the perfect temperature to cool her off without giving her a chill. Someone offered her a bucket and pail to play with and she was in Heaven. She played with Daddy and Grandpy for an hour while Nanny and I went to kayak the lake.

Bennett Lake, New Brunswick

Bennett Lake, New BrunswickWe rented a double kayak for $15 for the hour. Wendy, my mother-in-law, has only been in a kayak once before but she’s in great physical shape and she moved us more quickly than I expected. It always amazing me how agile and strong she is. She’s my mother-in-law and she is in better shape than I am. Regardless, we had a beautiful afternoon paddling and splashing each other. We’re comfortable enough together that the silences aren’t awkward yet we can talk for hours without running out of things to say.

Bennett Lake, New BrunswickBennett Lake, New Brunswick

We paddled the entire lake in 40 minutes and stopped for several photos along the way. I noticed Athena, my father-in-law, and Darren playing in the water. I could hear her giggling from the kayak and my heart was filled with joy. I was on the lake with Wendy, Athena was blissful in the water, and Darren and Len (my father-in-law) were spending time together. In those moments, I couldn’t think of anything else that I wanted in life. I was completely content.

Bennett Lake, New Brunswick

After returning the kayak, we stayed at the beach long enough to utterly exhaust Athena. Her sleepy eyes were are indicator when it was time to leave.

Bennett Lake, New Brunswick

Any day on the water is a great day in my eyes but Bennett Lake offers so much more. Calm waters for children, boat rentals for the entire family, and plenty of spots to eat, rest, and play make Bennett lake calm enough for her; yet active enough for me.

45 thoughts on “Calm Enough for Her; Active Enough for Me

  1. I can totally relate to days like these – when spent with those you love, doing the things you enjoy, knowing all are enjoying themselves brings about contentment. And $15 for a kayak… that’s good value.


  2. “Any day on the water is a great day in my eyes..” I can’t agree more! great story, and nice pics.. If you think that finding something for everyone is tough now.. wait till you have teens in your house 🙂 I am looking forward to exploring your blog.. jt


      • two from my first marriage.. and two step- daughters currently at home.. When my son was 13, I had the good fortune of spontaneously asking him if he would like to ride his bike across Georgia ( I had been researching bike tours and came across BRAG – bike ride across GA), and, without hesitating, he said ok.. So he and I drove from PA to GA and joined close to 2000 other cyclists on a week long 400 mile trip across the state.. it was a defining experience for him and for our relationship at that critical time. We met some wonderful people. The following year, we went again and took one of my students who happened to be his friend. And the year after that we took too other adults and their kids and my daughter joined us.. I believe that our responsibility as parents ( right behind providing a safe, nurturing environment at home) is to help them see as much of the world and to meet as many different people as possible before they leave the nest.. it sounds like that is in line with your philosophy as well! you certainly are off to a good start 🙂


  3. LAKE TAHOE with its waters of every kind of blue sits on the Northern Cali/Nevada border and is my yearly destination–active yet serene. It has it all from hiking and boating during the day to shows and gambling at night.


      • We live 30 miles from Napa and an hour from San Francisco. A few hours north is Mt. Shasta and redwoods in Mendocino and south is the Monterey coastline. Yosemite is a great destination, too. It’s hard to find a place more beautiful than our own backyard. We take an occasional cruise now and then. Plan to travel up the coast and into Canada soon.


  4. It is important for a man to get experiences and this is valid also for young kids. My son’s first great experience was when we flew in the seventies from Helsinki (Finland) to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) when he was only two years old.

    I am happy that You offered to Athena this lovely experience!


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