We packed a picnic lunch (obvs), ate it in front of the St. Lawrence seaway, and literally looked at each other with wide-eyed smiles, remarking how much fun road trips are, and how happy we felt to be out on the water on such a nice summer day. We took the cheese factor up reeeeeeal high, unabashed. The kids saw tall ships, live sea otters, a number of fish species, a pirate ship and what it looks like to carpe diem.
The kids climbed in and out of every hidden tunnel and crevice on a giant ship climbing structure. (That was a joy, as a parent on her own with four really fast-moving children. I couldn't really keep an eye on them, so I waited by the exit and hoped for the best).
Our impromptu field trip turned out to be a fabulous kick-off to the season of adventure: road trips, beach days, late night backyard swims, and al fresco everything.