L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS, N.L. — The Leonard family of Waterloo, Ontario, left this province recently with a tremendous feat to their credit.
During their time at L’anse aux Meadows, Mike and Vesna Leonard’s three children (Torrin 15, Devlin 13 and Caelin 9) celebrated the completion of the Parks Canada Xplorers Program.
The accomplishment means the children have visited 96 national parks, historic sites and other Parks Canada ‘places’ throughout the country that offer the Xplorers program.
Under the program, children are given a booklet filled with fun activities geared toward the location they are visiting. At the end of the visit, they receive a certificate recognizing them as Parks Canada Xplorers.
Vesna Leonard said her family started the program in May 2015 and recently finished in L’anse aux Meadows. It was the family’s second trip to this province, she said.
Leonard describes her family as “nomadic for seven years” as they lived in and worked out of their RV.
“We sold everything and left the country. We did RV trips around the U.S. We lived in Hawaii, Costa Rica and mostly in Europe.”
The Leonards returned to Canada in 2017 to continue to grow their business. It was also a great opportunity for the children to complete the Xplorers program, she said.
Now that they have conquered Canada, the family’s next adventures will likely take them back to Europe – at some point in the future.
“The children have been in their respective grades here in Ontario. They did amazing and they want to go back to school here in September. So we will stay here so that they can complete another year,” Leonard said.