Homeschool Trip Across Canada

    WINNIPEG, June 8 /CNW/ - If you think crossing the country with six
children in a motor home is somewhat unusual, you're not alone. The Schafer
family of Victoria, BC, is getting used to mouths gaping open as they emerge
from their colourful motorhome on a ten-week 17,000-km tour that will take
them across southern Canada and the northern United States.
    "Some people think we are a bit crazy to venture out on such a big family
adventure," says Normand Schafer who, back home on Vancouver Island, runs his
own travel agency. "It's quite funny, the stares I get in the stores as they
watch me march in with my kids. The inevitable question is always, 'Are they
all yours?'"
    The youngsters, ages one to 14, are home-schooled, and parents Normand
and Kirsten Schafer set out May 30 to teach them first-hand about their
country's diversity. So far, this education has taken on some unexpected
turns, from an encounter with a nude nocturnal panhandler on a Wal-Mart
parking lot to being serenaded by the horns of passing freight trains. The
latter ironically happened while trying to get much-needed rest at an
otherwise attractive historic stop near Craigellachie, the site of "the last
spike" on the cross-Canada rail line in 1885.
    The family adventure is an extension of the travels that have taken the
Schafer clan to places around the world. "However, this time we are focusing
on Canada," Normand says. "Not only are we trying to uncover the popular
destinations and hidden jewels of this amazing country but we want other
families to enjoy it too."
    Posted on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the trip is meant to show "some
of the fun things families and individuals can do together to enjoy spending
time with one another," says Normand. "People can take our itinerary by
breaking it down into individual provinces or combine any number of provinces
into a smaller snapshot of Canada."
    Follow the Schafers online at as their route
evolves, and tell them your suggestions on Canada's best places to visit or
simply check out their GPS-mapped photos.

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For further information:

For further information: Normand Schafer,, Ph:
(250) 386-5555 Ext. 133

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