|(April 14, 2014)
When I suddenly lost my babysitter, I quit my day job and started to explore The Greater Toronto Area, kid in tow.
How it all started
When I suddenly lost my babysitter, my firstborn was two. I decided to quit my day job in communication at TFO (the French side of TVO) and to try finding part time contracts. Meanwhile, I started to explore the Greater Toronto Area, kid in tow.
I soon realized that all the Toronto guides were written for tourists and my marketing background kicked in (I’ve got an MBA from McGill University). I decided to fill the need for a guide for local parents and launched into a major exploration of Toronto and beyond. This map shows you the territory covered in the guide and on this website.
Both my daughter and the first edition of my guide were born 4 years later.
Toronto Fun Places... for families is now in its 5th edition and has sold over 40,000 copies to local parents.
I have since launched two walking guides Toronto Urban Strolls 1 & 2 (see torontourbanstrolls.com).
Now the website
For this different kind of venture, I’ve partnered with Yannick Lallement, a good friend and top programmer, who’s also developed YummyBaguette.com in his spare time, for the benefit of all chocolate, bakery and pastries lovers such as himself.You can see we both share a passion for passing on great information, in a down-to-earth manner.
We quietly launched torontofunplaces.com in May 2012, slowly tweeking it and adding family attractions ever since. We recently added a blog to it but there's still so much more for me to add on to this website. We're getting there!
All the best,
I took Yannick Lallement with me on my first visit to Albion Falls so he could see that I’m as serious about research as he is about programming. We make a great team!
Johanne Pepin, my other partner in crime, has graced my books and website with her whimsical illustrations from the beginning.
Find out about her 8‘ X 8’ prepasted murals, washable, dry strippable and reusable sold at muralunique.com for $269!
This amazing concept has got to be the easiest, cheapest and best way to quickly decorate kid’s bedrooms, playrooms, daycare spaces, waiting rooms and shops, don’t you think?