Poutine Râpée: Acadian Comfort Food

“When people say they’ve eaten poutine râpée, it’s an event.” Every region has its own comfort food—that dish that you just can’t wait to get back home to eat again. For Montreal, maybe it’s a smoked meat sandwich. Or in Newfoundland, the Jiggs’ dinner. For folks with Acadian roots, it’s likely poutine râpée.  Acadians, the…

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Easing Into A New Normal On The Fundy Trail

Fundy Trail Parkway was one of the first Canadian parks and tourist attractions to reopen last week after mandatory distancing. The scent of pine fills the humid air every few steps. Fiddleheads peer out from the edges of the path, curling upward as the sun peeks in and out of clouds and trees overhead. Beneath…

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Finding Kindred Spirits At Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Leaskdale Home

Her home was her sanctuary; a place she could abandon the amiable, passive masks she wore. When I was 11 years old, I read Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and much like millions of other young girls, I found a kindred spirit in the precocious redhead. It wasn’t until I was 37…

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The Quebec Municipality With A Name To Exclaim

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!: a voyager’s gasp and a toponymist’s delight. While driving in eastern Quebec near the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River, you might come across road signs directing you to a community whose name will make you exclaim or laugh – or both. The small community of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, population of 1,318, was…

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Snapshots Of The Wood Chip Dreadnought

If you follow the starfish, you will find the photo opp, wood shop and bed and breakfast. Since 2008, New Brunswick’s highways have been peppered with colour-coded signs with distinct symbols that lead the curious to curated scenic drives. The Acadian Coastal Drive is represented by red signs with starfish icons, meant to represent the…

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A Brief History (And Sampling) Of Ketchup Chips

They leave your fingers as red as our maple leaf flag. Cover art by: Megan Hunt, an Inuk artist and animator based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Find more of her work on Instagram: @mutecutes Just like their sweet and sour flavour powder’s propensity for staining fingertips, the precise origin of ketchup chips is a little messy.…

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Smiles From Stoops And The Stories They Tell

“It has become something so much bigger than what I thought it would be.” At a distance of no less than seven feet, Andrea Chase-Cormier is helping the community of Sackville, New Brunswick stay connected, while creating sweet, fun souvenirs for families who have been cooped up during Canada’s mandatory social distancing this spring. The…

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Bunkers Of Canada, Then And Now

A history of fallout shelters – top secrets, amateur bus bunkers, criminal bids and escape rooms. When the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb in 1949, the tension could be felt throughout Canada. Since our northern airspace was considered the most convenient route for the Soviet Union to attack the United States, many defensive…

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The First Photo Taken In Canada Was A Tourist Selfie

Popular tourist attraction, Niagara Falls, was the subject of the oldest surviving photograph taken of Canada. It could be the image of a postcard. The 1840 daguerreotype taken by British industrial chemist Hugh Lee Pattinson on a trip to Niagara Falls is the oldest known photograph of Canada. However, in 1840, Canada did not yet…

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Montreal’s FIFA Art Film Festival Will Be Screening Online This Year

After the annual art film festival was cancelled March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA was encouraged by the community to offer its programming online. The 38th International Festival of Films On Art is coming to your home. From today until Sunday, March 29, at midnight, nearly all of the films that were going…

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