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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The World Feels Better After Being With The Birds

Finding hawk parallax at Ontario’s Falconry Centre. Every week or so during the summer months, I drive my nine-year-old son Joseph to a woodlot an hour away, near a conservation trail in Newcastle, Ontario. There, Sam Trentadue, his falconry mentor and the force behind the Ontario Falconry Centre (OFC), shows him how to offer a…

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Itinerary For A Social Distancing Stay-cation

Ideas for the armchair adventurer during a pandemic. This March Break is an unusual one. In the last few weeks the coronavirus pandemic has spread quickly to Canada, hitting us hard and fast in two of our most prized cultural institutions – the NHL and Parliament. Hockey was promptly cancelled and the prime minister and…

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When The Weather’s A Beach

Last weekend’s blizzard in the Canadian Arctic inspired a group of friends to tropic like its hot in a short video. While most sensible Nunavummiut were huddled up inside blankets eating “blizzard chips” last weekend, or watching through frosty windows as the wind and snow ravaged the street signs outside, a group of five friends…

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Be Dazzled: Dig Your Own Gems At This Ontario Amethyst Mine

Amethyst Mine Panorama in Shuniah, Ontario is open from mid-May to mid-October. Amethyst Mine Panorama is a true northern gem with its five-acre area loaded with the semi-precious purple quartz. Visitors can come dig up their their own haul of amethysts while learning about the history of the mine and the gems it yields. This…

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The First Sunglasses Were Not Made For Beaches

Inuit, Yup’ik and other Arctic-living Indigenous peoples have been handcrafting sunglasses for at least 2,000 years. /// Cover art by: Megan Hunt, Nunavut artist currently based in Iqaluit. Follow her on Instagram: @mutecutes /// They go by many names. “Ilgaak” in the Nunavut Kivalliq dialect, “iggaak” in the North Baffin dialect, “nikaugek” to Central Yup’ik…

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One Halifax Cathedral Has A Ghost Window

Does a deacon haunt the oldest remaining Protestant cathedral in Canada? While there have been many tall tales and spun yarns surrounding the tragic 1917 explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax, even some of the more farfetched stories have physical evidence to help back them up. One cathedral’s eerie window silhouette is a good…

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Where Do Poutines Come From?

A brief compendium of potatoes, gravy and cheese curds. These days you can find poutine at some of the finest restaurants all over the world. Even though it has been a significant francophone and Quebecois cultural dish since the late 1950s, finding the simple fast food dish outside of Canada or even the province of…

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You Can Thank The Metric System For The Milk Bag

They look like plastic pillows or squishy rectangular balloons. Lined up in grocery store refrigerator rows, they can sometimes seem like a sci-fi space product to tourists (or even to Canadians from more westerly provinces). But to many folks in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, the squishy white sacs are a symbol of comfort and…

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