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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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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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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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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