A First-Timer’s Guide to Visiting New Brunswick’s Own Little Paradise

So it is your first time heading to Grand Manan Island? Here’s how to plan your trip. Perhaps you’ve heard that writer Willa Cather once fell in love with the island, regularly visited for nearly two decades and even wrote at least one story about it. Or maybe you learned that ornithologist and painter John…

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Flowers Upon Flowers At Kingsbrae Garden

In Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea, there is a 27-acre horticultural masterpiece open to the public every day. “These peonies are the size of my head,” I thought as I walked past rows of my favourite kind of flower bush. Plush, round, and hued in several shades of pink and white, the many majestic peonies caught my attention…

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Where Locals Can Convene In An Igloo Church

In Nunavut’s capital, several notable buildings are designed with traditional Inuit culture and aesthetics in mind. These days, in Nunavut, there aren’t many snow and ice igloos, or iglus, that are considered permanent residences. But there is one church in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital, that was clearly constructed with the traditional ice-block dome abode in mind.…

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Annual Ottawa Indigenous Festival Goes Virtual This Year

Indigenous chefs and artisans are teaching the public their crafts in video tutorials and other online spaces. Each year in Ottawa the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is held in June to celebrate the traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures of Canada. Typically, over several days, pow-wows, craft work shops, cooking shows and concerts…

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This East Coast “Pink Church” Sells Vintage And Antique Treasures

But it is the stories of objects and people that make this boutique precious to the community. Nearly everything is in shades of white or pink and sparkles in a little room lined with windows at the base of The Pink Church‘s steeple. There are sequined handbags, lace gloves and vintage wedding gowns on display.…

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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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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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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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