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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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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9 Popular Literary Tourism Ideas For Book Lovers

Walk in the footsteps of your favourite writers or fictional characters on your next adventure. Who hasn’t closed a book or finished a story wishing the journey could continue? Or pondered what it would have been like to experience the settings of the characters you just spent time reading about? It’s not always clear where…

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North America’s First Whale Sanctuary Will Be In Nova Scotia

Port Hilford will house several previously captive belugas before the end of 2021. The Whale Sanctuary Project has selected a Port Hilford, Nova Scotia inlet to become the first North American whale sanctuary. This American-based charity plans to establish a seaside sanctuary where whales and dolphins can be rehabilitated or live permanently in an environment…

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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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Coffees And Kitties And Books, Oh My!

A Halifax-region used book shop lets clients play with and adopt rescued kittens. In Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia there is a one-stop shop for all the world’s most finest things. Coffee. Books. Community. And, most importantly, cats. At Otis & Clementine’s Books And Coffee visitors can find more than just thrifty literature and locally-roasted, organic…

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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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Shading In Maud Lewis

In 2017, one of her paintings was found in a New Hamburg, Ontario thrift store bin. It was then appraised, exhibited and auctioned off for $45,000. Much like that painting, Maud Lewis – now one of Canada’s treasured outsider folk artists – lived a long life of being undervalued and abandoned before she was prized…

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