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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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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A Quebec Craft Beer Brunch Event Is Taking Reservations Now

Montreal-based brewery Dieu du Ciel’s international and sinful brunch day is coming soon. Montreal’s favourite craft brewery is hosting a sinful brunch later this month. Brasserie Dieu du Ciel’s “Brunch Journée Péché,” which loosely translates to “Day of Sin Brunch” returns Saturday, March 21. The brunch event is named after its popular stout beer “Péché…

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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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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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8 Vegan-Friendly Sugar Shacks For Sap-Tapping Season In Quebec

At this time, only two are strictly all-vegetarian but most have several completely plant-based options. Now that spring is just around the corner, it is sugar bushing time again. With their heavy and homey tourtières and cretons, pancakes dripping in maple syrup and elaborate brunch spreads that leave you unbuckling your belts by noon, “cabane…

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One Of The Clearest Lakes In The World Was Made By A Meteorite 1.4 Million Years Ago

Pingualuit Crater and its pristine lake in Northern Quebec’s Ungava Peninsula is nearly a perfect circle. During a 1950 expedition, a Globe and Mail news correspondent called it the eighth wonder of the world. But for the native Inuit in the Northern Quebec or Nunavik region, it was traditionally known as “the Crystal Eye of…

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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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This New Quebec Spa “City” Aims To Be the Disney World Of Wellness

Förena Thermal City, a massive Nordic-inspired spa complex, opened doors Jan. 31 at the edge of the woods in Quebec’s Mont Saint-Bruno. Measuring 600, 000 square feet, the spa is about 10 and a half times larger than a football field – hence the “city” element in the name. It is intended to be something…

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Petal Bursts, Pigeon Breasts Or Cookies: An Uplifting History Of The WonderBra

One urban myth has it that Wonderbra ads have contributed to car accidents. There is an old archived BBC article that references the notion. While push-up bra billboards may or may not have distracted drivers into fender benders throughout the years, they have certainly turned heads. In fact, according to a CBC poll in 2007,…

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