The Bridge With A Love Story On Donevan Trail

The first time I saw Kay’s Bridge, tucked into the landscape along Donevan Trail at the Landon Bay Centre just outside Gananoque, ON, I was almost too exhausted to notice its beauty. I wasn’t much of a hiker back then. To make matters worse, I was being upstaged by a 90-year-old man.

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Mapping Out The Ghost Ships Of Newfoundland And Labrador

I found corners of the province that I might have missed on a road trip. By: Karin Murray-Bergquist The voices of lost sailors cry out when the weather is foul in Adam’s Cove. A bell sounds out from the depths, where it is said that a schooner mysteriously disappeared with its owner in Rocky Bay.…

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Sifting Through The Red Earth At Miguasha National Park

A treasure trove of fossils and history in the Gaspé Peninsula. By Sheila O’Connor When Swedish paleontologist Erik Jarvik came to the area now known as Miguasha National Park in 1880, he spent 60 years studying the “Prince Fish,” or the eusthenopteron foordi, considered to be the evolutionary link between fish and humans. His first…

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A Town Called Moonbeam And Its UFO Monument

Flashing lights, crop circles, and a hovering orb have given this Ontario town its name. On a seemingly unremarkable stretch of Highway 11 between Fauquier and Kapuskasing, Ontario, a UFO squats a stone’s throw from the town of Moonbeam’s Visitor Centre. The spacecraft is reminiscent of Gazoo’s ship in The Flintstones—except made of fibreglass and…

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Hike Your Own Hike: Iqaluit’s Only Officially Named And Measured Trail, Apex

Like most Nunavut trails, there is a fluidity and flexibility to its parameters. It is not so often that a city’s most well-known hiking trail starts inside a cemetery. But Apex Trail isn’t your typical out and back hiking trail in many other ways, as well. For instance, while it is the only Iqaluit hiking…

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Deciphering The Man Behind Ontario’s Bean Puzzle Tombstone

Whether it is a labyrinth on the back of a cereal box or a good crossword inside your newspaper, puzzles can be a fun—albeit, sometimes frustrating—hobby. One puzzle that has caused both amusement and frustration, and, in my case, anger, is the Bean Puzzle Tombstone.

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The Iqaluit Museum Housed In An Old Hudson Bay Building

Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum showcases the art and history of Inuit throughout place and time. When you first arrive to Nunavut’s capital and largest community, Iqaluit, a popular first spot to see is the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. This is a convenient first place to visit because it is beside the Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre, the local tourist…

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Creaky Floors & Community at an Ontario Indie Book Shop

I once hosted a fantastically embarrassing poetry event at a bar in Uxbridge, Ontario. Even though—by the providence of being in the same MFA cohort—I’d secured an incredible poet to read, no one came except my mother. It was a Sunday afternoon and the venue didn’t even have patrons at the time. A woman wandered in off the street and in a promising show of support after surveying the sad scene, vowed to return with more people. I can’t remember if she ever did. I was so anxious that parts of the afternoon are a blur.

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My Two Weeks At One Of Nunavut’s Ottawa Isolation Hubs

Falafels, renovation TV shows and a COVID-19 scare. How we moved across the country during a pandemic. After a 15-hour drive from New Brunswick, with five suitcases, six tote bags, two cats in carriers, and a big sack of litter, we arrived at Ottawa’s Hilton Homewood Suites in the early evening of November 18, ready…

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Shifting Sandscapes And Wild Horses

Sable Island is an isolated East Coast sandbar also known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.” There aren’t that many places in Eastern Canada that are as mysterious, out of limits and hard to reach as Sable Island. However, unlike most other remote communities or uninhabited islands, this one isn’t far north, hidden past mountains…

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