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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Exploring An Abandoned Basement on the Timber Tract

An Ontario family visits the Uxbridge Trail systems this fall.

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13 Haunted Places In New Brunswick To Give You Goosebumps This Halloween

These spooky spots to visit are simply #travelghouls. Strange things abound in New Brunswick if you believe the many ghost, witch, monster and headless nun stories passed down from generation to generation. There are haunted theatres, ghost ships that blaze, lumberjack murderers, and haunted tombstones. Many of these stories are older than the written word…

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Hike Your Own Hike: Grand Manan’s Hole In The Wall

You’ve likely seen photos of the popular rock formation, but how do you get there? You’ll just need a ferry to take you from mainland New Brunswick to Grand Manan Island. While it may take a while to get to the island with the necessary ferry trip (read more about the logistics here), the Hole…

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Where The Bison Roam Wild And Almost Free

In Uxbridge, Ontario, one family and their community have been doing their part to help boost the bison population. BY: HOLLAYGHADERY “You can make a small fortune farming if you start with a big one.” Thunder Ridge Bison Company owner, Brian Arnold, smiles as he offers this quip. I’ve just asked him if bison farming…

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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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