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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Exploring An Abandoned Basement on the Timber Tract

An Ontario family visits the Uxbridge Trail systems this fall.

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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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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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