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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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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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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Meet The Atlantic Canada Pen Pal Coordinator Shining A Light on Self Care Around The Globe

“Being able to establish a friendship through letter-writing and snail mail is so powerful.” Nova Scotian Lindsey Arseneau’s “humble” lifestyle and wellness brand humblebee + co. may have started in a small apartment kitchen but its reach has spread far across the globe in just a few short years. Her projects may have pivoted since…

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Hike Your Own Hike: At Fundy National Park’s Moosehorn-Laverty Falls Loop

Zooming in to the practical details of a popular hiking trail in New Brunswick. So you’ve arrived at Fundy National Park, with your boots laced up and your water bottle full. You tighten your ponytail, maybe roll up your sleeves, clip the chest straps of your backpack, and pull out the map. Where to go…

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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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Moon Mist Ice Cream Is (Mostly) A Maritime Thing

The popularity of this pastel galaxy treat is fueled by its unique flavours, aesthetics and nostalgia. While the pale purple, blue and yellow swirls of Moon Mist ice cream is simply a beauty to behold, reminiscent of pastel sunsets over the Atlantic ocean, the flavour isn’t so easy to pinpoint at first. One lick in…

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100 Years Ago In Canadian Print Ads, Catalogues & Brochures

Back in the 1920s, doctors could write you alcohol prescriptions, mothers bought cars to keep the family together, freckles were called “ugly masks” and long-johns cured influenza. When I was a young kid, a game I played with my sister involved us cutting out items from a Sears catalogue and gluing them to paper to…

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