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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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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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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There’s A Historic Moncton “Castle” You Can Rent On Airbnb

Once a convent and orphanage, the manor now houses luxury condos. From the outside, the Gothic archways with hood moulding rise at the entrances, creating a majestic verticality, much like the nearby Tudor and Gothic arch window openings with mullion tracery, the large turret on the south-east corner and the towered frontispiece. In case you…

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Love After Death At The Thomas Foster Memorial

When others were feeling the squeeze of the Great Depression, Foster had the means and opportunity to see a dream come to life. On a concession road just outside Uxbridge, Ontario, the Thomas Foster Memorial has risen over farmers’ fields and relative obscurity for over eight decades to become a source of unexpected wonder for…

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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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A Brief History (And Sampling) Of Ketchup Chips

They leave your fingers as red as our maple leaf flag. Cover art by: Megan Hunt, an Inuk artist and animator based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Find more of her work on Instagram: @mutecutes Just like their sweet and sour flavour powder’s propensity for staining fingertips, the precise origin of ketchup chips is a little messy.…

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