We’ve Reached 50 Cities!

After a busy May and June, we at On This Spot have added our 50th city to the app! For a company which started as the passion project of a group of historians with big dreams, this marks a major milestone. We're making historical content more and more accessible across the country, reaching communities both big and small from coast to coast.  Our latest launches include a regional tour in the...

The Summer of Launches

The solstice has passed and summer is officially upon us. For On This Spot, that means the launching of content in dozens of new cities and towns across the country. As Covid-19 restrictions lift in many of the provinces, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore the history of our Canadian communities.  It has been a busy spring as we have worked hard to prepare for the launches...

New Content Launching This Summer!

An exciting summer is approaching for On This Spot. So far, 2021 has been our best year yet, as we are expanding our coverage to dozens of new communities across the country. In the lead-up to summer, we have been working hard to prepare for a grand Canada Day launch, which will include content in a total of thirty-three communities.  We are excited to embrace the possibilities this summer...

Moving Museums Into the Future, Post-Covid

The last fourteen months have been difficult for us all, as the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we see the world and the way in which we live, share, and experience life together. But while 2020 and 2021 have been in many ways challenging and traumatic, they have also been a time for innovation, collaboration, and new ideas.  This is particularly true in the museum sector, which has...

Anniversary of Spanish Flu in Canada

On this day in 1918, the first case of the Spanish Flu was recorded in Canada.   The Spanish Flu Pandemic killed anywhere between 50 and 100 million people. We will never know the true toll. It's thought that a third of all humans alive at the time were infected. Three percent of the global population died.  Today, 7.8 billion humans are alive. If Covid-19 became as bad as...

On This Spot Soft Launches in King Township, ON

We're excited to announce the soft launch of On This Spot's King Township coverage! In partnership with King Township and the King Cultural & Heritage Centre, we're launching this new content just in time for Family Day weekend. The coverage focuses on the town of Schomberg, and a full walking tour will be coming soon so you can get outside and learn about this region's history. King...

Wishing Joe Fortes a happy birthday with our first video

Today, February 9th, is the birthday of one of Vancouver's early heroes, and the man voted "Vancouverite of the Century" in 1986 by the Vancouver Historical Society. Joe Fortes was a Caribbean-Canadian lifeguard, swim teacher, and bartender who saved hundreds of lives during the thirty-four years he spent watching over the waters of English Bay. In On This Spot's new video, you can learn more...

On This Spot Launches Virtual Museum Tours

This winter, we've launched eight virtual museum tours for historical sites across Alberta and British Columbia. Going virtual is a creative and powerful way to share Canada's unique historical locations with an audience of history-lovers from across the country. The tours currently include 360 degree views inside the museums, along with easy navigation from room to room and exhibit to exhibit....

2020: A Year Like No Other

It's difficult to find anything to say about the year that hasn't already been pounded into cliche. It's been an awful year, a year where everything changed, and a year that laid bare our society's brittleness. A number of news outlets have gone so far as to make the mind-numbingly ahistorical claim that 2020 was the worst year ever (1348 would like a word!).  Nevertheless we've all had to...

We’ve launched coverage in Eckville, AB!

We’re pleased to announce that we are now featuring Eckville, Alberta, on our website and in our app!  Thanks to the patience and support of our partners at the Town of Eckville and Lacombe Regional Tourism, we were able to create 30 interesting tour spots around town with a majority clustered down 50 St.   Eckville gets its name from A. E. T. Eckford, a pioneer citizen....

On This Spot’s latest launch in Alix!

Alix, Alberta, is the latest town to get the On This Spot tour treatment! Working with Lacombe Regional Tourism again, we were able to map out 21 interesting historical tour spots with then and now photos!  Alix was originally named Toddsville after Joseph Todd who first came to the area in the spring of 1900 from Michigan. The original quarter, which the Todds homesteaded, eventually...

How Virtual Tours Can Help Museums

Virtual tours are not exactly a new invention. They've been around for well over a decade, and many museums have long discovered their benefits: They can let people on the other side of the world explore a collection; let seasonal museums engage with visitors year-round; and captivate younger audiences raised on digital technologies. I don't think anyone quite expected a massive new impetus for...

On This Spot’s Official Launch in Lacombe!

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Lacombe in the On This Spot app!  Thanks to the combined efforts and support of our partners at Lacombe Regional Tourism and the Lacombe Museum, we are soft launching 50 then-and-now photo opportunities spread around downtown.   Nestled in the rolling prairie of central Alberta, Lacombe sits at the midpoint of the main route connecting...

Clive has gotten On This Spot coverage!

We’re proud to announce the launch of the village of Clive in the On This Spot app! Through the support and partnership with the Village of Clive as well as Lacombe Regional Tourism, we have created an intriguing tour laced in local history. Established in the early 1900s, the village was first called Valley City, but was renamed to avoid confusion with a town in Ontario. It became Clive,...

On This Spot has now launched in Bentley!

We’re excited to announce On This Spot’s launch in Bentley; the Jewel of the Blindman Valley!  Working with Marc Fortais and the Town of Bentley, we've reshot a series of historic photos that takes you back in time to see the many historic buildings along the Main Street.     In the shadow of the Sunset Hills, Bentley was founded by Major William McPherson and his...

We’ve launched in Blackfalds!

We’re happy to announce our launch in Blackfalds! This launch was the result of months of planning and partnership with the Blackfalds Historical Society and Lacombe Regional Tourism.  We also want to thank Judy Carleton for the time she's spent helping move this project forward.  This is the start of a large, 6-location project done in partnership with Lacombe Regional Tourism...

What Museums Mean to Us (or rather, Me, Andrew)

I recently took the Museums For Me survey, and it made me ponder the significance museums have to me and the society in which we live.  The dire threat COVID-19 poses to the survival of many museums makes these questions especially timely. 90% of the world's 85,000 museums temporarily shut this year, and UNESCO fears one in eight--some 11,000 of them--may never reopen.  If museums are...

A Month of Remembrance

Every November 11th people gather at cenotaphs and memorials across Canada to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in service of the country, but this year will be different.  2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the most traumatic event in modern history. This is an important commemoration because that war is now passing from living memory. In...

Reevaluating Canada’s Past in the age of Black Lives Matter

This Canada Day we look inward at the way we understand national history of racism, and ask how public historians can change our society for the better. This Canada Day comes at one of the most perilous moments in this nation's history. The jubilant parades, firework shows, and breathless round-the-clock CBC coverage have been tempered by the ongoing pandemic, and given way to virtual gatherings...

Quebec has Landed in time for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

We have an exciting announcement to make! This Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day we’ve launched coverage in Quebec City and Montreal, our first projects in Quebec. They’ve been a very long time coming. We’ve done projects across BC, the prairies and Ontario, but we’ve held off with Quebec until we were fully confident we could offer the tours both in French and English, and were familiar enough...

We’ve launched Sault Ste. Marie coverage!

We're thrilled to announce the launch of Sault Ste. Marie in the On This Spot app! It's the culmination of a year long partnership with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Downtown Association, and the Sault Ste. Marie Museum. At the eastern end of Lake Superior, Sault's history dates back millennia--from an ancient gathering place for Indigenous peoples, to a critical outpost in the fur trade,...

The Importance of Digital Fundraising – 5 Strategies that Get Results

Our world has changed and the importance of maintaining a strong digital footprint is increasing by the day. With that in mind, we recommend all nonprofits examine their digital fundraising strategy at least yearly to maximize their potential. While most organizations have some form of online presence these days, there are a number of cost-effective solutions that can improve your digital...

Abbotsford Coverage has Launched!

February 24, 2020. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Abbotsford coverage in the On This Spot app! We’ve been working with Christina Reid at Heritage Abbotsford to build two walking tours in Abbotsford, a rapidly growing community in BC’s Lower Mainland. The first tour gives a broad overview of Downtown Abbotsford’s history showing the community’s growth since its founding in...

On This Spot launches in Stonewall, MB!

February 20, 2020 After a year in the works, we’re proud to announce the launch of 80 photo opportunities and two comprehensive walking tours! Check out our Stonewall content here! Located 25 kilometers north of Winnipeg, Stonewall got its start in the 1880s as an industrial town with a multinational workforce who toiled in the limestone quarries. The quarries and the limestone kilns that...

Edmonton Coverage is Live!

A view of the Macdonald Hotel in downtown Edmonton across the North Saskatchewan River. August 7, 2019 We’re excited to announce the launch Edmonton content as part of our partnership with the City of Edmonton! You can check it out here. The project includes two walking tours, one on early history of historic Strathcona, and another focusing on John Walter, an early entrepreneur who played an...

Happy Canada Day from On This Spot!

July 1, 2019 Over the past three years we have been traveling all across Canada, diving into local history, and telling the stories of the people, landscapes, and ideas that shaped this immense and varied country. We’ve put together a photo page showing all the places we’ve partnered with, to give you a sense of the breathtaking scope of this country. It’s at www.onthisspot.ca/canada....