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....

Just in time for Canada Day we’ve launched Ottawa coverage!

June 26, 2019 The coverage includes 60 historic photos we’ve recreated and a walking tour around Parliament Hill that shines a spotlight on the history of the Canadian Confederation through events in the nation’s capital, from the founding of the city in the 19th Century to the burning of Parliament in 1916, and the Cold War odyssey of Igor Gouzenko. This is a fantastic free activity for...

OTS at the Heritage BC Conference in Nanaimo!

Sean and Andrew at the BC Heritage Conference. May 16, 2019 In keeping with our work to figure out how we can best work with local heritage organizations, we sponsored Heritage BC’s 2019 conference in Nanaimo last weekend! We had a blast working with the wonderful people at Heritage BC to meet as many of the 150 delegates we could (record turnout apparently!) We met fascinating people from...

On This Spot spotted at the Canadian Museum Association Conference!

April 19, 2019 Ross and I just got back from the CMA’s 2019 Conference in Toronto! We had a blast getting to know a ton of fascinating people in the museum business from every corner of the country. It was our first conference, (well at least mine, Ross is an old hand at trade shows), but it was a bit of a relief to find that there’s an enormous amount of interest in the services we’re...

Our Upcoming Plans!

We’ve been planning this phased rollout of new content since last summer and are far enough along to announce what we’ve got in store for the rest of the spring and early summer.  It’s an armful! Since we started this project in 2016 we’ve been slowly working out the kinks and gradually getting better at producing and delivering walking tours and hundreds of then-and-now photo sets,...

On This Spotting in Ucluelet

March 25, 2019 We just had a great time doing photography and research in beautiful Ucluelet on Canada’s Wild Pacific Coast. We’re working with Discover Ucluelet and the Ukee Historical Society to develop a couple walking tours examining the community’s intimate relationship with the sea (there was no land connection until 1959!) and the seaplane base the Canadian military set up there...

BC Heritage Week 2019: The Ties That Bind

“Ensuring yesterday is remembered tomorrow, today.” Our mission at On This Spot is to allow users to compare the old with the new through historic photo cross-fades, learn about local history and culture, and appreciate long-gone architecture. We believe there is great value in understanding history, and identifying with people of the past. It is only through knowledge of what came before...

New Year! New Us!

Jan. 28, 2019. If you are reading this then it means we have successfully launched our new website! It has been in the works for the past couple months, but all those hours burning the midnight oil has finally paid off, and we are very pleased with the result and believe our partners will be too. This newsletter is one part of the redesign, and is a way for us to keep you updated with all the...