Celebrate Winnipeg with Culture Days

The city of Winnipeg is a place rich in culture and history. Today, On This Spot is featuring its Winnipeg content as a part of the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days. Get outside this week before the weather turns cold and explore this beautiful city through On This Spot's selection of historical then-and-now photos. Step into the past and learn about Winnipeg throughout two eras of its...

Celebrate Ottawa with Culture Days

As the month-long celebration of Culture Days continues, On This Spot is turning to the nation's capital with our self-guided walking tour through Ottawa that explores Canada's journey towards nationhood. The tour explores the city through historical then-and-now photo sets and is available for free online and through the On This Spot app. For thousands of years, the Ottawa River has been a...

Celebrate Calgary with Culture Days

Now is a great time to get outside and explore Calgary before the cold winter weather arrives! As part of the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days, On This Spot is featuring its Calgary content to celebrate the city's history and identity. We have two self-guided walking tours available online and through the On This Spot app, each one focusing on a different aspect of Calgary's unique story....

Celebrate Toronto’s Little Italy with Culture Days

It is the second day of the Canada-wide initiative Culture Days, a month-long celebration of the diversity, art, culture, and history of this country. Today, On This Spot is featuring our new self-guided walking tour of Little Italy in Toronto to join in the celebration. The tour is available for free online and through the On This Spot app and explores the vibrant and rich neighbourhood of...

Gearing Up For Culture Days

On This Spot is heading into fall as busy as ever, gearing up to participate in the national celebration of Culture Days, which runs from September 24th until October 24th. Across the country, residents and visitors will be able to participate in hundreds of free events celebrating Canada's culture, art, and history. On This Spot will be participating in five provinces, with over 40 events...

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 We're making historical content more and more accessible across the country, reaching communities both big and small from coast to coast.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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...