Celebrate Nanaimo with Culture Days

Now that October is here, it is only a matter of time before the rain on British Columbia's west coast becomes a constant sheet. Now is the perfect moment to get outside while there is still sun left to do it in. To honour the nation-wide Culture Days initiative and celebrate Canada's history and culture, On This Spot is featuring a different city and town across the country each day. Today,...

Explore Vancouver’s Landscape with Culture Days

On This Spot is based in the BC city of Vancouver and has twelve self-guided historical walking tours set in the community. Today, to celebrate Culture Days, we are featuring three of those tours that focus on the human landscape and architect of the city. These tours are available for free both online and through the On This Spot app. They are great opportunities to get outside and explore...

Explore Edmonton with Culture Days

On This Spot has tours in the major cities of almost every province. Alberta is no different; we have tours and dozens of then-and-now photo sets in both Calgary and Edmonton, along with many of the smaller towns in the province. Today, to celebrate the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days, we are featuring two of our Edmonton self-guided walking tours. These tours are available for free...

Celebrate Ucluelet with Culture Days

The coastal BC town of Ucluelet is a unique place with a rich culture and history. Today, in honour of Culture Days, On This Spot is featuring our Ucluelet content. Enjoy our two self-guided walking tours, which dive into the history of the town. Both are available for free online and through the On This Spot app. Go for a walk, explore your community, and learn about Canadian history through...

Celebrate Blackfalds, Alberta, with Culture Days

The nation-wide initiative of Culture Days is a chance to celebrate the rich culture, art, and history of Canada. Today, On This Spot is featuring its content in the Albertan town of Blackfalds. Along with a 23-stop self-guided historical walking tour, we have a 360-degree virtual tour of the Wadey House Visitor Centre. Both are available for free online and through the On This Spot app. Today,...

Celebrate Vulcan, Alberta, with Culture Days

At the heart of Alberta's wheat country is Vulcan, a town named for the Roman God of Fire and the Forge. Today, in honour of the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days, On This Spot is featuring its historic self-guided walking tour of this thriving prairie town, along with our virtual tour of the Vulcan Museum. The 16-stop walking tour and 360 degree virtual tour are both available for free...

Celebrate Salmon Arm with Culture Days

In honour of the nation-wide celebration of Culture Days, On This Spot is featuring content in a different town or city across Canada each day this month. Today, we turn towards the vibrant British Columbian town of Salmon Arm. Located on scenic Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm sits nestled in a fertile valley between a set of low mountains. Available free online and through the On This Spot app, our...

Celebrate Sault Ste. Marie for Culture Days

Get outside and explore the historic city of Sault Ste. Marie this week! In honour of Culture Days, On This Spot is featuring two of our Sault Ste. Marie self-guided walking tours today. Both are available for free online and through the On This Spot app. For our first tour, follow us on a stroll down Queen Street as we use some of the city's oldest buildings as windows into Sault Ste. Marie's...

Explore Nanaimo during Culture Days

The city of Nanaimo has a rich and vibrant history. Home to the Snuneymuxw First Nations for thousands of years, the place now known as Nanaimo was one of the first places in British Columbia to see substantial European settlement. Today, On This Spot is sharing this history as part of the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days. We are featuring three of our self-guided walking tours that...

Explore Victoria with Culture Days

Are you in British Columbia's capital city this weekend and looking for something to do? To celebrate the nation-wide Culture Days initiative, On This Spot is featuring our Victoria self-guided walking tour. It's a perfect opportunity to get out and explore the city before the wet winter weather truly arrives. The ten-stop tour winds through Victoria's historic downtown and is available free...

Explore Lacombe and Bentley with Culture Days

The towns of Lacombe and Bentley sit between Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta and have been home to First Nations peoples like the Cree, Sautleaux, Blackfoot, Dene and Sioux for at least 12,000 years. Today, On This Spot is featuring its Lacombe and Bentley content in celebration of the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days. In addition to dozens of historical then-and-now photo sets that show...

Explore Castlegar with Culture Days

The fabric of Canada is woven from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. We are a country made up of many different communities and stories. Today, in honour of Culture Days, On This Spot is featuring a walking tour and a virtual museum tour which delve into the history of the Doukhobor community in Castlegar, BC. The twelve-stop self-guided tour is available for free online and...

Explore Sault Ste. Marie for Culture Days

Today, On This Spot is celebrating the history and culture of the beautiful city of Sault Ste Marie. Until October 24th, we will be taking part in Culture Days, a month long celebration of Canada's history, art, and culture, by featuring a different town or city on our blog every day. All of our content is available for free online or through the On This Spot app. Sault Ste Marie's history has...

A Culture Days Photo Contest in Leduc

A chance to win prints of historical photos is coming to On This Spot users in Alberta today! In celebration of Culture Days, an event running until October 24th all across the country, On This Spot is launching a photo contest in the city of Leduc, near Edmonton. The contest operates through On This Spot's new augmented reality camera feature, available on Apple devices. Find one of the many...

Explore Abbotsford with Culture Days

To celebrate Culture Days in Canada, On This Spot has been sharing featured content in cities and towns across the country this month. Today, we feature not a walking tour but something a little different: a virtual museum tour. Explore the rooms and exhibits of the Trethewey Heritage House in Abbotsford from the comfort of your home and computer. This tour allows you to wander through the halls...

Celebrate Toronto and King Township with Culture Days

Learn about the history of Toronto and the nearby King Township with On This Spot's featured self-guided walking tours. Every day until October 24th, On This Spot will be featuring content in different towns or cities in celebration of the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days. Learn about Canadian history through historical photos that offer direct comparisons of how much the human landscape...

Explore Elgin County with Culture Days

Today, On This Spot is kicking off its content launch in Elgin County with a photo contest in celebration of the nation-wide initiative of Culture Days. App users will have a chance to win historical prints at participating Elgin County museums when they use On This Spot's new Augmented Reality camera feature, available now on Apple devices. Users can use this camera function when they visit...

Explore Vancouver for Culture Days

There is so much to do and see in BC's largest city, especially during the month-long celebration of Culture Days. On This Spot has a total of twelve self-guided walking tours in Vancouver, and today we are featuring three. These tours dive into the city's history and culture, exploring Vancouver's identity through time. They are available for free online and through the On This Spot app. Our...

A Culture Days Photo Contest in Sault Ste. Marie

Along with walking tours, standalone then-and-now photo sets, and virtual museum tours, On This Spot is hosting several photo contests this month to celebrate the national initiative of Culture Days. Our brand new camera feature is available on Apple devices after months of hard work by our development team. It will allow users to seamlessly blend historic photos with their current surroundings....

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...

Celebrate Vancouver with Culture Days

Today is the first day of a national month-long celebration of Canada's culture, arts, and history. Across the country, community organizations are hosting hundreds of free events to share and celebrate the culture of Canada as part of the national initiative known as Culture Days. In Vancouver, On This Spot is hosting several self-guided walking tours of some of the city's most distinct and...

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...

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...