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...

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...

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...