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...

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....

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...

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...