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Google Chooses Three Canadian Sites as World Wonders

By SHANNON KELLY

Google counts Ottawa

As part of its new World Wonders Project, Google has chosen three Canadian heritage sites to share the spotlight with Versailles, the ancient temples of Kyoto in Japan and Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. as some of the top heritage sites around the globe worth seeing—virtually, at least. (more…)

Canada’s Best Historic Districts

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Gastown, Vancouver (Photo: Junichi Ishito)

You may not realize when you’re window shopping one of a city’s most fashionable streets that you’re also treading in the footsteps of its first settlers. Many of the most historic neighbourhoods in Canadian cities are now populated by trendy, modern boutiques and restaurants in restored historic buildings. (more…)

12 Canadian Hotels that Made History

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

John Lennon Suite at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, site of the famous 1969 "bed-in" (Photo: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

Whether spectacular, notorious, or just plain odd, these hotels all have a story to tell.

One served as a backdrop for  a rare Marilyn Monroe photo shoot when she was at the height of her fame, another was the site of John and Yoko’s legendary “bed-in” in the ’60s, still others were hideouts for bootleggers and recluses.

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Revist 1812 this Year with War of 1812 Bicentennial Events

1812 re-enactment at Upper Canada Village in Ontario. Photo by Rob Ellis.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, with re-enactments, tours, parades and other events taking place at historic military sites throughout Ontario, Quebec and the US. (more…)

The Smithsonian Guide to 12 “Evotourism” Hot Spots

BC's Burgess Shale, one of the Smithsonian's Evotourism sites. Photo by Daniel Arndt.

We’ve seen our share of niche travel sites and guides—a website for California dog lovers, the Chocolate Travel Guide, a blog about amusement parks, mobile surfing apps—but this is a first. (more…)

15 Historic Canadian Battle Sites

Re-enactment at Fort George National Historic Site. Photo by Marc Hadley.

Historic Canadian battlegrounds—many with restored or replica forts, barracks and weaponry and colourful re-enactment events—echo cannon and rifle fire from standoffs beginning with 17th-century conflicts with First Nations people, through the Seven Years’ War and the War of 1812, and ending with the late-19th-century North-West Rebellion with the Métis people. (more…)