The Pacific National Exhibition is an annual fair held every August, taking place over 17 days in Hastings Park in Vancouver. The fair showcases industry and agriculture and is accompanied by a large funfair (Playland) to make a great family day out. The PNE now attracts almost a million visitors annually, and it has a history spanning back over 100 years.
It’s our country’s birthday on Sunday, do you know how you’ll be celebrating? We do!
We have scoured the Lower Mainland for the best Canada Day events in each area so you can spend less time planning and more time celebrating. So round up the family and head to the event nearest you!
Most people celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day this March 17th won’t be aware of the true origins of the holiday, or even its true meaning. Aside from celebrating the Irish, the colour green and whatever shamrock shakes are made from, what is it really about? How did it evolve into the holiday we celebrate today?
We wanted to take a look at the history and evolution of St. Paddy’s Day and hopefully give you and your friends some great talking points when you enjoy that green coloured beer at the neighbourhood Irish Pub.
Daylight saving might feel like a modern concept, but the concept actually dates back to the early 1900s. For over a century, Western countries have followed this concept to give people the most daylight possible in the fall and spring. But, is daylight saving a good thing? And will we always follow this practice? Some people argue against setting and resetting our clocks, so let’s take a look at the practice.
Times have certainly changed since 1898, when Emma Gaudreau Casgrain became the first woman licensed to be a dentist in Canada. Today women are a growing force in the dental industry within Canada and beyond. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of women dentists in Canada rose from 16 percent in 1991 to 28 percent in 2001. By 2011, the proportion had grown to 29.5.
International Women’s Day is the ideal time to take a closer look at the role of women in the field of dentistry.
Today, the Valentine’s holiday is all about sweets and romance. But, Valentine’s Day hasn’t always been about crafts, cards, chocolates, and kisses — and it’s not even a modern celebration. Historians have traced its roots back thousands of years to the ancient Romans. Indeed, this pink-and-red holiday has seen some interesting transformations throughout history.
The next time you buy a bag of candy hearts with snuggly inscriptions, just remember how much this holiday has changed and which traditions we’ve held on to for centuries.
Chocolate is a sweet treat that starts with roasted and ground cacao seeds. It’s then mixed with other ingredients, such as cocoa butter, milk, and sugar, to get the tasty product that we see on store shelves worldwide. But chocolate isn’t a modern invention, and it might not always be around. Take an in-depth look at chocolate to learn more about its past, effects on our health today, and what the future holds for this delicacy.
Family Day is celebrated on the second or third Monday of every February, depending on the province in which you live. Though not an official national holiday, the event is celebrated far and wide across the country, with dozens of family festivals and things to do organized each year in the provinces where it’s observed: New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.
The holiday has become a staple in areas across Canada, but when exactly did it begin — and why do we celebrate it now? Take a closer look at how Family Day got started in Canada, and see our suggestions for a fun celebration with your family this year.
By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, thereby warning residents of Pennsylvania to expect 6 more weeks of winter. Here in Canada, Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam did not see his shadow, nor did Alberta’s Balzac Billy, giving us some hope that winter’s end is around the corner. But Ontario’s Wiarton Willie swung the prognosticating rodent pendulum back to the middle by concurring with Punxsutawney Phil and predicting 6 more weeks.
It’s fun to entertain these superstitious notions, but you may be wondering, where do they originate? Read on to learn about the history of Groundhog Day in North America.
With Groundhog Day just around the corner on February 2nd, many people are anxiously awaiting the famed rodent Phil’s predictions on whether we will endure another six weeks of winter or whether we can we set our sights on an early spring. As with any event as unique as a rodent predicting the weather, there are many myths associated with the Groundhog Day tradition as well as the famous Punxsutawney Phil himself.