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How Did Family Day Get Its Start?

How Did Family Day Get Its Start?

Family Day is celebrated on the third Monday of every February. 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, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. (NOTE: Interestingly, the same day is a statutory holiday in three other provinces and one territory too, but for different reasons. Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia and Yukon celebrate Heritage Day, and in Prince Edward Island, they celebrate Islander Day.)

Family Day 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.

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The History of Groundhog Day

The History of Groundhog Day

By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow today, thereby giving hope to residents of Pennsylvania for an early spring.

Here in Canada, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie also did not see his shadow, nor did Alberta’s Balzac Billy, giving us some hope that winter’s end is around the corner. But Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam swung the prognosticating rodent pendulum back by predicting 6 more weeks of winter.

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.

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Remembrance Day – Why We Remember

Remembrance Day – Why We Remember

We wanted to provide some insight and background on what Remembrance Day is about, and to also let everyone know about many of the events that are happening around the country.

Many of us grow up accustomed to watching the services or parades on November 11th, but a large number of people living here now may be unaware of the meaning behind the tradition.

poppy-on-jacket-resizeSo whether you’ve been aware of Remembrance Day your whole life and still don’t quite know why we do it, or whether you’ve never heard of it before and the whole thing is new, we hope that this post will shed some light on the matter.

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Off the Beaten Path in Ontario: Places Tourists Never Visit, But You Should

Off the Beaten Path in Ontario: Places Tourists Never Visit, But You Should

Ontario is the most populous province in Canada, with a population of more than 14 million people. While thousands of visitors explore large cities such as Toronto and Ottawa and travel to famous attractions such as Niagara Falls, the province also offers an incredible variety of places to see and activities to do that are off the beaten path. When you want to explore the places tourists rarely visit, check out a few of the following attractions in Ontario.

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Off the Beaten Path in BC: Places Tourists Never Visit, But You Should

Off the Beaten Path in BC: Places Tourists Never Visit, But You Should

Southern British Columbia is packed with things to do. The landscape alone makes for a great road trip. There’s the natural beauty with oceans, mountains, and forests juxtaposed with buzzing city life. If you’re keen to venture off the beaten track and experience Southern BC as a local rather than a tourist, here are few must-sees to add to your itinerary.

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The History of Canada’s Transcontinental Transportation Network – Part 2

The History of Canada’s Transcontinental Transportation Network – Part 2

When the Canadian government convinced British Columbia to join the Confederation of the Dominion of Canada in 1871, the nation stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It soon became clear that Canada would need a robust transportation system to serve the nation. While the transcontinental railroad was the first part of this transportation network, the Trans-Canada Highway further promoted transcontinental transportation.

Learn more about when the Trans-Canada Highway was built, how long construction took, and the impact the highway had on communities across the country.

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The History of Canada’s Transcontinental Transportation Network

The History of Canada’s Transcontinental Transportation Network

Some may argue that Canada wouldn’t be the nation it is today without its transcontinental railway. Yet some people may not know about the history of this important railway. Learn more about how the railway in Canada was started, the different transcontinental railways that exist, and the history behind each railway. This is part 1 of a 2-part series.

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123 Dentist Presents: A Guide to Winter Fun

123 Dentist Presents: A Guide to Winter Fun

Winter is coming… Time for some family fun!

Winter is just about here and in Vancouver that means a lot of rain and staying indoors. It also means the first snow fall, some great family activities, holiday cheer and even a good time at the movies with some of the best films of the year. No matter what winter means to you, we could all use a little help finding the best things to do out there, other than hibernation of course.

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