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The Diversity Decade: How Heritage Is Spanning Differences in 2020

In January of 2020, without fanfare, the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland made a subtle change to…

Building strength – Heritage Trades in Canada

Successful conservation projects in Canada depend on the skilled craftspeople of the heritage trades. Historic places can’t survive without the…

Inuit House Brings Stories to Life

Several years ago, a team of archeologists uncovered the remains of a sod house, a traditional Inuit structure, near Iqaluit…

From Pandemic to Preservation: How SARS Kick-Started the Revitalization of Toronto’s Distillery District

The Distillery District may have become Toronto’s most iconic destination, but the catalyst for its rebirth took an unlikely twist…

Get out your virtual passport and celebrate World Heritage Day

April 18 is World Heritage Day – a perfect moment to discover wonderful heritage places that the world has to…

Toronto Epidemics: The Beginning

In 1832 the Town of York experienced an epidemic of cholera. In 1834, the year York was renamed Toronto, cholera…

5 examples exhibiting the vitality of the French language in Canada

Every year, on March 20th, the world celebrates International Francophonie Day. Following the celebrations that took place last month, we…

10 Heritage Leaders Who Just Happen to be Women

Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed all over the world to shine a light on the…

Exploring the Black Canadian Legacy through Heritage Places

February is Black History Month and this presents an extraordinary opportunity to explore the legacy of Black Canadians through heritage…

Things We Lost in the Fire

As if recent record snowfalls and power outages weren’t challenging enough for people in Newfoundland, a devastating fire on Bell…

Historic sites use Halloween and ghost stories to attract visitors

Fulford Place in Brockville, Ontario offers a rare glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of another era.  Built in 1899-1901, it…

Making Heritage Work in Rural Canada

At a time when rural communities across the country are facing many challenges, it is heartening to hear about historic…

Decoding the Decrepit: Seeing the Value in Abandoned Places

The amusement park closed for good over a decade ago, yet visitors flock to its steel skeletons every night.  Trinity…

Believer or skeptic? Ghost stories attract people to learn about local heritage

Spirits, specters and phantoms exist in the minds and experiences of millions of Canadians. The numerous tales surrounding these spiritual…

Winning Back Winnipeg: The History of Conservation in Manitoba’s Capital City

By Irene Galea & Cindy Tugwell With notes from David McDowell “Looking back at the organization of Heritage Winnipeg it…

Landmarks, not landfill

News reports say that about 1 million Canadians gathered across 85 locations in the country for the Climate Strike last…

Tracing a Site of ‘Difficult Heritage’

Documenting the Muskowekwan Indian Residential School In 2018 the National Trust for Canada featured the Muskowekwan Residential School as one…

5 Critical Factors Facing the Future of Heritage: A Perspective from a Young Heritage Professional

A few months ago, I was invited to Montreal to participate at the Round Table hosted by Christina Cameron, Canada’s…

Indigenous Architecture in Canada: A Step Towards Reconciliation

Architecture can contribute positively to social change. It was a missed opportunity, then, that there was no explicit mention of…

The social side of adaptive reuse

Typically, non-profit organizations offering community services such as shelter, meals and counselling set up shop in buildings that meet their…

Exploring the hidden past

Urban exploration sometimes gets a bad rap. Media reports frequently associate it with trespassing, graffiti and vandalism, and this has…

Cliffside Stories: How Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Feeds Today’s Generations

To Conrad Little Leaf of the Piikani Nation, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod, AB and its neighbouring foothills and…

Canada’s Historic Barns: Buildings at risk, buildings with value

Much of the story of our country is embedded within the posts and beams of old barns. They demonstrate the…

Honouring the Truth: the Physical Legacy of Canada’s Residential Schools

2017 promises to be an extraordinary year as Canada positively sizzles with national celebrations marking the 150th Anniversary of Confederation….

A Culture of Inertia

A story that profoundly touched me was told to us (siblings) by our mother, a childhood memory and one which…

Making History Accessible for Today and the Future

Almost 30 years ago today, I was wheeling through the Prairies on the last leg of my Man In Motion…

Protecting Indigenous Heritage: Lessons from the Past

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its Final Report in December 2015, it acknowledged the importance of Indigenous heritage…

A Hope and a Prayer for Places of Faith

The following is a transcript of Natalie Bull’s speech at the Walrus Talks Spirituality, presented by the Walrus and the…