Google Sightseeing: The Wide World of Ice Hockey

If you’re a fan of ice hockey (in which case, you simply call it ‘hockey’), then April is when business really starts to pick each year. The Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, and 16 qualifying teams will spend the next two months duking it out for hockey’s holy grail. What better time…

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Google Sightseeing: Grad Tags Across Canada

Finishing your education and moving on into the adult world is a momentous occasion for every student. The final year of school in every country comes with many ceremonies and traditions, and in Canada one of those traditions is to celebrate the supremacy of your graduating class over all others by spray painting your ‘grad’…

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Following Up: An August 2011 Update on Previous Articles

Just a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles here at The Basement Geographer: Semi-Abandoned Prairie Town or Detroit? (originally posted 30 July 2010): The very first article on this site was about the increasingly vacant landscape of the city of Detroit; a topic also brought up this week at World…

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Google Sightseeing: Life is a Carnival

It’s fair and carnival season in much of the Northern Hemisphere. What better way to celebrate than with a virtual tour of some carny rides via Google Maps? In my latest post at Google Sightseeing, you’ll travel everywhere from the Santa Monica Pier and the Canadian National Exhibition to an underwhelming Romanian go-kart track and…

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Vintage Road Map Week, Part III

It’s the end of Vintage Road Map Week at The Basement Geographer! If you, like me, are a map freak, then you’ve probably tracked down your fair share of old road maps over the Internet, where good cartographic Samaritans have uploaded hundreds of images of old road maps that one can lose hours looking at…

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Google Sightseeing: Roadside Mascots of Manitoba

My latest post for the good folks at Google Sightseeing was probably the most fun I’ve had writing a GSS post so far. Across North America, countless small towns look to draw in tourists off the highway by building something big; a monument to their community that can catch your eye and draw you in…

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The Alphabet Railway of the Canadian Prairies

There was a very interesting post yesterday at Twelve Mile Circle (another geography blog you should be reading if you aren’t already) on a set of neighbouring towns in Massachusetts all beginning with the letter ‘W’. Other commenters soon jumped in with their own examples at the bottom of the page providing all sorts of alliterative appellation sequences…

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