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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A Gallery of Contrasts Along International Borders

We may think of borders as merely invisible lines on maps, but over time these ‘imaginary’ lines can become very real indeed. Countries regulate (or fail to regulate) the usage of their lands in very different ways. US astronaut and former NASA Chief Scientist John Grunsfeld remarked earlier this year how the differences in land…

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Google Sightseeing: Celebrity-Owned Islands

Ever dreamed of owning your own private island? In my latest post at Google Sightseeing, we look at celebrities who purchased their own personal private paradises. From multi-million dollar Bahamian luxury resorts to wind-beaten islets off the Welsh coast, get a glimpse at how some of the other half lives here. (The ‘Islands of Copperfield…

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Île Notre-Dame

Montreal in the 1960s was quite the happening place. The Quiet Revolution was under way, rapidly transforming the socio-political culture of Quebec. Skyscrapers were being built at a rapid pace in the downtown core, and major projects initiated and/or supported by Mayor Jean Drapeau were changing the landscape of the city. The two most visible of these projects…

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Playing Card Money of New France

Following up a few months later on one of the very first articles I ever posted to The Basement Geographer, I bring you another tale from the realm of off-beat currency. This one comes from all the way back in 17th century Canada, known then as New France. In the early years of the French colonial presence in North…

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