Thursday May 16, 2013
The public will finally get to meet Er Shun and Da Mao on Saturday May 18. The two giant pandas arrived in Toronto from China in March to much fanfare. They have been quarantined at the Toronto Zoo, and have settled happily into their new habitat, with plenty of bamboo to munch and crunch.
The zoo is expecting a crowd, and has expanded its front entrance. They warn there may still be some delays.
Read more about the Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo.
Photo: Giant Panda
John W Banagan / Getty Images
Tuesday May 14, 2013
Finally the weather's improving! As the Victoria Day long weekend approaches, what better time to start to explore Canada's parks. With 44 national parks and hundreds of provincial parks, it's not hard to find whatever you're looking for, whether it's wilderness, adventure, recreation, inspiration or just some peace. Most of Canada's national parks open their camp sites in the middle of May and the online reservation system is open now.
Photo: Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Dale Wilson / Getty Images
More on Canadian Parks
National and Provincial Parks (by province)
Top 5 National Parks in Canada for Camping - About.com Camping
Best Canadian Provincial Parks for Camping - About.com Camping
Plan a Budget Trip to a Park in the Canadian Rockies - About.com Budget Travel
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Word of Germany's surrender in World War II was met by celebrations across Canada in early May 1945, but in Halifax, Nova Scotia the VE-Day celebrations rapidly turned into riots. The Halifax VE-Day riots lasted for two days as military personnel and civilians roamed the streets, drinking, smashing windows, looting businesses and setting fires.
More About Canadians in World War II
Prime Minister Mackenzie King
C.D. Howe - "Minister of Everything"
Elsie MacGill - "Queen of the Hurricanes"
Canada in World War II
Tuesday April 30, 2013
It wasn't until May 2000 that Canada created the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to represent all Canadian service people who have no known grave. Of the 80,000 Canadians who died in World War I, almost 20,000 have no identifiable grave. Those who could be identified as Canadian have gravestones inscribed "A Canadian Soldier of the Great War - known unto God."