Billy Bishop and the rich and famous

One spring day in 1916, Billy Bishop woke up in the hospital. He was in London, England. Today, the building overlooking Bryanston... Read More

Mary Pickford’s nightmare honeymoon

It was 1920. Mary Pickford was the most famous woman in the world. She’d been born in Toronto in the late 1800s: on University... Read More

The very first ride at the CNE

It all started back in the mid-1800s, as a relatively small provincial fair. The earliest version of the CNE was held in a field... Read More

How the Simcoes fell in love — and the magical hills where it happened

These are the Blackdown Hills. They’re one of England’s official “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” all... Read More

Toronto’s secret Viking heritage

The Vikings probably aren’t the first people who leap to mind when you think of Toronto’s heritage. After all, we’re... Read More

The guy Toronto was originally named after — and his big sex scandal

This column towers above the city of London, England in one of the prominent spots in town. It’s at the top of some stairs just... Read More

Toronto’s Great Dead Monkey Project — or, Mabel the Swimming Wonder Monkey

The details of the story vary wildly from one source to another. In fact, there are two completely different versions of the tale... Read More

The Canadian military occupation of Iceland — a strange tale from World War II

Iceland didn’t want any part of the Second World War. It was all tiny and defenseless and alone out there in the north Atlantic... Read More

England loved the Group of Seven before Canadians did

This is Entrance to Halifax Harbour. It was painted by the Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson right at the very end of the First... Read More

The story behind the sakura cherry blossoms of High Park

It all started in Japan more than a thousand years ago. People of the Imperial Court began to hang out under cherry trees every... Read More