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Vampires at Sea and Other Wacky Cruises

Do you love the Twilight series? Good news! There’s a cruise ship experience designed specifically for you. The Vamp Cruise tours along the coast of Alaska and British Columbia. Everything on board caters to the needs of fans of the “sparkling vampire genre.” It’s one of eighteen oddly themed cruises described at the Travel Channel, including [...]

From Death Comes Life

Photo: Ireena Eleonora Worthy/Flickr Photographer Ireena Niewenhuis-Worthy snapped this gorgeous photo of a tree that grew out of a dead log in the waters of Fairy Lake, British [...]

11-Set Venn Diagram

You’ve never seen the Venn Diagram like this before: a flowery diagram for 11 sets of objects, made by Khalegh Mamakani and Frank Ruskey at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada: One of the sets is outlined in white, and [...]

Fishermen Catch 1,100 Pound Sturgeon on a Rod and Reel

It’s not uncommon for fishermen to catch 30 to 100 pound white sturgeon in British Columbia’s Fraser River. But this one, caught on a rod and reel, weighed about 1,100 pounds and was more than 12 feet long. It may be over a hundred years old: It could also be 35 years older than the angler, [...]

Barbecue Chip Bandits

(YouTube link) A theft of potato chips in Saanich, British Columbia, got a press conference and some serious TV news coverage. However, Police Sergeant Jantzen understandably had a hard time keeping a straight face. -via The Daily What

How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names

Here’s a little more Canadian history on this Canada Day. Alberta Named in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise, the village of Caroline, and Mount Alberta are also named after her. British Columbia The name refers to the Columbia District, the [...]

Happy Canada Day! What is Canada Day?

Happy Canada Day! On this date in 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially [...]

Stunningly Cute Egg-Shaped Treehouse

(Video Link) Joel Allen, a software engineer, hoped to retire at 26. That plan fell through. But he did build a little place to retreat to, which is a good compromise. The HemLoft is a cabin that he made in British Columbia over a few summers. It’s a thing of beauty: simple colors, graceful curves, and [...]

Rare ‘white’ black bear captured on camera

A rare white North American black bear was spotted recently in British Columbia, its only known habitat. From a distance the white North American blac…

More Snowy Owl Sightings in the U.S.

Bird watchers and Harry Potter fans are delighted at the larger than usual number of snowy owl sightings in the lower 48 this year. Snowy Owls are native to the Arctic, but fly south every few years to let us admire them. This winter, they’ve been seen as far south as Hawaii! “A lot of people [...]