Rochester Public Market

Public markets are always fun to visit. They tell you so much about a city — especially since it’s nearly impossible to go and not end up chatting with a local. The Rochester Public Market has fed the city since 1827. You can get just about anything here...

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48 hours in Hamilton, Ontario

I love taking short trips, so I’ve been asking around about places to visit outside of Toronto. This is what I learned about Hamilton from random people I spoke to: Toronto is expensive and Hamilton is cheap (from people who live there) It was a major industrial city...

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Canada’s Federal Government

As capital, Ottawa is the seat of Canada’s government. Canada has a Westminster style federal parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy. It has one of the most stable democracies in the world and one of the most democratic nations. The provinces of Canada...

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Dvigrad: abandoned since 1714

Dvigrad is an abandoned town in Croatia on the Istrian peninsula. The first settlement in the spot has been traced to a hill fort from prehistoric times and functioned for centuries until it was completely abandoned in 1714. It was more or less left alone for hundreds...

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Immigration FAQs

Have questions about moving to Canada? Here are the answers to the questions we are asked most frequently about Express Entry. Which immigration programs do I qualify for? There are a lot of different ways to immigrate depending on your specific professional and...

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Abandoned plane in Sólheimasandur

A few kilometres from highway 1 on the south shore of Iceland lies the wreckage of an abandoned plane that crash landed in 1973 on the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur. While much of the plane has been stripped away, it is in surprisingly good shape in spite of...

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Figuring out the monarchy

Does Canada have a queen? Short answer: yes. Long answer: still yes. For those that grew up in Canada, this is probably really obvious. Personally, it took me a while to wrap my head around what exactly the monarchy represented in Canada.  On a technical level, Canada...

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Abandoned Camp Evans, NJ

Growing up, everyone has that place they always wonder about. It lies unknown, forbidden, behind a stone wall or closed doors. Camp Evans was that place for me, a semi-abandoned military base behind a barbed wire fence and guards. There were signs warning of patrol...

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Federal Skilled Trades Class

The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) program is another economic immigration program targeted to bring skilled workers into the country. The FSTC program is for very specific types of tradespeople in order to fill labor gaps in important trade jobs. Unlike the FSWP...

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Four Corners

If you’re like me and you have been working towards a goal of visiting every state in America, then Four Corners is an easy way to check off four states all at once. These are the only state boundaries  that meet at two intersecting lines, allowing Colorado, Utah, New...

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Immigrating as a Provincial Nominee

Because different regions of Canada have different economies and cultures, this program allows Canadian provinces and territories to select potential immigrants based on their needs. This is the purpose of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). How the Provincial...

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About Us

We’re practical people that like to explore. These are the fields notes for our adventures. We often spend a whole day exploring a new area and walking 15 miles on foot to see all the different parts an area has to offer. Then, we get home and obsessively research the history of the area to find out how it used to be and how it came to be the way it is.

After a decade in New York City, we recently relocated to Toronto. Because it was so difficult to find the information we needed to immigrate, we’ve created the guide we wish we’d had.




Cori Carl

Cori is a communications consultant for mission driven organizations. She’s also a lifelong history nerd who spent much of her childhood in archives and museums with her dad. You can verify her professional credentials at



Casey Daly

Casey is a technical writer and support manager. She went to school to be a librarian, but somehow ended up working with software. She loves a good spreadsheet, and actually enjoys doing her taxes. Track her down at



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