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Winnipeg's Secret Code

Winnipeg's Secret Code

The Manitoba Legislative Building has a hidden code. If you look closely, you’ll find Egyptian sphinxes, the Arc of the Covenant, Greek monsters, cattle skulls, lion heads, and a mysterious black star. The question is: what does it all have to do with Winnipeg?

The Hidden Story Behind Vancouver's Twin Peaks

The Hidden Story Behind Vancouver's Twin Peaks

The Lions are two of the most iconic mountain peaks in Canada, towering over Vancouver, lending their name to the B.C. Lions, the Lionsgate Bridge and more. But they also have a much, much older name; one that’s tied to a time long before the city was founded.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

Canada’s oldest Chinatown was once considered to be a “forbidden city” — a segregated maze of alleyways, hidden courtyards, brother, gambling dens and opium factories. But it’s history is also one of proud resilience in the face of some of the most racist laws our country has ever seen.

The Sakura Trees of Toronto

The Sakura Trees of Toronto

Every spring, parks across Toronto turn white and pink with cherry blossoms. The Sakura trees are a gift from Japan — and a reminder of one of the most disturbing chapters in Canadian history.

The Bizarre History of "O Canada"

The Bizarre History of "O Canada"

In our first episode, we dive into the strange and unexpected history behind Canada's national anthem. "O Canada" was written by a veteran of the American Civil War to celebrate Quebec's national holiday; it's story touches on everything from Pierre Trudeau to bloody riots to the very earliest French settlers.