With Thanksgiving around the corner, I am finding myself reflecting on how grateful I am to call Canada my home. I suspect that some of you may be feeling the same way as me. Though this year’s Thanksgiving will be different, there are still many things to be thankful for, and lots of spaces and events to explore.

Parks Canada has re-opened the majority of the national historic sites across the country, which are wonderful spaces to learn about Canada’s history, including Indigenous history and culture. Check out one of the national historic sites listed below, or find one close to you on the Canoo app. 

As members of the Canadian family, we ask that you continue to prioritize the health and safety of all visitors, as well as yourself and your family, when going to venues. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing, as well as follow any other specific guidelines that the venue has in place. Always check the website of the venue or call ahead to find out safety protocols in advance of visiting.  

We also encourage you to check out arts and culture events from the comfort and safety of home, such as the National Film Board of Canada’s free short-film series The Big Reset, or if you missed our amazing online events, you can watch this year’s 6 Degrees events for free online here.

As you take stock of the things that you’re grateful for, please consider giving back to Canoo with a donation.  Every dollar donated helps ensure that the Canoo app continues to give all new Canadians free access to Canoo partner locations across Canada. Donate here.

Stay safe,
Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer

Many national historic sites and national parks were closed over the summer as they established safe ways to re-open. Now that it’s October, sites are open again but closing for the season soon! Take this opportunity to visit a national historic site or national park this month before they are closed for the winter.

  1. Batoche National Historic Site (open until October 9, 2020)
  2. Fundy National Park  (Wolfe Lake Information Centre and Headquarters Information Centre open until November 1, 2020)
  3. Grand-Pré National Historic Site (open until October 12, 2020)
  4. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (open until October 30, 2020) (pictured)
  5. Georgian Bay Islands National Park (Cedar Spring Visitor Centre  open until October 12, 2020)
  6. Fort Wellington National Historic Site (open until October 12, 2020)

The Big Reset: A film series from the NFB
On September 21, 2020, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) released The Big Reset, a series of four short animated films with a stellar cast of trailblazing Canadian thinkers, including Munira Abukar, Armine Yalnizyan, David Suzuki, and Bruce Mau. They share their radical visions for the post-COVID world in animation that thinks outside the box. This series is part of The Curve, the NFB national initiative to bring to life the voice of Canadians touched by COVID-19, both near and far. You can watch all four short films (three to four minutes long, each) on their website: The Big Reset.

RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting at the PHI Foundation
Until November 29, 2020, experience the new exhibition RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting at the PHI Foundation in Montreal. This art exhibit explores the complex and multiple meanings of diaspora, its condition, and its experiences as expressed through painting. It presents a selection of work by artists who address questions of diaspora from diverse perspectives, methodologies and aesthetic languages. As always at the PHI Foundation art gallery, this exhibit is free to visit!  [Image: Rajni Perera, Ancestor 2, 2019. Courtesy of Patel Brown Gallery, Toronto]

Fall is here, which means so is the Great Canadian Hike – a physically distant, yet socially connected, nationwide challenge.  The Great Canadian Hike is a national challenge to embrace trails in a physically distant world! It is the opportunity for Canadians to collectively hike The Great Trail of Canada’s 27,000 kilometres in 31 days. From humble strolls to epic adventures, October 1 to 31 is your chance to hike, walk, jog, cycle, paddle and experience The Great Trail as a participant in the Great Canadian Hike. Simply find a hike you want to complete, register your hike, and go (and, of course, share on social)! Learn more here.

Moyra Davey: The Faithful
Moyra Davey: The Faithful, a new exhibit at the  National Gallery of Canada features the work of one of Canada’s most innovative conceptual artists. Since her first exhibition at Ottawa’s SAW Gallery in 1984, Moyra Davey has continued to push the boundaries between photography, film, text and the human experience. Explore her work and plan your visit here.

Kootenay National Park celebrates 100 years
Established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies, Kootenay National Park in British Columbia is a place of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs. Take a 60-minute scenic drive and discover a new surprise around every bend. Spend the day exploring deep canyons and tumbling waterfalls just a short stroll from the road, or plan a vacation traversing the park’s backcountry trails. Plan your visit here. [Photo: Roger Hostin / Parks Canada]

Meet Canoo member Angelina Paras. Angelina believes that cultural venues like the Canadian Museum of Human Rights foster inclusion: ““Cultural places serve as living dioramas, giving us a glimpse of other people’s ways of life, she says, “Awareness opens the path to inclusion because people would come to realize that there is a greater society in which they live, and that the languages, abodes, food, beliefs, music, attires, traditions and customs in that greater society are legion. If anything, cultural places are kaleidoscopes of this remarkably diverse world we live in.”  Read her full Spotlight feature here.

6 Degrees
The first digital-only 6 Degrees took place last week! From September 21 to September 23, thousands came together online to explore how we approach the intersecting crises of this moment, how we emerge from the pandemic with a more equitable society, and how the global movements for racial and social justice can inspire meaningful change. Missed the first part of #6Degrees2020? You’re in luck: The LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, the Adrienne Clarkson Prize, and 360: Revision are all available to watch online. 6 Degrees continues on October 15 with the 18th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture: A Response. Sign up for this free digital event here.

Don’t forget to use your 50% discount for a trip with VIA Rail
Over the spring and summer, many trips and vacations were canceled due to COVID-19. As we enter the fall season, we encourage you to take advantage of your VIA Rail discount to safely and responsibly travel within Canada. As an active Canoo member, you receive a one-time discount of 50% off tickets for a trip with VIA Rail, and you must book your VIA Rail tickets and travel before your membership expires!  You can find your discount code in the Canoo app and all the details of how to book your tickets on VIA Rail’s website. Please note: If you successfully purchased tickets using your Canoo discount code over the spring/summer, but the tickets were canceled (either by you or by VIA Rail) due to COVID-19, you must contact VIA Rail at 1-888-VIA-RAIL (1-888-842-7245) to rebook your tickets. [Photo: Former Canoo member Brigitte Rudan, 2014]

Give the Gift of Canoo this Thanksgiving
As you take stock of the things that you’re grateful for and celebrate how fortunate we are as Canadians this month, please consider giving back to Canoo with a donation. Every dollar donated helps ensure that the Canoo app continues to give all new Canadians free access to Canoo partner locations across Canada to help people explore/get to know this incredible country. When you give donate, you’re giving the gift of Canoo to all future new Canadians, just like you. Donate here.

There will be no in-person citizenship ceremonies this month
Typically, we at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship invite you to attend community citizenship ceremonies organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners all over Canada each month. However, at this time, all in-person citizenship ceremonies are on hold. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for updates as to when we will resume our in-person enhanced citizenship ceremonies.