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Vancouver is home to the largest Chinatown in Canada and the third-largest in North America, following New York and San Francisco. Amazingly, Vancouver's Chinatown dates back to the 1800s, and it's a place that every visitor should see.
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This past week, the Toronto Ward Museum initiated the "Dishing Up Toronto" program with three walking tours in Toronto and its suburbs. Immigrants served as guides and shared their stories and the stories of their neighbourhoods. Rather than use inanimate displays for their history lessons, the guides introduced audiences to their culture through visits to local hotspots and by sampling their favourite dishes.
Calgary's Chinatown is an exciting place to go and try new cuisines, and for those who are already familiar with some of its top-notch restaurants, to come back and delight in some old favourite dishes at any time. Here are Calgaryism's top restaurants you have got to try the next time you're in Calgary's Chinatown.
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This is not your standard art gallery that features one artist at a time with an entire exhibit. Instead, ARTarium aggregates a wide variety of different artists, even showcasing drastically different mediums. The space is intriguing and overwhelming all at the same time.
From a 1960s passageway for mail to an illegal tunnel to smuggle pot.
I didn't grow up in Chinatown. Neither did my mother and father. My ancestors didn't come to North America to pan for gold or build the railroad. No one in my family paid a head tax. Chinatown was just a place we visited every weekend to stock up on supplies. Even still, this neighbourhood, this community, this place we call "Chinatown" has become very near and dear to my heart.