VIA Rail Nails Their Latest Commercial

I’m so proud/happy/positive that VIA Rail was able put together this new ‘Love the way’ ad of theirs.

It’s a fun and compelling pitch for rail travel; but also public transit, cycling, skateboarding, and other non-car options.

I really hope we are turning the corner on car transportation as a society, and seeing how bad (in so many ways) cars really are.

This is the type of (transportation) commercial that finally competes with your stereotypical car commercial. I’m guessing electric bike companies (a serious alternative to cars) will also learn from this effective ad.

This fantastic commercial puts cars in their proper place, and encourages us to think differently about how we get from point A to point B.

I think VIA Rail still has some serious work to do on the overall train experience, but the good news is they seem to have found their stride in advertising.


Recommended TV Show: ‘Wild Archaeology’ Presents Groundbreaking ‘Adventures Into Canada’s Ancient Aboriginal Past’ – Stream 13 Exhilarating Episodes Now on

I can’t talk about archaeology televisions shows without mentioning Time Team – a British television show that ran from 1994-2014. It was my first archaeology love and is still my favorite show of all time. This incredibly unique show opened my eyes and heart to the past in such a compelling way.

But Time Team has some company. A few months ago, I’m sure I googled something like “archaeology TV shows” and I was very pleasantly surprised to discover another outstanding archaeology themed television program called Wild Archaeology.

This nicely named show just so happened to be Canadian-made and free to stream online. What are the odds?!

(Believe it or not, there’s also another Canadian-made archaeology show called The Naked Archaeologist – which I’ve watched a few episodes of on my library app)

Anyways, Wild Archaeology features three youthful and highly engaging First Nations hosts who go on an archaeological journey across Canada.

There’s an expert archaeologist (Dr. Rudy Reimer) from Simon Fraser University, and two enthusiastic ‘amateurs’ (Jacob Pratt & Jennifer Brousseau) who participate in digs and explorations and learn about archaeology and ancient First Nations and Canadian history along the way.

Here’s a more succinct summary of the show from 

“The archaeological record of the First Peoples of North America is scattered, fragmented, and could be lost forever…we are taken on a quest through the mountains, waterways, plains, and Arctic landscapes of Canada’s ancient archaeological record to discover first-hand the untold story of the original peoples of North America. For the first time in archaeological history twelve thousand years of human inhabitation of this land is vividly brought to life through thirteen episodes of Wild Archaeology.”

The show is viewable across Canada, but I don’t think you can stream it in the US – I know they can’t in the UK. Wild Archaeology is working on a second season.

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Photos of Minto Place – A Spectacular Indoor Public Space in Ottawa

I was inspired to buy a new plant for my room the other day because of this spectacular indoor public space at Minto Place Shopping Mall / atrium in Ottawa. Worth visiting if you’re into lush, nature-inspired indoor spaces and green walls. Click on images to enlarge.


Interested in Smaller Homes & Smarter Living? Subscribe to these 3 YouTube Channels!

One of my top interests this past year has been the philosophy and creative possibilities behind “tiny homes.”

And having access to hundreds of great videos to watch on YouTube certainly fuels the fire.

Watching the process and story behind how people develop and build their smaller (and more affordable) homes has not only been fascinating, it’s also fantastic video entertainment – No cable required!

As part of my media routine I’ve been subscribing to YouTube Channels so that I can know when a new video is posted.

Three outstanding YouTube Channels you must check out if you have an interest in living smaller and smarter are: 1) Exploring Alternatives 2) Kristen Dirksen 3) Living Big In A Tiny House.

Be sure to check out each page’s playlists as well, if you have a particular interest in subcategories of tiny homes (i.e. vans, RVs, tiny homes).

Exploring Alternatives

The nice thing with Exploring Alternatives is that they release a new video every Sunday, so it’s something to look for.

Kristen Dirksen
The nice thing about Kristen Dirksen’s videos is they are almost like mini documentaries – much longer than your average YouTube video.

Living Big In A Tiny House
This is my latest YouTube Channel discovery, and I’ve been enjoying the videos so far. It feels more like an HGTV television show.

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I’ll be on the lookout for more tiny home channels, but right now I’ve got plenty of content to keep me entertained and inspired.

Please leave a comment if you have a favorite not listed here.


Take a Virtual Tour of Europe: Well-Known Rick Steves’ Travel Show Offers 100+ Full Episodes & More on YouTube!

Too busy for that dream vacation? Can’t afford a trip right now? Well, the good news is you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to explore Europe.

I’m happy to share that Rick Steves, the well-known travel writer, tour guide, and television host, has officially uploaded over 100 full episodes of his show and lots more on the Rick Steves’ Europe YouTube Channel.

You’ve probably seen his yellow books in travel sections, or come across his show on local PBS stations. Now you can explore the show and Europe on demand.

Have an interest in Greece? There’s a show for that. Have an interest in Portugal? There’s a show for that. I could go on… And you can easily pick and choose destinations and additional topics via his YouTube playlists, including blog videos and travel lectures.

The shows are a nice mix of part sightseeing, part cultural education. They are especially engaging if you are interested in the show’s chosen destination. I find that Rick Steves’ Europe has beautiful camera work, well-written scripts and regular doses of cheesy and charming humor.

I’ve enjoyed a number of the show’s episodes, and happened to be following Rick’s facebook page when the latest season (season 9) was released on YouTube. So I got special access to the newest shows sooner than most.

I have a pretty big interest in the United Kingdom, and in the latest season he had three episodes  (West England , Southeast England , England’s Cornwall ) that I remember quite enjoying.

One of the first episodes I remember watching was the one(s) on Paris. It was a really nice European escape for me.

Overall though, three of the most memorable shows for me are:

• France’s Dordogne

Venice: City of Dreams

Venice & its Lagoon




British TV is Brilliant! Here’s 7 Recommended Non-Fiction Shows To Check Out – Video Clips Within

british-tv.001British TV is my favorite TV. About two years ago I experienced a revelation. I discovered an absolutely awesome British television program called Time Team (Watch clip below).

With an interest in history and archaeology, Time Team literally turned out to be my favorite TV show of all time.

The basic premise is that the Time Team gets three days to dig a site that has relatively little, if any history of being dug, and they dig it. The show has a highly engaging host (Tony Robinson) and a fantastic, expert archaeology team.

They make all sorts of discoveries in every episode, and at the end of the program they summarize what they learned into a story and visual recreation of the site. There are lots of Roman sites, prehistoric sites, medieval sites and even some more modern sites. There are so many layers of history in the United Kingdom, and I really appreciate how the show sheds light on ancient human life.

Time Team ran for 20 years and just ended in 2014. According to their wikipedia page, there are 280 episodes (including specials) to watch. So if you ‘dig it’ you’ll have an abundance of shows to watch and enjoy.

Since discovering my favorite show of all time, I’ve gone on to find a number of other great British shows, and it turns out that I REALLY, REALLY like British content.

Below are 7 of my recommended British TV shows and mini-series to check out. Most of these are available to watch online (for free) in Canada/US.

Know of any other great non-fiction shows? Please leave a comment.


“Time Team was a British television series that originally aired on Channel 4 from 16 January 1994 to 7 September 2014. Created by television producer Tim Taylor and presented by actor Tony Robinson, each episode featured a team of specialists carrying out an archaeological dig over a period of three days, with Robinson explaining the process in lay terms…The sites excavated ranged in date from the Palaeolithic to the Second World War.” source: wikipedia

Season 20/21 available on (WATCH HERE >>)
11 ‘Series’ (not specific seasons) available on AcornTV (7 day free trial)



“Experts invite members of the public to bring along their antiques for examination.”

Official segment clips available online:
Airs on PBS – check local listings (For example >>)



“A series which helps prospective buyers find their dream home in the country”

Season 21 and one episode of Season 19 are currently available on CBC TV website and app. WATCH HERE >>
The show is also available to watch on GustoTV in Canada (INFO >>)



“Having ditched their London flat in exchange for rural France, this engaging and eccentric couple set out to transform a crumbling chateau into a showcase home and event space — all in time for their own wedding!”

Season 1 & 2 currently available on CBC TV website and app.



“Journalist Fiona Bruce teams up with art expert Philip Mould to investigate mysteries behind paintings.”

Season 3 currently available on (WATCH HERE >>)
Previously available on (currently unavailable)



“Islands of Britain is a 2009 documentary series, filmed over the summers of 2008 and 2009, hosted by Martin Clunes, which visited a number of the islands that lie off the coast of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the Channel Islands.” –wikipedia


(was available on AcornTV – currently unavailable)



“In this four-part series, journalist Jeremy Paxman, a devoted fisherman, travels along great British rivers, meeting the people who make them what they are, unearthing their history and traditions, and exploring their wildlife.”

Available on (WATCH HERE >>)