Odense, Denmark

Odense is one of Denmark’s oldest cities. Archaeological excavations in the vicinity show proof of settlement for over 4,000 years. The name Odense means “Odin’s sanctuary,” as the area was known as a sanctuary for worshippers of the Nordic god, Odin. “I recently returned from a trip to Denmark, and I had an issue of …

Fort St. John, B.C.

Fort St. John is the oldest immigrant settlement in B.C., as well as being one of the oldest First Nations settlements. At nearby Charlie Lake Cave, archaeologists uncovered artefacts from a Paleo-Indian settlement that was active there more than 10,500 years ago. The entire region is now known as the traditional home of the Beaver …

Pioneer Plaza, Dallas, Texas

Pioneer Plaza is a large public park in downtown Dallas, Texas. Installed in 1994, the large sculpture commemorates 19th century cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail, the earliest and easternmost route by which Longhorn cattle were taken to northern railheads. The trail passed through Austin, Waco, and Dallas until the Chisolm Trail …

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Sentosa, previously called Pulau Blakang Mati, was once a British military base and a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. In a 1972 contest organized by the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board, the island was renamed Sentosa, a Malay word meaning “peace and tranquility” from Sanskrit, Santosha, and turned into a tourist destination in 1972. The popular resort receives …

Sooke, B.C.

The one-of-a-kind, ocean-side village of Sooke (found on the south side of Vancouver Island) has been a thriving Coast Salish settlement for centuries. This summer, the popular village hosted the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride of scarlet-coated riders and 32 jet-black Canadian-bred horses to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de …