May 2021

Hello friends,

It’s May! Warm weather, budding trees, and most notably, many new Little Canada team members to welcome to our family. Also, this month Little Canada received a very special delivery for our Petit Québec destination and Jean-Louis sat down with Angie Seth from CTV for a chat about the challenges of opening an attraction during a pandemic.

This month during the week of May 3 – 9 was Mental Health Awareness Week. With lockdown still very much a reality, many are finding it difficult to cope and express how they’re feeling. It’s been such a challenging time and it’s so important, now more than ever, to #GetReal about your feelings.

Keep reading below to catch the interview and to see more updates.


Little Update | Petit Québec

There’s a new backdrop set behind our Petit Québec destination! This incredible work of art was painted by Tom Sachade, the artist behind the backdrops of all our other destinations in Little Canada. Petit Québec is going to be depicted in the winter, hence the beautiful hues of pink and yellow. I don’t know about you, but it has me craving cotton candy.

This masterpiece was painted in six separate rolls and then installed piece by piece by the talented team at Stellar. An alteration to Petit Québec’s Mont Saint-Anne required a large portion of the mural to be painted on site. We can’t wait for you to see it in person.

Check out the photos of the space below!


Little Canada on CTV

Jean-Louis sat down with Angie Seth from CTV News to speak on the challenges Little Canada has faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and what the team is doing to overcome them. Jean-Louis outlined the safety measures that guests can expect during their visit to Little Canada and the steps our team is taking to make sure every person who walks through our doors feels welcomed, cared for and, most importantly, safe.

Check out the full video here!

Welcome To The Team!

Please give a BIG, warm welcome to the many new faces at Little Canada! Our team sure is growing and we love to see it.

Joel Schaffer | Visual Arts Specialist

Did you know that… Joel once ate a scorpion.

Jason Walden | Mechatronics Specialist

Did you know… Jason loves the winter. His favourite place in Canada are the Rockies.

Damien Webb | Visual Arts Specialist

Did you know… At 17, Damien played in an RCMP pipe and drum band for the opening ceremony of a Formula One race with Gene Simmons from KISS being the “Guest of Honour”.

Jaron Loban | Security Specialist

Did you know…Jaron has studied film and photography at the University of Windsor and has taken photos for events such as Canadian Music Week and Reel World Film Festival.

Kelly Kenny | Marketing Project Specialist

Did you know… Kelly is a proud East Coaster who enjoys urban hiking around Toronto with her husband and friends.

Brad Parsons | Mechatronics Specialist

Did you know… Brad was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto at 25.

Amber Niles | Leader, Production

Did you know… Amber describes herself as a “big nerd” and loves video games and comics.

Nancy Pham | Mechatronics Specialist

Did you know… Prior to the pandemic, Nancy lived in 7 different cities within 5 years.

Jenna Staller | Visual Arts Specialist 

Did you know… Jenna loves to travel and has been to four continents.

Nick Praticante | Visual Arts Specialist

Did you know… Nick’s top three favourite genres of music include Latin, Lo-Fi and Rap/Hip-Hop.

Jen Akkermans | Visual Arts Specialist

Did you know… in 2017, Jen exhibited artwork at Pier 21 in Halifax, 70 years after their Opa immigrated to Canada at the same port.

Kristen Parry | Visual Arts Specialist

Did you know… Kristen loves pugs and named her first pug Otis after the movie Milo & Otis.


Mental Health Awareness Week | May 3 – 9

Taking care of our mental health is so important for our overall wellbeing, especially during the challenges of navigating life during a pandemic. We want to encourage you to take care of your mental health not only during Mental Health Week, but on a daily basis.

Our Little Canada team has been informed on the 5 pillars of wellness in order to take care of our own mental health. Remembering to sleep, step, sweat, reflect and connect can help us to maintain a healthy mindset throughout our days.

Visit the link below for more information and resources.