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  • Rathayatra Festivals Continue to Expand in Atlantic Canada

    Devotees who live in less populated areas of Eastern Canada hold weekly in-home programs where they gather to chant the holy names, listen to lectures, and honor prasadam. In this area of Canada, they call themselves ISKCON Maritimes, which comprise of centers in Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

  • ISKCON Toronto to Hold Ratha-Yatra Drive-Thru Darshan

    Toronto Ratha-Yatra is holding a Drive-Thru Darshan of Lord Jagannatha and a virtual online celebration for the second year in a row this weekend.

  • Sending Love from Canada - Live Covid-Relief Event

    Saturday, May 15th from 4-7 pm EST live on FaceBook:,  a special Canada-Wide COVID Relief event for the devotees in Mayapur and Bangladesh. The event will host a Nrsimha Yagna, guest speakers, and kirtans.  

  • ISKCON Toronto Holds Epic 12-Day Virtual Rathayatra Festival

    “Every year, there’s some new challenge that comes up while organizing Toronto Rathayatra, and we joke that Lord Jagannath always throws us a curveball,” says Rukmini Dasi, co-chair of the Rathayatra Committee. Little did they know, however, that 2020 would bring the ultimate curveball – a global pandemic that required people to social distance from each other and saw all gatherings and public festivities banned. 

  • Saranagati Students Produce New Puppet Film of Krishna’s Pastimes

    Seventeen children and youth, aged two to eighteen, took three months to complete the movie and worked on every part of the production from set building, special effects, and lighting, to voices, puppeteering, filming and editing. The film premiered in Saranagati on Christmas Day to rave reviews.

  • Saranagati Youth Distribute Over 5,000 Cookies to Neighbors for Christmas

    Students of Govardhana Academy in Saranagati, Canada have baked and distributed 5,500 prasadam cookies to businesses, services and friends in the surrounding towns as a gesture of goodwill this Christmas season.

  • Bhaktimarga Swami Praises St. Francis at Interfaith Event

    The event took place at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, a Catholic Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Held on October 4th– the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – it honored the saint with the theme “Instruments of Peace,” a phrase from his famous prayer.

  • Canada Bans Keeping Whales And Dolphins In Captivity

    In the U.S., SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, which has SeaWorld parks in California, Florida and Texas, announced in 2016 that it would stop breeding captive killer whales and shift its focus to marine mammal rescue operations.

  • “The Power of Women’s Voices: How They’ve Changed the Spiritual Landscape” ~ Part 1

    In a holistic and visionary way, what are the deepest needs and hungers of family, of community, of society, of the world?  We know when women’s voices are silenced a door opens for children and women themselves to become abused

  • ISKCON Members Participate in Parliament of the World’s Religions

    Nearly 10,000 delegates from 80 countries attended the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions from November 1stto 7thin Toronto, Canada. They represented nearly 200 religious, spiritual and indigenous traditions, comprising the single largest interfaith gathering in the world.

  • Parliament of the World’s Religions 2018

    The Parliament of the World’s Religions, the largest global interfaith gathering, will be held in Toronto from November 1 – 7  in Toronto, Canada. The gathering will welcome close to 10,000 delegates from 80 countries, representing nearly 200 religious, spiritual, and Indigenous traditions.

  • Devotees Celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s “Summer in Montreal”

    Hundreds of devotees recently gathered at ISKCON Montreal, Canada to celebrate the 50thanniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s Summer in Montreal, when he spent three months from June to August of 1968 in the city.

  • Toronto Devotees Defy Record-Breaking Cold to Deliver Prabhupada’s Books

    Christmas 2017. Toronto, Canada was colder than the North Pole, dropping to -22C for the first time in recorded history. Schools closed. People stayed home from work. Outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations were canceled. The roads were treacherous. But none of this stopped ISKCON Toronto devotees from venturing out to deliver Srila Prabhupada’s books during the six-week Prabhupada marathon, from November 19th to December 31s

  • Canadian Opera Singer to Make Pilgrimage to Sri Mayapur Dham

    One of Canada's fasting rising young opera stars, Dustin Hiles, first met the devotees seven years ago in Winnipeg, MB, while campaigning as a candidate for the provincial Liberal Party of Canada.

  • ISKCON Toronto 12 Hour Kirtan

    Amala Kirtan Das.

  • Govardana Academy Students Win Prize in Sustainability Contest

    Govardhana Academy, located at the Saranagati Farm Community in British Columbia (BC), Canada, recently participated in their third year of the BC Green Games - a province wide competition to promote sustainability in schools. One of the biggest challenges of farming at Saranagati is their short growing season. With a self-heated greenhouse, they intend to grow food year-round. Using money from a previous grant award, the materials were purchased and the students and their community teamed up to bring the design to reality.

  • Kirtan Vancouver Focuses on Non-Sectarian Outreach

    EnChant is Kirtan Vancouver’s “bread and butter,” a kirtan, short talk, and prasadam at a yoga studio every second Saturday that attracts an impressive fifty to seventy people of all ages each time – some from different yoga paths, but many completely new to Eastern spirituality. Once advertised through Facebook,, and physical posters, EnChant is now the most well-known kirtan event in the city, and is spread just by positive word-of-mouth.

  • Members of Krishna Farm Boom in Canada Meet to Collaborate

    With a sudden boom of new Krishna conscious farm projects in Central Canada, their leaders gathered to discuss how they could collaborate with each other at the first ever Central Canada Farm Conference on December 17th. Canadian GBC Bhaktimarga Swami and farmer Sukhayanti Dasi brought together twenty-six devotees from seven agrarian projects across Southern Ontario and Quebec for the conference, which took place at the King Edward Park Community Centre in Brighton, Ontario.

  • Elementary Students Produce Inspirational ISKCON 50 Puppet Show

    Elementary and some secondary school students at the Govardhan Academy in Saranagati, B.C., Canada have produced an inspirational and heartfelt puppet show film of how Srila Prabhupada founded ISKCON for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary. The forty-minute film, "Mission of Mercy," premiered at Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati’s disappearance day at the Saranagati temple on December 17th, and was very well received. 

  • Canadian Prime Minister Congratulates ISKCON On Its 50th Anniversary

    Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shared a congratulatory message for the Canadian Hare Krishna communities for ISKCON's 50th Anniversary.

  • ISKCON Devotee Sings to Open Canadian Prime Minister’s First Caucus Dinner

    Bhakta Dustin, a Hare Krishna devotee, was given the honour of singing the National Anthem to open the first holiday caucus dinner of the recently elected Canadian liberal government. Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau along with his wife Mrs. Grégoire-Trudeau, affectionately known as “Sofie”, hosted the gala event of almost three thousand elite guests.

  • Krsnadasa Kaviraja Das Speaks at Interfaith Conference in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

    On November 21st, 2015 about 200 people braved the winter conditions to come to an interfaith meeting organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jam'at Canada. The theme was God: Fact or Fiction? There were four speakers: a Baptist minister, an atheist, an Ahmadiyya Muslim representative, and ISKCON member Krsnadasa Kaviraja dasa.

  • The Walking Monk Retraces Prabhupada’s Journey

    The Swami’s current walk, may mean the most to him on a personal level.

  • Vancouver Harinama Passes 200 Consecutive Days

    A small yet growing crew of dedicated devotees have been doing Harinama Sankirtana in downtown Vancouver, Canada, for over 200 days in a row now, chanting the Holy Names of God for two hours every week day after work and for three hours on weekends.

  • ISKCON Toronto's Looking for Preschool Teachers

    Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

  • Saranagati’s Govardhana Academy Wins B.C. Green Games

    Students at ISKCON Saranagati, Canada, have topped the British Columbia Green Games winners’ lists in both the secondary and elementary school categories this year. The Green Games are run by a Vancouver center that promotes science education. To enter, students had to create and submit a photo essay, video project or website that showed an environmental action project their school had undertaken.

  • Forever Green

    Students of the Govardhana Academy in Saranagati, an off-the-grid Krishna conscious village in B.C., Canada, have topped the B.C. Green Games winners’ lists in both the secondary and elementary school categories this year.

  • Canada Couple Try to Live Prabhupada’s “Simple Life”

    A husband and wife devotee couple are trying to live a simple life on Canada’s Prince Edward Island according to ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s instructions – with inspiring results. Gaura Nitai Das, originally from Scotland, and Lala Gopala Dasi, a Cree native from the White Bear reservation in Saskatchewan, Canada, were both initiated by Srila Prabhupada at Bhaktivedanta Manor near London in 1976.

  • Warm Hearts Brave Ice Storm at ISKCON Toronto

    Huddled together in sub-zero temperatures with no power during an ice storm this past holiday season, devotees in Toronto, Canada discovered the joy of simplicity and Krishna conscious association. The storm struck in the midst of book distributor Vaisesika Das’s annual “Festival of the Heart,” held from December 19th to 24th at ISKCON Toronto. 

  • ISKCON Toronto Gears Up For Book Distribution Marathon

    As the holiday season comes around, ISKCON devotees like to wrap up warm, pack their bags full of books by their Founder Acharya Srila Prabhupada, and head out on the streets to give the most valuable Christmas present of all: spiritual knowledge. One of the most enthusiastic ISKCON communities of recent years in this endeavor has been ISKCON of Toronto, Canada.

  • Quebec Considers New Restrictions on Wearing Religious Symbols, Clothing

    Quebec’s governing party introduced a legislation that would ban public employees from wearing “overt and conspicuous” religious garb.

  • Canadian ISKCON Leaders' Retreat

    Between October 11th and 14th,  ISKCON temple and project leaders from across Canada met in British Columbia at a beautiful mountain conference centre for their annual Canadian Leaders Retreat.

  • Dharma Shastri Course in Canada
    From Saturday April 20th to Sunday July 28st (14 weeks) Bhakti Raghava Swami will be giving a course entitled “Dharma Sastri” at La Nouvelle Vraja Bhumi located at St-Rémi d’Amherst near Mont-Tremblant (Laurentian Mountains) in the Province of Quebec, Canada.
  • Monk Finds Walking Therapeutic and "Addictive"
    “It’s a great way to clear the cobwebs in my mind,” Bhaktimarg Swami says. “Walking really helps create clarity of thought. When I think about what it does to improve me psychologically, physically and spiritually, I think people should reconsider the idea of walking.”
  • The Walking Monk visits Woodstock
    Also known as ‘The Walking Monk’, Bhaktimarga is currently in the process of walking across Canada for the fourth time. He’s on a mission to promote the concept of pilgrimage and walking for inner development.
  • Canadian Book Distributors Brave the Cold to Cross New Frontiers
    It’s heartwarming to see a group of eight devotees brave sub-zero temperatures to bring Srila Prabhupada’s books into small towns and cities in the Canadian Maritimes, where few have ever heard of Krishna.
  • New Ads In The Toronto Subway On Being Vegetarian
    Thousands of Torontonians take the TTC daily to go to school, work and back home. The TTC Subway carts are full of different ads, but recent ads by an independent group called Be Veg have been catching the attention of Subway goers.
  • A Spiritual Retreat for Women in Brighton, Ontario, Canada
    Many women in the Hare Krishna community, if not all, undoubtedly have incredible amounts of responsibilities and duties to manage in every day life. Whether it's being a wife, a mother, a university student, an employee or a even head of a company, being able to manage personal lives with spiritual endeavours can be a difficult task to manage.
  • ISKCON Temple, Regina, Canada

    It was we back in 1973, when followers of Krishna moved to Regina from Vancouver to set up a temple in the 13-block Retallack. What disturbed the leaders and congregation however, was the sense that the neighbourhood did not want them here. They weren’t prepared for a succession of break-ins - five in just a few years.

  • Maha-Mantra Festival Celebrations in Toronto

    Toronto's Hare Krishna community recently celebrated the annual Maha-Mantra Festival. The festival involved a wide assortment of activities and events that proved to be wonderfully spiritually inspiring. This video contains some of the highlights.

  • Walking Monk Crossing Canada to Meditate, Meet People
    Bhaktimarga Swami – dubbed the Walking Monk – is in the Pictou County area this weekend as part of his walk across Canada as a “friend” raiser. Bhaktimarga Swami has been a member of the Hare Krishna since 1973.
  • Gopinath's Kids' Camp in Toronto

    This year, the 5th Annual Gopinath's Kids Camp will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 8:30am-6:00pm, strictly for kids aged 5-12 years. The purpose of this one-day camp is to provide an opportunity to ignite the spiritual spark in children while doing fun and interactive activities that they enjoy.

  • HarvestFest & Balarama Full Moon Feast in Canada
    Between August 21 – 24, 2010 the Saranagati Eco-Village community in Venables Valley, British Columbia, Canada will hold its annual HarvestFest and Balarama Full Moon Feast.
  • Youth Organizers Focus on Outreach at Toronto Ratha Yatra
    With Ratha Yatra season in full swing and ISKCON devotees all over the world celebrating the ancient Chariot festival in honor of Jagannath, this month will see one of the largest events in North America—Toronto Ratha Yatra.
  • Religious Presence at the Winter Olympics

    So far, God and religion haven't come up in the media coverage of the Vancouver Olympics, unless you count jokes about praying for snow.

  • Putting Krishna on the Map In Brrrrr-land
    ISKCON guru and leader Bhaktimarga Swami recounts his adventures as he and other devotees spread Krishna consciousness to the coldest, most remote parts of Canada.
  • Strike Won't Dampen ISKCON Toronto's Devotion
    Organizers for the Festival of India had to dig deeper into festival funds after several hiccups caused by the ongoing Toronto city workers' strike pushed them off Centre Island. "This has hit us hard financially," said the festival's chairperson, Krishna Sharma yesterday. "Suddenly we had to reorganize a brand new festival in about two weeks time."
  • New Ontario Retreat Set to Boost ISKCON Congregation

    Members of ISKCON Canada’s Toronto and Brampton communities have purchased a country resort which they hope will be an innovative tool for congregational development, a retirement home for senior devotees, and the first “for profit” Vaishnava retreat in North America.

  • Festival of Chariots Fills Calgary with Song, Dance

    Calgary's Hindus celebrated the most famous of India's festivals, the Rath Yatra Festival or Festival of Chariots, on Sept. 6. Celebrated for hundreds of years in India, it one of the oldest celebrations in the world. Millions of people arrive every year to Jagannath Puri, in eastern India, to pull the chariot on which the idols of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and his sister Subhadra are seated.

  • European Bicycle Tour

    This is Mark from Saranagati Farm in B.C. Canada. Visakha Devi-dasi and myself are organizing a tour of Europe by bicycle from Sweden to Spain in the fall of 2010. We will visit several Hare Krsna farms and temples along the way. A fee $1,000.00 will cover support vehicle and prasadam. You bring bike, sleeping arangement, helmet, etc.

  • The Toronto Tunnel - 'Nuff Said!
    TORONTO, ON - After almost 40 years of Ratha-Yatras in North America, a distinct challenge has arisen with respect to how to promote these festivals in new and creative ways. For many devotees, Ratha-Yatra is equated with radiant colours, resounding vibrance, exciting exhibits and entertainment showcasing the beautiful Vaishnava culture. But from a marketing perspective, argue some devotees, perhaps our messaging has become a bit repetitive.
  • Toronto Yogis Get "The Eternal Spiritual Experience"
    Yoga enthusiasts all over Toronto untangled their arms and legs this April to check out InSpirit, a nine-day yoga festival with a difference billed as “The Eternal Spiritual Experience.” Events held at various venues around the city, including the University of Toronto, were designed to help people discover the ancient teachings of the East and their practical application to everyday life.
  • Bhaktimarga Swami Reflects On Trans-Canada Trek

    Somehow, by God’s grace, I was able to complete a third walk across one of the largest land masses on earth, my home country, Canada. This third trek brings the total distance covered to 20,000 Kilometres, or, 12,427 miles. Figures might be important but more relevant is the number of people I met.

  • Croc-wearing Monk Walks the Walk
    Bhaktimarga Swami, a Hare Krishna monk, is walking across Canada to promote walking and a “simpler lifestyle.” His journey brought him through St. Stephen, New Brunswick on Monday.
  • BLOG: The Walking Monk—Bhaktimarga Swami's 2007 CanWalk
    I started part two of CanWalk Number Three noticing the pool of blood.This is what the highway is—a place of living and moving travel but it is also a place of standstill, of frozenness and death. I am so impactfully reminded of this on this first day.
  • 'Walking Monk' Hits the Road for Third Cross-Canada Walk
    The walk begins each day at 4 or 5 a.m., and Swami spends about nine hours walking 45 kilometres per day. He carries with him a sack holding his meditation beads, and often chants and talks to the Creator along the way. The personable monk, who joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1973 and changed his name from John Vis, said he runs into a lot of cyclists and marathon runners, along with regular citizens curious about his exploits. “Walking in the summer, it‘s when people are out and about,” he said. “It‘s the real natural time to be there, and the really big part of this project is to meet people and get inspired . . . and to inspire.”
  • CANADA: ISKCON Vancouver Turns Temple into a Forest of Devotion
    On May 26 the temple room of ISKCON Vancouver will be transformed into a sacred grove resembling Vrindavana, Lord Krishna's abode, as devotees celebrate the Maha Tulsi Puja Festival, or the "great Tulasi worship festival."