Doukhobors lately. The religious side doesn't really intrigue me all that much -- what interests me is the dynamics of a large Russian community that migrated en masse to Canada, and then slowly assimilated into the mainstream Canadian culture. These days, you can find plenty of people with Russian names living around the Kootenays -- like "Popoff," "Tarasoff" or "Verigin" -- but if you talk to them, their knowledge of Russian language does not really go beyond a few token words, even for people of older generations. It's even weirder to suddenly be in the middle of a region called "Dolina Ootisheniya" (the "Vale of Consolation") -- somehow it doesn't feel right in the middle of British Columbia. It doesn't help that most signs omit the "Dolina" and just write "Ootisheniya" which simply doesn't make sense in Russian (it literally means "of consolation").
I visited the Doukhobor Museum in Castlegar, BC, while on vacation -- not that exciting, really. I think the best part was eating fairly decent vareniki at the Doukhobor diner -- but that's hard to get wrong. :)
In unrelated news, I'm going to this year's OLS. Any other Fedorans heading that way?