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From Newfoundland to British Columbia, to the farthest reaches of the Territories in the great white North, Canada is a country steeped in rich history. The explorers who mapped the vast terrain make up but a portion of Canada’s fascinating tales. The immigrants who followed came to find better lives. Through hard labour, they endured to construct homes, villages and cities on vast, empty lands. And then those sturdy newcomers invented amazing things they and the world could use. Canadian stories are filled with grand adventures, deep passion and love of country. Come along with me to explore the intriguing history of Canada. You just might be surprised.

The Search for the Northwest Passage, Arctic Shipping Route

Part of the mythology of Canada still, the search for the northwest passage began when European explorers sought shorter trade routes to...

Christmas Around The World – Canada

Canada has a large range of cultural backgrounds that bring various traditional components to the Christmas season. French, English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Aboriginal...

Toronto Santa Claus Parade, Marching Since 1905

It wasn’t exactly an extravaganza of music, colour and festivity. On December 2, 1905 the first Toronto Santa Claus parade featured a singular man...

Hudson’s Bay Company Fur Traders’ Christmas at York Factory

Established in 1670 as the ‘Governor and Company of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson’s Bay’, the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) constructed small fur...

Dubbed Black Christmas, Allies Surrender in Battle of Hong Kong

The WWII Battle of Hong Kong was short. The vicious, bloody fight for the small British Colony located off the eastern coast of China...

Dollard des Ormeaux – Unwitting Hero of Long Sault

The battle which Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and his comrades fought against Iroquois warriors at Long Sault in 1660 was an offshoot...

Joshua Slocum’s Seafaring Triumph and Mysterious Death

Captain Joshua Slocum was a native of Nova Scotia, whose inhabitants have a reputation for being a hardy breed, and they didn't come much...

McGill University Established in Montreal, Quebec in 1821

Nestled against the lush green spaces of Mount Royal, McGill University is located in a bustling downtown section of Montreal. An historical symbol of...

Armed Yacht HMCS Raccoon Torpedoed in September 1942

An escort guarding Convoy QS-33 in the St. Lawrence River, HMCS Raccoon was attacked and sunk by a lurking U-boat. Four merchant ships were...

Remembrance Day Holiday: Remembering Flanders Fields November 11

If we do not remember those who sacrificed their lives in times of war for Canada, we are ultimately saying their actions were meaningless...
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