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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 SS Mont Blanc Explosion in Halifax Harbor

The collision of the SS Imo and the SS Mont Blanc, heavily laden with wartime chemicals, set off an explosion that devastated the entire...

Settling the Alaska Boundary Dispute in 1903

The Alaskan-Yukon boundaries were respected until the Klondike Gold Rush began. Arguments and tribunals ensued, the British sided with US and Canada lost. The shores...

The Columbia District

Queen Victoria chose to use the Columbia District for the foundation of the name for the Colony of British Columbia. The Columbia District was a...

Hudson’s Bay Company’s Ship ‘The Nonsuch’ with Zachariah Gillam

James Bay is in sight! Land ho! The 1668 expedition to Canada's north by explorers Groseilliers and Radisson was a success. It led to...

Ontario Haunting: The Ghost of the Burlington Canal

For almost two centuries, the Burlington Canal has played a vital role in marine transportation and commerce on the Great Lakes. Initially constructed in...

Georgina Fane Pope, First Matron of Canadian Army Nursing Corps

Nursing Sister Georgina Fane Pope earned Canada's first Royal Red Cross Medal for her dedicated nursing service in the Boer War in South Africa The...

Gold Rush in Atlin, British Columbia

In 1898, two young miners found placer gold on Pine Creek in northern BC. The gold rush was on, and the town of Atlin...

Fleury Mesplet Revolutionary Founder of “The Montreal Gazette”

Born Joseph Fleury de Mesplet in France, learned the printing craft in Lyon, worked in London and Philadelphia, established "The Montreal Gazette". Perhaps because of...

Major-General Sam Steele of Canada’s North West Mounted Police

Courageous, Samuel Benfield Steele was a Canadian hero, keeping order in the Klondike Gold Rush and leading soldiers in war. He was knighted in...

Louis Roy First Printer of “Upper Canada Gazette”

Quebec-born Louis Roy, a superior typesetter, was the first printer of the first newspaper in Upper Canada. At age 15, Louis Roy (1771-1799) began his...
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