Saturday, October 1, 2022

Canadian History

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...

The Scandal of the Ross Rifle

Canadian soldiers went into battle in World War I armed with a weapon that had major defects but whose maker was a friend of...

The 1917 Halifax Harbor Explosion: Hurling Blame

The horrendous explosion in Halifax Harbor the morning of 6 December 1917 killed almost 2,000 people and altered the important Atlantic seaport...

Merchant Vessel “SS Liverpool Packet” Torpedoed by U-Boat 432

German submarines patrolled the east coast of North America, sinking merchant and military vessels in WW Two. Sailing between New York City and Newfoundland, the...

Canada During World War II and Some of the Battles She Fought

World War II (1939-1945) was the result of Hitler’s decision to invade Poland in his attempt to spread his rule and achieve...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dr. John Rae Became Surveyor and Explorer in Canada’s Arctic

In four arduous trips, Rae and crews mapped Canada's north. Finding the link to Northwest Passage, he also learned the fate of missing Franklin...