Sunday, October 2, 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.

S.S. City of Medicine Hat

The province of Saskatchewan is located in the middle of the Canadian prairies and is best known for its vast expanses of land. Commonly...

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...

Featherstone Lake Osler, ‘Saddlebag Preacher’ in Upper Canada

A wilderness of forests, rocky regions and waterways, Upper Canada was sparsely populated in the early to mid-1800s. Those who came to southern Ontario...

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...

Canadians Invested Millions in Victory Loans in WWI and WWII

As soldiers fought the enemy in grim battles overseas in World War One, the Government of Canada fought another battle. The costs of war...

The Tale of Flowerpot Island: A Native Legend

The tale of Flowerpot Island is one of the many colorful tales that dots the historic landscape of the Bruce Peninsula region of the...

Denonville’s Ill-Fated March on the Senecas

On 1 August 1685 Jacques Rene de Brisay, Marquis de Denonville and newly appointed Governor of New France, arrived at Quebec. An experienced military...

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...

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 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...