Sunday, April 11, 2021

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.

Joseph B. Tyrrell, Noted Geologist, Gold Miner, Dinosaur Hunter

Scarlet fever struck Joseph Tyrrell when he was a young child and the illness left him with permanent hearing damage. Tyrrell, born on November...

Agnes Deans Cameron, Teacher, Journalist, and The New North

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Agnes Deans Cameron (1863-1912) excelled in education, journeyed to the Arctic, promoted gender equality, worked as a journalist, and...

Battle of Paardeberg Drift, Canadians in the Second Boer War

Battling against the British Empire, the Boers of South Africa refused to live under the rule of the British Imperial government. The Boers were...

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 Massacre at Lachine: The Attack and its Aftermath

Early on the morning of 5 August 1689, the fifteen hundred Iroquois warriors on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River launched their...

The Massacre at Lachine: Prelude

On the night of 4 August 1689, an army of fifteen hundred Iroquois warriors crouched on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River....

The Province of Canada’s First Postmaster General, James Morris

Mail service in early colonial British North America was a sporadic, expensive event. Post offices were rare in the rural communities; the larger communities...

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...

Lady Ishbel Aberdeen, Co-Founder of Victorian Order of Nurses

The Majoribanks family was the upper crust of English and Scottish society, the stern Sir Dudley Coutts Majoribanks the 1st Baron of Tweedmouth. A...

William Osler Taught the Art of Bedside Medicine to New Doctors

The skills of touching, viewing or speaking with a live patient were not required modules in medical student training in early Canada. A licence...