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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.

Joe Boyle: King of the Klondike

Joe Boyle was a boxing promoter who made a fortune in gold mining. In later life he mingled with presidents, prime ministers, and, romantically,...

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...

How the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was built

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was the dream of Sir John A. Macdonald as he envisioned a Canada that would stretch from the Atlantic...

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...

Steamboat “Asia” 1882 Disaster on Georgian Bay

Only teen-aged passengers Christine Morrison and Duncan Tinkiss survived the September 14, 1882 nautical disaster on Georgian Bay. The flat-bottomed ship Asia, built to...

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...
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