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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.

Lila Bell Acheson Wallace, Co-founder of Reader’s Digest

In magazine racks at checkouts, on coffee tables at dentist and doctor offices, in all sorts of waiting rooms, the covers of Reader’s Digest...

“Albertosaurus” Dinosaur Fossil Found in Alberta in 1884

Scouting for coal and other resources and the best routes for new railways, geologists explored the Red Deer River valley in southern Alberta in...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Quebec’s 1832 Cholera Epidemic

When cholera invaded Quebec City in 1832, this devastating disease gripped people's minds, creating a climate of terror. The corpses it left behind were...