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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.

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...

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...

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...

Etienne Brule – Interpreter, Explorer, Traitor

From its founding in 1604, New France's survival depended on the profitability of the fur trade, specifically beaver pelts. Samuel de Champlain, the colony's...

Iberville’s Further Exploits at Hudson Bay: 1697

On 17 May 1689, England and France ended several years of uneasy peace by officially declaring war. Securing control of Hudson Bay - and...

Louis Roy First Printer of “Upper Canada Gazette”

Quebec-born Louis Roy, a superior typesetter, was the first printer of the first newspaper in Upper Canada. At age 15, Louis Roy (1771-1799) began his...

Canadian Nuclear Physicist Harriet Brooks

Physicists were a rare breed at the turn of the 20th century and women in the nuclear science fields were even more sparse. Harriet...

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...

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...

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...