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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Columbia District

Queen Victoria chose to use the Columbia District for the foundation of the name for the Colony of British Columbia. The Columbia District was a...

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...

Fleury Mesplet Revolutionary Founder of “The Montreal Gazette”

Born Joseph Fleury de Mesplet in France, learned the printing craft in Lyon, worked in London and Philadelphia, established "The Montreal Gazette". Perhaps because of...

Gold Rush in Atlin, British Columbia

In 1898, two young miners found placer gold on Pine Creek in northern BC. The gold rush was on, and the town of Atlin...

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...

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...