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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.

McGill University Established in Montreal, Quebec in 1821

Nestled against the lush green spaces of Mount Royal, McGill University is located in a bustling downtown section of Montreal. An historical symbol of...

First Newspaper in Early Ontario “Upper Canada Gazette”

The first newspaper in the province, the "Upper Canada Gazette" established in 1793 to disseminate government information, is a valuable historical record. When Upper Canada...

Christmas Around The World – Canada

Canada has a large range of cultural backgrounds that bring various traditional components to the Christmas season. French, English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Aboriginal...

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 SS Mont Blanc Explosion in Halifax Harbor

The collision of the SS Imo and the SS Mont Blanc, heavily laden with wartime chemicals, set off an explosion that devastated the entire...

The ‘George Cross’ Civilian Award Given to Commonwealth Citizens

Wielding his sword, St. George slays the large and intimidating dragon. Radiating strength and courage, the image in silver is a fitting symbol for...

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For almost two centuries, the Burlington Canal has played a vital role in marine transportation and commerce on the Great Lakes. Initially constructed in...

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...

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...
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