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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.

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...

Joshua Slocum’s Seafaring Triumph and Mysterious Death

Captain Joshua Slocum was a native of Nova Scotia, whose inhabitants have a reputation for being a hardy breed, and they didn't come much...

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...

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 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 Massacre at Lachine: Prelude

On the night of 4 August 1689, an army of fifteen hundred Iroquois warriors crouched on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River....

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...

S.S. City of Medicine Hat

The province of Saskatchewan is located in the middle of the Canadian prairies and is best known for its vast expanses of land. Commonly...

Armed Yacht HMCS Raccoon Torpedoed in September 1942

An escort guarding Convoy QS-33 in the St. Lawrence River, HMCS Raccoon was attacked and sunk by a lurking U-boat. Four merchant ships were...

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...