O Canada

Michael Mountain Horse at Vimy Ridge

On Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, Canadian troops waited in the cold dawn, preparing for the assault on Vimy Ridge. Among them was Mike Mountain Horse, a Blood Tribe member from southern Alberta. He was there to avenge the death of his brother Albert, who had been gassed at Ypres and died at the age...
  • Meet Me At The Fair

    August 6, 2008 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Twins Boyd and Lloyd Ayre exhibit twin sheep at an Oshawa, Ont., fair in 1930. PHOTO: ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO—RG 16-274, ALBUM 2 On May 21, 1765, approximately 100 farmers from the District of Windsor in central Nova Scotia, just west of Halifax, trudged along rough...
  • Bonne fête Québec

    May 21, 2008 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Fireworks help launch Quebec City’s 400th anniversary on New Year’s Eve. PHOTO: STEVE DESCHENES Residents of Quebec City went to the polls in a byelection late last year to choose a successor to Andrée P. Boucher, the popular and effective mayor who died in late...
  • The Rainmakers

    March 5, 2008 by Graham Chandler
    A Martin Mars water bomber at rest on the water. PHOTOS: JIM MUMAN They sit, majestic, on the quiet surface of Sproat Lake on the road from Parksville to Ucluelet on Vancouver Island. Waves gently lap their hulls and turn the sunshine into dances on...
  • Hockey’s Forgotten Pioneer

    January 18, 2008 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Hockey action at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink in 1893 PHOTO: NOTMAN AND SON/MOLSON ARCHIVES/LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA139443 James Creighton—the law clerk of the Canadian Senate for 48 years and a man who has been called “the inventor of hockey”—was one of history’s forgotten figures for...
  • When Cod Ruled the Rock

    November 1, 2007 by Graham Chandler
    PHOTOS: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA188224; GRAHAM CHANDLER; LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA202293; GRAHAM CHANDLER Clockwise from top: Ships at anchor off Newfoundland, 1857; archeologist Peter Pope examines the remains of 18th century galets, used for drying cod; cod is dried and collected at Cape Rouge, Nfld.,...
  • A Century of Scouting

    November 1, 2007 by James Careless
    PHOTOS: A. DOUGHTY, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA022273; COURTESY SCOUTS CANADA Clockwise from top: Boy Scouts help line the route during a royal visit in the early 1900s; lending a hand on Apple Day; Scouts participate in an Ottawa parade. A hundred years ago, the Boy...
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