Berton’s correspondent

Lester Giffin was a private with the 85th Battalion at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. In the years after that momentous battle, he felt its importance hadn’t been recognized by the general public, and in 1982, at the age of 89, he decided to remedy this by writing about Vimy himself. Typing...
  • 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...
  • The Sad Story Of Partridge Island

    September 1, 2007 by Linda Hersey
    PHOTO: MARK HEMMINGS/NEW BRUNSWICK MUSEUM COLLECTION—X13631 Partridge Island, viewed from Saint John. It’s considered one of the best-kept historical secrets in the country–Partridge Island, also known as Canada’s Emerald Isle. But unless you’ve got special permission from the Canadian Coast Guard, about the only way...
  • Iceberg Wranglers

    September 1, 2007 by Graham Chandler
    PHOTOS: PARKS CANADA/W. LYNCH 01.10.19(20); PARKS CANADA/W. LYNCH 13.01.03.19(30); HIBERNIA MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD. An iceberg in Swale Tickle off Newfoundland. Inset left to right: Icebergs along the east coast of Bylot Island; Hibernia crew on a support vessel perform exercises outside St. John’s....
  • Exploring David Thompson

    July 1, 2007 by D'Arcy Jenish
    PHOTOS: THE DAVID THOMPSON BRIGADE; ILLUSTRATION: C.W. JEFFERYS, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—C073573 Clockwise from top left: A brigade logo; members of today’s David Thompson Brigade; a sketch of the explorer using a sextant to take an observation; a section of the Columbia River; one of...
  • Bones In The Badlands

    July 1, 2007 by Dan Black
    PHOTO: DAN BLACK The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s cast of a woolly mammoth. In seconds the classroom in Red Deer, Alta., erupts into a loud and prolonged burst of “Ewwwww!” followed by a short, but audible, “That’s gross!” Tucked in between those expressions–and originating from somewhere...
  • Expo 67: Bringing The World To Us

    May 1, 2007 by D'Arcy Jenish
    PHOTOS: © LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—E000990870; E000990869; E001096688; E000990869; E000756918 Clockwise from top left: Expo’s symbol, representing people with outstretched arms; Expo 67 and some of its architecture; aerial view of Île Notre-Dame and Île Ste-Hélène; Habitat ’67; an elevated train–the Monorail–travels past the U.S....