O Canada

The RCMP turns 100

When Canada bought Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1870, it needed to police those millions of square kilometres, so in 1873, the North West Mounted Police was formed by an act of Parliament. Successful applicants had to be males between the ages of 18 and 40, of sound constitution and good...
  • Milling Through History

    February 2, 2009 by James Careless
    Watson’s Mill was built on the Rideau River at Manotick. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CITY OF OTTAWA Escape the super highways and travel the back roads along popular waterways and you will find significant, but often overlooked connections to Canada’s industrial past. Your reward may be...
  • The Siberian Expedition

    November 22, 2008 by Benjamin Isitt
    Private Edwin Stephenson poses with some boys at Vladivostok in 1919. PHOTO: STEPHENSON FAMILY COLLECTION On a wooded hillside outside Vladivostok, Russia, 14 Canadians found their final resting place in 1919. Five others died at sea. They were ordinary folk who had enlisted in the...
  • Heart Of The Market

    October 28, 2008 by D'Arcy Jenish
    Customers visit a St. Lawrence Market fruit stand in the early 1900s. PHOTO: ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO—F4436-0-0-0-113 George Tsioros—proprietor of the Olympic Food and Cheese Mart in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market—can tell you the story of his life in a sentence, which is a small miracle...
  • Golden Boy

    September 14, 2008 by Chris Balicki
    The Golden Boy up close. PHOTO: GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA Poised atop the dome of the Manitoba Legislative Building, standing 5.25 metres (17.2 feet) tall—from the bottom of his bare feet to the tip of his torch—and weighing in at 1,650 kilograms (3,640 pounds), the Golden...
  • 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...