O Canada

John McCrae’s baptism of fire

The Boer War started the year John McCrae graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school. He had served as an officer in the military reserves and had a romantic view of war, partly gleaned from Rudyard Kipling’s vivid accounts of war as British adventure. He had pasted Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden”...
  • The Colonel’s Canal

    March 1, 2007 by Chris Balicki
    PHOTOS: JAMES BALLANTYNE, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA133871; W.A. CURRENT, PARKS CANADA—H.06.338.08.10(7); F. CATTROLL, PARKS CANADA—H.06.338.08.10(04); P. MORIN, PARKS CANADA—H.06.40.06.14(07) From top: An early depiction of the locks at the Ottawa end of the Rideau Canal; an aerial view of Jones Falls; many of the locks...
  • Full Steam Ahead

    March 1, 2007 by James Careless
    PHOTOS: HCW STEAM TRAIN Clockwise from top left: The HCW Steam Train chugs towards Wakefield, Que.; tour guide Maxime Fortin greets passengers; locomotive No. 909 steams along the Gatineau River. Imagine a perfect day trip on a real train–on a train pulled by a working...
  • The Lady Boats

    January 1, 2007 by John Boileau
    PHOTOS: CSTMC/CN COLLECTION—CN003133; CSTMC/CN COLLECTION—CN005243; CSTMC/CN COLLECTION—CN001565; CSTMC/CN COLLECTION—CN001679 From top: Lady Rodney arrives in Montreal; fine furniture and white linen add elegance to the Lady Boat dining rooms; Lady Hawkins at Halifax; Lady Nelson, as a WW II hospital ship. From 1928 to 1952,...
  • The Light Keepers

    January 1, 2007 by Graham Chandler
    PHOTO: GRAHAM CHANDLER Sundown at the Cape Scott light station on Vancouver Island. We hadn’t expected gourmet Hungarian goulash served up on Royal Doulton china. But at the Cape Scott light station on the remote northwestern tip of Vancouver Island–a place that is normally engulfed...
  • From Saddle To Surveying

    November 1, 2006 by Ray Eagle
    TOP PHOTO: GERALD ANDREWS; BOTTOM PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MARY ANDREWS Top photo: Members of Gerald Andrews’s team explore the B.C. interior in 1925; (bottom left) Andrews during WW II; (bottom right) Andrews (right) taught Cree-speaking Métis children at the Kelly Lake school in the 1920s....
  • Manitoba’s Rural Splendour

    November 1, 2006 by Jeannette Greaves
    Photography by Jeannette Greaves PHOTOS: JEANNETTE GREAVES Clockwise from top: The St. Leon Wind Farm forms the backdrop for bales of hay in rural Manitoba; time for refreshments on the Greaves family farm; Souris boasts Canada’s longest cable-stayed suspension foot bridge. Jeannette Greaves says it’s...