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...
  • 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....
  • Left For Dead

    May 1, 2007 by James Careless
    PHOTOS: CHRIS ATTRELL; JON DIRKS An old railway car and grain elevators offer a glimpse of the past at Rowley, Alta.; time and weather have transformed these farm buildings near Perth, Ont. Ghost towns. The words conjure up visions of abandoned outposts, tumbleweeds, rusted farm...
  • 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...
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