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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...
  • War Veterans In The Wilderness

    November 1, 2002 by Mark Bourrie
      Hearty, strong immigrants, United Empire Loyalists hacking a solid farm out of the woods, the simple life of Upper Canada: These are the images that draw us back to an idyllic time when anyone with an ambition could carve a home in Canada’s wilderness....
  • A Reputation For Innovation

    November 1, 2002 by Laura Byrne Paquet
    In 1916, Canada was a little less than 50 years old, but it was deeply embroiled in one of the most cataclysmic conflicts the world had known to that date: World War I. The federal government was doing everything it could to bring all of...
  • North To Alaska

    September 1, 2002 by Les McLaughlin
    A worker drapes his head with netting to keep insects at bay. I have no recollection of my first journey north over the Alaska Highway, although years after our 1944 bus ride my mother recalled that my shenanigans amused the Greyhound driver. We were travelling...
  • Apple Country

    September 1, 2002 by Steve Pitt
    From top: Beautiful apples sparkle under the sun in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley; Apple grower G.T. Turnbull examines his harvest at Goderich, Ont., in 1900. Canada grows more than 30 million bushels of apples a year. Some of the most famous varieties in the world...
  • Wings In The Wilderness

    May 1, 2002 by Steve Pitt
    A prospector unloads supplies from a bush plane at Taltheillie Narrows, N.W.T. In 1919, most of Canada’s 3,700,000 square miles were still uncharted wilderness. People could sail along parts of Canada’s extensive coastline or travel coast to coast on a single railroad line that virtually...
  • Barging Down The Mackenzie

    May 1, 2002 by Graham Chandler
    The river tug Vic Ingraham awaits its skipper at Fort Providence, N.W.T. Sir Alexander Mackenzie never had it this good. I’m in the middle of the river named after him, soaking up the Indian summer rays that bathe the deck of the river tug Vic...
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