Black History Month

February is Black History Month in Canada. All month long, many Provincial Archives have exhibits both on line and off line celebrating the experiences of Black Canadians. While the Underground Railroad is probably the most well known part of Black History, there are several other events and stories to tell. Did you know: The firstContinue reading “Black History Month”

The Pig War

Source: One of the more amusing stories I\’ve come across recently in Canada/US relations has been given the rather interesting label \”The Pig War\”. What started as a dispute over a slain pig turned into an international incident in the mid 1800s on San Juan Island. In June 1846, the Treaty of Oregon was signedContinue reading “The Pig War”

Railway Schoolhouses

In a recent Facebook post by the Archives of Ontario, they had posted pictures of railway schoolhouses. I had never heard about these, so I decided to find out more. In remote communities the only way some children got their schooling was by a school house that traveled the rails. In Ontario, they were usedContinue reading “Railway Schoolhouses”

Charles Vance Millar and the Great Stork Derby

Charles Vance Millar is definitely one of the more colourful characters in Canada\’s history. Born in Alymer, Ontario 28 June 1854, he was the son of Simon Millar and Sarah Vance. A Toronto lawyer and businessman, he amassed himself a sizable fortune for the time period. Among his smart business decisions was acquiring BC ExpressContinue reading “Charles Vance Millar and the Great Stork Derby”

This Week in Canadian History January 1-7, 2017: Georgina Pope

Georgina Fane Pope, Canadian nursing sister in South Africa, November 1899 – December 1900; January – June 1902.Source: On 1 January 1862 Georgina Fane Pope was born in Prince Edward Island. Her father, William Pope, is one of the fathers of Confederation. Being born into a wealthy family, you would imagine that a woman ofContinue reading “This Week in Canadian History January 1-7, 2017: Georgina Pope”

Canada\’s National Parks

As I\’m sure you\’ve heard, Parks Canada is offering free admission passes to all Canadian National Parks in 2017. What\’s exciting is that the pass also covers admission to all historic sites and marine conservation areas run by Parks Canada. You can get yours here at Parks Canada\’s website. Our first National Park was Banff. Dating backContinue reading “Canada\’s National Parks”

This Week in Canadian History Dec 4- Dec 10: The Halifax Explosion

Next year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. Up until WWII, it was the largest man made explosion in history. In 1917, Halifax was a hub of activity for WWI. The harbour was full of convoys of ships carrying food, munitions and troops. Including troops the city had an estimated population of aroundContinue reading “This Week in Canadian History Dec 4- Dec 10: The Halifax Explosion”

This Week in Canadian History Nov 27- Dec 3 2016: Toronto\’s First Santa Claus Parade

The T. Eaton Company held the first Toronto Santa Claus parade on December 2, 1905. Now one of the largest in North America, the first parade was only 1 float. Today there are more than 25 floats alone, and the parade route has stretched 6 km some years. It also has the distinction of beingContinue reading “This Week in Canadian History Nov 27- Dec 3 2016: Toronto\’s First Santa Claus Parade”

This Week in History: The Alaska Highway Officially Opens

This week marks the official opening of the Alaska Highway in 1942. originally called the Alcan (Alaska-Canadian) Highway, this feat of engineering runs from Dawson Creek, British Columbia (Mile 0), through the Yukon, to Fairbanks, Alaska (Mile 1523). Built from March to October 1942, the Highway was the idea of President Herbert Hoover. After theContinue reading “This Week in History: The Alaska Highway Officially Opens”