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Bows and Arrows

It wasn't the first to cross the Atlantic, or the fastest, but Canadians were still thrilled at the arrival of the first dirigible in Canada.

The First Dirigible in Canada

It wasn't the first to cross the Atlantic, or the fastest, but Canadians were still thrilled at the arrival of the first dirigible in Canada.

Sir Wilfred Laurier and Canada's Jews

In the annals of Canadian Jewish history, it is well known that Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier is alleged to have promised part of Manitoba to the Jews as a place where they might be granted "a...

Scooping the War

For the cameramen of the Second World War, half the battle was about making their film the first to hit the newsreels.

Sounds Like History

In this episode, Archivist Joseph Trivers and Mark Reid discuss the meaning of the word "vamp" and the role it played in a naughty jazz age song.

The Roma in Peterborough

When sixty "gypsies" set up camp on an extension of George Street in Peterborough, Ontario, in the early summer of 1909, they caused a sensation.

Washday: The Weekly Ritual

Doing the laundry—and doing it well—has been an integral part of female culture for generations.

1816: The Year Without Summer

Miserable. Gloomy. Freezing cold. In 1816, that’s how the summer unfolded and it would be 70 years before we would understand why.

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When Bill Miner crossed the border to stage one of Canada’s first train robberies, people were impressed with his manners.

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Made in Canada

Five of the brightest lights in early Hollywood had Canadian roots.

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Making noise

Many of Hollywood's most distinctive, Oscar-winning sound effects were the work of Canadian Douglas Shearer.

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The best year of his life

Nova Scotia’s Harold Russell is the only person to win two Oscars for the same role.

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How Canadians shaped Hollywood

Canadians Mary Pickford and Mack Sennett helped forge the character of Hollywood in the silent era.

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Kamloops meets Karloff

William Pratt wasn’t getting much work as an actor. He decided to change his name. “Boris Karloff” sounded much more exotic.

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The Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-1918

The white leaders got the glory but it was the Inuit expedition members who made it all possible.

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Devilfish of Newfoundland

Long thought to be a creature of myth, the fearsome giant squid turned out to be real afterall.

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Archaeologists return to the site of HMS Erebus, a ship from Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition.

Watch how the Hudson’s Bay Company’s 400-year-old records became the property of the people of Canada.

Celebrating the HBC’s Legacy

Watch how the Hudson’s Bay Company’s 400-year-old records became the property of the people of Canada.

The book is in stores now and the companion website (with stories you won't find in the book) is now live!

Great War Album

The book is in stores now and the companion website (with stories you won't find in the book) is now live!

Are valuable antiques hiding in your attic? Canada's History wants to help you!

What's it worth?

Are valuable antiques hiding in your attic? Canada's History wants to help you!

For a fresh take on the war, watch our original video series hosted by Tim Compeau.

War of 1812: A Video Field Guide

For a fresh take on the war, watch our original video series hosted by Tim Compeau.

Readers: submit old photos that capture a moment, important or ordinary, in Canada's history.

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Readers: submit old photos that capture a moment, important or ordinary, in Canada's history.

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The Architect & the Lady

Francis Rattenbury, architect of the legislative buildings in Victoria, B.C., lived four decades in wealth and glory, but then his career fizzled and his life languished. It was only when dazzling Alma Pakenham stepped into his world that his fortunes changed. Or seemed to.

Love in Code

Canada’s fourth prime minister, John Thompson, and his wife Annie were so passionate about each other that their long separations fueled an erotic intensity that animated their written communications.

Love in Another World

Even in familiar surroundings, falling in love can be an otherworldly experience. Imagine how it must have been for those who fell in love—or wished they could—in what was, quite literally, another world.

A Victorian Kama Sutra

Though it may seem the sex manual found its beginning in Alex Comfort’s 1974 bestseller The Joy of Sex, sex guides have had a long, although often covert, publishing history.

The Case of the Chaste Adulteress

The 1913 marriage was never consummated, and so Thomas and Lillian Orford parted. Six years later, she tried to revive the marriage. He spurned her. She sued for alimony. Only proof of her adultery would free him from obligation. And he had proof: She had had a child by another man. But Lillian was unfazed. She had an explanation for that.

Ruined Maids and Fallen Women: Seduction and the Law

Back in the days when men were men and women were property, a court might try a cad. Particularly if dad was mad.

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	Bows and arrows were one form of hunting implement.

Bows and arrows were one form of hunting implement.

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This photograph was taken in 1936. The portable saw mill operated on the east side of the Kootenay River where the CPR had extensive railway tie reserves.

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