History

Fascinating slices of Canadian history they didn’t teach you in school.

Why We Hang Stockings for Christmas

It has a little something to do with a man known as St. Nicholas.

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Uniquely Canadian Holiday Traditions, From Coast to Coast

From Réveillon to "mummering," here are some of the unique ways Canadians celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.


The Fascinating Story of How Canada Got Its Name

...And some crazy alternatives you'll be glad they scrapped.


Powerful Remembrance Day Quotes to Share on November 11

On Nov. 11, take a moment to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of those who have served the True...


In One Hour, the Temperature in This Alberta Town Rose 40 Degrees

The Chinook wind on January 10, 1962, set the stage for the most extreme temperature change in Canadian history.

This is How We Used the Kitchen Stove in the Great Depression

During the Great Depression, the old stove was the heart and soul of the kitchen—and family life.


The Story Behind “In Flanders Fields”

More than a hundred years after its creation, John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" lives on as a cornerstone of...

How Cree Code Talkers From Alberta Helped Win the Second World War

Coded messages based on the Cree language made it difficult for the enemy to monitor and decipher Allied transmissions during...


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7 Powerful Movies to Watch on Remembrance Day

These classic films capture the valour and the sacrifice, the grit and the grace, of our brave men and women...


This Was One of Canada’s Darkest Days During the Second World War

On July 25, 1944, 320 soldiers in Canada's Black Watch regiment faced three times as many German soldiers. Where was...


Every UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada

Did you know that 20 of the world’s greatest wonders are right in your own backyard?

30+ Powerful True Stories of Canadian Veterans to Read for Remembrance Day

On Nov. 11, remember the bravery of those who have served the True North Strong and Free with these harrowing...


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The Fascinating Story Behind Every Provincial Flower

How well do you know your Canadian history? Find out which gorgeous floral emblem represents your home province or territory,...


How the Caesar Became Canada’s Favourite Cocktail

Who really invented the Caesar? And why do Canadians love it so much? Learn how this cocktail won over the...


The True Story Behind Princess Diana’s Revenge Dress

Her dress wasn’t the only thing that made everyone's jaw drop that night.


Leonard Cohen’s Montreal: 5 Places Where You Can Walk in the Footsteps of the Canadian Icon

Since Leonard Cohen's death in 2016, fans from around the world have been flocking to Montreal to pay homage to...

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What Everyone Gets Wrong About Daylight Saving Time

Don't forget to turn your clocks back at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022! As daylight saving time (DST)...


After Seven Decades, This Canadian Soldier Was Finally Laid to Rest

The remains of Private Kenneth Donald Duncanson were discovered in Belgium in 2014. The news sent his closest living relative...


This is Why We Celebrate Halloween in the First Place

Halloween wasn't always about candy and pumpkins...


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20 Mind-Blowing Artifacts You’ll Find in Canadian Museums

Figure you’ve seen everything Canada has to offer? Think again! From pop culture oddities to one-of-a-kind historical treasures, you’ll be...


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Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn’t Learn About in Science Class

These quirky science facts will spark your sense of wonder.


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13 Creepy Facts You Didn’t Know About Canada

From the screaming tunnel of Niagara Falls to the phantoms of Old Montreal, the Great White North has more than...


What People Used to Carve For Halloween (Before Pumpkins)

So that's why they're called jack-o'-lanterns!


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10 World-Famous Castles With Fascinating Histories

Every castle has a story to tell, but some landmarks possess a more colourful past than others. Strange architecture, flamboyant...


More Than Just a Cemetery: Exploring Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Toronto’s historic Mount Pleasant Cemetery is the final resting place of many prominent Canadians, and boasts one of North America’s...

How the Yellowhead Highway Helped Unite Western Canada

The fascinating origins of the 3,500-kilometre route that now spans four provinces and dozens of beautiful parks.


Remembering the Bunkhouse

An unlikely real estate purchase became this immigrant family's stepping stone to a better life.


This Trailblazing Ontario Woman Broke Down Gender Barriers in World War II

The inspiring story of Cobourg, Ontario's Fern Blodgett Sunde, who became the first female wireless operator to serve on a...


Chilcotin: Canada’s Last Frontier

Freedom Road (Highway 20) is a perfect snapshot of Wild West history.


This is the Real Difference Between Great Britain and the United Kingdom

Despite popular belief, Great Britain and the United Kingdom cannot be used interchangeably.


How One Dutch Family Survived WWII to Start Anew in Canada

In the “Hunger Winter” of 1944-45, when an estimated 25,000 people starved to death in Holland, Mother exchanged her wedding...