True Stories

Remembering Our First Christmas in Canada

In the winter of 1963, this Irish family celebrated their first Christmas in Toronto. The snow was like nothing they had ever seen before.


Rick Mercer: As Kids, My Brother and I Stole the Perfect Christmas Tree

In this excerpt from his book, Talking to Canadians, Rick Mercer confesses to a yuletide heist that made for an...


Police Pulled Over This Car For Driving Too Slowly—and Found No One Inside!

From joyriding picnic tables to ghost passengers, these funny driving stories go off the beaten track.


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...

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...


If You’ve Got Mice, This Story Will Convince You to Call the Exterminator

A rare disease transmitted by the microscopic mites that live on mice turned one woman's life upside-down.

How a Metal Shaving Kit Saved This Canadian Soldier’s Life in WWII

It wasn't until Pte. Clem Mageau's commanding officer noticed a hole in his knapsack that the young soldier realized his...


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10 True Crime Movies That Will Chill You to the Bone

Telling yourself "it's only a movie" won't work with these terrifying true crime films. Lock the doors and prepare for...


My Life on Two Wheels

A motorcycle enthusiast shares his passion for restorations and the open road.


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7 Scary Things That Actually Happened on Halloween

These nightmarish events sound like they're from a horror movie, but tragically, they're real.

I Fell For This Email Scam—And You Could Too

Even the most savvy among us can fall for a con and lose hundreds of dollars. I learned this first-hand...


The Woman Who Wrestled a Cougar

With no one to call for help, Larrane Leech put herself face-to-face with a young cougar to protect the children...


His Doctor Told Him He Had a Benign Cyst—Then It Grew to the Size of a Baseball

Could Vietnam veteran Richard Danzer cheat death a second time?


What It’s Like Living With Long COVID

More than two years into the pandemic, some patients’ symptoms aren’t going away. While experts hunt for treatments, some people...


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15 Crazy Things Car Mechanics Have Seen on the Job

Most mechanics have a tale or two to tell.

This Was the Worst Tornado in Canada’s History

The terrifying "Black Friday Tornado" swept through Edmonton on July 31, 1987, leaving 27 dead and 600 injured.



10 Most Famous Shipwrecks in Canadian History

From doomed Arctic expeditions to disastrous maiden voyages, these tragic shipwrecks have become the stuff of legend.


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This is What Really Happened Between Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Even 25 years after her death, Princess Diana’s voice is still resounding worldwide.


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Incredible True Stories of Classic Cars Found Abandoned in Barns

It sounds like something out of a movie: a long-neglected barn, dust dancing in the single beam of sunlight that...


This Alberta Family Made It Their Mission to Return a Lost WWI Campaign Medal

There were more than two million Star medals awarded after the First World War, but this is a story of...


This Woman’s Medical Nightmare Will Make You Think Twice About Essential Oil Diffusers

The itchy, swollen bumps on her face were becoming unbearable. The cause? An allergic reaction to the most unlikely household...


How I Learned To Love Our Family Cottage—Chores And All

Instead of coming back to the cottage, Matthew Hague vowed to go anywhere else in the world. Here’s what changed.


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The 10 Most Controversial Royal Memoirs Ever Published

Prince Harry won’t be the first royal family member to rock the boat with a tell-all autobiography. Here are 10...

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This Is What Happens When You Get Struck by Lightning

There’s a nine in 10 chance you’ll survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of...


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This Renovation of a Historic 1920s Property is Nothing Short of Inspiring

A husband and wife team saw potential in the dated remains of Lethbridge, Alberta's Pacific Grocery Store.


This Was the Worst Forest Fire in Canadian History

The Great Matheson Fire of 1916 killed 223 and ushered in Ontario’s first forest firefighting measures.


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The Funniest (True!) News Headlines From Across the Country

From a thoughtful thief returning a stolen car (with a full tank of a gas) to a multi-million dollar maple...


Can You Name These Famous Canadian Heroes?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s best-known heroes and heroines.


Could the Answer to This Boy’s Mysterious Seizures Be in His Genes?

This six-year-old's sister was born with a rare disorder—and later died. When it was discovered that he had the same...