True Stories

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 in her daycare. A Reader's Digest Canada classic, originally published in 1993.

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...


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This Toronto Man Had a Headache For 12 Years—But One Doctor Wouldn’t Give Up on a Cure

Could an experimental procedure provide relief from the unbearable pain?


Ontario’s Farmerettes: The Incredible Story of Canada’s Forgotten Wartime Heroes

When the farm labour shortage was acute during the Second World War, these young women planted, hoed, hand-weeded, thinned, staked,...


Canada’s Most Notorious Cold Cases

With the help of cutting-edge technology, amateur and professional detectives are trying to crack these unsolved mysteries once and for...

How I Struck Up An Incredible Friendship With a Wild Black Bear

While hiking in remote British Columbia, I was approached by a black bear. I offered him a fish. He offered...


Martha Wainwright’s Fiery Memoir is a Must-Read

The gifted songwriter's new book is a heartfelt and freewheeling tell-all about Canada's most famous folk family.


What Doctors Found Inside This Woman’s Eye is the Stuff of Nightmares

She assumed her eye was tired, but the next morning, the problem was still there: greyed-out spots in her central...


Saying Goodbye to My Beloved Horse

Losing this lifelong equine companion was heartbreaking.


Drama in Real Life: Rogue Bear on the Rampage

A tragic true story of heroism in the face of horror from the Reader's Digest archives, originally published in 1999.


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10 Fascinating Titanic Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About

It's been 110 years since the Titanic sank in the frigid waters of the Atlantic. Although much of its ill-fated...