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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.

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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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A Day for Laurier

Few Canadians may be aware of it, but Laurier, like Sir John A. Macdonald, has a special day named after him.  

Open Book: Finding Franklin

An excerpt from Russell A. Potter’s new book about the search for the explorer’s lost ships.

Roots: Origin Stories

DNA testing seems like the key to unlocking your family's ethnic history. But is it really?

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.  

Bows and Arrows

The Indigenous hunters of the Plains were skilled archers on horseback, and their expertise has become one of the prevailing images of the Old West.  

Selling the Prairie Good Life

A century ago Canada West magazine beat the drums for immigrants to fill the vast unbroken prairie. But those drums beat louder in some places than others.

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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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Between 1957 and 1958 Bill Leenhouts worked on river crossings for the TransCanada natural gas pipeline. During this time he lived out of the back of an International pickup in a homemade portable shack.

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