December 2017–January 2018
Trains of Fame
Canada’s railways have been traversed by some noteworthy trains. Some were famous, others toiled in anonymity, even secrecy. by Kevin J. Holland
The squalor of 19th-century cities prompted planners to come up with a novel solution: green space. by Paul Weinberg.
Lady Lougheed and Buckskin Mary were important community builders of Canada’s pioneer West. by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon
An Unnatural Calamity
The Halifax explosion of 1917 was the deadliest disaster in Canadian history. by Ken Cuthbertson
An 1876 questionnaire offers a glimpse of early settler life on Prince Edward Island. by Alan MacEachern and Edward MacDonald
On the cover
Canadian Pacific Railway Train No.3, the Vancouver Express, drawn by Locomotive No. 2638 circa 1920s in Calgary. Library and Archives Canada.
Getting back on track.
The beaver bill. Cutting edge. The bank of Belcourt. Interpreting the treaties. Family connection. Remembering Grenfell. Kudos to magazine archives.
The Mounties get their due. Surviving Hurricane Hazel. Lynn Gehl recalls her family’s fight for its Indigenous rights. Northern Visions.
A child’s toy doll doubles as a carrier for tea.
Annual Book & Gift Guide
Our 14th annual advertising section offers a wide selection of books for Canadian history lovers.
Reviews: Homespun yarns. Liberty for some. More books: Plains bison wax and wane, prolific photographer, reporting on tragedy, Santa Claus parades, infamous bootlegger, athletic fighter pilot. Read them all
The Canada 150 controversy.
Exploring Ottawa’s Laurier House.
Cellular sleuthing, part 3.
Bidding a fond farewell to Governor General David Johnston and a warm welcome to his successor, Julie Payette.
A Second World War-era photo illustrates Canada’s determination to defeat the Nazis. Read the story