History of Canada

History of Canada

Canadian History

Mysteries of Canada was started in 1998 as a project to help Canadians better understand the history, geography, myths and legends of their own country.  The site has grown over the years into a major site attracting visitors from all across Canada and the rest of the world.  The site is used by 50+ schools across the country to help teach language, writing and history.  It is used internationally as a language training asset.  Certain stories and images from this site have been used in newspapers, TV, history books and other media.

Welcome to Mysteries of Canada.  Poke around a bit, read a bit, maybe even submit an article or two and, most of all, have some fun and learn. 

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The Marco Polo, The World’s Fastest Clipper Ship

Launched in 1851 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the Marco Polo was a 3-masted clipper ship. As she slid into the sea at James Smith shipyard on Courtney Bay, her keel stuck in a mudflat and her hull fell over on its side. Six days later with much effort and the help of a good high tide she was refloated upright. Her birth was further complicated as she very soon grounded again in the shallow waters of Marsh Creek. After two weeks stuck in the mud she was floated free and fitted with rigging. As was common with ships built in
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Where does the McIntosh Apple Come From?

The Origin of the McIntosh Apple One of the favorite varieties of apple, the McIntosh apple or Mac as it is sometimes called, originated in Canada. Today the name Mcintosh (for legal reasons spelled without a capital “I”) or Mac is best known as one chosen by Jef Raskin, an employee of Apple Inc. for a line of personal computers. Among all the kinds of apple the McIntosh was his favorite. The McIntosh apple was created by John McIntosh. He was born in the colony of New York in 1777. He moved to the British colony of Upper Canada after the American
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A Look at Halifax

HALIFAX: From Hell on the Water to Harbor Imperium   One place you won't want to miss when traveling through Canada is Halifax, Nova Scotia. This Maritime city is known for many things, one of which is being the site of the second largest natural harbor in the world. Only the harbor of Sydney Australia is larger. This fact obviously made Halifax a town of industry and innovation as it was one of the major harbor towns in the world at the time.     This coastal Canadian city is also responsible for quite a few other memorable events. For example in 1752 the first Canadian newspaper
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New Denmark, New Brunswick, the Oldest Danish Community in Canada

Canada is a country with a rich history of waves of immigrants from European countries. Scandinavia was seen by the Government of Canada as a good source of immigrants. Scandinavians were thought to be a hardy people who could successfully clear the land and farm in the wilderness. An agent was sent by the government to Scandinavia in 1872 to encourage farmers to cross the Atlantic. He assisted a Danish businessman Sorensen S. Heller to recruit individuals and families for settlement in New Brunswick. Heller called himself Captain. It is not known whether this was because he was a ship captain or
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Feel Like Royalty On Prince Edward Island!

Known for its relaxing aura and quaint scenery, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) is a place that many people continue to come back to each year. It has a special feeling of rustic history, but still offers many opportunities for entertainment and relaxation. Some, like me, are lucky enough to be on Prince Edward Island during the Charlottetown Festival, an elaborate event hosted each year at the Confederation Center of the Arts. Definitely it's something to check out if on the island during this time. It's not often that you can see a real version of something depicted in a fictional book.
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