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The Novarupta Volcano

Bruce Ricketts On June 6, 1912, Mt. Novarupta, in central Alaska, exploded into a fiery volcano.  The eruption was preceded by a series of severe earth rumblings. Over the many weeks of continued erupting over 700 feet of ash was deposited in the vicinity of the dome.  Trees were smashed, all vegetation was killed and […]

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The Komagata Maru Incident

Bruce Ricketts (with extractions from – http://www.punjabilok.com/misc/freedom/komagata_maru1.htm) The 1900 census in Canada indicated that there were over 2000 Indians, primarily Punjabis living in Canada.  Even though the number seems low given the population at the time, it was a statistic enough to alarm the populous (or at least the politicians).Canadians wanted the “brown invasion” to […]

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The OGOPOGO

Bruce Ricketts There is a plaque at one point on Lake Okanogan that reads: “Before the unimaginative whiteman came, the fearsome lake monster N’ha·a·itk was well known to the superstitious Indians. His home was Squally Point. Small animals were carried in the canoes to appease the serpent. Ogopogo is still seen each year, but now […]

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The Cadborosaurous

Source: The Globe and Mail by Jacob Berkowitz A retired Victoria marine biologist is convinced an enormous, humped sea serpent plies the waters of the Pacific Coast.  Edward Bousfield is in relentless pursuit of an elusive marine serpent, the Cadborosaurus.Since the report of a sighting in Cadboro Bay, Victoria, in 1933 (hence Cadborosaurus, the lizard […]

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The BC – Alaska Boundary Dispute

Bruce Ricketts Have you ever wondered why the Alaska BC border looks so very odd, what with a slim panhandle running one third of the way down the BC coast? Alaska was once owned by Russia.  Their right was based on the establishment of fur trading locations at places such as Wrangell and Petersburg. and […]

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The Lepers of D’Arcy Island

by Bruce Ricketts At the turn of the last century, D’Arcy Island, a remote patch of land off Vancouver Island, was prison to a handful of Chinese people suffering from leprosy. They were marooned there to die.  Today, the island is a park, its history buried with the forgotten Chinese men — and one woman […]

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The Great Tsunami of ’64 (West Coast)

from the files of Environment Canada On March 27, 1964, North America suffered its strongest earthquake this century. The epicentre of the quake was located 1300 kilometres north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, off the coast of Anchorage, Alaska. The quake, which registered 8.5 on the Richter scale, heaved up a section of the ocean […]

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Frontier Justice

Jack Harley The onslaught of thousands of people into the Cariboo gold fields of the 1860’s was by most accounts, from the law & order standpoint, pretty peaceful compared to the California rush a few years earlier.This fact can be attributed in part to a few good government officials. Chief of these was judge Sir […]

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A Canadian Ruminant Experiment

Jack Harley In the 1860’s Frank Laumeister at one time or another was probably the most threatened freight outfitter in British Columbia.During the Cariboo gold rush Frank decided to use ” the ship of the desert ‘ to help move the huge amounts of cargo to the remote interior outposts. These two hump (bactrianus) camels […]

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The Brass Bath Tubs of Emerald Lake

Bruce Ricketts Emerald Lake, near Field, BC, is a beautiful site. Formed by the thrusting of the mountain ranges and filled with glacial run-off, the surface of Emerald Lake glistens with the blue-green hue of an emerald.During the early days of the transcontinental railway, which joined Canada from coast-to-coast, the railway company built a fairly […]

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