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.

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‘Une Relique: La Corriveau’ by Louis-Honore Frechette (English Translation)

Un Relique: La Corriveau or A Relic: The Corriveau By Louis-Honore Frechette in the 1913 Almanach du peuple de la librairie Beauchemin (English translation)FROM THE TOP of the Dufferin terrace, in Québec, the eye sees shining in the distance, on the opposite shore, a few miles downstream, a graceful bell tower with lanterns covered in tinplate.It is that of the small parish church of Saint -Joseph de Lévis, picturesquely sitting on this point of land jutting out into the river, in front of the Montmorency waterfall, facing the southwest end of the Isle of Orléans.From there, the public road rises gradually towards the west,
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La Bete a Grand’Queue (The Big-Tailed Beast; English Translation)

La Bete a Grand'Queue or The Big-Tailed Beast From Honore Beaugrand’s La Chasse Galerie: Legendes Canadiennes (1900; English Translation) Back to Honore Beaugrand’s Classic French-Canadian Folktales.  I IT’S ABSOLUTELY like I tell you”, insisted little Pierriche Desrosiers, “I saw the tail of the beast. One scarlet-red hairy tail cut in ripples near the core. A tail of six feet, my friend!”“Yes, it’s pretty good to see the tail of the beast, but this Fanfan Lazette is such a fibber that I would more proof than that before I would believe him.”“First,” said Pierriche, “you have to agree that he’s the perfect candidate to get pursued by the big-tailed
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Le Pere Louison: From La Chasse Galerie: Legendes Canadiennes (1900; English Translation)

Le Pere Louison La Chasse Galerie: Legendes Canadiennes (1900; English Translation); With Annotations by Hammerson Peters Back to Honore Beaugrand’s Classic French-Canadian Folktales.  I THERE ONCE WAS a tall old man, lean, straight as an arrow, as they say in the country, with a swarthy complexion, and his head and face covered with thick hair and a long salt-and-pepper beard.All the villagers knew Father Louison, and his reputation even extended to neighboring parishes; his job as a ferryman put him in touch with all the foreigners who wanted to cross the St. Lawrence, a league in width in this place.This section of the river
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Macloune: From Honore Beaugrand’s ‘New Studies of Canadian Folklore’ (1904)

Macloune From Honore Beaugrand’s ‘New Studies of Canadian Folklore’ (1904) Back to Honore Beaugrand’s Classic French-Canadian Folktales. THE AUTHOR HAS translated his own story into English from the French, and has attempted to follow almost word for word the phraseology of the original. This will explain a few Gallicisms and the turn of certain phrases. The story has been taken from life and is true in almost every detail.  I Although they had given him at baptism the surname of Maxime, everyone in the village called him Macloune. And that, because his mother, Marie Gallien, had a defect of articulation which hindered her from pronouncing distinctly
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The Goblin Lore of French Canada- From Honore Beaugrand’s ‘New Studies of Canadian Folklore’ (1904)

The Goblin Lore of French Canada From Honore Beaugrand’s ‘New Studies of Canadian Folklore’ (1904) Back to Honore Beaugrand’s Classic French-Canadian Folktales. THE LORE OF the Werwolves has been the subject of a study published some years ago by the writer, and the Goblin Lore is among the most popular and the best known among the Canadian population of French origin. Some typical drawings from nature have been secured by the artist and accompany the following sketch. The readers who are familiar with peasant life in the Province of Quebec can testify to their picturesque accuracy.It is evident that the Goblin Lore of
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