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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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The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 8

The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 8 The York Factory Express On July 1st, the fur brigade with which Kane had travelled across the continent embarked on its return trip to York Factor. Kane joined this so-called ‘York Factory Express’ and rode with its members in their boats up the Columbia River.On the second day of their journey, the engages were each allotted one pint of rum. That night, the crew members swapped tales, competed with each other in athletic contests, and engaged in wrestling matches and fistfights. “The next day,” Kane wrote, “the men were stupid from the effects of drink,
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The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 7

Back to The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 6. The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 7 Vancouver Island Kane and his companions spent a day in the Nisqually Indian village before departing on April 8th, paddling up Puget Sound and across the Salish Sea to Fort Victoria on Vancouver Island. There, the fort’s factor, Mr. Finlayson, furnished Kane with a comfortable room.Paul Kane spent the next two months on Vancouver Island, sketching the natives he encountered on various “sketching excursions”. During the course of his wanderings, he witnessed various Coast Salish mask dances and gambling games.In early May, four Coast Salish Indians accompanied Kane on
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The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 6

Back to The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 5. The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 6 Journey Over the Rocky Mountains On October 6th, Kane and twenty engages, most of them of Iroquois extraction, set out on horseback for Fort Assiniboine, on the banks of the Athabasca River. They brought sixty five horses with them to haul their provisions and the packs of otter skins intended for the Russians. Slowly, they rode northwest over the prairies and reached their destination on October 10th. After repairing some boats they found at the fort, they proceeded up the Athabasca River, labouriously hauling their boats upriver by

The Adventures of Paul Kane – Part 5

Back to The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 4. The Adventures of Paul Kane: Part 4 Journey to Fort EdmontonShortly after returning to Upper Fort Garry, Kane learned that a sloop which regularly ferried passengers and supplies from Lower Fort Garry to Norway House at the northern end of Lake Winnipeg would depart shortly. The artist rode down the banks of the Red River to the Stone Fort and boarded the vessel. The sloop embarked shortly thereafter and, after stopping for the night downriver at the farmstead of an Episcopalian missionary named Mr. Smithers, continued downriver. On the way to Lake Winnipeg, Kane

Two Journals of Robert Campbell

Two Journals of Robert Campbell (Scroll down to find this book on Amazon)This book contains the texts of the two little-known journals of Robert Campbell, a Scots-Canadian fur trader who explored the wilds of northern British Columbia, southern Yukon, and the southwest Northwest Territories on behalf of the Hudson’s Bay Company throughout the 1800s.The first journal spans the period from 1808 to 1851, while the second journal constitutes Campbell’s field notes taken from 1850-1853. These journals were first published by the Shorey Book Store of Seattle, Washington, in 1958. They were published a second time by the same bookshop in 1967.