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How the Sasquatch Got Its Name

How the Sasquatch Got Its Name In British Columbia and the Northwestern United States, the Sasquatch hardly needs an introduction. This elusive, wild, hairy giant, once an obscure character of First Nations’ lore, now serves as an icon of the Pacific Northwest. Eight years ago, it inspired Quatchi, a monstrous mascot

The Mounties, the Mentalist, and the Murderer

The Mounties, the Mentalist, and the Murderer Canadian history is riddled with strange stories of "mentalists" who, through the use of some mysterious inherent quality, make accurate predictions based on past events of which they ought to have no knowledge.Last month, I wrote an article on incidents involving “Second Sight” on

The Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush The Klondike Gold Rush is, without a doubt, one of the most famous events in Canadian history. This brief but exhilarating period saw thousands of men and women from all over the world flock to the Yukon goldfields in search of fortune and adventure. It spawned outrageous villains
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10 Haunted Hotels in Ontario

10 Haunted Hotels in Ontario (That You Can Stay in Tonight!) “What comes to mind when you think about Canada?”This question was the subject of a YouTube video I watched the other day in which Japanese students were asked to share their thoughts on the Great White North. Aside from general things like
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The Dream that Solved a Murder

The Dream that Solved a Murder Canadian frontier lore is littered with strange tales of clairvoyance. In these stories, certain gifted people supposedly become aware of distant events through visions or dreams. More often than not, the gifted characters in these stories are of aboriginal (often Dene) descent.One such tale to
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The Strange Death of Violet Goglin

The Strange Death of Violet Goglin Last Christmas, the Season 4 premiere of the Canadian TV series Letterkenny aired on CraveTV. This hilarious sitcom revolves around the small fictional town of Letterkenny, situated in the heart of rural Ontario. Each episode details the exploits of the members of the town’s four
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Thunderbird- A Canadian Legend

Thunderbird A Canadian Legend On the eastern shore of Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, at a place known as Brockton Point, stands a cluster of ten totem poles carved and painted by First Nations artists. One of these carvings- a striking replica of a Kwakwaka'wakw longhouse post- stands in conspicuous prominence.

Normally I do not post stories beyond a thousand words in length, but this one deserves to be highlighted.

Wartime Isolation – RCAF is the story of those hearty Canadians who manned the northern RADAR installations… as told by one of those men… Bill Lloyd.

The First Skyscrapers of Whitehorse.  It was ingenuity in old age.

Here is the story of the colorful Wigwam Harry

What is the real story of the path that the Rideau Canal follows from Kingston to Ottawa?

What  is: 680 feet underground; three stories tall; can house over 400 people, can stop an atomic bomb; and has two very long entry halls? Living Underground – The Story of the NORAD UGC

The Last to Die is the story of George Lawrence Price, a Canadian soldier who in 1918 died 2 minutes before the final cease fire.

The History of The Métis is more than just Louis Riel.

Let’s look at Canada’s First Hovercraft

There is a Mysterious lake in Prince Edward County – Lake on the Mountain.

Not to be outdone by the Federal Government, although we don’t have $28 million to spend, here is our: War of 1812 series:Proceed to the War of 1812 Index

War of 1812 Part 1:  The Lead Up

War of 1812 – Part 2:  Stoking the Fires – The Rise of Tecumseh

War of 1812 – Part 3:  The Fur Flies

War of 1812 – Part 4:  The Emergence of Sir Isaac Brock

War of 1812 – Part 5:  Chronology of the Action

War of 1812 – Part 6:  How Politics Sunk the Americans

War of 1812 – Part 7:  Who Won the War of 1812

Canada’s Joan of Arc – Laura Secord

HM Schooner Nancy

Sir Isaac Brock and the Duel

The Father of the Programmable Thermostat – Jerry Kathnelson. Another great Canadian invention.

Will the real Edward Cornwallis please stand up?  Is this anyway to treat the founder of Halifax? Jon Tattrie tackles the issue.

The Princess May goes high and dry … a lesson for those that cruise the western islands

Upper Canada’s Last Duel… love, hate and violence..

The Laird of McNab, a story of power gone to the head… of the Clan.

Check out the remarkable saga of the MV Ithaca, near Churchill, Manitoba.

Back in 1979, Steven Pile told us about Canada’s Worst Jury.

If you are aware of the Ross Rifle Scandal of World War I,  I wonder if you know about the McAdam Shield Shovel?

Did Canada Sanction the Hiroshima Bomb? Read about it here.

It is about time.  I put up the story of my good friend Alex Storm, Canada’s Most Prolific Shipwreck Hunter.  What’s six years between friends?

I am a member of a number of municipal organizations in Ottawa, including Friends of the Ottawa Archives and the City’s Arts Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee.  The city has built a new Archives building in the west end and it is great.  However there was, and is, a debate going on about the potential name of the structure.  My choice, and that of the two groups of which I am a member, was William Pitman Lett.  The mayor rejected this and proposed Charlotte Whitton instead.  However there has been a move afoot to brand Whitton as anti-Semitic and the mayor withdrew his support.Check out my response to this claim in Was Charlotte Anti-Semitic?

I recently have had a series of emails from a gentleman in the UK who takes exception to my story on Louis Riel.  His arguments, on the whole, were reasoned, even if his tone was not.  When I asked him to provide an article for this web site, he refused, essentially saying that I was biased and would not give his argument fair play.I want go on the record to say that Mysteries of Canada is not a vanity exercise by me.  It is a site DEDICATED to providing help for Canadians (and non-Canadians) to understand our rich history.  If you have something to contribute, do not be shy.  Just make sure that your contribution is based on fact and not fantasy.That being said, we have a new article for you by Barry Degenstien, author of The Pursuit of Louis Riel, entitled: Was the Métis Rebellion Unjustified?

What is the story behind the Lost Boys of Pickering?I wish we knew.