Canada 150.

2017 is a big year of celebration for Canadians, as it marks our country’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary of Confederation). While working on some research for a writing project, I came across a few fantastic links that I thought I’d share…even if you’re not Canadian, you might enjoy the insight that these resources give into our people, our history, and our culture.

Library and Archives Canada is putting up a post #OnThisDay, for every day of the year, noting significant events and people in Canadian history.  It’s a fascinating follow – if you hurry, you can catch up on all of January’s entries before February first rolls around.

Heritage Canada is diligently providing digitized archives of millions of documents from the 1600’s to the mid-1900’s here. This is a massive treasure trove of Canadian history, free for everyone to access. Genealogists might find the site particularly useful.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is doing a 150 Stories project to celebrate multiculturalism in Canada.  Read the stories of new Canadians, notable leaders, and historical events here.   🍁

Alberta (historical) snapshot: Rundle Ruins.

Like most western Canadian cities, Calgary isn’t truly old.  The North West Mounted Police established a fort here in 1875 (it was called Fort Brisebois for a year, upon which the name was changed to Fort Calgary).  Calgary was incorporated as a town in 1884 (population 506) and as a city ten years later (population 3,900).  Alberta wasn’t even a province yet – that didn’t happen until 1905.

Calgary’s population now hovers around 1.25 million, and up until the recent recession hit, the city was bustling with new development. There aren’t many significant ruins here – particularly of a late 19th century building.

The Rundle Ruins are the sandstone remains of the second general hospital, completed in 1894, and in operation until 1954.  You can read more about the hospital’s history here, and find a list of the city’s designated heritage sites here.

What types of historical sites are notable where you live?  Which ones are your favourites to visit?


(Photo taken August 2015)