Canada History Buffs
Discover the Fur Trade at Rocky Mountain House
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta is deceptively named. There is no sign of the Rockies from this small town perched on the North Saskatchewan River. Located in Alberta’s foothills, it was a strategic fur trade post for the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company. Today, it’s a beautiful place to explore and discover more about Canada’s history.
How Three Homeschool Moms Taught Local History
What if your best history moments are not buried in textbooks but in your hometown? Knowing what others have done before us shapes our beliefs about today, and what we leave behind tomorrow. Nothing makes history more personal than stories hidden where we live, work, and sleep. That’s all history is, anyway: stories about real people, what they did, and how it affected us coming behind them. As homeschoolers, we have the benefit of taking our children by the hand and unlocking those stories just waiting to be told. But how do you do it? Listen how three homeschool moms* used everyday happenings to teach their children history.
Visiting the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Canada is home to the third largest Ukrainian population in the world, behind the Ukraine itself and Russia, making their immigration into Canada a very important part of our country’s history. So, on a recent road trip to Edmonton, Alberta, we decided to make a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Arriving at the park, we headed off to Kalyna’s Kitchen. A delicious lunch of authentic Ukrainian food helped get us in the proper mood for our visit.
Anabaptist History, Faith and Lifestyle
In the history of the Christian faith, there is perhaps no more intriguing time than the radical Reformation of 16th century Europe—a response to the Roman Catholic Church’s corruption.
Provincial Information Chart
A quick print provincial info sheet that gives some basic details about each province and territory in Canada. This fact chart provides a resource for quick reference to learn the two letter provincial short-form, capital city, date the province entered in confederation, the population (July 2018 status), and the official language for each province.
The Old Britannia Schoolhouse
Of almost 100 rural one-room schoolhouses that existed in Peel County from the early 1800s to the mid-1960s, only one continues to have children attend every day of the school year. The Britannia Schoolhouse, S. S. No. 12 on Hurontario Street near Matheson Boulevard in Mississauga, Ontario, is maintained by the Peel District School Board as a living history centre. The story of how this came about speaks to the dedication of many people to preserve for future generations the history of early education in Ontario.
Emily Carr: Vision Revived
Emily Carr was born December 13th, 1871, in Victoria, British Columbia. She was a writer and a painter who has had her paintings sell for over three million dollars. Carr painted rainforests, villages, and artifacts of First Nations. Some of her paintings include Big Raven, Cedar, and The Indian Church. (A quick Google search shows many of her alluring paintings.) But she wasn’t always so successful.
Viola Irene Desmond
Viola Irene Desmond was a Canadian from Nova Scotia of black descent, born July 6, 1914, in Halifax. She trained as a teacher but ended up working with her husband Jack Desmond in a combined barbershop and hair salon.