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Sep 27 2019

The Great Canadian Cold Case

Canadian archaeologists played “I Spy” on two famous shipwrecks this summer. The HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus left England in 1854 as part of the Franklin Expedition. In command was Sir John Franklin, a famous British naval officer and explorer.  Their mission? Find...

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Mar 01 2019

Heroes and History

A new Heritage Minute came out February 20. These one-minute commercials capture important moments in Canadian history. The new one tells the story of the Vancouver Asahi. You’ll find the Asahi in Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame. But most Canadians have never heard of...

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Jan 11 2019

Cutting the Angle

An anonymous petition wants to hand over part of Minnesota to Canada. The Northwest Angle is technically part of the United States. But this tiny piece of land isn’t even connected to Minnesota. It’s wedged between Manitoba and Ontario. To drive there, you have to...

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Nov 16 2018

The Beaucours Ramparts

In October, a Quebec City construction crew dug up something strange. They found an old piece of wood sticking out of the ground. What’s so strange about that? That old wood is part of a 20-metre wall.  And why is that so special? The wall is 325 years old! Quebec City...

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Oct 19 2018

The Sword Maiden of Sweden

Have you ever hunted for treasure at the beach, looking for stones to skip or pretty shells? Last summer, eight-year-old Saga Vanacek found more than she expected. She discovered a 1500-year-old sword. Saga was wading in Lake Vidöstern, Sweden. The water was only knee-...

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May 25 2018

Planting Memories

Oak trees will be planted at 24 Ottawa high schools this spring. They’re not just any trees. They’re a living piece of Canadian history. These are Vimy Oaks. Vimy Ridge is a long, low hill in France. It was once covered with trees. Then came the First World War. This...

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Nov 10 2017

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

A team of archaeologists has discovered the world’s oldest paper. These scraps of Egyptian papyrus helped answer an important question. How were the pyramids built? It’s a mystery that’s puzzled people for years. Who knew they’d find the key in an old diary? Ancient...

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Dec 16 2016

The Next Queen of the Ten

Move over, Sir John A. Macdonald. Make way for Viola Desmond. She’s taking your place on the ten-dollar bill. For years, the Queen has been the only female face on Canadian banknotes. But early in 2016, the government announced that it wanted to honour a Canadian woman...

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An undated illustration shows Sir John Franklin's ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror.
Sep 23 2016

The Terror, Lost and Found

In 1845, Sir John Franklin sailed two ships into the Arctic. The famous British explorer was looking for the Northwest Passage. Britain was eager to find this shortcut through the Arctic Ocean. It would be a much faster trading route from Europe to Asia. Or so...

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A black-and-white reproduction of a painting showing Norsemen in a ship by Oscar Wergeland (1844-1910).
Apr 08 2016

Digging Up Vikings

A thousand years ago, the Vikings visited North America. Before Columbus. Before John Cabot. Before Jacques Cartier. How do we know? Old Norse poems and space-age satellites told us so.

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A man points to an illustration of the Spanish galleon San Jose during a press conference to announce the finding of the shipwreck near Cartagena, Colombia, in December. [Photo courtesy EPA/RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO.]
Jan 22 2016

The Holy Grail of Shipwrecks

Three hundred years ago, the treasure ship San Jose sank in the Caribbean. The Spanish galleon was leading a 17-ship fleet home from the Americas. Its hold was full of gold and jewels from the New World. France and Spain were desperate for…

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Sonar picture of the historic shipwreck from the Franklin Expedition as it rests at the bottom of the ocean. (Photo courtesy of Parks Canada.)
Sep 26 2014

Finding Franklin: Part 2

This month, a team of Canadians found a perfectly preserved shipwreck in the Arctic. It was a ship from the Franklin Expedition, waiting since 1848 to be discovered. The wreck was like a great big present. It was intact and sitting upright. The water was just 11 metres...

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