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Solidarity: The Largest Political Protest in British Columbia's History

Solidarity: The Largest Political Protest in British Columbia's History

BC Labour Heritage Centre

In 1983, British Columbia experienced the largest political protest in its history. Resistance to repressive legislation and a slashed provincial budget lasted several months, in the form of massive demonstrations, rallies, petitions and an escalating...

François-Xavier Lachance: An Exceptional Craftsman and Builder of Wooden Boats on Île d’Orléans

François-Xavier Lachance: An Exceptional Craftsman and Builder of Wooden Boats on Île d’Orléans

Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent

Discover the life and work of a man who embodies shipbuilding on Île d’Orléans. A self-taught craftsman, François-Xavier Lachance was a leading boat builder. Some of his vessels are still plying the seas. Lachance was also the last representative of a...

The Story of Italians in Fernie, 1881 - 1921

The Story of Italians in Fernie, 1881 - 1921

Fernie Museum

As they have done in numerous other communities across Canada, the Italians of Fernie made important contributions to the town’s development. Originally migrating to southeastern British Columbia to work on the region’s railways and coal mines, many...

A Glimpse of the Guard: The Stories Behind the Calgary Fire Department Honour Guard

A Glimpse of the Guard: The Stories Behind the Calgary Fire Department Honour Guard

Firefighters Museum of Calgary

Get a close-up look at the experiences, stories and procedures of the Calgary Fire Department’s Honour Guard. The Guard plays a prominent role in honouring the fallen, appears on behalf of the department at public events, and represents the service...

Ice Storm 1998: Immersion in the Black and the Cold

Ice Storm 1998: Immersion in the Black and the Cold

Musée du Haut-Richelieu

January 1998: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu was hit by 100 mm of freezing rain in the space of a few days, causing a major power outage. The situation was made worse by fallen tree branches that blocked the streets. The community came together to provide food...

Advance with Courage: Lord and Lady Aberdeen in the Okanagan Valley

Advance with Courage: Lord and Lady Aberdeen in the Okanagan Valley

Central Okanagan Heritage Society

Explore the little-known story of this remarkable aristocratic British couple, Lord and Lady Aberdeen, who purchased land in the Okanagan Valley at the end of 19th century sight unseen. The exhibit retraces their time in Canada and their profound impact on...

Conflicting Loyalties: The Hardisty Family Legacy

Conflicting Loyalties: The Hardisty Family Legacy

Lougheed House

Explore the fascinating life of Isabella Hardisty (1861–1936) — a spirited Métis girl from a fur-trading post in the North, who went on to become Lady Lougheed. The forward-thinking Isabella involved herself in politics, the economy, the arts, and...

The History of Education in Magog, Québec: From the Pioneers to the Quiet Revolution

The History of Education in Magog, Québec: From the Pioneers to the Quiet Revolution

Magog Historical Society

Relive the captivating history of education in Magog, from its beginnings in the home of its founder to the modern education system. Learn the story of the people and organizations that established the schools and find out about daily life in the...

Life Is An Expedition: Travelling Wemindji Eeyouch Lands and Waters

Life Is An Expedition: Travelling Wemindji Eeyouch Lands and Waters

Cree Nation of Wemindji

Our ancestors depended upon traditional knowledge for survival, as they travelled our lands and waters to hunt and fish in all seasons. We know this land, and the land knows us. Today, we still respect the old ways and are still travelling, but now we...

Touring the Gaspé Peninsula – The History of an Epic Road Trip

Touring the Gaspé Peninsula – The History of an Epic Road Trip

Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens

Internationally renowned for the breathtaking scenery along its 885 km looping route that follows the coast, the Gaspé tour has been attracting visitors for over 90 years. Through period photos, personal accounts and newspaper clippings, discover the epic...

Times! Times! Times!

Times! Times! Times!

Placentia West Heritage Committee

"They’re havin’ a time” was an expression that stirred excitement and expectation among the people of Placentia West in Newfoundland. The custom of “havin’ a time” was often connected to special dates or milestone events, although its key...

Astonishing stories: Fishing in La Mauricie

Astonishing stories: Fishing in La Mauricie

Association des pourvoiries de la Mauricie

Discover a land and its 10,000 lakes and rivers through the history of fishing. This exhibition looks at the evolution of this activity in the Mauricie region, from the first Indigenous communities to today’s outfitters. You will also meet colourful...

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