Home Town of Bruce Ridpath

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1911 Stanley Cup Champion David Bruce Ridpath born in 1884 in Lakefield. He was a high scoring right winger of the 1911 Stanley Cup champion Ottawa Senators. Ridpath was on his way to a glorious hockey legacy before tragedy struck. On Toronto’s busy Yonge Street an automobile ran into him, fracturing his skull. Though he […]

Home town of Writer Margaret Laurence

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Jean Margaret Laurence (born as Jean Margaret Wemys) was one of Canada’s most beloved writers. She is best known for her Manawaka novels — The Stone Angel (1964), A Jest of God (1966), The Fire-dwellers (1969) and The Diviners (1974). Margaret Laurence was born in the town of Neepawa, Manitoba, the inspiration for the town […]

Home Town of Writer Catharine Parr Traill

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Catharine Parr Traill, née Strickland, was a pioneer writer and naturalist who wrote about life as a settler in Canada. In 1832 Traill immigrated to Canada with her husband, half-pay Lieutenant Thomas Traill, and settled on the Otonabee River near Peterborough, Ontario. There Traill wrote her most famous book, The Backwoods of Canada (1836), a […]

Home Town of Author Susanna Moodie

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Susanna Moodie, née Strickland, sister of Catharine Parr Traill, was an author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada, which was a British colony at the time. In 1832, Moodie with her husband and daughter immigrated from Suffolk, England to Upper Canada. The family settled on a farm in Douro Township, near […]

Home Town of Scottie Upshall

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Former NHL hockey winger Scottie Upshall was born and raised in Fort McMurray. “The heart of Fort McMurray is the hardworking people who have been there since the beginning. When you read the words ‘Fort McMurray’, <…> I want you to think of real people, like Ms. Jomass. She was the woman who worked the […]

Home Town of Tony Sampson

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Once retired from acting, actor Tony Sampson, best known for his voice role as Eddy from Ed, Edd, n Eddy, came to work in the oil sand industry in Fort McMurray.

Home Town of Actor Adam Beach

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Adam Beach was born in Ashern, the son of Sally and Dennis Beach, and was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve, with his two brothers. Adam is best known for his roles as Victor in Smoke Signals. He has roles in The New Mutants, Joe Dirt, and Suicide Squad.

Home Town of NHL Player Chuck Arnason

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Former NHL player Chuck Arnason grew up in Ashern in the 1950s. As a right-winger, he played from 1968 to 1980 on several teams such as The Montreal Canadians, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars. He is a Member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

Home Town of Peter Mansbridge

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Peter Mansbridge worked as chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC Television’s flagship nightly newscast. Mansbridge worked as a ticket agent for Transair at Churchill Airport in Churchill, Manitoba. His broadcast career began in singular fashion in 1968. His duties included announcing arrivals and departures over the airport’s PA system. The […]

Home Town of Susan Aglukark

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Susan Aglukark is an Inuk musician whose blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting has made her a major recording star in Canada. She was born in Churchill in 1967. Susan’s most successful single is “O Siem”, which reached No. 1 on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts in 1995. […]

Home Town of Shipowner William Dodge Lovitt

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In the late 1800s, William D. Lovitt was one of Yarmouth’s most prominent shipowners. He was the major owner of seven ships. William Dodge Lovitt owned his own shipyard in Belliveau’s Cove, Digby County (some fifty miles from Yarmouth) where the majority of his vessels were built. These vessels ranged the world taking the name […]

Home Town of Maud Lewis

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Maud Lewis was a folk artist from Nova Scotia. She remains one of Canada’s best-known folk artists. Born on the Yarmouth and Acadian Shore of Nova Scotia in 1903, Maud spent most of her time alone, mostly because she felt uncomfortable about her differences around the other children. She began her artistic career by selling […]

Home Town of Screw Propeller Inventor

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John Patch was a sailor and fisherman who invented one of the first versions of the screw propeller. He was born in Yarmouth in 1781. One day, while watching a small boat being manoeuvered with a single oar, John Patch came up with the idea for a device that would allow steamships to travel without […]

Home Town of 1950s’ Richest Canadian

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Izaak Walton Killam was one of Canada’s most eminent financiers. He was known as “the mystery man” of Canadian finance because of the low public profile he maintained. Killam was born in Yarmouth in 1885. Here he had his first experience in business selling newspapers. At the age of 18, he started his career as […]

Home Town of Opera Singer Portia White

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Portia White had one heck of a voice. As the first Black Canadian singer to reach world-renowned status, she became one of the most inspirational women in Canada’s history. At the age of six, White was already working towards that goal: she could often be found singing in her mother’s choir at the Halifax Baptist […]

Home Town of Nobel Laureate Willard Boyle

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An “electronic eye” co-inventor, Nobel laureate (2009) Willard Boyle was a Canadian physicist. In 1969 Willard Boyle and George Smith, while working in Bell Laboratories, designed the first Charge Coupled Device (CCD). The CCD has become the bedrock of the digital imaging revolution including digital photography and video. Willard Sterling Boyle was born on Aug. […]

Home Town of Industrialist Graham Fraser

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Graham Fraser was an industrialist and community leader from Nova Scotia. He was born in New Glasgow in 1846. After leaving school Graham Fraser went to Providence, Rhode Island, where he learned the blacksmithing trade. Fraser returned to New Glasgow in 1867 and started business on his own account, ironing wooden vessels for his father […]

Roseland Theatre

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The Roseland Theatre is a landmark theatre in New Glasgow. Its history is connected with Viola Desmond, civil-rights pioneer, the face of Canada’s $10 bill.⠀ In 1946 Viola challenged racial discrimination at a cinema in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia by refusing to leave a whites-only section of the Roseland Theatre. She was arrested, jailed overnight […]

Home Town of Shipbuilder James William Carmichael

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James William Carmichael, son of New Glasgow’s founder, James Carmichael, became its most prominent merchant, shipbuilder and ship-owner. James built ships and transported goods by ship. Although Carmichael originally built wooden sailing ships, he later built steamers and pioneered the use and building of iron and steel ships in Nova Scotia. He constructed his largest […]

Last Home of Alexander Graham Bell

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Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone. He was born in 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland, lived in Ontario and died in 1922 in Beinn Bhreagh, Baddeck, Nova Scotia. In summer 1885, the Bells had a vacation on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, […]

Home Town of ‘Prime Minister of the Blues’

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Dutch (b Norman) Mason was a blues singer. Mason was appointed the title “Prime Minister of the Blues” at a BB King concert in Toronto by King himself. The Lunenburg NS native, Mason was born into a musical family — his father played stand-up bass and drums while his mother was a pianist. He raised […]

Home Town of ‘Prime Minister of the Blues’

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Dutch (b Norman) Mason was a blues singer. Mason was appointed the title “Prime Minister of the Blues” at a BB King concert in Toronto by King himself. The Lunenburg native, Mason was born into a musical family — his father played stand-up bass and drums while his mother was a pianist. Mason raised in […]

“The Mad Trapper of Rat River”

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The story of The Mad Trapper of Rat River is a legendary Canadian mystery that still begs to be solved. When you visit Aklavik, be sure to check out the grave of the Mad Trapper, who led Mounties on one of Canada’s all-time greatest manhunts in 1932. In 1931, an unfamiliar man by the name […]

Unofficial Birthplace of Hockey

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Deline was the winter headquarters for Sir John Franklin’s second Arctic expedition, 1825 – 1827. Délı̨nę was formerly known as “Fort Franklin”. Franklin wrote in his diary that his men took up a game on the ice that sounds strikingly similar to hockey. For this reason, Délı̨nę is considered one of the birthplaces of ice […]

Shrine to The Prophet Ayah

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Louis Ayah (1857-1940) was a Dene prophet and spiritual leader from Délı̨nę. He shared over 30 prophecies including the discovery of diamonds in the Northwest Territories and the appearance of three polar bears in Délı̨nę. Visit his grave and the shrine built to him and ask the locals about all that he foretold.

Home Town of the Governor of the Bank of Canada

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and the Governor of the Bank of England A Canadian economist and banker Mark Carney was born in Fort Smith in 1965. Carney served as the Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2008 until 2013. He served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to 2020.

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

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The Museum is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is the only museum in BC to focus on rodeo. It shows the history of Williams Lake – from First Nation culture to the fur traders and the mining and forestry industries that have since developed in the […]

Home Town of Hollywood’s Star Marie Dressler

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Marie Dressler is one of the greatest comediennes of her generation and one of Hollywood’s best-loved stars. She was born as Leila Marie Koerber in Cobourg in 1868. Her father was a music teacher and the organist at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. As a child, Marie would sing and assist in operating the organ in […]

Home Town of Alexander Bell

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On August 10, 1876, the world’s first long-distance phone call was made from a shop in the village of Paris to the Alexander Graham Bell Homestead near Brantford. Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone. In 1870, aged 23, the Bell family travelled […]

Bell Memorial

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Don’t miss the Bell Memorial erected to commemorate the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, in Brantford. In 1917, Victor Cavendish, the Governor-General of Canada, 9th Duke of Devonshire, unveiled the memorial. Alexander Graham Bell was in attendance and addressed the audience. Photo: Brantford Heritage Inventory, Wikimedia Commons