Rank #1: September 27 – Stanley Park opened in Vancouver
Park opened to public for the first time back in 1888.
Sep 27 2020
Rank #2: July 8 – The Disappearance of Tom Thomson
Roy MacGregor, author of "Canoe Lake" discusses the disappearance of the now-famous Canadian painter back in 1917.
Jul 08 2020
Rank #3: September 1 – Saskatchewan and Alberta become provinces (special edition!)
Back in 1905, Saskatchewan and Alberta officially become provinces.
Sep 01 2020
Rank #4: July 19 – The 1976 Montreal Olympics
Paul Charles Howell, author and key player in the Montreal Olympic Organizing Committee discusses the legacy of the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Jul 19 2020
Rank #5: September 7 – CBC Television Begins First Broadcast
We spoke with FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison about the launch of CBC Television.
Sep 07 2020
Rank #6: July 12 – Pierre Berton’s Birthday
Canadian Pierre Berton was born on July 12, 1920.
Jul 12 2020
Rank #7: August 13 – Jacques Cartier Discovers the St. Lawrence River
We spoke with author and Professor at the University of Guelph, Alan Gordon, about Cartier and his 1535 "discovery".
Aug 13 2020
Rank #8: June 28 – Chinese Canadians and the Prairie West
Dr. Royden Loewen of the University of Winnipeg spoke to us about the stories of Yee Clun of Regina and Rosie's Restaurant in Calgary. Dr. Loewen is the co-author of "Immigrants in Prairie Cities".
May 28 2020
Rank #9: July 26 – French surrender Louisbourg
Back in 1758, French forces surrendered the Fortress of Louisbourg after a 7 week siege by the British.
Jul 26 2020
Rank #10: June 8 – Mackenzie King Becomes Longest Serving PM
We spoke with Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of History at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, as well as co-editor of "Mackenzie King: Citizenship and Community."
Jun 09 2020
Rank #11: July 30 – Mark Tewskbury Wins Gold
We spoke with Mark Tewskbury about his gold medal win at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Jul 30 2020
Rank #12: August 23 – British Troops Prepare to Burn Washington
In 1814 British Troops descend upon Washington DC, prepared to capture the American capital. We spoke with historian and author Mark Zuehlke about the Burning of Washington and the War of 1812.
Aug 23 2020
Rank #13: June 29 – Thoroughbred Horse Racing in Canada
Queen Elizabeth II was in Toronto to attend the 99th annual Queen's Plate at Woodbine. To learn more we spoke with Louis Cauz, the Managing Director at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as well as the author of "The Plate: 150 Years of Royal Tradition from Don Juan to the 2009 Winner".
May 29 2020
Rank #14: August 18 – The Dempster Highway opens in the Yukon
Officially opened in 1979, the 730 km highway was the first Canadian highway to cross the Arctic Circle, linking southern Canada and Arctic Canada.
Aug 12 2020
Rank #15: August 20 – Eaton’s Goes Bankrupt
On this day back in 1999, it was announced that after nearly 130 years, the Eaton's department store was filing for bankruptcy protection.
Aug 20 2020
Rank #16: June 3 – Newfoundland Referendum of 1948
For more than a decade the dominion of Newfoundland was governed by a non-elected Commission of Government. We spoke with Keith Collier, a freelance writer and historian who works at the Maritime History Archive at Memorial University of Newfoundland to learn more about the referendums that decided the future of Canada's newest province.
Jun 04 2020
Rank #17: July 23 – The Komagata Maru Leaves Vancouver
On July 23, 1914 a steamship filled with passengers from India, The Komagata Maru, was turned away from Canadian shores. We spoke with Dr. Hugh Johnston on the incident and its legacy.
Jul 23 2020
Rank #18: June 7 – The Beothuk
This day back in 1829 was widely considered to be the first day with no living survivors of the Beothuk. We spoke with Teresa Greene, of the Beothuk institute.
Jun 07 2020