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Canada’s History Our Nation’s Story Well Told
Canada’s History is the newest incarnation of The Beaver magazine. Founded in 1920 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, at 92 years old it is second only to Maclean’s as the longest-published magazine in Canada. Originally launched as the Hudson’s Bay employees’ publication, based largely on the fur trade, it has evolved into Canada’s premier national history magazine. With an average paid circulation of 40,000 copies and an audience of 529,000 intelligent, wealthy Canadians, Canada’s History reaches the nation’s history and culture enthusiasts, a prestige market for high-quality services and products. Published six times per year, the magazine’s subject matter covers the whole range of Canadian history, with particular emphasis on:
A Canada-wide survey conducted by Pollara Research for Canada’s History in 2008 identified Canadians under 25 as the demographic with a high interest in reading about our past. In every issue, Canada’s History reveals our story to all generations with:
• Social history
• Aboriginal peoples
• Regular columns by prominent historians
• Business & trade
• Departments exploring Canada’s rich history in the arts, as well as key turning points in history
• More in-depth features by prominent and award-winning Canadian writers • Expanded online content that enhances the reader experience
Worth the fight
Little-known Canadian saved hundreds of lives.
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Engineer William Best at the controls of his of Eastern Minnesota Railway locomotive, circa 1894.
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TreasureS From the fur trade history of the Hudson’s Bay Company
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Beautiful British Columbia Nine photographs by Richard Harrington, titled “In the Valley of the Peace,” capture the beauty of the Peace River area in central British Columbia. With descriptions by Lyn Harrington, the June 1950 issue shows the mighty river, with its rugged chasms and picturesque fishing holes. It also includes photos of people like the “old ferryman” and a poignant image of a First Nations mother and child.
30 years ago
August 15 To observe the day in 1881 that a Manitoba proclamation deemed the province’s jurisdiction would be extended to include Rat Portage — now Kenora, Ontario. This sparked the “Rat Portage War” between the two provinces. Learn to share.
Perilous journey Excerpts from the diary of Christy Harding, HBC’s post manager at York Factory, are featured in the October 1920 issue. The article “Bucking the Ice-Floes in Late Summer Trip From York to Severn” describes a “quick voyage” to deliver supplies that became a week-long journey. From July 30 to August 4, 1920, the crew and passengers aboard the Fort York were forced to put out fires, dodge ice floes, and wait out storms.
Spreading the word The Winter 1980 story “The Mission at Ile-à-laCrosse” tells of two young Roman Catholic priests sent to a remote Hudson’s Bay Company post. “They sent me children!” post manager J.N. Provencher cried upon seeing them. This drawing, done on onion skin by Louis Riel’s sister, Sara, shows the mission in 1874, when she worked in the school and hospital at Ile-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan.
“Famous the world over, for a lifetime of luxurious comfort and warmth,” boasted the Hudson’s Bay Company, which made these blankets a regular trade item in 1780. The short black lines woven into the side of each blanket are called points, from the French empointer, and indicate the size and weight of the item. The now iconic blanket is shown here in a 1950s Beaver ad with the traditional colours of green, red, yellow, and indigo.
The Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670, launched The Beaver (now Canada’s History magazine) in 1920. To explore the history and heritage of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and to read stories from ninety years of its flagship magazine, go to CanadasHistory.ca.
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ome people just won’t give up. Jim Belknap has chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive engineers than for his been working for two decades to secure recog- courageous deed in Minnesota. enter Jim Belknap. Twenty years ago, Belknap came across two nition for an undisputed Canadian hero, even though his efforts have mostly met with defeat. scrapbooks and a trunk full of newspaper clippings, railroad passes, The man Belknap hopes to see honoured was photographs, and personal mementos about Best. In 2000, Belknap applied to Canada’s historic Sites and Monujust as tenacious. Lennoxville, Quebec, native William Bennett Best was working for the east- ments Board to have a commemorative plaque erected, but was turned down. In its reply, the board cited its criteria for recognition: ern Minnesota Railroad when the Great hinckley fire broke “a person may be designated of national historic significance out. The September 1, 1894, forest fire burned through if that person made an outstanding and lasting contribumore than eight hundred square kilometres — includtion to Canadian history, but it is not possible to establish ing hinckley, Minnesota, and five other towns — and such an association in this case.” killed several hundred people. “They could do it for Bethune,” Belknap lamented, The exact number who died remains unknown, referring to the Canadian physician who is perhaps but if not for the actions of Best it would surely have best known for his work during the Spanish Civil War been higher. and in China. “The only recognition so far for William Best was an engineer on a freight train sent to Best in the community is a ten-by-twelve-inch plaque at rescue the citizens of hinckley. When the lead engine the community centre in Lennoxville, Quebec.” began to pull away, Best applied the brakes and held the Belknap helped to achieve that honour, but the sevtrain so that more people could get on. In the face of the enty-eight-year-old dixville, Quebec, resident is not about raging forest fire, he nearly got into a fight with another enWilliam Best, to give up his quest for Best to receive wider recognition. “I’ve gineer who wanted to leave as quickly as possible. circa 1890s. come so far,” he said. “The main thing is that Best is recognized Best’s obstinacy is credited with saving an additional five — Beverley Tallon hundred people from certain death, and the daring train rescue for what he did in hinckley.” made him a hero in the area. The town of hinckley remembers him in its local museum and even named a street after him. yet his feat has received little official recognition in Canada. Best eventually moved to Winnipeg and became a leader in the labour movement. he was better known in Canada for his role as
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Colourful characters in the film include Tecumseh of the he conflict fought in North america from 1812 to 1815 is said to have “forged the destiny Shawnee nation; his adversary William henry harrison; U.S. Presof a continent” and is now ident James Madison; and storied Canadian figthe focus of a two-hour PBS ures such as Governor-General George Prévost, special. Laura Secord, and Major General Isaac Brock. The documentary draws from interviews The two-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812 is being with twenty-six leading authorities on the war commemorated in many forms across the United and is narrated by actor Joe Mantegna. Canadian States and Canada. Television station WNed of military historian Peter Twist –– who has worked Buffalo, New york, is marking the event with on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and CBC’s its production The War of 1812, a documentary Canada: A People’s History –– helped to clarify and even to dispel some of the folklore and myths that examines the americans’ battle against the British, first Nations warriors, and Canadian surrounding the war. colonists. The War of 1812 is being shown on all PBS “We have proudly created The War of 1812 stations that serve Canadian markets this U.S. President James Madison. for both nations,” said WNed president and October 10 — Thanksgiving day in Canada. CeO donald k. Boswell, noting the significant viewership the an illustrated companion book, The War of 1812: A Guide to station has in southern Ontario. “This timely examination of a Battlefields and Historic Sites, by John Grant and Ray Jones, a shared history allows us to celebrate our past together and renew dVd, and other educational resources are available from PBS. the bond of our present and future as national neighbours.” — Beverley Tallon
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Every major Canadian historian has written for the magazine, as have cultural luminaries such as: Margaret Mead, Stephen Leacock, Ken Dryden, R.H. Thomson, Lysiane Gagnon, Heather Robertson, Jack Granatstein, Tim Cook, Charlotte Gray and Jane Urquhart.
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21% visited a museum/gallery/exhibition 27% visited a historic building/site
• The magazine has a renewal rate far above average
40% watched a television program
• 40% read it cover to cover and 55% read some articles in detail
7% made a purchase from the Gift Guide
• Average number of reading occasions is 5 times • Average time spent reading is 114 minutes (67% spend over an hour)
(Source: 2006 subscriber study for Canada’s History)
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Exclusively for our members, Canada’s History & Rail Travel Tours celebrates the heritage of Northern Ontario with two different rail tours, roundtrip from Toronto, Ontario in the summer and fall of 2010. Both tours will include unique historical learning experiences, special behind the scenes tours and guest speakers featured on no other travel experiences in Canada.
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Roundtrip from Toronto travelling on the Ontario Northland trains Northlander to Cochrane and Polar Bear Express to historic Moose Factory: home of the oldest English speaking community in Ontario, and the second Hudson Bay Company site established in North America. This 5 day, 4 night tour features daytime rail trips, and hotel accommodation every night including the Cochrane Train Station Inn and Moose Factory Eco-lodge. The tour will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Cochrane and includes visits to the Polar Bear Habitat and Hunta Museum, Cochrane Art Gallery, the 1850 built HBC staff house & heritage site, and Cree Cultural Centre. Package includes hotel stays, rail trips, transfers, heritage attractions and presentations, some meals, detailed tour information kit and more.
Roundtrip from Toronto travelling on the Ontario Northland’s Northlander and VIA Rail’s Sudbury- White River trains enjoying both the fall colours and historic experiences of Northern Ontario This 5 day, 4 night tour features daytime rail trips, and hotel accommodations every night. Trip highlights include: Dionne Quintuplet museum, Dynamic Earth historic Nickel Mine Tour, Northern Ontario Railway Museum, and Chapleau Museum and more. See pristine parts of the Canadian Shield from the Rail Diesel Car remote rail service and experience “A Bear Named Winnie” a live presentation on the same platform in White River where this now famous bear cub was first adopted. Package includes hotel stays, rail trips, transfers, heritage attractions and presentations, some meals, detailed tour information kit and more.
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