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Throwback Thursday: The flight of the R-100

Posted by Harry Wilson in History on Thursday, June 4, 2015

The R-100 returning from a side-trip taken over Canadian territory. Photo appeared in 1930 Canadian Geographical Journal story [read it here.] (Photo: Canadian National Railways)

Twenty-nine pages containing 40 photographs is a hell of a lot of coverage for one story, even for the Canadian Geographical Journal, which, back in its early days, regularly ran lengthy features. But then the R-100 airship and its flight from England to Canada and back again in July and August 1930 was a story for which the public had a huge appetite [Read the full archived story here].

Rigid airships such as the R-100 were at the height of their popularity in this period the Graf Zeppelin ...

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Canada's Coolest School Trip steps back in time

Posted by Thomas Hall in The RCGS on Thursday, June 4, 2015

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The morning sun shining through the oTENtik windows was a welcome sight after yesterday’s rain. After breakfast the Grade 8 class from Caledonia Regional High School in Hillsborough, N.B., had a relatively calm morning on Canada’s Coolest School Trip.

First was an hour hike around another of La Mauricie National Park’s wonders: a waterfall cascading down a gently sloped rock face. The dry patches made ideal stops for pictures, while the pools were perfect for refreshing tired feet. After the ...

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Throwback Thursday: Covered bridges

Posted by Nick Walker in History on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Read Jacques Coulon's August 1969 cover story “Covered bridges in Canada” here.

In 1805, American bridge builder Timothy Palmer put a roof on Philadelphia’s new Schuylkill Permanent Bridge, and North America’s first covered wooden bridge was born. For the next hundred years, covered bridges were built in the thousands in northeastern North America (mainly by small communities, farmers and businesses), with most of Canada’s more than 1,400 sprouting over rivers and streams in the forested farmland of Quebec and New Brunswick. And, as Montrealer Jacques Coulon explained in his ...

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Remembering PEI's first modern cartographer

Posted by Harry Wilson in Mapping on Monday, May 11, 2015

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As Prince Edward Island prepares to celebrate the 250th year of Samuel Holland’s famous map of the province (shown above), Boyde Beck, the curator of history at the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, explains more about Holland and the cartographic work he did on the island.

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Throwback Thursday: DDT's history in Canada

Posted by Calvin Dao in History on Thursday, May 7, 2015

Early morning view of Port Arthur Airport taken while DDT experiments were in progress. It was from this airport that R.C.A.F. spraying planes functioned. (Photo from October 1945 Canadian Geographic article on DDT. Read full story here)

In 1945 after the Second World War, the pesticide commonly known as DDT — which stands for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane — was revered as a miracle solution for the increasingly prevalent spruce budworm infestation in Ontario’s balsam forests. This was the subject of A. P. Leslie’s article entitled “DDT in Ontario’s Forests” in that year’s October issue of the Canadian Geographical Journal. Leslie described DDT as potentially the “only one hope” for immediate control of the budworm and as something ...

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