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Half a century before marijuana became legal, the potheads of Vancouver took to the streets demanding their right to smoke. But their peaceful protest descended was met by bloodshed and violence in the notorious Battle of Maple Tree Square.
One of the Fathers of Confederation was shot dead in the streets of Ottawa. Thomas D’Arcy McGee was Sir John A. Macdonald’s right-hand-man and one of the most popular politicians in the country. So who the hell would want to kill him? We re-open one of Canada’s most notorious cold cases.
The Lions are two of the most iconic mountain peaks in Canada, towering over Vancouver, lending their name to the B.C. Lions, the Lionsgate Bridge and more. But they also have a much, much older name; one that’s tied to a time long before the city was founded.
From the gold-filled rivers of Yukon to the packed streets of Vancouver, from the hidden secrets of parliament building in Winnipeg to Ottawa’s most notorious cold case, we continue our hunt for the most incredible stories in Canadian history.
A Klondike Gold Rush odyssey featuring "The First Lady of the Yukon." Climb the treacherous Chilkoot Pass, run the Whitehorse Rapids, and experience what was once the most famous city on Earth: Dawson City.
Canada’s oldest Chinatown was once considered to be a “forbidden city” — a segregated maze of alleyways, hidden courtyards, brother, gambling dens and opium factories. But it’s history is also one of proud resilience in the face of some of the most racist laws our country has ever seen.
You can trace the fortune that helped to propel Donald Trump into the White House all the way back to Canada at the end of the 1800s. A story about a ghost town, a brothel, and a businessman whose ventures during the Klondike Gold Rush solidified his family's name for years to come: Frederick Trump.
Sudbury, the nickel capital of the world, is a city deeply connected to the cosmos. Over 1.8 billion years ago an enormous impact set in motion a series of events, the end result of which involves a mysterious 'dark' experiment deep underground.
In the middle of the second World War, while massive armies clashed on the Western Front, an overlooked battle took place between Axis and Allied forces… in the most unlikely place imaginable.
How did an old statue from the other side of the world ended up in the middle of downtown Toronto? It's a bloody story of royalty, revolution, and two cities with very different experiences of what it meant to be members of the British Empire.
Hidden away in a quiet corner of Toronto's High Park, you'll find a massive tomb surrounded by a very old fence. And how it ended up there is a morbid tale of grave robbers, shipwrecks and death.
Every spring, parks across Toronto turn white and pink with cherry blossoms. The Sakura trees are a gift from Japan — and a reminder of one of the most disturbing chapters in Canadian history.
Meet the Nicols, a Montreal couple who were so sick of having to work in freak shows and deal with discrimination that they decided to take matters into their own hands.
A story about a colony, a thief, his wife, and her lover.
We head to Montreal in the 1700s to tell the story of Marie-Joseph Angélique and her resistance against slavery.
A story about a royal family, a world at war, a baby, and a whole lot of tulips.
A story about a famous Canadian monument that's unfinished, inaccurate, celebrated, loathed, iconic, ignorant, metaphorical, re-appropriated, imitated, divided, shamed, shunned, loved...
We explore the mysterious ruins of a secret laboratory in Gatineau Park, and tell the story of an entrepreneur and inventor who turned water into light.
In our first episode, we dive into the strange and unexpected history behind Canada's national anthem. "O Canada" was written by a veteran of the American Civil War to celebrate Quebec's national holiday; it's story touches on everything from Pierre Trudeau to bloody riots to the very earliest French settlers.