NGC History of Canada?

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I am looking for a good one volume history of Canada to read. I'd like to learn about the Great White North. Any suggestions?
     
  2. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
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    Strange Brew and Canadian Bacon taught me everything i know about Canada:D
     
  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
  4. pmac11

    pmac11 Synchromatic

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    I got it for Christmas a few years back. It's a different approach, but I found it useful. Certainly more engaging than the Canadian history I remember from high school.

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  5. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    For very light and humorous reading, Mike Myers wrote the book Canada.
     
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  6. thunder58

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    Jim , 2 words of advice .......... road trip ;)
     
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  7. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

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    That's the ticket. Would be happy to show you around my little part of the world and some of the History of it.
     
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  8. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Thanks for the offer, Robbie.

    My son and I are taking our annual hockey trip to Winnipeg this year to see the Jets play Vegas.
     
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  9. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

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    I can't think of a catch all Canadian history book that didn't read like a high school text book. But a couple books I've read about specific places and times in Canadian history that I found interesting.

    The Town That Died
    https://www.amazon.com/Town-That-Died-Explosion-Hiroshima/dp/0770060153

    WW1 era Halifax. A ship loaded with explosives went off in Halifax Harbour. Reportedly the largest human-made explosion prior to the detonation of the first atomic bombs in 1945.


    True Tall Tales of Algoma Manitoulin
    https://www.manitoulin.ca/shop/books/true-tall-tales-of-algoma-manitoulin/

    Not sure how accurate these stories are or where the line of fiction/non-fiction lies but I enjoyed reading stories from life in near north Ontario from a time when horse and sleigh was a primary means of transportation in winter.
     
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  10. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
  12. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

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    Manitoba in the Winter....now that's Canadian
     
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  13. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Absolutely. I keep telling my son they have hockey teams in warmer places like FL and AZ, NV, and CA, but he wants to see the real deal in Canada. We went to Toronto a couple of years ago. That was great fun.
     
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  14. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Gretschie

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    Well, Minnesota is not exactly tropical either, so maybe Winterpeg won't all that different. They have two very distinct seasons there, winter and mosquito.
     
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  15. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    For Winnipeg (Manitoba), I think of Louis Riel and the Metis people (a First Nation group). Maybe do some research specific to that.

    My dad used to love reading books by Pierre Berton. I believe they were essentially history books, with a focus on specific periods or events. Dude wrote 50 books in his 84 years, so sorry... I have no idea if any are about Winnipeg!
     
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  16. GreTschocaster

    GreTschocaster Gretschie

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    The Last Spike, The National Dream and American Invasion of Canada by Pierre Berton are all good reads.
     
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  17. pmac11

    pmac11 Synchromatic

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    Plus one on Pierre Berton. He was prolific.

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  18. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

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    You went to Toronto and didn't tell me? WAAAA????