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Courageous Canadians

No matter where you go in Canada, you’ll find a reminder of the people who served and died in this terrible war.

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Google map reflecting provincial participation in the Great War.

Newfoundland and Labrador It was not yet part of Canada and had no army of its own, but nearly 12,000 young men from Newfoundland joined up to fight in the First World War. They had their own unit, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Halifax, Nova Scotia Up to 180 German-Canadian men living in Nova Scotia were held at what is now the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The government was suspicious they might be spies or try to help Germany in the war.

Prince Edward Island Probably the most famous book about life at home during the war was written by L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. The story Rilla of Ingleside follows the life of Anne’s daughter and her family, including her brothers who go off to war.

Chatham, New Brunswick Known as the North Shore Regiment, the 73rd Northumberland Battalion had its start here in 1870, and was one of the first units called on to send men overseas for Canada.

Sherbrooke, Quebec The war memorial here was put up in 1923 to honour the men and women who died serving in the First World War. Topped by an angel with outspread wings, it was created by one of Canada’s best-known sculptors, George William Hill.

Kitchener, Ontario This city was originally called Berlin (after the capital of Germany) by the many Germans who settled here, but during the war, it changed its name to Kitchener, after a British military leader.

Winnipeg, Manitoba Valour Road in the city’s west end honours the three young men from the same street who all won Victoria Crosses — the highest military award for bravery and service — in the war.

Saskatchewan Many young men from Saskatchewan joined up as fast as they could, mostly because it was so hard to find other work. In fact, many leaders in the province encouraged the government to take volunteers faster to provide jobs.

Banff, Alberta Some of the country’s most beautiful places have a dark history during the First World War. Hundreds of Canadians from Ukrainian and other European backgrounds were held as prisoners in two camps near Banff.

Esquimalt, British Columbia The HCMS Rainbow was one of just two Canadian ships involved in the war. It was sent south from Vancouver Island to search for German warships off the west coast of the United States, but didn’t find any.

Cy Peck Inlet, Northwest Territories This arm of water honours Lieutenant-Colonel Cyrus Peck, born in New Brunswick, who showed great bravery during a battle at Cagincourt, France and was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Dawson City, Yukon Territory Yukoner Martha Black insisted on following her husband George to Europe for the war. She didn’t get past England, where she spent her time giving lectures about the Yukon and volunteering with the Red Cross.

Nunavut Canada’s newest territory was quite isolated during the First World War, with a very small population that often lived without any knowledge of the outside world.

Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.