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Canadian Firsts

Canadian Firsts    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-894864-75-6
Pages 264
Language English only
Price $18.95
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Written by Lisa Wojna.
Published by Folklore Publishing Ltd., 2008.


Canadians don’t spend a lot of time bragging, but as this collection shows, our country has a lot to be proud of. The many amazing firsts that have come from this country and its people and their impact on our culture and the world:
  • In 1974, Dr. Joseph MacInnis established Sub-Igloo, the world’s first polar dive station and led the first scientific expedition into the waters of the North Pole
  • Alexander Mackenzie was the first recorded explorer to complete the transcontinental crossing of North America
  • Greenpeace was founded in Canada as the “Don’t Make a Wave” committee in 1971
  • In 1885, Banff National Park was the first patch of land ever recognized as a national park
  • The first woman to graduate with a university degree in the British Empire was Grace Annie Lockhart from Mount Allison University
  • The first kidney transplant performed between identical twins took place at Montréal’s Royal Victoria Hospital in 1958
  • Montréal’s Maurice Richard was the first hockey player to record a 50-goal season in 1944–45 and the first to score more than 500 goals in his career
  • The Hudson’s Bay Company, established on May 2, 1670, is the oldest, continuously operating company on the continent
  • The 12.9-kilometre-long Confederation Bridge between mainland Canada and Prince Edward Island is the world’s longest uninterrupted span
  • Curling was first organized in Canada in 1807, but the game was played in Québec City in 1759–60 with cannonballs melted into curling stones
  • In 1962, at just 15 years old, Petra Burka became the first woman figure skater in the world to complete a triple Salchow.
And so much more is here for you to discover in Canadian Firsts.

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