In 2004 I came to
Canada to research the history of the Scots in Canada for my
ElectricScotland.com site. I was exploring the history of the Scots
Diaspora all over the world and as so many Scots came to Canada it
was important for me to do some serious research in person. As I had
just spent three months in the USA doing similar research it seemed
easier to go to Canada from there rather than to return to Scotland.
I was extremely fortunate in being put up by many Scots Canadians
which let me explore Canada from coast to coast (PEI to BC) and many
places in between. I was truly amazed at the huge contribution that
Scots made to Canada.
At the end of my six month stay I was won over by the sheer
diversity of Canadian life and found my money went much further than
it did in Scotland so I decided to make my home here and have since
become a Canadian citizen.
Having settled here I decided to build this site so I could document
all that I discovered as I learned more about my new home. This
means that you will find loads of history of various parts of Canada
and its pioneering past. I have also scattered around the site lots
of videos of various parts of Canada and also the people of Canada
from the First Nations people through some of the many ethnic
peoples that have made Canada their home.
I hope you will enjoy your visit and perhaps some of the content in
here will persuade you to visit some of the many great places in
Canada be you a Canadian or from Scotland or other parts of the
GOTJ, FSA Scot
In the event you
don't know too much about Canada below you will find two good videos
which will introduce you to the country.
Canada Travel Guide
The sections available are...
This section brings you the history of Canada as well as the history
of all the Provinces and also includes histories of the ethnic
groups found in Canada including the First Nations.
Makers of Canada
In this section you will learn of the really important people that
helped to build Canada to what it is today. We will also bring you a
section in here of other important Canadians as we find them.
Here we explore the process that the Pioneers went through to settle
the land so you get a better understanding of the challenges they
faced and how they overcame them.
Canadian Armed Forces
Here we will research the various Canadian regiments and what they
did for Canada as well as the history of the RCMP.
Industry & Transport
In such a massive country transport links had to be developed which
was a major undertaking and especially the Canadian Pacific Railway.
We will also explore the various Industrial and Commercial sectors.
Here we explore how religion developed in Canada and the important
work the churches and their ministers did to help build not only
churches but schools as well.
This is where we bring you information on culture, sports, music,
and if possible some travel information on Canada and their
Provinces. See also Videos
my own record of settling in
Canada. The Dept. of Immigration suggested that it would be
interesting if I documented my experiences in coming to Canada and
the progress I made towards getting Permanent Landed Status and then
on to Citizenship. I don't pretend this is an exciting read as
there is a lot of mundane stuff but you might find it of interest
and especially if you are thinking of settling in Canada.
And finally should you have
information on any aspects of Canada and its people and way of life
please feel free to contribute it to the site.