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Discover new aspects of the history of Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries through thematic tours.

Divided into five major themes and five time periods, these thematic tours may be accessed three different ways, by: Web tours (documented images, in HTML), movie clips (QuickTime version) and movie clips (Flash version).

Featured Thematic Tour

Pastimes of Yesteryear, 1840-1867

Michèle Dagenais, Université de Montréal

When did leisure time make its first appearance? How did it develop in the Canadian context? In truth, there has always been leisure. The desire to relax and have fun has almost always existed, although the ways people amuse themselves have definitely changed. Leisure as we now know it first developed in Canadian cities in the 1840s, when industrialization and mechanization completely revolutionized people's relationship with time.


First Nations




Society / Daily Life

Politics / Economy

Technology, Industry & Commerce