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Tales, tall and true, of western and northern Canada.

Tales, tall and true, of western and northern Canada.

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Ghostly Tales of the Banff Springs Hotel

The Ghost Bride, the phantom bellman and other spooky tales of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

The Ghost Bride, the phantom bellman and other spooky tales of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

 

 How Medicine Hat Got Its Name

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Indian battles, love stories and human sacrifice- discover the 17 different stories and legends that explain how Medicine Hat got its strange name.

 

How Seven Persons Got Its Name

Discover the strange story of how Seven Persons, Alberta, got its name.

Uncover the strange story of how Seven Persons, Alberta, got its name.

 

 

Mysteries of Canada Articles

Some of the articles I've written for the website MysteriesOfCanada.com.

Some of the articles I’ve written for the website MysteriesOfCanada.com.

 

The Adventures of Jerry Potts

The wild adventures of Jerry Potts, a North West Mounted Police scout and one of Canada's greatest frontiersmen.

The wild adventures of Jerry Potts, a North West Mounted Police scout and one of Canada’s greatest frontiersmen.

 

The Adventures of Kootenai Brown

The wild adventures of John George "Kootenai" Brown- adventurer, founder of Waterton Lakes National Park, and one of Canada's greatest frontiersmen.

The wild adventures of John George “Kootenai” Brown- adventurer, founder of Waterton Lakes National Park, and one of Canada’s greatest frontiersmen.

 

The Battle of Belly River

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Discover the Battle of Belly River, Canada’s last great inter-tribal Indian battle, which was fought in the river valley of what is now Lethbridge, Alberta.

 

The Battle of Elkwater Lake

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The story of the last great battle between the Blackfoot and Kootenay, fought on the shores of Elkwater Lake, Alberta, in 1864.

 

The Cypress Hills Massacre

The story of the Cypress Hills Massacre, a major catalyst for the mobilization of the North West Mounted Police.

The story of the Cypress Hills Massacre, a major catalyst for the mobilization of the North West Mounted Police.

 

The Frank Slide

The Frank Slide of Frank, Alberta- the deadliest rockslide in Canadian history.

The tragic tale of the Frank Slide, the deadliest rockslide in Canadian history.

 

The Ghost Village of Fort Macleod

The plains people believed that only Indians could see Indian ghost. However, the chilling account of Cecil Denny, a respected North West Mounted Police officer, suggests otherwise.

 

The Ghost Woman of Akai’niskui

A classic Blackfoot ghost story from the Lethbridge area.

A classic Blackfoot ghost story from the Lethbridge area.

 

The Legend of Old Wives Lake

The legend of Old Wives Lake, a Cree tale of sacrifice and the supernatural.

The legend of Old Wives Lake, a Plains Cree tale of sacrifice and the supernatural.

 

The Legend of the Lost Lemon Mine

A tale of murder, madness, Indian curses and lost gold, the legend of the Lost Lemon Mine is one of the greatest mysteries of the Canadian Rockies.

A tale of murder, madness, Indian curses and lost gold, the legend of the Lost Lemon Mine is one of the greatest mysteries of the Canadian Rockies.

 

The Mounties’ Great March West

The Mounties Great March west.

The Mounties’ Great March of 1874.

 

The Murder of Constable Graburn

The story of the murder of Constable Graburn, the first North West Mounted Police officer to die by human violence.

The story of the 1879 murder of Constable Marmaduke Graburn, the first North West Mounted Police officer to die by human violence.

 

The Phantom Train of Medicine Hat

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The chilling story of Medicine Hat’s ghost train and the strange CPR wreck of 1908.

 

The Romance of Fort Whoop-Up

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The dangerous Indian romance, aided and abetted by Fort Whoop-Up co-founder Alfred Hamilton, that flowered in the spring of 1870.

 

The Spitzee Cavalry

The Spitzee Cavalry

The tale of the Spitzee Cavalry, the wolfer militia that attempted to establish law and order in anarchic southern Alberta in 1874.

 

The Standoff at Whiskey Gap

The 1871 standoff between whisky traders and a Deputy U.S. Marshall.

The 1871 standoff between whisky traders and a Deputy U.S. Marshall.

 

The Story of the Galt Railway

The story of the Galt Railway, the narrow gauge railway line built between Dunmore and Lethbridge by Alexander Galt in 1885.

The story of the Galt Railway, the narrow gauge railway line built between Dunmore and Lethbridge by Alexander Galt in 1885.

 

The Tale of the Vengeful Wife

An old Indian tale of the Canadian plains.

An old Indian tale of the Canadian plains.

 

The Tragedy of Tom Sukanen

The tragic tale of Tom Sukanen and the mysterious Sukanen Ship.

The tragic tale of Tom Sukanen and his mysterious Sukanen Ship.

 

The Whisky Trade in Canada

The true story of the disastrous whisky trade of what is now southern Alberta.

The true story of the disastrous whisky trade of what is now southern Alberta.

 

Things (and People) That Medicine Hat Is Famous For

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From professional hockey players to renowned musicians, see what Medicine Hat, Alberta, has made headlines for since its founding in 1883.

 

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