Canadian Confederation – Part 2

Cattle and Gold   By 1844 President Polk had made U.S. ambitions in the far West clear with his slogan, “54° 40′ or fight.” It referred to a northern border adjustment between British and American territory in what is now B.C. Vancouver Island had the best naval harbour north of San Francisco, coal deposits and …

Canadian Confederation – Part 1

Motivation and Formation   July 1, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. The forces driving the British North American colonies into political union were both complex and varied but focused upon military protection, cultural freedom, and sovereignty in the West that were all driven by industrial economic issues. The creation of Canada in …

Roderick Riddle Macleay

When Roderick Macleay left his home in Danville, Que., for the western hills, he thought he was not long for this world. On recovering from rheumatic fever, his doctors had predicted he might live another fifteen years if he moved to a higher altitude. And so it was that in 1898 he came to the …

Legendary Driver: Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis was born to Joseph and Emily Lewis in Grande Prairie, Alta., on September 3, 1936. His love of horses began at a very young age, and as a youngster Dave started jockeying his father’s racehorses. Through the encouragement of World Champion Chuckwagon driver Ralph Vigen, 1965 saw Dave assemble his first chuckwagon outfit. In 1967 he joined the Canadian …