Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Photo credit: Aiyaz Kidwai

Photo credit: Aiyaz Kidwai

Did you know that the largest man-made explosion prior to the atomic bomb happened right here in Canada?

Our family’s been delving into Canadian history with Canada: A People’s History. I always thought that Canadian history was more boring than counting snowflakes, but homeschooling has given me a second chance to fall in love with learning about the history of our beautiful country.

I feel like it honours those who have gone before us to learn their stories and share them with our children.

Back to the explosion—it happened December 6, 1917 when two ships—one of them full of explosives—collided near Halifax. A pressure wave from the blast flattened the community of Richmond, and a Tsunami that went out from it completely destroyed a community of Mi’kmaq First Nations people.


To learn more about the Halifax explosion, check out this interactive website: cbc.ca/halifaxexplosion/


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Now That’s Cold!

We’ve had some pretty cold temperatures this week and it was down to -32 C last night (that’s about -25 F for those of you south of the border.) At -30 or lower you can throw a cup of boiling water into the air and it will explode into snow. I videotaped this so you can see for yourselves and be thankful that most of you live in warmer climes. 🙂

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