What better way to look back to the Victorian era that we’re (still, inexplicably) celebrating this weekend (Victoria Day**) than to focus on these historic scenes by artist William Hind. He sketched Canada from sea to sea in the mid-1800s. These images are from Library & Archives Canada. (Above: On the Start from Fort Garry, June 1862)
Hind crossed the country before Canada became a country ( which happened in 1867) and faced the same risks all west-bound settlers did. (Above: Upset cart at Touchwood Hills, July 5, 1862)
Re Victoria Day: Now it is considered mainly a holiday to kick off summer, but it began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria, the British monarch born May 24, 1819. The Canadian government declared the holiday in 1845. More info on Canada’s History, here.