Get the inside scoop! Fascinating stories about the people and artifacts behind your national human history museum.
Whether it sparks a sense of wonder or dread, there’s no denying that snow has helped shape the Canadian identity. Snow was a relentless challenge that the first European settlers had to adapt to as soon as they arrived in Canada. Thanks to the expertise of the Aboriginal peoples, they learned to live with snow.
In 1964, Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby ― the first Canadian horse to do so. This small bay colt became an instant national hero. And in retirement he became the greatest thoroughbred sire of the 20th century. The Museum has recently acquired an historic collection that documents Northern Dancer’s extraordinary legacy.
During his heroic 1980 Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox forged a unique bond with the Canadian public that has endured for decades. The challenges he faced and the affection he inspired are the subject of an exhibition now being developed by the Museum of Civilization.
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