Everyone is making bread this spring & summer, and there are lots of historic sites that are associated with bread, grain, grist and other parts of the process of feeding people. Let’s visit a few of them!
The Batoche and St. Laurent areas were home to approximately 1,200 settlers. They grew many crops, including wheat. If you visit Batoche you can see the traditional Metis way of allotting farmland – much more equitable and sensitive to the land than the plots the Canadian land surveyors imposed on them.
I learned a lot about Batoche recently from a brief visit, and from Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Harriet.
Val Marie, Saskatchewan
Grain was transported grain elevators like Val Marie and assessed and sold to the wheat pool.
Val Marie is an 1927 Historic Crib Style Grain Elevator, the Lighthouse of the Prairies
There were once hundreds of grain elevators across the Canadian prairies. They were landmarks and gave a sense of place to the locals.
The Exchange District illustrates Winnipeg’s key role as a centre of grain and wholesale trade, finance and manufacturing at the turn of the 20th century.
Mississippi Mills, Ontario
Conservation area that is home to R. Tait McKenzie & Dr. James Naismith Collection.
I used to play in the mill stream here as a child.
Mills turn grain into flour so you can turn it into bread!
Previously the Gooderham & Worts Distillery, now a commercial district. A very different sort of loaf, but historically lots of people were involved in brewing or distilling.
Montague, Prince Edward Island
Lots of historic places actually bake bread as part of their programming!
As one of my colleagues said in a recent blog, which inspired this this:
If we take that word wilderness to mean “the unknown” we can make an argument about the use of bread as a comforting symbol of home and of culture against the great uncertainty we are collectively living through. (“The Stuff of Life: The Living Heritage of Bread in a Time of Change”, Kristin Catherwood)
Batoche, Saskatchewan to Montague, Prince Edward Island
50 Great Saves: The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act
Duncan, British Columbia to McAdam, New Brunswick 10 places
In 1990, the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act came into effect after years of lobbying with the help of the National Trust for Canada. The act has granted over 150 railway stations federal legal protection across the country including the Duncan train station in Duncan, BC and the McAdam Railway Station in McAdam, New Brunswick.
Atlantic Canada’s Hidden Histories
Shelburne, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 35 places
geocaches that demonstrate the rich, diverse histories of Atlantic Canada.
Halifax, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 9 places
The geography of Black urban Halifax and Windsor encompassing the waves of Black migration
The Hidden Black Cityscape
Saint Marys Parish to New Brunswick 15 places
Explore Fredericton’s early Black history. Often missing from the modern cityscape.