37 Amazing Photos of Life in Canada during the Late 1940s & 1950s

Canada is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Indigenous peoples have continuously inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years. Beginning in the 16th century, British and French expeditions explored and later settled along the Atlantic coast. As a consequence of various armed conflicts, France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America in 1763. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces. This began an accretion of provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy from the United Kingdom. This widening autonomy was highlighted by the Statute of Westminster 1931 and culminated in the Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition. The country’s head of government is the prime minister—who holds office by virtue of their ability to command the confidence of the elected House of Commons—and is appointed by the governor general, representing the monarch, who serves as head of state. The country is a Commonwealth realm and is officially bilingual at the federal level. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. Canada’s long and complex relationship with the United States has had a significant impact on its economy and culture.

A highly developed country, Canada has the 26th highest nominal per-capita income globally and the sixteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the ninth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks. Canada is part of several major international and intergovernmental institutions or groupings including the United Nations, NATO, the G7, the Group of Ten, the G20, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Commonwealth of Nations, the Arctic Council, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and the Organization of American States. (Wikipedia)

Cave and Basin swimming pool, Banff National Park, Alberta, October 1948
Five hostel workers, Quebec City, August 1948
Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick, October 1948
Corner Brook, Newfoundland, July 1949
Fly fish for salmon in the Humber River, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, July 1949
Sarnia, Ontario, Yacht Club, 1949
Young couple photographing with a new bathtub Nash, Fort Chambly, Quebec, 1949
Anglers, Bennett Lake, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, July 1950
Paddle boarding, Lake Waskesiu, Saskatchewan, July 1950.
Tourists view the city of Montreal from the lookout on Mount Royal, Quebec, June 1950
Grand Bend, Ontario, July 1951
Horseshoe Falls from lookout platform, Niagara Falls, Ontario, July 1951
A man and a woman on bicycles consult a road map on the bank of the Ottawa River, Rockcliffe Park, Ontario, June 1952
Two men and two women play ping-pong at Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, Ontario, June 1952
A woman smelling some flowers offered by a vendor at the Bonsecours market in Montreal, 1950
Students painting some of the remarkable scenery in Banff National Park, Alberta. 1957
A family picnic at Lake Waskesiu, Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, 1950
Sunbathing at Wigwassan Lodge, Lake Rosseau, Muskoka, Ontario, July 1951
Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, June 1952
Clear Lake, Manitoba, 1952
Fishing at Point Wolfe River, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, 1950
The swimming pool at Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, 1950
Picnicking on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, Mallorytown Landing, Thousand Islands national park, 1950
Fishing in Cameron Creek, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, 1949
Golfer chooses a club on the golf course at Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, 1948
Man, woman and little girl on the rocks below the lighthouse at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Nova Scotia, 1952
Meech Lake, Quebec, July 1952
Vacationing in British Columbia, July 1953
Picnic in Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, August 5, 1954
Children playing at Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island, 1953
A man unpacks the trunk of his car for a stay in one of the chalets in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, 1950
Bowling on the public greens at Waskesiu, Saskatchewan, 1950
Early summer swimming in the St. Lawrence River near Brockville, Ontario, 1949
Guests sunbathe on the pier at Wigwassan Lodge, Lake Rosseau, Muskoka, Ontario, July 1951
Makeshift bath, Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, August 5, 1954
Stanley Park archers, Vancouver, 1954
Flin Flon, Manitoba, 1956

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