The view from Vancouver Island . . .

Scots had vital role in Canadian history


Without the work of the Scots, Vancouver Island would be a much different place. Take it from Ken McGoogan — although, judging by the name, he just might have a bias of sorts.

McGoogan’s How The Scots Invented Canada looks beyond the Island, of course, because it turns out that Scots have played major roles from sea to sea to sea (really). But it is still remarkable to note the Island connections in this collection of biographies of notable Canadian Scots.

At the top of the list of would surely be James Douglas, who quite rightly is known as the father of British Columbia. Douglas determined the location of the Hudson’s Bay Company fort that grew into the city of Victoria, and guided us through the gold rush that made us back in the 1850s. . . .

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