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“The First World War,” says historian Tim Cook, “forced Canada to grow up.” More than 620,000 Canadians served, and more than 66,000 died, fighting in appalling conditions. But our victories at Vimy Ridge and elsewhere showed Canadians, and the world, what we could do. The war set the former colony on the path to true nationhood.
The Mont Blanc was ablaze and adrift in Halifax Harbour, its main cargo of explosives not yet ignited. Two small naval boats — one Canadian, one British — advanced toward the inferno “to see what could be done.” Medals for bravery now held in the Canadian War Museum testify as to what happened next.
The First World War had many witnesses but, in an era before the digital camera and instant communication, Canada relied on artists to document the conflict. The exhibition Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War shows battlefields, hospitals, munitions factories and more through the eyes of soldiers and artists at home and overseas.
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thur: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8
October 2, 2014
October 23, 2014