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Sporting Pride: The Bluenose

Gallery 3: Modern Canada ⟶ Sovereignty and Prosperity ⟶ The First World War

Independence and Pride
The First World War had a profound effect on spirits in Canada. Wartime sacrifices and achievements had given Canadians greater national confidence. The country no longer saw itself as simply a British dependency. This sense of emancipation and pride was seen in the political realm, in the arts and even in sport.

Canada’s new assertiveness was also evident in the world of sport. Designed by naval architect William Roué, the Bluenose was launched in 1921 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. For 17 years, the schooner was unbeatable, winning races around North America’s East Coast. The Bluenose even represented Canada at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, and at King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935. Since 1937, it has appeared on the Canadian dime.



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