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One year ago today, one of your Museum colleagues revealed himself as the evil magician, Cornelius van Higginbottom. Higginbottom stole the ancient skull of a giant beaver, and sent you on a time-travelling adventure to get it back.
You want to put all that in the past, of course. But, can you?
As you sit down at your desk, you notice an envelope with a thumbprint. Inside, you find a letter.
Use the clue at the top of the letter to read the hidden message (see image below). Then, answer the multiple-choice question at the bottom of this page.
Hint: A well-positioned mirror could help you read the letter!
You are hurtling through time. When you stop, you find yourself gazing across the Western plains toward the mountains. It looks like you are in what we now call Alberta.
A woman and man dressed in clothes from the early 1800s approach you.
“My name is Charlotte, and this is my husband, David Thompson,” says the woman. “I was born to a Sakāwithiniwak (Woodland Cree) mother and a Scottish father, and I serve as an interpreter between David and the Indigenous peoples we meet as we travel this land. David makes maps and drawings of it.”
"A man with a top hat and moustache said you would arrive, and told us you would review David’s work.”
(She must mean Cornelius, and this must be the first challenge!)
“Could you please look at this sketch and compare it to the land?” she asks. “Tell us — are there any errors that need to be corrected?”
Compare the sketch you are shown to the land itself, and decide how many corrections David needs to make (see image below). Choose your answer from the multiple-choice options at the bottom of the page.
As you say your answer out loud, you suddenly begin to fly through time (you must have gotten it right!). When you open your eyes, you appear to be in Ireland during the mid-1800s.
A woman with an Irish accent approaches you. “A strange fellow just told me that you would help us pack our trunk for the Province of Canada. Our family is set to become farmers there.”
Cornelius’ second challenge!
The woman hands you a list of objects.
Select three objects from the woman’s list (see image below). Be sure to pick things commonly packed by British immigrants moving to Canada to become farmers in the mid-1800s. Choose your answer from the multiple-choice options at the bottom of the page.
Thank goodness you studied history at school! You remembered that British immigrants often packed items with sentimental value — such as a family Bible, quilt and heirloom — and bought more common items, such as shovels, after they arrived in Canada.
As you hand the woman the list, you hurtle through time again. When you stop, you find yourself in an office, facing a bearded man sitting in a leather chair.
“Where am I, and what year is this?” you ask.
“It is 1869,” he says, “and you are in the Montréal office of the Geological Survey of Canada. I’ve been its director since 1842, and you must guess my name.”
This must be Cornelius’ third challenge!
The man hands you a piece of paper.
Decode the name of the man, using the clues on this page (see image below). Choose your answer from the multiple-choice options at the bottom of the page.
As you say, “William Logan,” you are again flying through time. You can’t believe you just met him! Canada’s tallest mountain, Mount Logan, was named after him. He was also the first director of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), which evolved into some of your favourite museums, including the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canada Science and Technology Museum — and, of course, the Canadian Museum of History!
When you stop, you find yourself next to a photographer taking a picture. The scene looks familiar. Then you realize that you are at the Charlottetown Conference, where delegates from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Province of Canada agreed on the idea of Confederation.
Suddenly you spot something: a thumbprint on the camera! It looks like the one on the letter you received at the beginning of your adventure. They must belong to Cornelius. Could he be here? Can you find him?
Match the original thumbprint to a delegate (see image below). Choose your answer from the multiple-choice options at the bottom of the page.
You have just identified one of the delegates from Nova Scotia as Cornelius!
“Curses!” he shouts. (It is him!)
“The game isn’t over yet,” he says. “Let’s see how good you are at math. Mwahahahaha!” With that, Cornelius taps you with his wand, and you find yourself at a Montréal train station.
A woman looks at you and says, “Ah, good! He told me you would help me with a question I have about my trip to Port Moody, British Columbia. I’m travelling on the new Canadian Pacific Railway line.”
“The new CPR line?” you think. “It was completed in 1885!”
“I’m scheduled to arrive in Port Moody at noon, Montréal time. But what time will it be in Port Moody? I’m told that the CPR’s chief engineer, Sandford Fleming, invented something called ‘time zones’ to help sort out these types of problems.
“I believe that there are three such zones between Montréal and Port Moody — each representing an hour — and that Port Moody is ‘behind’ Montréal in time.”
Figure out what time it will be in Port Moody when the woman is scheduled to arrive, using the information she provided. Choose your answer from the multiple-choice options at the bottom of the page.
Once again, you find yourself travelling through time. When you stop, you are back in your office. A note sits on your desk, surrounded by interesting objects. It says (see image below):