Canada 150

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada with the signing of the British North America Act in 1867. To celebrate the close ties between Scotland and Canada, we will be showcasing a different influential Scottish-Canadian every month, and sharing the story of how they helped shape modern Canada.

The Hector Settlers: Creating a ‘New Scotland’ in Canada

244 years ago, on 15 September 1773, the town of Pictou in Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 200 Scottish settlers on board the ship, Hector. The landing of this famous ship is popularly regarded as one of the earliest arrivals of Scottish settlers to Canada.

Alice Munro: Canada’s Nobel Laureate

Alice Munro is one of Canada’s brightest literary stars and her work has established her as one of the greatest living writers of fiction. She also has the honour of being Canada’s sole recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was won in 2013.

Sir John A. MacDonald: Son of Scotland, Father of Canada

It’s impossible to write about the history of Canada without mentioning Sir John A. MacDonald. A proud Scotsman, MacDonald served as Canada’s first (and third) Prime Minister. He was hugely also influential in creating the Confederation of Canada, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.