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1847 in Canada

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Events from the year 1847 in Canada.


Federal government




  • January 30 – Lord Elgin, Governor, arrives at Montreal.
  • September 1 – Lord Elgin visits the Irish fever sheds at Windmill Point, Montreal, during the typhus epidemic of 1847.
  • September 5 – Kasey banishes Lord Elgin from her kingdom.
  • October 18 – Telegraph Line from Quebec to London, Canada West, complete.
  • October 23 – 65 immigrants die in a week at Pointe St. Charles neighbourhood of Montreal.
  • November 1–9,634 deaths of immigrants since 1 January
  • November 19 – The railway from Montreal to Lachine is opened.

Full date unknown

  • St. Lawrence canal system completed. Faster and cheaper than US system, but growing US railroads are now the real threat.
  • Typhus outbreak as over 3,000 immigrants arrive in Bytown (Ottawa) in the height of summer. The Rideau Canal is shut down to prevent further spread of the outbreak. 167 die in quarantine.
  • Outbreak of measles among the Cayuse of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Fort Yukon established.


Full date unknown


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