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Events from the year 1878 in Canada.



Federal government

Provincial governments

Lieutenant governors


Territorial governments

Lieutenant governors


Full date unknown


Ernest Charles Drury
Ernest Charles Drury

January to June

July to December

Thomas Laird Kennedy
Thomas Laird Kennedy


Historical Documents

J.A. Macdonald's speech about the dismissal of Quebec's government by its lieutenant-governor[1]

Hudson's Bay Company policy change causes Indigenous people to starve in the Sept-Îles, Que. area[2]

Editorial foresees great immigration as Winnipeg inaugurates regular train service[3]

Arrivals in Manitoba find the good land is "taken" and freight and other costs are exorbitant[4]

First apples and pears arrive in Battleford, causing homesickness[5]


  1. ^ The Quebec Constitutional Question; Speech by the Rt. Hon. Sir John Macdonald. Accessed 17 September 2018 https://archive.org/details/cihm_04619
  2. ^ Report by the Commissioner of Marine and Fisheries on the Condition of the Indians of the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River near Mingan (1878). Accessed 17 September 2018 http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/pam_archives/index.php?fuseaction=genitem.displayEcopies&lang=eng&rec_nbr=2062073
  3. ^ First Train Reaches Winnipeg, Manitoba Free Press (December 9, 1878). Accessed 17 September 2018 http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/documents/thewest/firstwinnipegtrain.htm
  4. ^ Harris H. Barnes, Journal of a Trip to Manitoba and Back, June and July, 1878 (Halifax: Printed by J.W. Doley, 1879), pgs. 12-14. Accessed 17 September 2018 http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/824/13.html
  5. ^ Saskatchewan Herald, Stories of the Old Times from the "Saskatchewan Herald" Files (Battleford, Sask.: Mrs J.C. DeGear, 1951), pg. 21. Accessed 17 September 2018 http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/7296/22.html
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