Canadian Military History Gateway
Subject > Politics and Society > Life on the Homefront
Organization > Veterans Affairs Canada
While life on the homefront during wartime could be difficult there were also happier moments of goodwill and friendship.
Veterans Affairs Canada
This account illustrates the wartime tradition of "sending off the troops," as experienced on many occasions by this community in New Brunswick.
Introduces a project on women and wartime experience created to coincide with Women's History Month, a commemoration of women in Canadian history.
Many reminders of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan can be seen across Canada today. The airports of many cities and towns were once part of the BCATP aerodrome infrastructure. Commonwealth recruits who died in Canada were buried in cemeteries of nearby communities. The BCATP was a tremendous feat in itself: more than 100 aerodromes and emergency landing fields were built and more than 130,000 airmen were trained -- all in only five years. This site explores the legacy of the BCATP.
A woman recounts her experience working away from home for the first time during the war and how she carried on with life afterwards.
Families at home in Canada during the war were able to offer help to those overseas with gifts and gestures of kindness, as this story illustrates.
Disruption and new challenges arose for many on the homefront as they adapted to wartime conditions.
The end of the war was not the happiest time for the people of Halifax. The overcrowded city experienced rioting, looting, and an explosion, which forced part of the city to be evacuated for several days.
Many people moved to new and unfamiliar parts of Canada during the war to join their military spouses and sometimes that experience was disorienting, as we learn from this story.
Towards the end of the war, Canadian communities welcomed increasing numbers of war brides arriving from overseas. These are the memories of one woman from Glasgow who came over on the Queen Mary in 1944 and eventually settled in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan.