Among the more than 2,200 passengers on Titanic, 130 men, women and children were Canada bound. They came from all walks of life: some called the dominion their own, others chose it as a place of opportunity and refuge. Charles Hayes was a visionary railway magnate and member of Canada’s business elite. The sinking claimed his life. Toronto business and military man Arthur Peuchen, on his 40th trans-Atlantic crossing, used his sailing expertise to escape death. Wealthy Winnipeg real estate speculator Mark Fortune, his wife, son and four daughters were returning from a European holiday. Only the women survived. Halifax born second class passenger Hilda Slayter was headed to Vancouver to marry her future husband. Hilda survived but lost her entire wedding trousseau. Third class passengers Anders and Alfrida Andersson of Sweden and their five children all perished. Of the 130 Canada bound passengers, only 48 survived.
Join historian and host Michael Dupuis as he presents the 90 minute CBC made for television documentary Titanic: TheCanadian Story, and describes his experience on the April 2012 Titanic Memorial Cruise to the site of the ill-fated liner’s sinking.