Archive | Food in History

Stopping Houses on the Cariboo Road

The Cariboo Road provided access to the BC interior by gold-seekers in 1858, and stopping houses provided accommodation and food. The California gold rush was waning and miners were drawn to the next big (possible) find. They flocked to British Columbia, many travelling by ship to Victoria and then making their way to the Lower […]

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Big Cheese Stories

Jason Allard, Hudson Bay Company clerk, and James W. Robertson, Canadian Dairy Commissioner,  contributed to some of the folklore that surrounds “big cheese”. Allard’s Cheese Jason Allard (1848-1931)  was born at Fort Langley, BC, the son of Ovid Allard and Justine Cowichan, the sister of a Cowichan confederacy chief T’Soshia.  His biographer, Bruce McKelvie, described him […]

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Meat Rationing in World War II

I was going through an old button box the other day when I came across this: Not knowing what it was, I had to do a little research.  It turns out that it is a meat ration token from World War II produced by the Canadian Government. People who lived through the war years in […]

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Hospital Food

Hospital Food of the Past While there is a claim that hospital food is being revolutionized[i] by sourcing and preparing more local, nutritious food, a friend who recently spent some time in a BC hospital described the food as “downright awful.” We are reminded especially in the Okanagan that the soil is productive and at […]

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