Royal LePage turns 100 years old this year. That is a long time to be in business for, and all our agents are pretty proud to represent such a long-lived company. It might seem a lifetime ago, but if you look around there’s plenty of evidence of how far we’ve come since 1913. Here are just a few of the events that shaped our world when A. E. LePage decided to shape his…

Life & Times From 100 Years Ago

  • The population of Canada sits at over 35 million people today, but back in 1913 our numbers sat closer to 7, 758, 000 inhabitants. Those numbers swelled in large part due to an influx in immigrants with the intent to farm. In fact, 400, 870 people moved to Canada in 1913 alone. Good thing they got there when they did, as WWI effectively shut the borders in a big way the following year.
  • Canadian Arctic Exploration 1913-1918

    Our True North Strong and Free got a major boost when Vilhjalmur Stefansson got the green light to explore the Arctic. His party left Victoria, BC in June, and explored over 10, 000 km over a span of five years, discovering unknown islands, gathering artifacts, specimens, thousands of photographs, and a larger understanding of our Northern inhabitants.

  • Alys McKey Bryant took to the skies, as the first Canadian woman to pilot an airplane on July 31st. She was just the first of many women to fly over our Home and Native Land.
  • Hard at work in the McCormick Biscuit Factory – dubbed the “Sunshine Palace” due to its state of the art construction for its day

    A new piece of real estate was added to the London map when the McCormick Biscuit Factory was built in 1913. Sadly, the “Sunshine Palace’s” doors were closed in 2008 and remain vacant to this day.

  • Canadian literature gained a legend when Robertson Davies was born on August 28th
  • Women received new support, when Mary Phelps Jacob patented the first elastic brassière on November 13th
  • Laura Secord – Canadian Confections since 1913

    Even more comfort was gained when Laura Secord opened its doors, selling chocolates, confections and ice cream to Canadians. Frank P. O’Connor named his new store in honour of the Canadian heroine from the War of 1812.

  • In addition to sweets, Canada gained a little more culture when the National Gallery of Canada was incorporated in 1913
  • Not all was rosy on Canadian soil in 1913. Between November 9th – 12th a gale blew across the Great Lakes that saw many lives, ships and goods lost. It was estimated the cost of the storm was over $500, 000.
  • Construction of the National Transcontinental Railway

    While the population and borders of Canada were growing, so too was our National Transcontinental Railway. The costly construction of this railway line, which ran between Moncton and Prince Rupert, was completed on November 17th.

  • The Elgin Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto held its first performance on December 15th, with none other than Irving Berlin in attendance and even charming the audience with a performance.
  • The Founder of Royal Lepage – A. E. LePage

    Seeing how vibrant a land that Canada was, A. E. LePage decided he wanted to invest in it too. On July 2nd, he opened his real estate business “A. E. LePage – The Bungalow Specialist”. His belief in customer service, professionalism, principled conduct and the highest moral and ethical standards remain Royal LePage’s hallmarks today. Our first and best real estate agent still inspires all Royal LePage agents today.

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