Unit 4: The Road Home

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When we tell the History of the Great war, the story often ends with the Armistice on November 11th, 1918.

In reality, the story continued far longer for the Canadian troops who were still far away from home. The ships that were used during the war reverted to their original function of transporting commercial products instead of troops. In this context, the logistics of bringing more than 250,000 people back to Canada was a considerable challenge.

It took nine months before Canada had brought everyone back home. During this time, soldiers were restless and impatient to go back to their civilian lives after having spent so much time away from home. Some even rioted at Kinmel Park in March 1919 which resulted in deaths.