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From Naked Man Hill to Skedaddle Ridge

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From Pictou and Naked Man Hill to Crapaud and Chocolate Cove, Atlantic Canada is chock full of memorable place names. Early Mi'kmaqs, explorer Captain James Cook and generations of settlers have all bestowed tongue-twisting, colourful and puzzling names on the region. Professor and author Bill Hamilton explains the history of 2,000 of those names in his book Place Names of Atlantic Canada. Today he's Peter Gzowski's guest on CBC's Morningside.

• One of Atlantic Canada's newer names is the Churchill River in Labrador. Newfoundland Premier Joey Smallwood named it, and its impressive falls, as a tribute to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in 1965.
• The river's original name was Mishtashipu, Innu for "the big river." Its first English-language name was the Grand River, and in the early 19th century it was renamed the Hamilton River in honour of a local governor.

• The 1996-97 season was the last for Peter Gzowski and Morningside. Its replacement was This Morning with co-hosts Avril Benoit and Michael Enright.
• A big challenge for Gzowski was waking early five days a week. "My alarm is set for 3:13 a.m.," he told Knowlton Nash in the book Cue the Elephant! Backstage Tales at the CBC. "I read the papers and I get to the office about 5 a.m., read more papers, read the mail, read through the research, and then we're on the air at 8 a.m. to the Maritimes and Newfoundland."
Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: Oct. 25, 1996
Guest(s): Bill Hamilton
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 11:25
Photo: Peter Gzowski photo courtesy of CBC Design Library

Last updated: March 30, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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