In the lead up to Confederation, Canada faces the threat of American expansionism and a decreased interest by the British in maintaining the colony. Determined that Canada will remain independent and free, a generation of risk takers, gold miners, cowboys and railway builders will rise to the challenge. But not everyone is happy with this expansion. Features stories/events include: the creation of British Columbia, the Northwest Rebellion, the cattle industry, building the railway, the Yukon goldfields. Important note for teachers: This series is intended to be used in conjunction with the Canada: The Story of Us teacher guide that includes activities and primers expanding on themes raised in the series.