Unmasking Influenza - The 1918 Spanish Flu in Canada

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest pandemics in recorded history: Spanish influenza – the outbreak that claimed more than 50 million lives worldwide. In Canada alone, the death toll reached an estimated 50,000.

Could we survive it today?

Learn about the history of the Spanish flu, its influence on public health, and the state of pandemic preparedness in Canada.



A French version of the documentary is available here.


The Royal Canadian Geographical Society hosted an in-depth discussion with Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, and professor Esyllt Jones from the University of Manitoba on the social and political impact of the Spanish flu on Canada.

Unmasking Influenza is a commemorative educational initiative. Learn more at spanishflu.canadiangeographic.ca