Unmasking Influenza - The 1918 Spanish Flu in Canada

More than a century ago, Spanish influenza claimed more than 50 million lives worldwide as one of history’s deadliest pandemics. In Canada alone, the death toll reached an estimated 50,000.

Could we survive it today?

Watch Unmasking Infleunza, a 2018 documentary about 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 in 2018 with Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, and professor Esyllt Jones from the University of Manitoba, on the Spanish flu’s social and political impact on Canada.


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