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History

Boreal Science began its existence as Boreal Biological Laboratory on January 1, 1955. It was founded by Dr. R. L. Peterson, "Pete", and his wife Elizabeth Taylor Peterson in Cooksville, now Mississauga, Ontario, in the basement of his home.

Whether it was in business (Chairman of the Board of Directors - Boreal Laboratories Ltd.), academia, or in the laboratories of the world searching for new species of his specialty, the bat, or updating his definitive book on the moose, "Pete" had a natural passion for science, exploration, and education.

Even at home "on the farm" where he and Elizabeth grew fruits and nuts in their orchard, vegetables in an enormous garden, exotic plants in their greenhouse and experimented with all kinds of wines, (have you ever tried parsnip wine?), Pete always sought the new, the exciting, the next step. 

During his forty years as president of Boreal Laboratories, Ltd., Pete remained immersed in cultural and academic organizations who also sought to connect the public to the wonders of science. Pete served as Curator of Mammalogy at the Royal Ontario Museum, on the faculty at the University of Toronto, a director of the Toronto Zoo and an active member of the American Society of Mammalogy. (In fifty years of membership he attended every single meeting.)

In 1960 a lot was purchased on Mattawa Avenue where the original building was erected and occupied in the fall. In 1962 a marine biology laboratory was purchased at Vogler's Cove, Nova Scotia along with a second parcel of ocean front property of one acre at Broad Cove, Nova Scotia.

A second company was incorporated and began operations in 1963, as Science Borealis Limited with Pete as President. Its function was to expand coverage in sales to include the full spectrum of scientific supplies and equipment including biology, chemistry, physics and general science.

The Petersons sold Boreal in 1974 under the name of Boreal Laboratories Ltd. On October 29, 1989 Pete died.

Elizabeth Peterson became Chairman of the Board upon Pete's death. A new facility was built in St. Catharines, Ontario at 399 Vansickle Road, including a state of the art biological plant. This site remains the current home of Boreal Science, and continues to serve Canadian science teachers with hands-on science supplies for all grade levels and disciplines.

Today
, Boreal Science is a division of VWR International, Co, helping teachers turn science lessons into science connections. We are proud to welcome Ward's Natural Science to our family of products, providing Canadian science teachers with exclusive access to Ward’s Natural Science products for high school and college biology, chemistry, geology and physics, in addition to Boreal Science hands-on science activities for elementary and middle school science that are easy to use in the classroom and save valuable teaching time.

Want to learn more about how Boreal Science can help you turn science lessons into science connections? Visit About Us.