history

Lest We Forget

If you want to teach your kids some Remembrance Day Lessons, here is a great list of resources for you. Personally, I’ve found this time of year hard to talk about with my kids. So I’ve been looking for a way to share that with my boys – who, even when they were little, have tended […]

Hands-On Canadian History: Japanese Internment Camps

After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, the government of Canada decided that all Japanese-Canadians needed to be put in Japanese Internment Camps. Fearing that there could be some hidden danger from these people, they were forced to leave their homes and jobs to live in a designated compound under supervision. Abled-bodied […]

Hands-On Canadian History: World War II – Victory Garden

Growing a victory garden during World War II was a way for the people here in Canada to both better feed themselves and also help support the troops in Europe, since it was possible to send more food overseas due to less needs here. It gave many people a sense of being able to actively participate […]

The Bluenose

Hands-On Canadian History: The Bluenose Fishing and Racing Vessel

The Bluenose Schooner was a fishing / racing vessel that was made in Nova Scotia. Its unique design made it incredibly fast and enabled it to become the champion in top ship races during the 1920s and 30s. It’s the ship that you can see on the Canadian dime. Have a Boat Design Competition & […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush in 1896 set off the wild excitement of discovery. People from all over risked treacherous land hiking with all their belongings to the rugged wilds of the Yukon just for the chance to find gold and get rich. There IS something thrilling about the chance of discovering something special. Kids in particular […]

Hands-On Canadian History: When the Provinces and Territories Joined Canada

The provinces and territories of Canada have been ever changing since the country first became official in 1867. At first, it was just a few provinces, but over time, has grown to become the 2nd largest country in the world. Between 1867 and today, Canada has divided its land into 13 distinct provinces and territories, […]

Hands-on Canadian History: Underground Railroad – Escape Game

In an attempt to be free, black slaves in the southern states made a dangerous and difficult journey north to Canada on the Underground Railroad, running from their owners and the slave hunters. The experiences they faced would have been terrifying, but so incredibly full of hope. Escape: A Night Time Hide And Seek Game […]

Hands On Canadian History: Habitant – a New France Game

In the mid- to late 1600s, France attempted to retain its grasp of New France (aka Canada) by creating a colony here. Nobles and Clergy from France were granted sections of land along the St. Lawrence River which were called seigneuries. The Seigneurs (or Lords), divided up their property and rented it to settlers to farm and […]

Hands-on Canadian History: Early Canadian Explorers

Almost 500 years after the Vikings first visited, the next group of Early Canadian Explorers arrived: John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Henry Hudson, Martin Frobisher…. all these men eager and curious of the new world. Ships at this time didn’t have handy electronic guiding systems to keep them on course, so how did they successfully […]