Brain Quest Canada – Six Ways to Use This Card Game in Your Homeschool

How much do you really know about Canada? I thought my Canadiana trivia knowledge was pretty good…. until I played Brain Quest Canada with my kids. Turns out there is a lot that I don’t know.

Six Ways to Use Brain Quest Cards in Your Homeschool Text with image of the Brain Quest Canada game

What is Brain Quest Canada?

Brain Quest Canada is a 2 decked trivia question/answer game that includes over 1000 questions per deck. Pinned together in the bottom corner, you fan open to the first set of questions and then find the answers on the card underneath. Question topics include:

  • Notable Canadians
    Canada Pre-1867
  • Provinces & Territories
  • Canada Post- 1867
  • The Arts
  • Science
  • and This & That

This newly revised 5th edition is designed for players who are in Grades 5 & up.

Brain Quest Canada – Challenge Yourself!

These cards really stretch your knowledge of Canada and bring some really fascinating facts. For example, did you know that the original author of the Hardy Boys series was actually a Canadian? His name was Leslie McFarlane, and he ghostwrote over 20 of the original series of books!

Test your knowledge on everything Canadian, from the First Nations to Sidney Crosby, including Sasquatch, Horseshoe Falls, the Great Lakes, caribou and grizzlies, Mounties, and of course, the Canadian Shield.  It’s all about Canada, it’s all about learning, and it’s all about fun!

Here, test yourself:

  1. Who was the King of France when explorer Jacques Cartier set sail to the New World?
  2. February 15th is a special day in Canada. What do we call it?
  3. What caused Niagara Falls to run dry on the night of March 29, 1848?
  4. What three Canadian cities are substitutes for New York City in feature films?
  5. Is Nunavut in the Central, Eastern, or Mountain time zone?


  1. Francis I (who sent Cartier to search for new French possessions in 1534.)
  2. National Flag Day! (The new maple leaf flag first flew in Ottawa on February 15th, 1965.
  3. An ice jam (on Lake Erie)
  4. Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal
  5. It’s in all three time zones!

Six Ways to Use Brain Quest Canada Cards in Your Homeschool

1  – A Self-Challenge.

These cards are perfect to just grab and flip through to test yourself on what you know. They are a good quiet activity for a curious kid (or grown-up!)

2 – Team Challenge.

There are 2 decks of cards, so divide up your family (or group) into two teams and take turns challenging each other with the questions. Which team can answer the most correctly? This could be extra fun if you added buzzers or bells for each team. It makes it more exciting!

3 – In Your Morning Basket.

Morning baskets are a good time to cover lots of different topics as a group. This is a perfect time to add a question or two to your day, which can add some Canadian content to your learning with just a fun activity.

4 – Travel Game. 

When you have a captive audience on an airplane or in a car while travelling, it’s a perfect opportunity to pull out the cards and play a game.

5 – Canada Day Celebrations.

There is no better time to refresh your knowledge of our country than on our birthday! On Canada Day, pull out your Brain Quest Canada cards and test your family on their Canadian trivia along with all your other favourite celebration traditions!

6 – Review and Curiosity Starter.

If you have been doing a study of Canada, you can use these cards to review what you’ve been learning about – or even as a starting point for more learning! When you find a neat new fact, use it to go research more about it.


Brain Quest Cards

Using Brain Quest Canada in our Homeschool


My kids love to learn things on their own, so I left these cards out to see what they would do. The bright red box did the trick and drew them in right away. I found my 11-year-old curled up in a chair quizzing himself on all things Canadian.  Later, I found the12-year-old doing the same thing. Before long, it became a game of “Stump Mom” as they took turns yelling out questions to see if I knew the answers. Of course, I didn’t know everything and that gave them some excitement. It actually sparked some interesting questions and conversations about things as we discovered things together, or I had to explain more.

We have added these cards to our morning basket so that they can continue to try and stump me with Canadian trivia.

No matter how you use it, this Brain Quest Canada card challenge is sure to offer you lots of interesting new facts and tidbits about our country, our history, the people who live here, and more.

You can find this game (referral links) on Amazon.

20 thoughts on “Brain Quest Canada – Six Ways to Use This Card Game in Your Homeschool”

  1. There is a breed of horses called the Canadian. They came about as a result of several breeds of horses brought to New France in the 1600s. These Quebec based horses are very tough, known as iron work horses.

  2. The first Tim Hortons opened in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1964. Tim Horton was an NHL player, and died in a car crash on the QEW in St Catharines in 1974.

  3. In Canada, we have some unique snacks, like pink cream soda, Smarties, Cheezies, as well as ketchup and all dressed potato chips. Finding out that cream soda isn’t usually pink blew my mind!

  4. Bonnie Way aka the Koala Mom

    The word “dominion” in Canada’s official name, the Dominion of Canada, comes from the book of Genesis. 🙂

  5. Canada used to celebrate Thanksgiving on November 20. It changed to the second Monday in October in 1957–just 61 years ago!

  6. Largest Axe in Canada is in Nackawic, NB
    It is a gleaming symbol of the industrious lives and legacies of Canada’s lumberjacks. In the same year the axe was installed, its hometown of Nackawic in New Brunswick was named the Forestry Capital of Canada, hence the colossal construction. The shining, chromed blade of the axe is 23 feet in length and made of a solid 55 tons of steel. The handle extends another 50 feet into the air, buried for all time in a huge concrete stump that is itself 33 feet in diameter.

  7. Regina, Saskatchewan is said to have the longest bridge over the shortest span of water in the world, Albert Street Memorial Bridge, is 256 metres long and 22 metres wide

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