An overview of how parliament works
You Tube video gives an explanation of how to play Oware
Find out about the early explorers who discovered the Suez Canal, the famous shortcut that made trading so much easier.
Using current events to teach about our world.
This is the classic Capitals Song by Stompin' Tom Conners. It is sung with children and is great to teach the provinces and capitals of Canada.
An informational video which will change the way you read picture books.
Sable Island is a small island southeast of Nova Scotia and notable for the Sable Island Horse.
The Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
If you are new to my site, here are some quick tips to maximize your time.
Discover great Ontario history through the filming of Murdoch Mysteries.
How do people make maps when the earth is round?
How does an igloo keep someone warm when it is a house made of snow?
Need a printable to keep track of all the sports, athletes and medals?
Are you new here? This will help you get started.
Discover more about the RCN with hands on activities, story and video
Discover lobsters and a way of life for east coast lobster fishers on this and other linked pages.
Featured in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum' s 'Contact of Cultures, 1609' exhibit, Professor Wiseman leads a lecture and wampum belt reading
Children's author and Professor of Literacy, Mem Fox, will inspire you with her passion for reading aloud to children.
Discover one of Canada's iconic birds, the Atlantic Puffin!
These extremely rare whales spend the summer in Canadian waters. Once much more common, there are only about 500 of them left on Earth.
The North American Lobster may be an item on a fancy menu, it is, first and foremost, an important wildlife species to our Atlantic coast’s ecology. Dive in, and discover this fascinating animal!
The Pacific Salmon - amazing footage and explanation
The amazing Canada Lynx
The Beaver - Canada's most iconic animal
North American Caribou search for food on their winter migration to the open tundra.
Jamie Soles simple song about the fur trade wars will help students remember the event.
A quick animated video helps students understand the development of the fur trade in Canada
The Rocky Mountain National Historic site was home to four forts, but very little remnants, or archival imagery, of any of the forts exist today.
A Cree elder shows how to make pemmican.
Ray Mears retracing the routes of the fur trade in Canada
From it's beginnings as the largest land owner in North America, to it's role in the French and Indian War, this is a brief history of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Introduction to the history of Evangeline, heroine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem.
Here's a collection of our favourite videos & titles about Black Canadian History
Hear the story from Able Seaman Jack Hannam who served on the HMCS Haida and helped pick up survivors of The Athabascan, which was sunk in April, 1944.
Easy to use chart of the Historical Thinking Skills by Grade
Leonard Cohen recites the poem along with a NFB feature film about John McCrae's War
Incredible images and memories of the trenches during the First World War.
A video to give an idea of how the British Child Migrant Scheme started and the hurdles faced by the over 100,000 British Home Children once they were sent Canada to work as indentured farm workers and domestics.
Viking life at LAnse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.
Discover the historic & current cod fishery of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Rick travels the park to work with biologists checking the health of moose in the park.
Check out a Newfoundland oil rig with Rick.
Rick visits unique Fogo Island, NL.
Virtual Tour to discover the historic Colony of Avalon in Ferryland, NL
Examine the early Canadian history art of four painters whose work inspired adults and school children in the early part of the 20th century.
Rick trains to be a Mountie at the RCMP training facility in Regina.
Who was Mistahimaskwa, Big Bear? He was the last Chief to reluctantly sign the infamous numbered treaties that confined aboriginals to reservations. Big Bear held out because he accurately foresaw the consequences of that policy.
The coatee of General Brock is seen under black light showing human wear.
I am Anishinaabe is a video short about a young girl's pride for her Anishinaabe heritage.
First hand view of logging and machinery in BC
Lunenburg is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Established in 1753, it was declared a UNESCO site in 1995.
A young Inuit boy follow his father's footsteps in learning traditional ways of life. Amazing video in 1-3 minute segments
Find our the differences between rural, urban and suburban communities.
Follow the path of the amazing migration of both east and west coast salmon.
A young Inuit boy learns to make his first igloo.
See amazing footage of a grizzly bear using fancy footwork to get a dead salmon from a stream without getting it's ears wet.
The Inuit from Kangiqsujuaq in northern Quebec harvest food from an interesting and dangerous place.
It asks why Magna Carta was originally created and what it meant to those living in the 13th century.
Learn about unitary, confederal, federal, and parliamentary governmental systems.
Canada's parliamentary system is modelled in history after the British system. See the ceremony of the Black Rod in this video of UK state opening, 2009.
A look back at some news broadcasts about Terry Fox
SpringtideCo explains political parties
If you are eligible to vote in a Canadian election, it's also your democratic right to be on the ballot as a candidate. Here's how candidates win.
How do elections work in Canada? From SpringtideCo.
From Student Vote, this is a great video about the history, rights and obligations of voting.
This video, which focuses on how the government of Ontario is elected, illustrates the basics of government, democracy, and how the electoral system works across Canada.
Five outstanding women fight to be recognized as persons under the law. They change the the view of women in society, forever.
The Speaker of the House handles a request for an Emergency Debate
Récompensez la générosité des gens de votre communauté avec le Prix du Gouverneur général pour l’entraide.
Hear the stories of four recipients of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award.
Parliament in the U.K. opens with the ceremonial Black Rod. Canadian parliamentary traditions are based on the U.K. traditions.
Parliamentary Guide, Imaan, from Ottawa, Ontario tells us about the House of Commons Speaker's parade.
The real story behind the Canadian Flag by The National
The Black Rod and Speech from the Throne
The Minister of Justice, Hon. Peter MacKay speaks to the House of Commons about new legislation.
A bill is passed in the House of Commons after a third reading.
Video telling the basics of Canada's government and the constitution.
Student Vote video about the three levels of government.
Despite resistance from Premier R.P. Roblin, the famous suffragette fights for Manitoban women's right to vote (1916).
Human rights and freedoms are essential for democracy to work. A democracy without human rights and freedoms is like a banana split without the banana, a computer without a keyboard, a bicycle without pedals, a game without rules.
Two simple 3 minute videos help students (and adults) understand a little more about responsibile government and democracy.
Why was Ottawa selected as the capital city of Canada?
Match symbols found a the Parliament buildings in three online matching games.
How does Parliament affect you? Watch a short video from the Library of Parliament.
In Craigellachie, British Columbia at 9:22 am on November 7, 1885, the last railway spike was hammered in, connecting Canada from coast to coast.
Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest national park in Canada. Sprawling across northeastern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories, it was originally established in 1922 in an effort to protect the world's largest herd of free-roaming Wood Bison.
The de Havilland Beaver is a single engine, high wing, propeller-driven aircraft -- and is widely considered one of Canada's most celebrated engineering achievements of the 20th century.
Rick heads to Yellowknife, NWT to fly with the ice pilots of Buffalo Air.
Audrey and I were thrilled to cover this event which celebrates Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage. There was drumming, piping, dancing, singing and athletics.
Whale watching in The Bay of Fundy aboard a wind powered yacht
Join New Brunswick Tourism on an interesting look at some of New Brunswick's most popular features.
Why is the Bay of Fundy tide the highest in the world?
Join Rick on Grand Manan Island for an day of lobster fishing.
Rick goes to Drummond, NB to head face-first into the Grand Falls Gorge.
Christmas is a special time of year to be with family. Although we all benefit from Canada's military efforts, most of us have little understanding of war and its impact on everyday life around the world.
Canadian Veterans of the Liberation of the Netherlands, participate in the Liberation March Past in Wageningen. Set in the Dutch town where the 25th German Army officially surrendered, the celebratory parade marks the 70th anniversary of that event.
Canadians pay their respects during a remembrance ceremony at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands. In May, 2015, a Canadian delegation of Veterans is participating in events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.
Corrie Ten Boom's interview intermixed with scenes from The Hiding Place video brings her faith to life.
Sample of online pages for Canada, in the Twenthieth Century
Sample of online pages for Canada, in the Twenthieth Century
Saskatchewan's Southwest with the Great Sandhills and historic Cypress Hills
Who knew Saskatoon's link to world diamonds!?
How do you ski in flat Saskatchewan? Catch the wind in a kite for snowkiting!
Saskatchewan grains are shipped all over the world! Saskatchewan Wanderer, Caitlin Taylor explores the journey grain takes form the field to the elevator and beyond!
Visitors get to see what it's like to be a Mountie for a day.
Photos and music highlight the beauty of Saskatchewan
Trained to be an undercover courier for England, Charlotte straps on a parachute and falls from the sky into Vichy France. 14A movie about the French resistance and spies who helped them. Canadian spies were part of the British operations in France.
See a brief tour through the Brittany region of France starting with Rennes.
Remembrace Day Vignettes are a great way to open or close your Remembrance Day Lesson
From St. John's to Nain, Port Aux Basques to Trepassey, Faces of Newfoundland proudly presents a collaborative video and photo blog of the people and places of this wonderful island.
Explore the Appalachian Mountain region of the province of Quebec
Visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto
Wolfe Island Thousand Islands Travel Guide
21 things to do in Fredericton
30 things to do in Montreal - Top Attractions
10 Things to Do in Quebec City Travel Guide along with why Québec City is A UNESCO Heritage Site
Adventure bloggers, Samuel & Audrey share their travel stories from Quebec City
Rick pays a visit to Winter Carnival to race across the frozen St. Lawrence River and down the streets of Quebec City with the HMCS Montcalm's ice canoe team.
All our Robert Service Ballads in one place
Learn the provinces, territories and their capitals in song.
Spice up your month with some ballads of Yukon
Robert Service's famous ballad about miners, love, and the Yukon
The men of the Yukon play a joke on an arrogant newcomer.
It's hard to keep a promise in 40 below, but the old miner figures out how to do it.
Robert Service has a word of encouragement for all the 'down-on-luck' miners.
Robert Service mentions ice worms in several of his ballads about the Yukon. Are they a tall tale, or are they real? Let's find out!
This traditional miner's recipe has been tried and tested and is easy for you.
This lengthy ballad will delight and challenge your middle grade and older students
What is the message in Robert Service's poem?
Listen to the Spell of the Yukon by country singer, Jim Reeves.
Enjoy a dramatic rendition of this Robert Service ballad.
A new version of an old poem by Robert W. Service starring Hal Jeayes. Directed by Davin Jeayes
The legendary Mountie evicts an American gambler from the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush (1898).
They raised children, baked cakes..and built world-class fighter planes. Sixty years ago, thousands of women from Thunder Bay and the Prairies donned trousers, packed lunch pails and took up rivet guns to participate in the greatest industrial war effort.
Bush pilots of northern Quebec, last of a dying breed.
Watch the northern lights in real time.
Modern day woodsman and educator shows the use of a tumpline for gathering wood.
CBC News article about youth in Nunavut creatng videos to describe their life in the north.
Online video instructions from a Grade 5 teacher.
A popular lesson from an elementary art classroom teacher.
Instruction videos for beading crafts
National Film Board photographers record the life of 3 Cree families who go to the bush to hunt.
Sing along O Canada
Here is a little help for planning your Remembrance Day Activities
Remembrance Day Activity - Photographs of Life in the Trenches
Share the excitement as a traveller shares his home video of a whale watching tour at Vancouver Island, B.C.
Check out Whistler Ski Resort with Rick Mercer
Rick travels to Kamloops to check out jobs of B.C. forest fire fighters.
Rick treks to Campbell River, BC to snorkel with the millions of spawning salmon.
Wilderness and Wildlife - Uniquely Yukon
View the northern lights in a one minute Yukon Travel video
Rick heads up to the Yukon to check out the Sourdough Festival
This short documentary is a portrait of Ulayok Kaviok, one of the last of a generation of Inuit, born and bred on the land. We see her skills in making the sealskin boots.
100 Years Beneath the Sea - 1914-2014 - Canada's Submarines
Discover the falls in this 5 minute introduction to one of the world's amazing natural wonders.
The essence of wilderness camping with video from a canoe trip in Killarney Park, Ontario with Daryl Phillips
Rick builds Camaros and tests them at the Automotive Centre of Excellence in Oshawa, ON.
Rick visits the Chapman's factory in Markdale, ON.
Braving the frozen Bay of Quinte in Trenton, ON on an ice boat.
Get to know Canada's parliament buildings through a virtual tour of the library.
Take a virtual tour through the Senate Foyer and Chambers
Visit Ottawa's parliament buildings in virtual tours.
Rick explores the wonders of remote Sable Island
Rick trains with a naval boarding party and the Sea King Squadron to aid in the defense of Canada east coast.
See a brief look at the three levels of Canadian Parliament.
Bison once roamed the plains and now are raised in Elk Island National Park in Alberta
Rick sees what its like to be at the rodeo
Join Rick at the Calgary Stampede and try your hand at the rodeo!
Rick drives the big equipment at the oil sands.
Practicing ski jumping with Central Alberta's Freestyle Ski Club in Red Deer
Travel Alberta gives us a 2 minutes glimpse of the magnificent bears of Banff National Park.
Driving cattle in southern Alberta
A most amazing beaver experience on video
Everywhere in Prince Edward Island, it's hard to take a step without bumping into one of our favourite fictional characters, Anne of Green Gables.
Successes and challenges of the lobster fishery in PEI
View polar bears in Churchill, MB
Rick tries to be a lineman to help build a 200-foot-tall high-voltage transmission towers in southern Ontario.
Rick tries his hand at harvesting potatoes
Rick Mercer has fun meeting people in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Rick Mercer heads to Selkirk, MB where ice is broken on the Red River as a flood prevention method.
Spectacular Mt. Nimbus...can Rick Mercer climb it when he's never climbed before?
Rick Mercer gives us a tour of the Fortress of Louisbourg
Experience the beauty of Cape Breton Island
A Saskatchewan grain elevator is moved across the snow-covered prairie to a new home after nearly a half-century of use
This short documentary vignette reveals the curious origin of the name of Flin Flon, Manitoba.
A series of vignettes featuring coal mines in New Waterford and Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, with traditional Cape Breton folk songs sung by Men of the Deeps, a miners' choral group.
Animated narrated version of Quebec story of The Hockey Sweater
In a 1957 classic short film by the National Film Board, Pierre Berton describes the Klondike gold rush at its peak.
Enjoy dog sledding in Inuvik, NWT
Alex and Luke, two Canadian friends show us their snowmobile excursion on Great Slave Lake
Canada's first female diamond polisher explains her trade in Yellowknife.
Two Canadian friends visit Iqaluit and give us their impressions.
Virtual visit to Fort York to find out about the Battle of York and how it affected First Nations warriors
How does Canada in the Twentieth Century match your province's requirements for a high school course?
Robert Service reads his own two most famous poems. Audio only.
NHL.com brings us a series of articles and videos on the Summit Series for the 40th anniversary month.
Timeline stocked full of resources including many videos, both humorous and educational.
Do you grumble about learning geography? See why Geography Matters!!!
St. Patrick's Day, the holiday commemorating Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, has long been a part of Canadian history.
Be inspired! Make your life a blessing to others moment by moment. Live in gratitude for the world around this.
Follow nature enthusiast Bill Mason as he explores the Canada's Arctic and timber wolves in the NFB documentary, Cry of the Wild.
North America's culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. This video will encourage and support those who choose to make different decisions about lifestyle, family, and education of their children.
Christmas Island, Nova Scotia is known around the world!
Remembrance Day/Veteran's Day Video
Where is the best place to find thousands of red-sided garter snakes in the whole world?
Classic tale of travels through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, in book and film. See the YouTube videos here.
Finding the ships..the search for the Northwest Passage was an obsession for explorers in the 19th century and may help Canada lay claim to Arctic sovereignty.
“By the Lord Harry, sir, do not tell me it is impossible,” he bellowed at me. “Nothing should be impossible for a soldier. The word impossible should not be found in the soldier’s dictionary.”
Tecumseh, stated emphatically, “This is a man!” No other hero of the War of 1812 displayed as much boldness, imagination, and inspiration as Brock during the first year of the war. He was a man's man!
A fascinating account recorded in Thompsonï¿½s journal of the final great Snake-Blackfoot war on the plains, the introduction of fire-arms, and the first sighting of a horse by the Blackfoot. Rare, first-hand account.
Men had died at this very spot, being dashed to pieces when their canoe went into the whirlpool. The spring warmth made the rivers more swollen each day, as they boiled and churned their way through the canyon.
The grizzled, scruffy fur trader stood at the door of the fort in the mountains. Short and stocky, he did not look imposing until his powerful voice carried a shout to the Piegans just beyond his gates, “I know you are come as spies!
“No, Mister Thompson! Not that crazy one!” the voyageur cried, as he eyed the fidgety and untamed horse. I gazed up at the shining mountains before us, their snow-capped peaks a fortress, formidable but familiar. A Canadian History adventure.
I can hear his laugh, imagine the twinkle in his eye, see him urge his companions to exhuastion, and glimpse his star-gazing calculations on a frosty night. David Thompson, one of Donna's favourite Canadian historical heros.