Happy Canada Day!

Parliament Hill in Ottawa

You might be wondering… how did Canada Day come about?

On July 1, 1867, the British North America Act was signed, officially creating the Dominion of Canada. This is the day we recognize when we celebrate Canada Day. Later, in 1931, the Statute of Westminster gave Canada and five other British colonies legislative independence from Britain. Finally, in 1982, Queen Elizabeth II came to Ottawa and signed a proclamation ending the remaining British rule over Canada.

Canada is an incredible country with lots of beautiful nature and a thriving multicultural population. And it is where one of us grew up. So Happy Canada Day to you and yours!

This Kid's Life - Canada Country Study

Canada Country Study

A country study for elementary school students featuring a day in the life of a kid who lives in Canada, with discussion questions, writing prompts, and hands-on activities.

Camping Word Search

Searching for words by the campfire

Brian writes: This week is a great week for camping! Later in the week I’ll be heading to Canada (where I’m from), to a friend’s cottage on Lake Muskoka, located two hours north of Toronto, Ontario. There will undoubtedly be swimming in the lake, boating (and maybe water skiing), a campfire or two, and some long hikes through the forest. Meanwhile, our son is going to be traveling to an overnight camp here in France where he’ll be participating in a series of outdoor sports and various nature-themed activities. He’s got his sleeping back and his backpack all ready for the trip. It should be a fun time!

A free word search with words from camp

Here is a free word search worksheet for your children or students to complete. The words to be found within the word search all have something to do with camp and camping. I hope that it gets your kids and the rest of your family in the mood to explore the great outdoors. Have a wonderful summer – roast a few marshmallows for me!

Camping Word Scramble Puzzle

A dock on the lake at the cottage

Brian writes: I grew up in Canada, a country where interacting with nature is a big part of growing up. North of Toronto and west of Ottawa you will find Ontario’s cottage country, a land of crystal-clear lakes, towering trees, and lots of jutting rock formations that form the majestic Canadian Shield. It’s an ideal place to go hiking, to find a remote spot deep in the woods or beside a beautiful freshwater lake, to pitch a tent and to do some camping with your friends and family.

Here is a free word scramble puzzle for you to download and print for your children to complete. Your children or students should unscramble the various words on the page – all of the words in the puzzle are camping-themed – and then enter the letters that they find in the numbered cells in each word into the similarly numbered cells at the bottom of the worksheet. When they have finished filling in the numbered boxes, they will have discovered the hidden message that is the solution to the word puzzle. When your children have finished solving the puzzle, they can check their answers against the answer sheet that is included as the second page of the PDF download.

I hope that you and your family spend some quality time outdoors this summer. If you’re spending some time outdoors with your children, why not make an effort to learn something new together about nature, and about the incredible natural world around us?

Canada Day Word Search

The Canadian flag

July is just around the corner, and so is Canada Day!

Canada Day is a day for Canadians all over the world to celebrate the creation of the Dominion of Canada. On July 1, 1867, the British North America Act, 1867 brought together the three provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada (which later became the separate provinces of Ontario and Quebec) into a single Confederation. The date of July First was originally called Dominion Day and was celebrated as such in Canada until its name changed to Canada Day in 1982. The biggest Canada Day parties can be found on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital city of Canada.

A free Canada Day worksheet

Here is a free word search worksheet for your children or students to complete. The words to be found within the word search all have something to do with the country of Canada or Canadian culture. If you’re distributing this worksheet in a classroom setting in Canada, why not take the time to talk to your kids about Canada and what it means to be a Canadian citizen? And if you’re in the United States and downloading this worksheet, now is as good a time as any to teach your children or students a little bit about your friendly neighbors to the north.