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The Canadian Encyclopedia

Some articles from The Canadian Encyclopedia that might be of special interest to homeschool students in Canada.

Some links go to related reading materials on Amazon.ca, the Canadian Amazon, unless otherwise noted, and are intended for Canadian children and their parents.

The Courage of Terry Fox
Terry Fox was the boy who never gave up. His short life was devoted to achieving his goals. Obstacles just made him try harder. When he learned he had cancer and would lose his leg, he resolved to do something to help other cancer victims. The book.

The name of the hero of several A. A. Milne children’s books, and arguably the most famous character of children’s literature, is of Canadian origin.

Anne of Green Gables - Complete Set from Amazon.caAnne of Green Gables
Anne’s bright passage from childhood into adolescence has won international acclaim for the novel.

Marilyn Bell
…became the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel and the Str of Juan de Fuca. Read more about her here.

Laura Secord
During the War of 1812, Laura Secord walked 30 km from Queenston to Beaver Dams, near Thorold, to warn James Fitzgibbon that the Americans were planning to attack his outpost. The story of her trek has become legendary, and Secord herself mythologized in Canadian history.

Sir Alexander Mackenzie (Explorer)
Sir Alexander Mackenzie, propelled by the fur trade and his own wanderlust, was the first person to traverse the North American continent north of Mexico. Mackenzie was one of Canada’s greatest explorers. In two epic journeys for the North West Company in 1789 and 1793, he traversed the dense northern wilderness to reach the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.

Homesteaders and their families were often separated from friends and relatives, and many suffered years of hardship and loneliness.

Pioneer Life
Pioneer life revolved around providing the basic necessities of existence in a northern wilderness — food, shelter, fuel and clothing. Roughing it in the bush; or, Forest life in Canada.

Children’s Literature in English
Children’s literature in English, literature for children up to early adolescence, has been written since the mid-19th century. Picturing Canada is fundamental to our understanding of publishing history and the history of childhood itself in Canada.

Dinosaur Hunting in Western Canada
DINOSAURS were unknown to science until 1824, when FOSSIL teeth and bones were discovered in the late Jurassic and early Cretaceous rocks of southern England. Since then, their remains have been found on all continents and in rocks 200 million to 65 million years old. Read more about record-busting dinosaurs here.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is an archaeological site located on the southern end of the Porcupine Hills in southwest Alberta.

The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences

The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences
by Robin Esrock
With a career that has spanned the world, Robin Esrock was amazed at the wealth of unmissable experiences in Canada — and you will be, too.On his personal quest to check off the best of his home country, travel writer and host Robin Esrock catalogues must-sees, including nature, food, culture, history, adrenaline rushes, and quirky Canadiana. After spending years crafting the definitive Canadian Bucket List, he’s packed in enough for a lifetime, at least.Canadian Kindle Edition
American editions

L’Anse aux Meadows
L’Anse aux Meadows, the first authentic Norse site found in North America, is located on the northern tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula.

Hoodoo Rock
Hoodoo rocks are often fantastically shaped, naturally carved rocks or earth pedestals, pillars or columns.

Northern Lights
Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, dynamic displays of multicoloured luminosity appearing in the day or night sky in high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.

Fathom Five National Marine Park
Changing water levels have carved tall stone pillars, called “flowerpots,” from the dolomite cliffs.

Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine
The TIDES of the Bay of Fundy are the world’s largest, with a range from low to high tide that can exceed 16 m in MINAS BASIN at the head of the bay. The highest recorded tide (16.1 m) was at Burntcoat Head, NS. Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812, by Joshua M. Smith.

The Big Rock, a glacial erratic, is located 7 km west of Okotoks.

Sample Time Machine Blog
15 September 1885 – A Grand Trunk Railway locomotive struck and killed Jumbo, beloved circus elephant in Barnum and Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth,” near St. Thomas, ON. The autopsy showed that Jumbo’s stomach contained “a hat-full” of English pennies, gold and silver coins, metal trinkets and a police whistle, among other things. The death of the elephant made headlines world-wide.

19 September 1995 – Rock star Bryan Adams staged the first show at Vancouver’s GM Place in front of 18 000.
Locate newer Time Machine entries on the Canadian Encyclopedia blog.

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