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Welcome to The Canadian Atlas Online (CAOL) Learning Centre. With the terrific learning resources available here, you can make geography and history come alive in your classroom like never before! Our lesson plans and classroom activities are available to download in several formats to help both teachers and students engage more fully with this site’s content. Teacher-members of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education have prepared these free resources that meet curriculum learning objectives based on the topics featured throughout the CAOL.

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Forestry in Canada – Then and Now

In this lesson, students will explore the distribution and current uses of different forests in Canada. Students will then trace the evolution of the forestry industry in various regions of Canada pre-1850 to the 1960s, revealing the importance of the forestry industry economically, ecologically, socially and politically.


From the Forests of New Brunswick to the World

Students will examine how residents of New Brunswick made a living from forestry in three historical periods. After examining environmental factors that made possible the growth of a forest industry in the region, students will view use of these resources in lumber, shipbuilding, and pulp and paper. Knowledge about markets should reinforce the concept that forests have had an impact locally and globally.