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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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Canada...a visual journey

Students will work in groups to learn about Canada’s six natural regions (ecozones). They will create a visual representation of each region on a large wall map of Canada and present the information gathered to classmates.

Fisheries: Wild versus Farmed

Students are introduced to aquaculture in British Columbia and are guided through an activity that allows them to conduct a simple evaluation of salmon aquaculture in B.C.

Canada’s Natural Regions and Their Varied Characteristics

Students will study Canada’s six natural regions, with all their underlying human and economic activities. They will discover the economic and human riches of the natural regions and, by so doing, discover those of Canada as a whole. A quiz could be given as an extension to the lesson or as an evaluation tool.

Ecotourism and the Five Themes of Geography in the Pacific Maritime and Mountain Region

Students will use the Five Themes of Geography to assess the viability and impact of ecotourism in a specific area of the Pacific Maritime and/or Mountain region of Canada.

Regions of Canada

Canada has six main natural regions that can be identified by their landforms, climate, vegetation, animal life and industry.

“B” coming an Expert on Glaciers in British Columbia

This lesson will expose and teach students the location of glaciers in British Columbia. Due to the nature of the website (, we will be focusing on glaciers that start with the letter “B”. It will also expose students to identification techniques, terms and maps relating to glaciers in British Columbia.

We are Canadian, eh!

This lesson asks students to explore the various themes of the Canadian Atlas Online website in order to either support or refute the stereotypes of being Canadian.

Origin of Canada’s Physiographic Regions

This lesson examines the nature of Canada’s physiographic regions and their geological origin. This is an introductory lesson that could be further developed into a more in-depth understanding of rock structures and mineral resources or link to a closer understanding of Canada’s early settlement pattern.

The Natural Regions of Quebec: From North to South...Quebec’s Forest Regions

Using an atlas, students will explore the various forest regions of Quebec and identify the types of vegetation in each of Quebec’s ecozones.