Canada Facts, Activities and Printable Map for Kids!

Canada Facts, Activities and Printable Map for Kids!

By Babysits, 6 min read

Grab your ice skates and get yourself some Timmies - we’re headed to the Great White North for some Canadian fun!

Map of Canada for Kids

Canada is the second-largest country in the world, and its coastline is measured to be the longest in the world! Take a look at this map of Canada to see its animals, landmarks, provinces & territories.

map of Canada for Kids

Fun Facts about Canada

There are plenty of fun facts to learn about Canada! For example, did you know over half of all the lakes in the world are found in Canada? How cool is that? Read on for more!

How many provinces in Canada?

Canada is divided into 10 provinces and 3 territories. Canada’s provinces include British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. To the north, Canada’s territories are Nunavut, North West Territories, and Yukon.

Can you label the Canadian provinces and territories? Print out our map of Canada and put your geography knowledge to the test!

map of Canada

Size of Canada

How big is Canada?

The total land area covering the entire country of Canada measures 9.985 million km². That’s a big country, eh?

Canadian Flag

What does the Canadian Flag represent?

The Canadian flag is made up of three main elements: a red field, a white square in the middle, and a maple leaf in the very centre.

The red represents the cross of Saint George and early British settlement in Canada, while the white represents the French royal emblem and early French settlement. The maple leaf was widely used as a symbol across Canada in the 19th century. In 1965, the maple leaf was used to unite Canada under the modern Canadian flag that we see today!

Print out our Canadian flag and see if you can remember what colours are on the flag!

Canadian flag

The Maple Leaf

What does the Maple Leaf represent?

The maple leaf also represents the maple tree! Maple trees are used to produce maple syrup, and this syrup is exported all over the world. Did you know that Canada is the largest producer of maple syrup? The province of Quebec produces 70% of all maple syrup in the world. Pretty awesome, eh?

Print out our Maple Leaf!

Maple leaf

Canada Day Facts

Canada Day is the official national day of Canada. On July 1st every year, Canadians celebrate the anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in 1867 when the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick came together as the Dominion of Canada under the British Empire.

Niagra Falls Facts for Kids

The Niagara Falls is a system of three different waterfalls that span between Canada and the United States. The largest of the three, Horseshoe Falls, is a treasured Canadian landmark for its powerful waters and awe-inspiring size. Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America and has a drop of over 50 meters. How cool is that?

Horseshoe Falls

  • The Niagara Falls were created by a glacier about 10,000 years ago!

  • Horseshoe Falls has transformed from a curve to the iconic horseshoe shape that we see today. This was caused by years and years of erosion!

  • The Niagara Falls are very powerful. They are the most powerful in late spring and early summer!

  • Niagara Falls is located in southern Ontario, in the city of Niagra Falls.

  • The word “Niagara” comes from the Indigenous Iroquois word “Onguiaahra” meaning “The Straight”.

Canadian Animals Colouring-in Page

What's your favourite Canadian animal? Canada is home to many iconic species like the moose, the polar bear, and the beaver!

Beaver Facts for Kids

Beavers are one of Canada's most recognizable animals! Read on to learn all about these fascinating rodents:

beaver

  • Beavers are an iconic animal in Canada and appear on the five-cent coin!

  • Beavers are the largest living rodents and are found in water such as rivers and lakes. Beavers have a thick layer of fur that protects them from getting cold in the water.

  • The most noticeable feature of the beaver is its tail! A beaver’s tail is long and flat. It’s used as a balancing board when cutting wood for their dams!

  • Beavers live in dams made of wood! Beavers have long orange teeth that help them saw wood to use for their under-water homes.

  • The world’s largest beaver dam is in northern Alberta and is 850 meters deep! Scientists believe that generations of beavers have been working on the dam since the 1970s! How cool is that?

Print out this adorable beaver colouring page!

Beaver colouring page

Polar Bear Facts for Kids

Polar bears aren’t just cute, they're super powerful creatures! Read on to discover fascinating facts about polar bears:

Polar bear on the ice

  • Although they're often called found walking on the sea ice, polar bears are considered marine animals due to their arctic environment!

  • Polar bears are actually black. Under their white coat, their skin is black! The translucent fur reflects light, making the polar bear appear white.

  • Polar bears can swim for days, and have special paws just for swimming!

  • Male polar bears can weigh as much as 800kg and are twice the size of female polar bears! That’s as heavy as 10 human males!

  • The home of the polar bear is the Arctic, a place that keeps the rest of the world’s climate in balance. This environment is under great stress from climate change and drilling from oil and gas companies. When you think about the polar bear, think about what part you can play to protect the Arctic and our planet!

Print out our beautiful polar bear landscape colouring page!

Beaver colouring page

Did you enjoy our facts about Canada? Take a look at our other facts about the UK, Australia, Ireland, and Singapore!


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