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Canada's Flags and Symbols
Canadian Flag
Canadian Flag Printout/Quiz

Canadian FlagCanada: Canada's national flag features the maple leaf, the country's symbol. This red and white flag was decided upon by the government on December 15, 1964.

Provinces and Territories: Canada's 10 provinces and 3 territories have their own flags:

Alberta Flag
Alberta

Capital: Edmonton
Official flower: Wild rose
Official bird: Great horned owl
Official animal: Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep
Official tree: Lodgepole Pine
Go to an outline map.
British Columbia Flag
British Columbia

Capital: Victoria
Official flower: Pacific dogwood
Official bird: Steller's Jay
Official gemstone: Jade
Official tree: Western Red Cedar
Go to an outline map.
Manitoba Flag
Manitoba

Capital: Winnipeg.
Official flower: Prairie crocus (also called the Pasque flower)
Official bird: Great Gray Owl
Official tree: White Spruce
Go to an outline map.
New Brunswick Flag
New Brunswick

Capital: Fredericton
Official flower: Purple violet
Official bird: Black-capped Chickadee
Official tree: Balsam Fir
Go to an outline map.
Newfoundland Flag
Newfoundland and Labrador

Capital: St.John's
Official flower: Pitcher plant
Official bird: Atlantic Puffin
Official tree: Black Spruce
Go to an outline map.
Northwest Territories Flag
Northwest Territories

Capital: Yellowknife
Official flower: Mountain avens
Official bird: Gyrfalcon
Official tree: Jack Pine
Go to an outline map.
Nova Scotia Flag
Nova Scotia

Capital: Halifax
Official flower: Mayflower (also called trailing arbutus)
Official bird: Osprey
Official tree: Red spruce
Go to an outline map.
Nunavut Flag
Nunavut

Capital: Iqaluit
Official flower: Arctic poppy (has been nominated as the official flower)
Go to an outline map.
Ontario Flag
Ontario

Capital: Toronto
Official flower: White trillium
Official bird: Common Loon
Official tree: White Pine
Go to an outline map.
Prince Edward Island Flag
Prince Edward Island

Capital: Charlottetown
Official flower: Lady's slipper
Official bird: Blue Jay
Official tree: Red Oak
Go to an outline map.
Quebec Flag
Quebec

Capital: Quebec City
Official flower: Iris versicolor (Iris versicolor Linné)
Official bird: Snowy owl
Official tree: Yellow Birch
Go to an outline map.
Saskatchewan Flag
Saskatchewan

Capital: Regina
Official flower: Western red (Prairie) lily
Official bird: Sharp-tailed Grouse
Official tree: White birch
Go to an outline map.
Yukon Flag
Yukon Territory

Capital: Whitehorse
Official flower: Fireweed
Official bird: Common Raven
Go to an outline map.

Other Canadian symbols include:


The Canadian Coat of Arms

The beaver

(adopted as a national symbol on March 24, 1975)

The maple tree
(adopted as a national symbol on April 25, 1996)

The Canadian Horse
(adopted as a national symbol on April 30, 2002)

The Canadian national anthem is "O Canada!"

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

How Canada was Named: Canada was named by the French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491-1557). "Kanata" means village or settlement in the Huron-Iroquois language. Cartier was given directions by Huron-Iroquois indians for the route to "kanata," a village near what is now Quebec, but Cartier later named the entire region Canada.

Cartier led three expeditions to the Canada, in 1534, 1535, and 1541. He was looking for a route to the Pacific through North America, but of course, did not find one. He sailed inland, going 1,000 miles up the St. Lawrence River. He also tried to start a settlement in Quebec (in 1541), but it was abandoned after a terribly cold winter.



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Canada: Geographic Map Quiz Worksheet

Answer questions about the map of Canada. Or go to the answers .


Canadian Provinces/Territories: Label Me! Printout

Label Canada's 13 provinces and territories.


Canada: Outline Map Printout

An outline map of Canada to print.
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Canada: Follow the Instructions

Color the Canada according to simple directions, such as, "Color Hudson Bay purple." Or go to the answers.
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North America: Label Me! Printout

Label the countries of North America.
Answers


North America: Outline Map Printout

An outline map of North America to print.
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Explorers of Canada

Read about the people who explored Canada, including Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Pierre François-Xavier de Charlevoix, Robert La Salle, Simon Fraser, Louis Joliet, Pierre de La Vérendrye, Alexander Mackenzie, and others.


Canadian Crafts


Make Canadian crafts for Canada Day (on July 1st) or any day.
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Canadian Fossils


Dinosaurs and other fossils found in Canada.


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