Your visit to Canada’s capital

Our curriculum-rich pre-visit resource is exactly what you need to get your students excited about their upcoming visit to Ottawa. It will help them make the connection between what they have learned in the classroom and what they will see in person.

Your students will enjoy doing one or all of these activities, and you’ll find them easy to integrate into the classroom. They address multiple learning styles, include suggestions for extension activities and can be easily adapted for higher or lower grade levels. We’ve included everything you need!

Target Grades

  • Ontario: Grade 7 and 8
  • Quebec: Secondary 1 and 2

Curriculum, By Activity

Capital Ad Agency

[Zip format, 4 MB]

Channel your inner advertising executive! Students will create an interactive and media-rich “poster” advertising Canada’s Capital Region and its amazing variety of attractions, events and activities. The poster, created using, will be designed to appeal to a particular audience.

  • Ontario Curriculum: Language (Grade 7 and 8)
  • Quebec Curriculum:
    • English Language Arts (Secondary Cycle 1)
    • Français, langue d’enseignement (Secondary Cycle 1)

Digging Deeper

[Zip format, 2.7 MB]

Which site on your itinerary are you really excited to see? Before their visit, students choose the site that interests them most. They dig a little deeper to uncover trivia and fun facts, and then share their new knowledge with their classmates. After their visit, they write about their experience in a blog entry — they can even use photos from their trip!

  • Ontario Curriculum: Social Studies (Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  • Quebec Curriculum:
    • English Language Arts (Secondary Cycle 1)
    • Français, langue d’enseignement (Secondary Cycle 1)

A Capital Timeline

[Zip format, 13.7MB]

What would life have been like in the Capital a century ago or more? Students will use online software to create an interactive timeline that traces the evolution of a Capital location. They will examine the location’s history from its origins to the present day through:

  • historical photographs,
  • key people,
  • important events, and
  • different elements of daily life.

Through the exercise students will explore how the site has had an impact on Canada’s Capital and helped to make it what it is today.

  • Ontario Curriculum:
    • History (Grade 7 and 8)
    • Geography (Grade 7 and 8)
  • Quebec Curriculum:
    • History and Citizenship Education (Secondary Cycle 1)
    • English Language Arts (Secondary Cycle 1)
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