Cross Canada Challenge

The Cross Canada Challenge is a fun and exciting way for girls to discover Canada, learn about our great country and develop a real appreciation of what Canada is all about.

The challenge is broken down into regions and within the region there are challenges for each province. The girls or units can choose one of the two options given to participate in.

And what do you get for trekking your way across Canada? Besides having fun and learning about our great country, we also have crests! There will be five crests available, one for each region, that you can present to your girls once you've trekked your way across Canada. The crests are available at www.thegirlguidestore.ca.

A general introduction to the challenge is available here. Introduction

Happy Trekking!

Getting to Know Canada Challenge

Welcome to the first part of the Cross Canada Challenge. This initial stage of the challenge is meant to give you a general introduction to Canada, before you set off and explore the Provinces and Territories. In order to complete this portion of the challenge pick one of the two options available for your particular branch. Once you have completed this initial stage you may then proceed to the Territories which is the first region in the Challenge.

The Territories

Welcome to the Territories. Canada's three Territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut) cover 3.9 million km2. That's 39% of Canada's land. The population is very small - only 0.29% of Canadians live in the territories. The Hudson's Bay Company gave the Territories to the Canadian government in 1870, along with land that became part of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 1898, Yukon was separated from the Northwest Territories. In 1999, the NWT was subdivided and Nunavut was created.

The Territories - Introduction

Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Yukon

Atlantic Region

Welcome to the Atlantic region. Here are some interesting facts about and resources for the Atlantic provinces:

Atlantic Canada - Introduction

Newfoundland and Labrador

Facts

  • The provincial flower is the pitcher plant.
  • The provincial bird is the Atlantic Puffin.
  • Vikings were the first to visit this province.
  • Explorer John Cabot arrived in 1497.
  • Icebergs can be seen off the coastline.

 

Resources

 

Nova Scotia

Facts

  • Halifax is the capital city.
  • The provincial flower is the mayflower.
  • The provincial bird is the osprey.
  • "Nova Scotia" means "New Scotland" in Latin.
  • Home to the Bay of Fundy which has the world's highest tides.

 

Resources

 

New Brunswick

Facts

  • The provincial flower is the purple violet.
  • The provincial bird is the black-capped chikadee.
  • There are 62 covered bridges including the world's longest bridge in Hartland.
  • New Brunswick is Canada's only official bilingual province.
  • The French were the first Europeans to settle in New Brunswick.

 

Resources

 

Prince Edward Island

Facts

  • Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province.
  • PEI is also Canada's most densely populated province.
  • The provincial flower is the lady slipper.
  • The popular book Anne of Green Gables was set in Prince Edward Island.
  • Charlottetown is the "birthplace of Canada" where leaders met in 1864 to discuss the formation of our country.

 

Resources

 

Central Region

Welcome to the Central region. Here are some interesting facts about and resources for the provinces in central Canada:

Centra Region - Introduction

Québec

Facts

  • Canada's largest province in land size.
  • The Snowy Owl is the provincial bird.
  • Québec City is the only walled city north of Mexico and has many historic buildings.
  • Québec was once a French colony set up in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain.
  • Québec is the main producer of maple syrup in Canada.

 

Resources

 

Ontario

Facts

  • Toronto is the capital city.
  • The provincial flower is the white trillium.
  • The provincial bird is the Common Loon.
  • Canada's capital Ottawa is found in Ontario.
  • Niagara Falls, which is in Southern Ontario, pours out enough water to fill two large swimming pools in one second.

 

Resources

 

Western Region

Welcome to the Western region. Here are some interesting facts about and resources for the provinces in western Canada:

Western Region - Introduction

Manitoba

Facts

  • Is known as the "keystone" province.
  • "Manitoba" is a Cree name meaning "the place where the spirit speaks."
  • The provincial bird is the Gray Owl.
  • Manitoba is know as the land of 100, 000 lakes.
  • Churchhill, Manitoba is "the polar bear capital of the world."

 

Resources

 

Saskatchewan

Facts

  • Regina is home to the RCMP.
  • The provincial flower is the Western Red Lilly.
  • The provincial Bird is the White Birch.
  • Half of the land in Saskatchewan is forest and one-third is farmland.
  • Saskatchewan produces 28% of Canada's grain and over 54% of Canada's wheat.

 

Resources

 

Alberta

Facts

  • Alberta was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta of Britain.
  • Alberta's provincial flower is the Wild Rose.
  • Alberta is home to Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada.
  • Alberta has a Dinosaur Provincial Park in the Badlands.
  • Alberta is also home to the Calgary Stampede.

 

Resources

 

British Columbia

Facts

  • The provincial flower is the Pacific Dogwood.
  • The provincial bird is the Stellar's Jay.
  • BC has the largest Chinese community in Canada.
  • Forest covers half of BC.
  • BC has the largest fishing industry in Canada

 

Resources

 

Illustrations by Gerry Withey