Social Studies 10F‎ > ‎Mapping‎ > ‎

Important Features of Canada

Thoughtful Stuff

  • Where do you see most of the highways? 
  • Where do most of the people live?
  • Why are there so few roads in the middle of Australia?
  • What draws people to the more heavily populated areas?

Map these places

On the map provided (or the one linked to), identify the following geographic features of Canada

 Cities Rivers/Lakes  Mountains  Provinces/Territories
  1.  Victoria
  2. Vancouver
  3. Whitehorse
  4. Edmonton
  5. Calgary
  6. Regina
  7. Saskatoon
  8. Winnipeg
  9. Toronto
  10. Ottawa
  11. Iqaluit
  12. Montreal
  13. Quebec
  14. St. John
  15. Fredericton
  16. Halifax
  17. Charlottetown
  18. St. John's
 A. Fraser River
 B. North Saskatchewan River
C. South Saskatchewan River
D. Nelson River (these three are a linked system)
D. Red River
E. Ottawa River
F. St. Lawrence River
G. Hudson Bay
H. James Bay
I. Gulf of St. Lawrence
J. Mackenzie River

  • Lesser Slave Lake
  • Great Slave Lake
  • Great Bear Lake
  • Lake Winnipeg
  • Lake Superior
  • Lake Huron
  • Lake Erie
  • Lake Ontario
  •  Rocky Mountains
  • Laurentian Mountains
  • Saint Elias Mountains
  • Columbia Mountains
  • Canadian Shield
  • Appalachian Mountains
  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut

Deep Questions to Answer

After you have mapped out all the things asked for, looked closely at your map and try to answer a few questions.
  1. Where are the major population centres? 
    • Is there any similarity in their locations?
    • From what you know of Canadian history, which cities were established first? Why were those the first?
  2. Which cities were established later?
    • Why were those the next group of communities to be established?
  3. In what areas do most people live?
    • Why there?