Cultural/Historical Programs

Learn about Canada's history and culture through role play and simulation in our Trappers and Traders activities, and through our yearly tradition of students collecting sap and boiling Maple Syrup.  Scroll down to view our exciting options. * Note that the Maple Syrup program is a mandatory program between February and April.


Students are given the opportunity to learn about the historical and technological significance of the bow and arrow.  Through history the bow and arrow have been the tried and true method of hunting food.  In a controlled environment that meets all OPHEA guidelines students are taught safety and technique basics to give them the tools to be successful in this challenging activity.  This activity can also be paired with a lesson on the historical significance of lacrosse with a technique lesson and short game simulation. (all equipment will be provided for these activities)

Curriculum expectations introduced/reviewed:
Health & Physical Education

A1.1, A3.1, B1.3, B1.4

Trappers and Traders

Trappers and Traders is a role playing activity of the relationship between the fur trappers and the fur traders. Learners experience the challenges of finding enough "furs" to trade for provisions and supplies to survive a winter season in the seventeenth century. The history of the era and the significant impact of the Indigenous Peoples are discussed to relate the relevance of the fur trade to Canada's development as a nation.  
Curriculum expectations introduced/reviewed
Grade 5 Social Studies
A1.1, A2.1, A2.1, A2.3, A3.2, A3.3, A3.5
Grade 7 History
A1.1, A1.2, A2.2, A2.5, A2.6, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, B2.1, B2.2, B2.5, B2.6, B3.1, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5
Health & Physical Education
A1.1, A3.1

Maple Syrup

During the sugar season we hope to tap nearly 100 maple trees, collect the sap, observe the boiling down of sap, and sample the finished product. The history of maple sugaring is also discussed with demonstrations of Indigenous Peoples and early settler methods of sap collection. (Mid February to April, weather depending).
Curriculum expectations introduced/reviewed:
Grade 5 Science & Technology
- Properties of, and Changes in Matter
1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.8 
Grade 5 Science & Technology - Conservation of Energy & Resources
1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Grade 7 Science & Technology - Interactions in the Environment
 1.1, 2.1, 2.4, 3.2
Grade 7 Science & Technology - Pure Substances & Mixtures
1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.10
Grade 7 Science & Technology - Heat in the Environment
1.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6