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Giant Floor Maps - Overview

Photo: Tanya Kirnishni/Canadian Geographic

The reservation system is now closed.

The system will re-open in late August, at which point teachers will be able to reserve a map for the 2024/25 school year. 

It is a first-come, first-serve system. We recommend you follow us on social media (@CanGeoEdu) or keep an eye on our monthly e-newsletter for the announcement of when the portal will re-open. We will also be adding quite a few new maps to our collection for the 2024-2025 school year, so stay tuned!

Please ensure your member account is up-to-date prior to making a reservation, including your phone number and school mailing address.

If you encounter difficulties when trying to reserve a map, or have questions about the program, or if you would like to purchase a map for your school or organization, please email our staff at [email protected].

Giant Floor Maps available for touring in 2023/2024

The following maps are available to book, free of charge, for a three-week period. Click on the map you are interested in booking to access the teacher’s guide and lesson plans, and to book the map. When your booking is approved, you will receive an email confirmation from [email protected].

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

This map shows the locations of Indigenous communities, residential schools, reserves and more. Rather than showing political borders, Canada is broken up into Indigenous language groups.

Ocean, Freshwater, and Us

Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world and approximately 20% of the planet’s freshwater resources. This Giant Floor Map highlights the foundational connection between us and the ocean and freshwater that surrounds and sustains us.

Protecting Nature and Culture with Parks Canada

Take a trip on the Parks Canada Giant Floor Map which highlights Canada’s unique geography, cultures, and histories, and explores how Parks Canada is integral to protecting, conserving, and celebrating nature and culture.

The Great Canadian Electricity Map 

This map shows the locations and capacities of electrical facilities and the network of electricity transmission lines in Canada. It is also equipped with 75 QR codes that showcase the different responsibilities of people employed in the electricity sector, and a timeline of important events in Canadian history tied to energy production and transmission. 

Wings of Honour

This map is an immersive educational resource designed to bring the history and operations of the Royal Canadian Air Force to life. It provides a unique, hands-on learning experience that encourages students to explore the RCAF’s significant role in Canada and around the world, highlighting key bases, missions, and technological advancements over the past century.

Special request Giant Floor Maps

The following maps are available for booking, but are no longer touring free-of-charge. If you would like to inquire about the cost of having one of them shipped to your school, please email us at [email protected].

Anthropocene

The Anthropocene Education Program presents an opportunity for students to learn the history and science behind the Anthropocene and understand just how much humans are changing Earth’s natural systems. To this end, the program incorporates immersive technology such as augmented and virtual reality, and new media such as interactive art and film. Students will be taken on a one-of-a-kind journey that encourages a thoughtful understanding of different human-environment interactions around the world.

Re:Location

This map highlights stories from Canada’s past about the movement and relocation of peoples which have shaped the nation we live in today.

Polar Knowledge Canada

Look at the world from a circumpolar perspective! Use this map to explore the Arctic and discuss why the Arctic circumpolar region is so important.

Mapping Democracy – CPAC Route 338

With a focus on democratic literacy, this map allows students from primary to senior grades to explore all 338 federal ridings from coast to coast to coast.

Newfoundland and Labrador

This incredible resource has been developed specifically for the Newfoundland and Labrador curriculum and will help students to understand the beauty, diversity and richness of the easternmost province in Canada.

Drawn to Victory

This map highlights not only the geographical location of the First World War but also the extent of the Western Front and major battles, specifically highlighting battles with major involvement from Canadians.

Vimy Ridge

Explore an important moment in Canadian history through a geographic lens. This map’s 10 accompanying learning activities will have students reading and interpreting trench maps, exploring the physical landscape and weather of Vimy during the battle, analyzing the role of the Canadian Corps, reflecting on war poetry and war slang, and examining the location and significance of the Vimy Memorial.

Arctic Alive

The Arctic is full of life and comprises more than 15 ecosystems, thousands of plant and animal species, and is home to more than 100,000 Canadians. Students can explore the natural diversity of Canada’s North through this Giant Floor Map, developed in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN).

Natural Resources Canada

This Giant Floor Map celebrates the significant role GIS and geospatial technologies play in our day-to-day lives. This map will engage students with topical lessons on the Canadian Arctic, Global Positioning System (GPS), GIS careers, and the importance of GIS in today’s world.

Photo: Jessica Finn/Canadian Geographic
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