Canadian Geographic Education


Tiled Map - Overview

Canadian Geographic Education’s tiled maps are free, downloadable pdfs that are designed to encourage students to explore Canada piece by piece. Have your students piece together each map to gain a larger perspective of their environment.

In partnership with the S.M. Blair Foundation, Canadian Geographic Education is proud to offer instructional booklets to get you started with tiled maps in the classroom.

The following maps are available for download


Arctic Circumpolar

This 36-page tiled map provides students with a different perspective of the Earth – a view from the North Pole. The map allows students to explore Canada’s Arctic from a political, environmental, cultural and geographical perspective.


This 36-page tiled map shows present-day Canada’s vast landscape, its 13 provinces and territories, surrounding oceans, lakes and rivers, and many important places that exist within its borders.

A Nation Takes Shape: Canada and the First World War

This 24-page map outlines Canada at the time of the First World War (1914-1918). Ten associated learning activities allow students to discover major transportation routes, military training facilities, internment camps and how Canada looked at the time.

Canada’s Provinces and Territories

Each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories can now be explored through individual tiled maps.

Drawn to Victory

Maps are considered one of the most important tools used throughout the First World War. This historical map from the First World War highlights the landscape in southeast Belgium. It is the result of numerous aerial photographs taken between 1916 and 1917.

Canada’s Energy: Production and Transmission

This map gives students the chance to explore and learn about Canada’s energy story, highlighting where Canada’s energy is produced and where it goes.

Indigenous People’s Atlas of Canada

This map offers a unique perspective on our country’s geography that is vital to understanding the history and diverse cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Setting aside the political boundaries of provinces and territories, this map instead focuses on historical treaties and land claims, the distribution of Indigenous language families, the locations of reserves and band councils, the formers sites of residential schools, and more.

Lake Winnipeg Watershed

Lake Winnipeg is known as the sixth Great Lake in North America, with a drainage basin of nearly 1,000,000 square kilometres. As the second-largest watershed in Canada, covering parts of four provinces and four U.S. states, it is home to more than seven million people. You can start to explore the watershed through this tiled map, made possible through a grant from the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

Mapping Democracy – CPAC Route 338

Canadian Geographic Education and the Cable Public Affairs Channel have come together in a unique opportunity to engage students in democratic literacy with these tiled maps of Canada’s urban areas. Each map encourages students of all ages to examine Canada piece-by-piece and explore the diverse geography that comprises this great nation.

Vimy Barrage

The creeping barrage was a key military strategy in the First World War. Download the 49-page tiled map to help students learn not only about the physical landscape of Vimy Ridge but also how the landscape influenced military strategy.

Wild Migrations

This colourful map of North America features the migratory routes of 20 different North American species at risk. Teachers can access the 10 curriculum-linked activities to use with the map and help students explore species migration, learn how animals are classified as at risk and be inspired to take action.

Floods in Canada

Floods are one of the most common and costly disasters in Canada, yet many Canadians are not aware of the history of floods in Canada or the regions which are at risk of flooding. Use this map to help students understand the important connections between physical geography, human land use, and flooding across the country, in the context of climate change.

Unmasking Influenza (world map)

The Spanish Influenza of 1918 resulted in the deaths of an estimated 50 million people worldwide and is considered one of the most devastating pandemics in recorded world history. This tiled map is Canadian Geographic Education’s first global projection and focuses on medical geography or, more specifically, how geography plays a role in the spread, outbreak and eradication of deadly viruses and diseases.

Re: Location

This unique map provides an overview of population relocation in Canada in relation to events such as the creation of national parks, urban development and natural disasters.

Canada and Ukraine

Canada is home to about 1.4 million people of Ukrainian descent and has the second-largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world. Learn about the connections between Canada and Ukraine with our tiled map and accompanying lesson plan.

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