With more than 45,000 kilometres of track, Canada boasts one of the largest railway systems in the world. Railways employ 32,000 Canadian workers and directly contribute more than $10 billion a year to the nation’s economy. In addition, nearly everything we consume travels by rail on some portion of its journey and each year, rail provides transportation for about 70 million Canadians.

Featured lesson plan: Protecting Canada’s Coastlines

In this lesson, students will examine how the Canadian Navy protects and defends our country’s extremely long coastline. In the culminating activity, students will map the Canadian Navy’s presence on two coastlines. They will also discuss the task of protecting our northern coastline.