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ArcGIS Online resources highlighting Maritimes geography and history

The Maritimes is a unique region of Canada with its own history and geography. Read this blog to discover relevant ArcGIS Online resources that are tied closely to curricula across Canada that can be used in your teaching.

Learn about the Maritimes region of Canada using ArcGIS Online resources that cover topics in history and geography.

Resources created by the Education and Research group include:

Mapping a Soldier’s Story

Create a personalized online story map to increase understanding of where soldiers in the Newfoundland regiment came from, where they travelled to during the war, and the locations where soldiers fought and perhaps died.

C.S.M. Peter Samson

Explore this story map about Peter Samson. He joined the First Newfoundland Regiment on September 2, 1914 at the age of 21. His regimental number was #267. After 4 years and 166 days of service with the First Newfoundland Regiment, Peter was granted a discharge and settled down in Grand Falls, Newfoundland to take up civilian life.

The History of the Acadians in Canada

Create maps to present the history of Acadians in Canada, including significant places and key historical events that directly impacted them.

Exploring Settlement and Migration in Canada

Explore data layers representing unemployment, urban and rural population, interprovincial migration and population density. You can focus on the Maritimes region as you work through the lesson.

Black History Canada - 23 Historical Black Canadians You Should Know

Discover 23 Black Canadians who made major contributions to Canada's culture and legacy. Look to see how many are from the Maritimes.

Viola Desmond, the new face of the $10 bank note in Canada was from the Maritimes. Learn more about why she is an important person in our Canadian and Maritimes history.

Canadian Confederation

Discover how many Maritimes provinces existed in 1867.

Exploring Canada’s Geography

Compare the snowfall, election results and population density in the Maritimes to other regions of Canada.

Six activities you can do in six minutes each - for ArcGIS Online beginners:

ArcGIS Online maps and apps created by ArcGIS Online users:

First Nations communities in New Brunswick

Discover where the First Nations communities are located in New Brunswick.

2015 Prince Edward Island General Election

Explore this web app to see the results of the 2015 general election.

2014 New Brunswick General Election

Explore this web app to see the results of the 2014 general election.

Before the Mactaquac Headpond

Take a virtual tour of the Saint John River before the installation of the Mactaquac Dam.

Pilot Francis Mackey & The Halifax Explosion

This story map is intended to be shared publicly, for educational purposes and to serve as a complementary multimedia piece to the book Aftershock; The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Mackey by Janet Maybee (October 2015, Nimbus Publishing, Halifax NS).

Halifax Explosion 1917 3D Historical Mapping

A 2D/3D Web Mapping Application outlining before and after the Halifax Explosion of 1917.

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About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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