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Confederation and Canadian Expansion

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Oh Canada!  Events in Canada from the 1850s to 1914 leading up to the beginning of the First World War.

Click on one of the pictures or links below to find our recommended resources:

Building a Nation book coverLouis Riel book coverConflicts, Changes and ConfederationConfederation and the West book cover  

Discover stories and information of how people, conflicts and changes shaped Canada's confederation.

Riel Rebellion
Learn more about Louis Riel and the Red River Rebellion

Western History
Learn how Canada expanded into the West, including the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the impact of the Klondike Gold Rush.

How Canada Became Canada
Discover information about the development of Canada from the first people to live in North America to the confederation to Canada's changing identity today

Canadian History
Learn about important moments in Canada's history, including early settlers, the fur trade, rebellions and revolutions.

Canadian Encyclopedia
Canadian Encyclopedia

Your best source of info on Canadian topics. Use the search box to find in-depth articles from the Canadian Encyclopedia, Maclean's Magazine, Canadian Encyclopedia of Music, and TV and radio spots such as Historica Minutes.

World History for Kids
World History for Kids

Look here for information on history and historical biographies. Great for grades 4-8.

Early Explorers for Kids
Early Explorers for Kids

Look here for information on early explorers and exploration. Good for grades 4-8.

World Book
World Book

The full print encyclopedia plus additional articles, videos, sound clips and links to websites.

Confederation for Kids
Learn all about Canada's Confederation.

Canadian Confederation
Library and Archives Canada's page about Confederation.

The Riel Rebellions
Canadiana's information on the Red River Rebellion and North-West Rebellion led by Louis Riel.