Electrifying! The Educational Package

Cover of the February 2024 issue of Kayak. Colour illustrations depicts a 1950s family turning on a living room light.

It’s hard to imagine what things would have been like before electricity, but let’s just say it was a lot less safe or fun. Some of the changes lasted, and some didn’t. 

From water and coal to nuclear plants and solar farms, Canada has used many different ways to generate that electricity, and lots more to move it to homes and businesses. 

Power was so important that Manitoba made a huge push to get electricity to farms starting in the 1940s. 

Electrification also meant big changes in Canadian homes and the way families spent their time. The story of electricity in Canada is your story, too. Get energized with the February issue of Kayak!

Lesson Plans

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Students will learn about different types of energy sources used throughout Canada’s history, exploring the challenges, benefits, and harms associated with creating electricity.

A Prairie Farm: Before and After Electrification

Students will create a brochure that compares and contrasts the changes to the rural farms of the Canadian Prairies before and after electrification.
Resources for Science

Ingenium — Canada's museums of science and innovation — has additional online educational resources on energy and electricity.

More Kayak

Powering the Past and Present

Have students create a collage that shows how electricity changed life in Canada — then submit their work for a chance to win a free one-year subscription to Kayak!

We are all Treaty People

Guest editor Cynthia Bird of Peguis First Nation explores Treaties and the historic Treaty relationship between First Nations peoples and the British Crown, now represented by the government of Canada.

Power of the People

Plans to flood northern Quebec lead to the first modern Treaty.