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Canada Underground

The April issue of Kayak goes underground to explore caves, tunnels, root cellars and more.
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Cellars over the Centuries

Fiction Feature: Building an underground place to store food helped people on Newfoundland’s Bonavista Peninsula make it through hard times.

Beneath the Surface

Have students design a captivating brochure to share the history of an interesting underground place near your community — then submit their work for a chance to win a Kayak prize pack!
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Recent Issues


Life sure changed as Canada powered up.
Give the Greatest Gift in History!

Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids — 4 issues per year for as low as $14.95.

April 2012 cover of Kayak featuring the Titanic
Kayak in the Archive


Canada’s History Archive features both English and French versions of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.


Let's Go to the Fair!

Agricultural fairs and exhibitions have played an important role in Canada for nearly two centuries.

Beyond Gold Mountain: Canadians of Chinese Descent

Exploring stories of Canadians of Chinese descent.

Lighthouse Stories

Beacons, warnings and landmarks.

Rights and Freedoms

How Canada got to be one of the freest countries in the world.


Say Cheese!

Picturing Canada’s past starts with photographers and the scenes they captured.


Bodies and brains all work differently. This issue explores those (dis)abilities throughout Canada’s past.


For as long as there have been people living in what we know as Canada, there’s been trash to deal with.

Finding Our Way

Canada’s an awfully big place. But since long before it was even a country right up to today, people have used all kinds of smart things to figure out where they’re going and how to get there.

Symbols in Canada

We’ve always had things that symbolized our communities and, later, our country.

Black History in Canada

In this special issue of Kayak we are joined by guest editor Natasha Henry who shares some amazing stories and examples of the ways Black Canadians built and shaped this country.


Who Do We Remember... and How?

All over Canada people are rethinking the people and events we commemorate (remember). Statues fall, schools and streets are renamed. How do we decide? And what do you think?

Predicting the Weather

We’re so used to getting good, fast forecasts that we forget that wasn’t always true. In this issue, we explore some of the ways we’ve tried to figure out what weather to expect.


For hundreds of years, newspapers were about the only way people could learn what was happening outside their own area. Meet the people and papers that helped shape Canada from its earliest days to 1920.


Forts. Tipis. Maple syrup. Birch bark canoes. Log cabins. Wagons. (And yes, magazines.) Trees are a big part of the story of Canada.

Settling in Canada

When Europeans starting coming to North America to live, they changed everything. How did they affect the people who were already here? Where did the newcomers come from and where did they settle? And how did they live?


Seeking Safety

Everyone who lives in Canada has a different story about how they and their family ended up where they did. What’s yours?

How Furs Built Canada

There’s no way we can tell you everything about the fur trade era, but in this issue, you’ll discover some of the people behind the fur trade, the good and bad it caused, and how it shaped our country.

Our Families

Families in Canada change... and stay the same.

Canada and the Second World War

From farms to factories to fighting, the Second World War touched Canadians in many ways.

Growing Up Healthy

Don’t want to freak you out, but you are super-lucky to have good, free care if you get sick or hurt yourself. Today, it’s almost impossible for us to understand now how dangerous it was to be a kid for most of Canada’s history.


French Anglais

Why does it matter what language we speak? Or whether anyone else speaks our language?

Ghosts & Monsters

Be sure to leave the lights on when you read this issue! You’ll meet historical spooks and explore unexplained stories from Canada’s past.

Canada at Work

Everyone has to work, whether they do chores around the house, work in a factory, run a farm, go to an office job, fish for a living, work in a mine — Canadians do all kinds of paid and unpaid work.

Time to Relax

What do you like to do in your spare time? First of all, you’re lucky to have spare time at all, compared to kids in Canada’s past. But, from simple toys to schoolyard games, kids have always been good at finding fun things to do.

Great Canadian Women

This special digital issue celebrates some of the amazing women who helped make our country what it is today.

Earlier Issues

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.

Black History in Canada

In this special issue of Kayak we are joined by guest editor Natasha Henry who shares some amazing stories and examples of the ways Black Canadians built and shaped this country.

Our Artful Past

It can be beautiful, surprising, thought-provoking or funny — art is an important way that we think about ourselves and our country. You’ll meet all kind of artists and see their work in this issue of Kayak.

All Aboard!

This issue explores what Canada gained and lost when we built our ribbon of steel. From passenger trains, to subways to the SkyTrain or tourist steam railways, we look at all kinds of trains.

Animal Tales

From whales to horses, beavers to birds, learn all about how animals are part of the story of Canada.


Sports Stories

Whether you like to play sports or watch them; ride your bike or be part of a team, this issue of Kayak brings you great stories from our sporting history.

At Home

This issue of Kayak is all about the places we live — our homes and communities.

Summer 2017

We celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and how our country came to be with the silly, the serious and the surprising stories of our past. Meet some of the people who helped bring democracy to our country, the people who made it a country, and the people who watched along the way.

Happy Birthday Canada!

The April 2017 issue of Kayak looks at 150 people, places and things that tell the story of Canada.

Disaster Strikes

It’s awful when terrible events occur, but on the flipside, it’s pretty wonderful to know that others are always ready to help. This issue looks at the Great Depression, the Halifax Explosion, emergency response and natural disasters.

Earlier Issues

Remembering the Great War

A special digital-only edition of Kayak aimed at Grades 2–6. You will find stories about the major battles, about kids’ lives back home, and about how anger around conscription divided the country.

Our Flag Turns 50

Our flag is one of the easiest to recognize in the entire world. It first flew February 15, 1965, so the February 2015 issue of Kayak is celebrating by shining a light on all of our national symbols.

Creating Canada

Learn more about the Fathers of Confederation and how they made our country happen. And what could be more Canadian than to tell that story in the context of our greatest game — hockey?