Heritage Fair – Student Topics

Greg Harris now works at Lakehead University – Orillia as an instructor to Teacher Candidates in Language Arts and Classroom Assessment, Management and Planning. You may email me at  gharris@lakeheadu.ca for questions, ideas and support.

This was last updated in January 2019. Information updates frequently. The information here is best used to get ideas and starts.

If you find broken links or better links, please let me know and I will update.

Parent/Guardian information regarding Heritage Fair  << Click here

Last update: January, 2019

Student information:

Pick a topic you are very interested in, know some info about it and want to learn more about it. Read a lot of different books, articles and website links. Watch videos. You should be able to talk to people about your topic BEFORE you start writing. This makes it easier to write because you will be writing in your own words AND you will understand what you are writing. This makes it easier to present because you can already talk about your topic.

Aside: Family members often have great stories and ideas. You should listen to them. However, if the topic is NOT interesting to you, you likely should find another topic. Students who didn’t care about ‘family-selected topics’ had projects that reflected their lack of interest AND they often couldn’t answer questions about the topic because they just didn’t care enough to understand and know what they should have.

List your references: Record information about each book (title, author, date published), and copy the website URL (address) into a DOC if you think the information is good and you will use the info again. It is very important to give credit to the sources you use. Many students add the website link to their caption for photos, maps and other visuals. Doing this shows you have considered the knowledge of other smart people and that you are respectful. When presenting, you should expect to be asked, “What were your most valuable sources of information? Why were these so valuable?”

Your first inquiry QN:  Why is your topic important to Canadians and Canada’s Heritage?  You need to be able to tell/show/explain why your topic matters.

For your next inquiry QN(s), use this link >>> Critical Thinking Cheat Sheet <<< It’s so helpful!

Reliable websites include  Historica Canada    Canadian Encyclopedia    Canadian Biography       Canadian Archives for students

Reliable websites you may need some help with Archives of Ontario     Canadian Archives

Topics: some of the information is old ~ check dates of resource: earlier than 2019 indicates there likely is more-up-to-date info.

Topics are in alphabetical order by first name: For example, Bobby Orr would be found under B.


Air Canada

Alexandre Bilodeau

Algonquin People

Andre De Grasse

Astronauts    Chris Hadfield   Roberta Bondar


Avril Lavigne

Avro Arrow

Ballet of Canada

Barrie history

Barrie Symbols – Arch, Dream Catcher

Barrie Tornado

Baseball & Softball


Black History Month – February & many other links to Canadian Black History

Bluenose sailing ship

Bobby Orr


Brock, Sir Isaac

Canada becoming a country ~ Confederation

Canadian Air Force

Canadian Football League (CFL) and  Grey Cup

Canadian Inuit Dog

Canadian Wildlife


Carey Price

Carnaval _ Quebec

Casa Loma

Chris Hadfield

Chippewas of Rama, near Orillia

Cirque du Soleil

Citadel Hill – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Clara Hughes … Autobiography in our library too!

CN Tower

Confederation ~ Canada becoming a country

Connor McDavid


Diabetes, Dr. Banting, Dr. Best, Insulin 




Education & Schools

Emily Carr

Emily Stowe

Endangered Canadian Animals   see Canadian Wildlife

Famous Five

Figure skating scandal – Jamie Sale and David Pelletier

First Nations – Rights

First Nations – Idle No More & Residential Schools 

First Nations – Myths

Fishing – Commercial

Flag, Maple Leaf



Freestyle skiing and snowboarding

Fur Trade

Gaming, video games

Gordie Howe


Grey Cup

Group of 7

Halifax Explosion

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Heather Moyse – Bobsleigh

Highway of Heroes

Hockey – Canadian Men’s Team

Hockey – General History

Hockey – early ice hockey history just before the NHL started

Hockey – Stanley Cup Lord Stanley

Hockey – Women’s Hockey

Howie Mandel

Huronia Regional Centre – mental health

Hurricanes  ask if you need help to find others

Ian Millar

In Flanders Fields … see John McCrae

Inuksuk   >>>  Inuit and Canadian governments prefer us to spell Inuksuk without the ‘h’

Jacques Plante

Johnny Bower

Jenny Trout

John McCrae    author of poem In Flanders Fields

John Tonelli

Kaillie Humphries

Karen Kain

L.M. Montgomery  Anne of Green Gables

Lake Louise

Laura Secord

Maple Syrup

Michael Wade

Micmac — Use … Aboriginals in Ontario    Chippewas of Rama, near Orillia

Montreal Canadiens >>> Ardagh library has very good non-fiction books and picture books

Montreal Massacre >>> This is sensitive with violent information.

Moose >>>> go to Canadian Wildlife

National Ballet of Canada 

Niagara Falls

Pace maker inventor Dr. Bigelow

Peanut butter



Quebec –  Carnaval

Railway (CPR)


Rick Mercer

Rights – Childrens’ Rights

Rights – Womens’ Rights     Famous 5

Rights – Womens’ Voting Rights in Canada

Roberta Bondar – 1st female Canadian astronaut

Robert Bateman

Robert Munsch

Rosie MacLennan

Samuel de Champlain

Sarah Burke

Shannon Szabados


Sick Kids Hospital

Simon Whitfield

Sir John A. Macdonald

Sled dog   >>> Canadian Inuit Dog

Softball & Baseball

Spanish flu 1918

Stem cells

Steve Nash

Ted Harrison

Terry Fox

Tim Hortons – store and the man and the hockey player

Toronto Maple Leafs


Underground Railroad

Vancouver Canucks

Vimy Ridge

Wayne Gretzky

Willie O’Ree

Winnipeg Jets

World War 1 and 2  > are too big to be a topic > you need to pick a specific focus > e.g., Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, Women in WW2 …

World War 1

World War 2



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *