Feeding the Frontier: Food in Early Canada, invites teachers and students to step back in time to life on the Canadian frontier. Using historic images, audio clips and text, this unique Learning Object Collection presents participants with a glimpse of how Canadian pioneers of the 1800s raised and grew crops, hunted and fished, preserved, cooked and served food from both wild and domestic sources. Content is based on Grade 9 and 10 Ontario curriculum, Social Studies and History.

chicken neck bone Activity One: Bare Bones Of The Backwoods
The class analyzes the importance of faunal artifacts (bones), and the tools and methods used to hunt, fish and process meats to understand the roles of domestic and wild species in the survival of early Canadian setters. This activity includes an interactive quiz.
table utensils Activity Two: Traditions of the Table
Students investigate settlement food traditions, kitchen tools and cooking methods transferred from Europe to Canada. Then they prepare dishes for their classmates using traditional recipes, tools and ingredients.
strawberries Activity Three: Gifts of the Land
By creating diary entries from the perspective of a Canadian settler, students learn how settlers grew, harvested and preserved foods in different seasons compared to today. This activity includes an interactive quiz.
camp cook Activity Four: Bow to the King of the Camp
Students investigate the volume and types of food consumed in the shanty lumber camps of the 1800s and the daily preparation methods employed by the all-important camp cook.
way order Activity Five: The Stopping Places - Canada's First Bed and Breakfasts
The class learns about the importance of stopping places along Canada's frontier in terms of food, shelter, transportation and communication.
agora This group of learning tools was produced in collaboration with the Heritage Canada Agora Learning Centre.





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