The Great Canadian Geographic Challenge
student geography competition
The Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS)
supports its mandate 'to make Canada better known to Canadians
and to the world' through the many activities of its geographic
education program. The Canadian Council for Geographic Education
(CCGE), the education committee of the RCGS, has been in operation
since 1993. Its goals and objectives are:
- To increase the emphasis of geography in Canada's schools
- To improve geography teaching methods and curriculum materials
- To promote the flow of geographic knowledge among educators
- To increase public awareness of the importance of geographical literacy
The CCGE promotes improved geography
teaching in Canada's schools through activities like The Great
Canadian Geography Challenge, the sponsorship of special training
sessions where teachers can upgrade their geography skills and
knowledge and the establishment of a communications network linking
thousands of teachers across Canada.
Each year the CCGE bestows the Canadian
Geographic Literacy Award to honour and recognize individual effort
in the development, enhancement and/or promotion of geographic
literacy in Canadian education.
What is the Geography Challenge?
The Geography Challenge is a national
student competition designed to foster an interest in geography
among young Canadians, by allowing them to test their knowledge
in friendly competition. The Challenge also raises the profile
and the popularity of geography with teachers and the public across
|Deadline For Registration:
||February 29, 2016
|Register Your School:
||English - Registration
||French - Registration
|October 1, 2015
||2015-2016 Contest registration opens
|February 29, 2016
||Level 2 School Championship deadline. Any level 2 School
Champions not identified online by this date
will not be eligible for the Provincial/Territorial
Challenge of the competition.
|March 7 - 25, 2016
||Level 2 Provincial/Territorial Challenge
online. Eligible students can complete the challenge at any
point during this period.
|March 31, 2016
||Deadline to identify Provincial/Territorial
champions in order to receive their prize.
|April 4 - 8, 2016
||National qualifiers tie-breakers (if necessary)
|April 15, 2016
||National finalists are notified
How does the Challenge work?
Canadian Geographic Education launched
the Canadian Geographic Challenge, formerly the Great Canadian
Geography Challenge, in 1995 as a way to get students interested
in geography. Since then, the challenge has grown from 20 participating
schools to more than 500, and has reached more than two million
students across Canada.
Click here "About
for more information about Level 1 (grades 4 - 6) and Level 2
(grades 7 - 10).
Click here for "Rules
The Geography Challenge takes place
throughout the school year and is open to students from Grades
4 to 10 attending a school that is registered in the program.
The official competition kit contains everything you need to conduct
your in-school challenge, including instructions, useful tips,
questions and answers, winner's medal, award certificates and
How Do We Participate?
Schools must register
in order to participate in the Geography Challenge. Register your
school to download an official competition kit with everything
you need to conduct your Challenge. A nominal fee is charged for
the competition kits to cover the cost of production. Kits are
available in English and French.
Only recognized Canadian schools may
register for the Geography Challenge. There is no limit to the
number of students or classes within the school that may compete.
The competition kit will enable the school to conduct the Challenge
in as many classes as desired.
Individuals may not register. Home
school students must compete at a local school or within a group
of home school students in order to register.
There are two levels of competition:
- Level 1 for grades 4 to 6
- Level 2 for grades 7 to 10.
Deadline for registration: February