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The Great Canadian Geographic Challenge

Canada's most popular
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 the country.

The Great Canadian Geography Challenge


GeoChallenge Website English
Deadline For Registration: February 29, 2016
Register Your School: English - Registration
  French - Registration
Key Dates Key Dates Link
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
May, 2016 National Final


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 the Challenge"
for more information about Level 1 (grades 4 - 6) and Level 2 (grades 7 - 10).

Click here for "Rules and Regulations"

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 more.

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.


Register Your School

Deadline for registration: February 29, 2016