Kentville is home to the students of Aldershot School.

Ask Kris and Shannon from Aldershot Elementary School in Kentville, Nova Scotia, to name one of their favorite foods, and they'll say, "pizza!" Nikki and Mark from David Livingstone Community School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, pick pizza, too. They live more than 2,500 miles away from each other, but they have more than a favorite food in common. They also share national holidays like Canada Day. Their schools both have activities for the Terry Fox Run, which honors a Canadian hero who ran across the country to raise money to fight cancer. Their lives have lots of differences, too. Read about each school and then learn what the kids had to say about their lives in each region!

Aldershot School, Nova Scotia

Kentville, Nova Scotia, is a small yet busy town, with a population of about 5,500 people. It is in the middle of a beautiful farming area called the Annapolis Valley.
The 415 students who go to Aldershot Elementary School live in the town of Kentville, the surrounding neighborhoods, and Halls Harbour, where many of the families farm or fish for a living. Kids in the region love winter fun like tobogganing at Burger Hill and ice-skating at the local rink. In the summertime, they camp, swim, and ride bikes.

To the north is the Bay of Fundy, which has the world's highest tides. Many of Canada's original French and English settlers arrived at the Bay of Fundy coast. In fact, the first permanent European settlement in North America was established in 1605 at Port Royal — about 50 miles from Kentville.

Aldershot students are proud of the history of their province. They study the Acadians, the French families who settled along the Fundy coast during the 17th century. These settlers built dikes to prevent the tides from flooding and to convert salt marshes into farmland. Today, about 30 percent of the Aldershot students are of Acadian descent, and kids from the area still enjoy seeing the dikes.

David Livingstone School, Manitoba

David Livingstone School is in the city of Manitoba.

A beautiful province with woods, prairies, and thousands of lakes, Manitoba has large areas of wilderness where few people live. But the provincial capital, Winnipeg, is one of Canada's biggest and most culturally diverse cities. There are 662,000 people in Winnipeg, of many different ethnic backgrounds. David Livingstone Community School is in the heart of Winnipeg.

The school is named after Scottish explorer David Livingstone. There are 350 students in grades PreK–8, and the school's population is predominately Native. (In Canada, many people use the term "aboriginal," which means the earliest known people to live in a place.) Many of these people are from the Ojibwa, Cree, and Inuit groups. Their families moved into Winnipeg from reservations in Manitoba and northern Ontario.

Two students at David Livingstone School

In school, Livingstone students learn about the ways of these earlier generations. They read the teachings of the aboriginal peoples, hold powwows, and create art in the Native tradition. They know that the place names around them come from their ancestors. Two Livingstone students, Monica and Kelly, write in their online magazine, "The name of the province 'Manitoba' is taken from Lake Manitoba and is a Native American phrase meaning 'great spirit's strait.'"

Livingstone School kids love to roller-skate, play hockey, go to plays, and take trips to Fun Mountain Waterslide Park, plus other activities. One year, they connected on the Internet with students from another Livingstone School — in Scotland. The Canadian kids loved learning about bagpipes, Scottish dances, and kilts, and they even wrote a story together with the Scottish kids!

The students from these two schools live in two separate provinces, which is what they call the states in Canada, yet they share a common land and nation. Find out what the kids from these two schools said about their experiences and life in Canada in an interview with American students in 1996.

Daily Life

  • Kids in Canada watch an average of 17 hours per week of television.
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, has an average annual snowfall of 102 inches.
  • The most popular sports for children in Canada are swimming, ice hockey, baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, skiing, and gymnastics.
  • English is the main language for 16.1 million Canadians, and French for 6.5 million. The remaining Canadians have a mother tongue other than these two languages, including Chinese, Italian, German, Portuguese, Ukrainian, Dutch, Greek, and others.

Write about it:
You've now read about two areas of Canada and learned about kids in each. How are the two regions different and similar? Which one would you rather live in and why?