Do you want to test your knowledge of Canadian history and culture? Try our crossword puzzle! Learn more about Canada’s past and present through fascinating facts, mysterious objects, and compelling stories as you search online for the answers to our historical crossword.
This year’s edition of the Canadian Museum Crossword features a wide range of clues from 47 different museums in 10 provinces and one territory.
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2. Secretariat was a famous ______ that New Brunswick’s Ronald Turcotte rode to win the U.S. Triple Crown.
5. Extinct elephant; mascot of the Royal Alberta Museum.
7. The name of the famous 13th century poet and Sufi mystic who is the subject of a special exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum.
9. Anne calls it “Avonlea,” but Green Gables House is situated in what real Prince Edward Island community?
13. A key artifact at the Museum of Industry, the ______ is one of the oldest steam locomotives in the world. Built in 1838 by Timothy Hackworth in Durham, England, this engine was special due to its front stoking design. It was brought to Nova Scotia in 1839 and used by the General Mining Association to run coal to loading grounds until 1867.
14. The Military Communications and Electronics Museum has a full case of these artifacts that transmitted secrets on display. They’re very buzzy! What are they?
15. This year marks the 95th anniversary of the world famous Williams Lake __________. This annual event brings thousands of people from all over to Williams Lake for the Canada Day long weekend.
17. Canmore wasn’t always known as “Canmore.” Its original name tied to the expansion of the CPR in 1883 was ________ 27. Visit Canmore Museum for a clue.
19. Georgina Ann Sterling was born in 1867 in Twillingate, NL and later became a famous opera singer. One of the names that was attributed to her was Lady of the ________.
21. The Britannia Mine Museum offers underground tours that reveal the various ways miners extracted ore full of this copper iron sulphide mineral.
24. What is the distinctive architectural feature on top of the historic Yeo House in Prince Edward Island?
27. Built in 1883, the Thomas Williams House is named after a prominent Monctonian, who was the treasurer for the ___________ Railway.
29. Often considered Mission’s first curator, Anthony ______ gathered a larger collection of curious objects throughout his life which form the basis of the Mission Museum’s collection. There is also a street in Mission named after him.
30. This year, the 18th Century Public Market at Pointe-à-Callière will celebrate its _____ anniversary.
32. It contributed to our collective history and is inextricably linked to the development of the country. Regionally, it is crucial to exporting natural resources and is part of two summer exhibitions at the Musée régional de la Côte-Nord.
33. The town of Hinton, Alberta, lies on the Athabasca River, a historic transportation and ___ trade route.
34. Between 1869 and 1940, Bruce County residents registered more than 250 _____ for inventions that would provide innovative ways to make life easier! Visit the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre for a hint.
35. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is home to the ________ Blanket, an art piece made from items collected from residential schools and institutions across Canada.
38. The Remington Carriage Museum has an exhibit dedicated to this Oshawa family known for its work with carriages, automobiles, and Canada Dry Ginger Ale.
39. Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site’s diverse workforce travelled to Steveston from across the world because the _____ River’s abundant salmon resources led to a booming fishing industry on Canada’s West Coast.
42. There is a game in the Canadian War Museum’s new exhibit, War Games, which was originally named The Conquest of the World. What is its modern name?
43. River transportation during the Klondike Gold Rush.
44. The first name of the architect who designed MOA (the Museum of Anthropology).
46. Visitors to the Canada Science and Technology Museum’s newest exhibition, Our Climate ______, can discover the impacts of climate change, view real stories of action, and be inspired to become part of the solution.
47. At John Walter Museum, you can visit three homes that survived the 1915 _________, the worst one in Edmonton’s history.
1. In June 2023. the ____ Beach Centre will celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Since its opening, close to 170 Canadian guides have contributed to preserving the heritage and memory of Canadian soldiers and civilians affected by the war, and to transmitting these to younger generations. This was the will of the veterans that founded the museum.
3. The Toronto Railway Museum is located in the John Street Roundhouse. It was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and began its service in 1929 for the maintenance of ________ locomotives.
4. This 60,000-year-old walrus named _____ was found in the banks of the Little Qualicum River.
6. Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre’s main gallery exhibit for the 2023 season is Taking Flight, which explores the history of ______________ in Peace River, Canada, and around the world.
8. Each September, the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum places candles in nearly all 40 of the Temple’s windows for their ___________ event, which features a musical concert inside the magnificent building. This event can be traced back to the 1800s, when all 40 windows were illuminated with real candles.
10. The proposed geological epoch dating from the start of significant human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including anthropogenic climate change, as well as the name of the newest gallery at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
11. Who was the main character in the Canadian children’s television series Polka Dot Door, which ran from 1971 to 1993, that you can find on display at the Canadian Museum of History this summer?
12. The Citadelle of Québec was built following a model inspired by _____.
16. A food product that Thibault Jourdan, a French immigrant who arrived in Canada in 2012, claims is popular with Francophones and Anglophones alike. Visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 for a hint.
18. Ninety million years ago, marine reptiles like this ________, found at the Manitoba Museum, were fierce predators.
20. Carr House in Victoria, BC, has a replica of Emily Carr’s famous caravan, which she named after what animal?
22. First Canadian cavalry First World War Victoria Cross recipient.
23. Charles _______ was the architect who built Dalnavert for $10,500 in 1895.
25. Mi’kmaq term for “they are cherished,” the name of a Museum of Natural History exhibit on view this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
26. Jack _______ started many of the western traditions at the Calgary Stampede, such as the pancake breakfast, “Yahoo!,” and the chuckwagon race. Find the answer at the Rosebud and District Centennial Museum.
28. This summer, visitors to the Farming For the _______ exhibition at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum can test drive sustainable farming with a new, interactive tractor experience.
31. The royal castle on the Canadian $25 bank note.
36. The historic _____ House at the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is Canada’s only escape room experience based on local history.
37. The longest freshwater beach in the world, ______ Beach runs along the south end of Georgian Bay.
40. The largest surviving piece of the iconic Avro Canada CF-105 _____ 2 aircraft is on display at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
41. Kapwani Kiwanga will represent Canada at La Biennale di Venezia in 2024. Her compelling works of ____ investigate the structures, systems and narratives underlying today’s power asymmetries. The National Gallery of Canada oversees Canada’s representation at the Venice Biennale.
45. Freeman Station was officially named Burlington Junction, because that is where ____ railway lines intersected in Burlington.
A thank you also goes to the provincial museum associations who helped us connect with new participants!
- Aga Khan Museum, Ont.
- Bank of Canada Museum, Ont.
- Britannia Mine Museum, B.C.
- Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, B.C.
- Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Ont.
- Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Ont.
- Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ont.
- Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ont.
- Canadian Museum of History, Que.
- Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Man.
- Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, N.S.
- Canadian War Museum, Ont.
- Canmore Museum, Alta.
- Carr House, B.C.
- Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre, Man.
- Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre, Alta.
- Freeman Station, Ont.
- Green Gables Heritage Place, P.E.I.
- John Walter Museum, Alta.
- Juno Beach Centre, France
- Manitoba Museum, Man.
- Military Communications and Electronics Museum, Ont.
- The Military Museums, Alta.
- Mission Museum, B.C.
- Musée Royal 22e Régiment, Que.
- Musée régional de la Côte-Nord, Que.
- Museum of Anthropology at UBC, B.C.
- Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, B.C.
- Museum of Industry, a part of the Nova Scotia Museum, N.S.
- Museum of Natural History, a part of the Nova Scotia Museum, N.S.
- National Gallery of Canada, Ont.
- New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, N.B.
- Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage, Alta.
- Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre, Alta.
- PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, P.E.I.
- Pointe-à-Callière, cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal, Que.
- Qualicum Beach Museum, B.C.
- Remington Carriage Museum, Alta.
- Resurgo Place, N.B.
- Rosebud and District Centennial Museum, Alta.
- Royal Alberta Museum, Alta.
- Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Sask.
- The Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum, Ont.
- Simcoe County Museum, Ont.
- Toronto Railway Museum, Ont.
- Twillingate Museum, N.L.
- Yukon Archives, Y.T.