Zig Zag: Canada

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started9th Mar 1987
ended30th Mar 1987
last rpt28th Mar 1990
4 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🌏Geography
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English
Zig Zag Canadians book cover.jpg

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Canada is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1980s & 1990s, covering geography for primary school pupils.

Paul Coia takes a journey across Canada, from Toronto to British Columbia, reporting on modern and historical aspects of life, including the building of the railways, gold mining, lumberjacking and log birling, Totem Poles, and the beaver.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. The Railway #1987-03-09-00-00-009 Mar 1987
2. A Tale of Two Cities #1987-03-16-00-00-0016 Mar 1987
3. Timber #1987-03-23-00-00-0023 Mar 1987
4. Wildlife #1987-03-30-00-00-0030 Mar 1987


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1986-87 Spring 1987 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 2:15pm BBC2
1989-90 Spring 1990 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2


Presenter Paul Coia


There were teacher's notes and a project book (called The Canadians) available.

Project book

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