What would it be like
to drive 4,000 kilometres
Thane Ladner narrates Canada Road Trip – a recollection of a cross-country road trip during Canada’s centennial in 1967.
The recording is divided into four parts. A handout is available with comprehension questions, listening exercises, and a transcript.
Canada Road Trip Pt.1 - Introduction
Canada Road Trip Pt. 2 - Ontario to Prairies
Canada Road Trip Pt. 3 - Rockies to the West Coast
Canada Road Trip Pt. 4 - Looking back after 50 years
Transcript of Canada Road Trip (Click to open preview of Part 1)
PART ONE – Introduction
A road trip can be an amazing experience – a rite of passage. It can be boring, epic, or somewhere in between. One way or another, it’s always a learning and growing experience.
It was 1967. Canada’s 100th birthday. My friends and I had plans to celebrate with a cross-Canada road trip. We were out of school and had lots of time and little responsibility.
The previous summer I had driven out east to the Atlantic Ocean – visiting Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, PEI, and New Brunswick.
This time we’d travel west to the Pacific Ocean, driving from Ontario to BC in a week.
We took the Trans-Canada Highway and undertook the adventure of a lifetime.
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PDF: Teacher Guide and Student Worksheets
Audio: 4 Part Story in
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Writing and Graphics by Mike Simpson
Recording and Narration by Thane Ladner
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