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Lesson Plan:

For Teachers: Bombardier’s Opportunity in the Snow

Type: Introductory
Subjects: Social Studies, Business Studies
Duration: 1 lesson
Purpose: To identify the factors that led to the development and introduction of the snowmobile
Summary: In this introductory activity, students will explore the Bombardier Corporation and the history of the snowmobile in Canada.

Before Exploring

Students will work in groups of three or four to brainstorm and record what they know about various forms of transportation in Canada, noting seasonal and geographical variations across the country. Have each group share its ideas with the rest of the class.

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic Bombardier: The Snowmobile Legacy on the CBC Digital Archives website. Students will thoroughly review all elements of the clip 'The tireless inventor' and, in their original groups, outline the reasons and events that led to the development of the snowmobile. If time permits, students can browse the topic to find other pertinent information.

Revisit and Reflect

Gather the class and compile a master list of the details found by the groups. Ask: How has the snowmobile changed from its original form and purpose? Identify its transition from a means of transportation for a difficult climate to a recreational vehicle.


Students can explore additional clips on the website about how the snowmobile is used in different parts of Canada and for different purposes. They can work in pairs to discuss other inventions and products whose use has evolved from the original purpose.