• Option one (far left) won the vote with 49 per cent. Options two and three received 18 and 33 per cent.

While tight races can make things interesting, a clear winner has its benefits, too — particularly when it comes to our regular cover vote. (As Canadian Geographic followers know, in advance of each issue’s publication we solicit your feedback to help us choose our cover.) As happens periodically in these votes, the tally for our July/August issue cover resulted in a runaway winner, making our decision an easy one.

Option one, boasting a particularly dramatic aerial image of a meandering river, forests and lakes in Wood Buffalo National Park, was the standout favourite, garnering 49 per cent of the vote (options two and three received 18 and 33 per cent). Our staff thought all three options were great, and publisher Gilles Gagnier regularly preaches siding with the results of our online tally unless there’s a very good reason not to. And this time out, there was certainly no rationale at all to overrule such an overwhelming response. Here’s hoping newsstand magazine buyers are as clearly taken with our choice.

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