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Posts tagged with ‘geography’ (144)

Video of the Week: Great Bear Rainforest expedition cruise

Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Expeditions on Friday, January 17, 2014

It’s not often you experience spectacular scenery and wildlife with a famous Canadian painter.

This week’s video gives a sneak peek at what a handful of people may see this summer on the Great Bear Rainforest expedition cruise. On British Columbia’s coast, this 6.4 million hectare rainforest contains mountains, fjords and estuaries that many grizzlies, spirit bears, salmon-eating wolves and marine mammals call home. Two of the guides on this expedition will be Robert Bateman and his wife Birgit ...

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Map Monday: What makes a continent?

Posted by Joshua Rapp Learn in Mapping on Monday, January 06, 2014

Major tectonic plates of the world. (Map courtesy of

Growing up, I was always taught that North America consisted of Canada, Mexico and the United States. I considered the question settled until I set out on a year-long tour that began in Guadalajara and wound south to the tip of Argentina. Along the way I was surprised to hear many Mexicans refer to people from the United States and Canada as norte americanos while on the other hand, many Argentines felt there was no real separation between a North and South America — at the end of the day we were all just Americans. Turns out continents are not as easily defined as I'd assumed.

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10 popular blogs of 2013: Action plan for geographic education

Posted by Siobhan McClelland on Saturday, December 28, 2013

James Boxall, recipient of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 2012 Geographic Literacy Award, was one of the attendees at the meeting. (Photo: Gerry Boland)

In January, a Memorial University professor went public with the fact an alarming number of her sociology students couldn’t name the world’s continents and didn’t know they lived by the Atlantic Ocean. The disclosure revealed the need to amp up young people’s geographic knowledge.

In August, geographers met to develop an action plan on how to address this problem. Read our post from shortly after that meeting about the state of geography education in Canada and check out the St. John’s Declaration ...

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Canada's new standard for measuring height

Posted by Joshua Rapp Learn in Mapping on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

You may not have noticed, but depending where you are in Canada, heights may have changed by a few dozen centimetres.

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Geography Gifts 101

Posted by Kathleen Clark in Community on Monday, December 16, 2013

Winnipeg coaster from the National Design Collective. (Photo: Heather Lam)

It is the annual holiday conundrum: what on Earth to buy for that growing list of colleagues, kids' teachers and distant cousins? At Canadian Geographic, we are here to help with a list of Earth-inspired gifts.

Global Warming Mug

Why not serve that coffee with a side of impending doom? The Unemployed Philosophers Guild has just the gift: the Global Warming Mug. Fill it with hot liquid and watch the coastlines disappear. With a helpful list of greenhouse gases written whimsically around the ...

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