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Disappointment River

Writer Brian Castner retraced Alexander Mackenzie's epic 1789 expedition for his new book Disappointment River. (Cover image courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada; author photo courtesy author)

Disappointment River
In this exclusive excerpt from his new book Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, author Brian Castner recounts a part of his 2016 journey retracing Alexander Mackenzie's 1789 expedition of the Mackenzie River 

Xpedition 90X will use an International/Navistar MXT, modified to contain a small diesel engine and electric motor system. The diesel engine will drive the generators and propel the vehicle, which will also utilize an electric propulsion assist system. (Photo courtesy Xpedition 90X)

Photo courtesy Xpedition 90X
Xpedition 90X aims to conduct the first hybrid-vehicle expedition and first Canadian-led driving expedition to the South Pole in November 2018
Groundbreaking new educational resource coming this summer
A view over the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

A view over Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. (Photo: Wesley Pitts/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Wesley Pitts/Can Geo Photo Club
Growing up black in Nova Scotia, the intense beauty of Three Mile Plains and the Annapolis Valley was, for me, a fount of emotional history 
The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City

The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City turns 125 this year. The grand railway hotel has an illustrious history. (Photo courtesy Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

Photo courtesy Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
As Quebec's grand railway hotel turns 125, we look back at some key political and pop culture moments that happened there
Left: Kate Harris after a day of gritty riding on the Silk Road in 2011. Right: Harris' travel memoir, Lands of Lost Borders, is published today. (Photo: Melissa Yule)

Left: Kate Harris after a day of gritty riding on the Silk Road in 2011. Right: Harris' travel memoir, Lands of Lost Borders, is published today. (Photo: Melissa Yule; cover image courtesy Alfred A. Knopf Canada)

Photo: Melissa Yule; cover image courtesy Alfred A. Knopf Canada
Canadian writer and explorer Kate Harris' debut travel memoir recounts her journey along the historic trade route 
Aurora borealis light up the night over Waterbury Lake in northern Saskatchewan

Aurora borealis light up the night over Waterbury Lake in northern Saskatchewan. The much-mythologized phenomenon is the only visual evidence we have of the powerful force that helped create our modern world — and could easily bring it down. (Photo: Ezra Meszaros/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Ezra Meszaros/Can Geo Photo Club
In this exclusive excerpt from her new book 'The Spinning Magnet,' Alanna Mitchell explains why we should know and care about Earth's electromagnetic field 
Viveka Melki

Viveka Melki. (Photo: Stephen Thorne)

Photo: Stephen Thorne
"The point of all this is to make history intimate" 

Clockwise from left: A map of the region covered by the Joint Arctic Weather Station in Eureka; an inset showing Eureka; Galen Olsen, a JAWS station staffer, outside Eureka International Airport in the mid-1950s. (Map: Joint Arctic Weather Stations. Eureka, Canada. Edition 1, 1970, Surveys and Mapping Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Library and Archives Canada, e011196844; Photo: Courtesy of John Gilbert)

How the Joint Arctic Weather Stations program did more than just fill in a blank on the nation’s weather map
Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

The mountains on Borden Peninsula in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park, one of eight proposed candidates for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. (Photo courtesy Parks Canada)

Photo courtesy Parks Canada
A look at the fascinating sites Parks Canada has proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation
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