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Dean Hadley, centre, was the youngest crew member aboard the RCMPV St. Roch when schooner sailed through the Northwest Passage in the early 1940s. (Photo: VMM. Leonard McCann Archives. Parks Canada St. Roch Photograph Collection. HCSR-40-18. 1942 crew in uniform.)

Dean Hadley, centre, was the youngest crew member aboard the RCMPV St. Roch when the schooner sailed through the Northwest Passage in the early 1940s. (Photo: VMM. Leonard McCann Archives. Parks Canada St. Roch Photograph Collection. HCSR-40-18. 1942 crew in uniform.)

Photo: VMM. Leonard McCann Archives. Parks Canada St. Roch Photograph Collection. HCSR-40-18. 1942 crew in uniform.
Dean Hadley was the youngest member of the crew that first navigated the Northwest Passage west to east in 1940. He passed away last Friday at the age of 98.
Cover of new book ICE, with author photo of Klaus Dodds

In his new book, Klaus Dodds explores not just the physical manifestations of ice, but their deeper meanings. (Author photo courtesy Reaktion Books)

Author photo courtesy Reaktion Books
In his new book, Klaus Dodds delves into the fascinating natural and cultural history of ice
RCGS founder Charles Camsell

Geologist, explorer and RCGS founder Charles Camsell, pictured here in an undated photo, was the first to officially map the Yukon’s Peel River watershed. This summer, Camsell’s great-grandson and great-nephew will retrace part of his journey on the territory’s wild rivers. (Photo: RCGS Archives)

Photo: RCGS Archives
Cousins David McGuffin and Terry Camsell relive their ancestor Charles Camsell’s first formal mapping expedition on the Peel River
Amundsen Gjoa 1903 Northwest Passage Inuit

Part of the Gjøa’s crew — Gustav Juel Wiik, Roald Amundsen, Peder Ristvedt and Anton Lund — on deck in the Northwest Passage. (Courtesy Fram Museum)

Courtesy Fram Museum
A foremost Amundsen expert shares some highlights from famed Norwegian explorer’s 1903-06 expedition to the North Pole 

Left: A 1907 fire insurance map of Port Moody, B.C., which at the time was emerging from the economic doldrums that followed the town being bypassed as the Pacific terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway in favour of what would become Vancouver. Right: A late 19th-century poster advertising cross-Canada CPR journeys with international connections on CPR-owned steamships. (Map: Detail of Port Moody, British Columbia, 13 miles east of Vancouver, October 1907, revised July 1915, July 1915, Chas. E. Goad, R6690, Charles E. Goad Company Fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e010688978-v8; Print: Canadian Pacific Railway and Royal Mail Steamship Line to Japan & China, ca.1895, R1409, Marc Choko Collection, Library and Archives Canada, e011087343-v8)

How Port Moody, B.C., missed out on becoming one of the world’s great harbours  
Conor and Kim Mihell in Nunavik

Conor and Kim Mihell on Rivière Guerin in August 2016 during a previous canoe expedition in Nunavik, Que. (Photo: Conor Mihell)

Conor and Kim Mihell in Nunavik
We aim to experience and share the vast, little-publicized wilderness of Nunavik, formerly known as Ungava
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France as seen on the 100th anniversary of the definitive battle, April 9, 2017. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic
Thousands of Canadians have fought and lost their lives overseas — and they haven’t been forgotten
The HMCS Haida docked in Hamilton, Ontario

HMCS Haida has been docked in Hamilton Harbour since 2002. Last month, she was named the ceremonial flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy, an honorary title recognizing her performance in three wars. (Photo: Photo: Laszlo Varga/Wikimedia Commons)

Photo: Laszlo Varga/Wikimedia Commons
Why HMCS Haida became the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy
A replica of Iron Man's suit, on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa

A replica of Iron Man's suit is one of dozens of examples of armour through the ages on display now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. (Photo: Katherine Lissitsa)

Photo: Katherine Lissitsa/Canadian Geographic
Armour, on now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, is a fascinating display of protective gear used by knights, soldiers, athletes and actors through time
The Victoria Cross medal set awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel David Vivian Currie, on display in the Canadian War Museum

The Victoria Cross medal set awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel David Vivian Currie for valour in the Second World War. The Canadian War Museum has acquired the medals, thus ensuring they stay in Canada. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic
Acquisition ensures that the medal set awarded to Saskatchewan-born Lieutenant-Colonel David Vivian Currie in the Second World War will stay in Canada
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