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David Lamb stands in a workshop where he carves stone destined for the Parliament Buildings. (Photo: Peter Andrew Lusztyk/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Peter Andrew Lusztyk/Canadian Geographic

(Map: Paulus de Furlanis veronensis opus hoc ex. mi cosmographi d[omi]ni iacobi gastaldi pedemontani instauravit, et dicavit ex. ti iur. vt doct[iss] et aurato aequiti d[omi]no paulo michaeli vincentino, Paulo Forlani, 1560, Library and Archives Canada, E006581135)

Map: Library and Archives Canada, E006581135
Chet Van Duzer, a cartographic historian and the author of Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps analyses Paolo Forlani's 1560 world map – the first known instance of the name "Canada" appearing on a printed map
A solemn group of women and children look on at the scene of an artillery train wreck, the debris pushed out in front of them. A lone officer sits with his legs crossed, his gaze directed towards the viewer

The wreck of the artillery train at Enterprise, Ontario, June 9, 1903. (Photo: Harriett Amelia May, courtesy of the British Library)

Photo: Harriett Amelia May, courtesy of the British Library
A new exhibit at the British Library in London, U.K. features images captured by Canadians between 1895 and 1924
Canada Embassy of Norway Royal Canadian Geographical Society Roald Amundsen

Left: Cloth-bound editions of a new English translation of Roald Amundsen’s Northwest Passage diary on display at a celebration co-hosted by the Embassy of Norway and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Right: Norway’s Ambassador to Canada Anne Kari Ovind with RCGS CEO John Geiger. (Photos: Nick Walker/Lindsay Ralph/Canadian Geographic)

Photos: Nick Walker/Lindsay Ralph/Canadian Geographic
The Embassy of Norway has gifted Canada with the first English translation of Roald Amundsen’s Northwest Passage diaries, reaffirming a shared polar past and future 
Close up image of the Sam Greer's hand drawn letter and land claim. The claim would have included all of what is now Kits Beach and Kits Point (not Vanier Park).

A scan of the 1884 land claim of Sam Greer, which recently sold for $24,000 at auction. (Image courtesy All Nations Stamp and Coin)

Image courtesy All Nations Stamp and Coin
Brian Grant Duff from All Nations Stamp and Coin explains the controversial land claim made by Irish settler Sam Greer on what is today known as Kits Beach
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
As the famed Norwegian explorer's North Pole diary is translated into English for the first time, a foremost Amundsen expert shares some highlights from the 1903-06 expedition
3D forensic facial reconstruction of a high status shíshálh woman

3D forensic facial reconstruction of a high status shíshálh woman who lived nearly 4,000 years ago. She was buried with thousands of stone and shell beads, some of which were beaded into her hair. (Photo: Philippe Froesch, Visual Forensic)

Photo: Philippe Froesch, Visual Forensic
New Canadian Museum of History exhibit featuring digital facial reconstruction to open July 1
Canadian Geographic Education's Vimy Ridge trench map in Arras

Canadian Geographic Education Program Coordinator Andrea Buchholz leads Canadian high school students in an activity on a giant floor map of the Vimy Ridge trench system at the Artois Expo in Arras, France on April 8. Canadian Geographic partnered with EF Tours to deliver programming to more than 8,000 students travelling through Arras for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic
Nearly 9,000 Canadian high school students explored giant floor maps of Vimy Ridge and the western front over two days
A replica Sopwith Pup biplane is unveiled at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, B.C., June 2016

A replica Sopwith Pup biplane, built by Vimy Flight volunteers and Air Cadets, is unveiled at the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, B.C., June 2016. (Photo: Carlo Ricci/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Carlo Ricci/Canadian Geographic
Replica biplanes, giant floor maps headed to France for Vimy Ridge centennial events 
Map of time zones of the world

Time zones (pictured) were Sandford Fleming's solution to the problem of trying to schedule trains on a vast continent where every town had its own local time based on solar noon. (Map: Wikimedia Commons) 

Map: Wikimedia Commons
Frustrated with North American railway timetables, Fleming proposed a new way to keep an interconnected world moving on schedule: standard time
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