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Creative and accurate cartography that illustrates Canada’s landscapes and geology, wildlife routes, communities, history, changing boundaries and more.

Juno Beach map and Canadian soldiers

A map of the D-Day landing sites on Juno Beach and the surrounding communities (left). Canadian soldiers from Quebec’s Régiment de la Chaudière speak with residents of Bernières-sur-Mer on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
(Map: Detail of Juno area, Beach Chartlet. n.s., 1944, issued for Fleet Purposes by the Hydrographic Dept. of the Admiralty, 18th Feb. 1944 under the Superintendence of Vice-Admiral Sir John Edgell K.B.E., C.B., F.R.S., Hydrographer, 1944, Ian William Workman fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e011297133. Photo: Canadian soldiers, including Capt. M.A. Cardinal, from Régiment de la Chaudière with residents of Bernières-sur-Mer on June 6, 1944, Library and Archives Canada/Department of National Defence fonds/e010750632)

A map of Juno Beach, and Canadian soldiers in Normandy on D-Day
Marking the 75th anniversary of the Juno Beach landings
Assassin's Creed Odyssey landscape

A scene from the made-in-Canada video game Assassin's Creed Oydssey, which showcases the detail with which the landscape was recreated using real-world maps. (Image: Ubisoft Québec)

Image: Ubisoft Québec
Maps have long played a critical role in video games, whether as the main user interface, a reference guide, or both. As games become more sophisticated, so too does the cartography that underpins them. 
Map of Eastern Canada, and Joey Smallwood

A 1945 map of Eastern Canada and a picture of Joey Smallwood taken in 1949.

(Map: Detail of Geological map of the Dominion of Canada, map 820A [1 sheet of 2], published by Department of Mines and Resources, Mines and Geology Branch, Bureau of Geology and Topography, 1945, Robert Alexander MacKay fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e011202575. Photo: Joey R. Smallwood, 11 Jan. 1949, © Yousuf Karsh, Yousuf Karsh fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e004665476-v6.

Joey Smallwood and a map of Eastern Canada
How a divisive political battle put Newfoundland on the map
Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

An aerial view of the Wind River, the headwaters of the Peel River watershed in the Yukon. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River
David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River
Marine mammal habitats in Canada's Arctic

This map of the Canadian Arctic, created by Canadian Geographic using data from Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas, overlays the habitats of marine mammals with industrial and commercial shipping routes. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic
A new atlas explores the delicate balance between the North and those who use its resources
Mark Jeffery holds one of his goodwoodglobes prototypes at his home in Rossland, B.C.

Mark Jeffery holds a prototype wooden relief map at his home in Rossland, B.C. Jeffery, a software developer and self-professed map geek, hopes to bring to market wooden globes that are both beautiful and educational. (Photo courtesy Mark Jeffery)

Photo courtesy Mark Jeffery
Inside the campaign to make the Earth spherical again
Map of Segezha, northwestern Russia

A map used to plan a surprise attack led by Canadians on Segezha, a village in northwestern Russia in February 1919. (Map credit: Proposed Operation at Segezha by Major Drake-Brockman, 1919-1920, John Edwards Leckie fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e011202552)

How Canadians went from fighting Germans in Europe to battling Bolsheviks in Russia after the First World War
Cartographic highlights from Canadian Geographic’s 2018 issues
Ex Coelis mountain Alberta

Ex Coelis, the Latin motto of the First Canadian Parachute Battalion, translates as “Out of the clouds.” Members of the battalion were among the first Allied forces on the ground during the D-Day landings. Many were taken prisoner. Alberta’s Ex Coelis mountain, pictured, has five peaks, each named in honour of the battalion. (Photo: Jeff Wallace/Flickr)

Photo: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
An interactive mapping project compiles the nation’s geographic memorials to Canada’s role in global conflicts
Caribou, like this one in the Northwest Territories, are increasingly threatened across the country. (Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club)

Caribou, like this one in the Northwest Territories, are increasingly threatened across the country. (Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club
Caribou numbers in Canada are dropping drastically — and quickly — leaving the iconic land mammal on the brink of extinction
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