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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)
A 1974 forest-cover map of Gatineau Park. The 361-square-kilometre protected area in southwestern Quebec is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. (Map credit: Gatineau Park: Forest cover types / Department of the Environment , © Government of Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada (2018), e011086587.)
Adapted from the interactive Climate Atlas of Canada, this map shows the projected number of days with temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius or higher per year by the end of this century if global warming continues unchecked, with dark red representing 100+ days. Summers in southern Canada could see nearly twice as many hot-weather days as they did at the end of the last century, while Yellowknife and other places in the southern Arctic could see four times as many 25C-or-hotter days. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)
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)