About "The North"

The people, places, events and latest research of Canada’s subarctic and Arctic regions, one of the fastest-changing environments on Earth

a collage of wildlife photos including bison, grizzly bears, polar bears, foxes, owls and whales

Some of the best wildlife images from the new Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos special issue, on newsstands now. (Clockwise from top left: @shane_turgeon, @daisygilardini, @divebuddies4life, @nicole_handspiker, @benaroundandback, @andreaudet, @mirelaofearth, @javiers_wonderplanet, @jkr_photo, @focused_on_canada)

Clockwise from top left: @shane_turgeon, @daisygilardini, @divebuddies4life, @nicole_handspiker, @benaroundandback, @andreaudet, @mirelaofearth, @javiers_wonderplanet, @jkr_photo, @focused_on_canada
Grizzlies, puffins, whales and more from the new Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos special issue, on newsstands now
Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture

Inuit artist Bart Hanna (in yellow tie) talks about his sculpture Sedna, which he unveiled during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on April 8, 2019, as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory. (Photo: House of Commons)

Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture
An interview with Inuit artist Bart Hanna, whose sculpture of the Inuit sea goddess has been unveiled on Parliament Hill as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory
Upper Wind River

A stretch of the upper Wind River, at the northern reach of the Mackenzie Mountains. David McGuffin, Graham McGuffin and Terry Camsell paddled this route during their voyage through the Peel River watershed. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Photo: David McGuffin
We came to retrace an ancestor’s 1905 map-making expedition of the Peel River watershed. We left with a new-found appreciation of what this ancient land means to the people who live there. 
Coniferous trees lean at different angles in the snow

Thawing permafrost causes trees to lean, a phenomenon called a "drunken forest." (Photo: Mady Macdonald/Dreamstime.com)

Photo: Mady Macdonald/Dreamstime.com
Permafrost thaw is widespread, accelerating and irreversible. With it comes visible effects on the ecology, hydrology and landscapes, and communities of the North.
a collage of images of Nunavut, including an Inuit child, Aaju Peter, a polar bear, the community of Pond Inlet, Lamech Kadloo, the community of Kugluktuk, ice

Clockwise from bottom left: A common murre takes flight in the Northwest Passage; ice in the Northwest Passage; a young boy in Cape Dorset; the community of Pond Inlet, on northern Baffin Island; Lamech Kadloo gives a traditional drum performance in Pond Inlet; the road to Kugluktuk; Aaju Peter in Iqaluit; a polar bear on Sentry Island, west of Arviat. (Photos: Michelle Valberg)

Photos: Michelle Valberg
Reflecting on 20 years of Canada's newest territory, Nunavut
Floe edge polar bear, Nunavut

A polar bear on the sea ice close to the floe edge at Button Point, on the southeast corner of Bylot Island, Nunavut. (Photo: Françoise Gervais/Arctic Kingdom)

Photo: Françoise Gervais/Arctic Kingdom
Welcome to the sinaaq, or floe edge, where landfast ice meets open Arctic Ocean and species thrive
A person in a space suit and helmet stands in front of a rocky, dry landscape on Devon Island

Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic is the largest uninhabited island on Earth and the most Mars-like environment on our planet, which is why NASA has chosen it as a base for its research and planning for a future mission to the red planet.
(Photo: Google)

Photo courtesy Google
A new Google project zeroes in on Canada’s Devon Island, the most Mars-like environment on Earth
Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Aili Keskitalo, the president of the Sami Parliament of Norway, speaks at the "State of the Arctic" session at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway. (Photo: Terje Mortensen/Arctic Frontiers 2019)

Arctic Frontiers conference 2019
The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda
How we chose the cover, polar bear, walrus, seal, floe edge, arctic, north

Cover options for the May/June issue of Canadian Geographic.

Thanks to everyone who voted!
PEARL, North, Arctic, wildfire, spectrometer

Le dôme du spectromètre sur la toiture du Laboratoire Ridge de PEARL. Le dôme abrite le suiveur solaire, qui oriente la lumière à l’intérieur de la fenêtre d’entrée à travers un trou dans la toiture. (Photo : Erik Lutsch)

Photo : Erik Lutsch
Les relevés atmosphériques dans l’Extrême-Arctique canadien aident les scientifiques à comprendre comment les feux de forêt au sud influent sur la qualité de l’air et le climat
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