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Operation pumpkin drop

The first ever "Operation Pumpkin Drop" for charity in Saskatoon saw a 600-kilogram pumpkin dropped from a crane onto a car. (Screenshot via Fiona Odlum/CTV Saskatoon)

Screenshot via Fiona Odlum/CTV Saskatoon
First-ever "Operation Pumpkin Drop" held in Saskatoon was a messy success 
1916 letter from George Cantlie to daughter Celia Cantlie with pressed flowers

A 1916 letter from Canadian soldier George Cantlie to his daughter Celia Cantlie with pressed flowers from the battlefields of Europe. Cantlie's 'war flowers' are the inspiration behind a new multi-sensory exhibition on now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic
War Flowers, a new exhibition on now at the Canadian War Museum, tells the stories of Canadians in the First World War through floriography, sculpture, scent and sound
Photo: Aaron Williams

Crew members watch a burn-off from the bush. A burn-off is a fire that is deliberately set in front of an active forest fire to try to reduce the amount of available fuel. (Photo: Aaron Williams)

Photo: Aaron Williams
A former firefighter offers a glimpse at the day-to-day lives of the men and women who rush into danger each summer to protect life and property
George Hunter, photographer

In his 70-year career, photographer George Hunter criss-crossed Canada more than 100 times. His self-stated mission was "to show Canadians, and the world, a little of our country." (Photo courtesy Firefly Books, Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation)

Photo courtesy Firefly Books, Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation
George Hunter made it his lifelong mission to show Canadians their country. Now, his iconic images have been compiled into a book. 
Gordon Lightfoot at Glenn Gould Studio October 6 2017

After receiving his award, Lightfoot regaled the sold-out crowd at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto with stories about past canoe trips and performed two of his songs, "Restless" and "If You Could Read My Mind." (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Neil Ever Osborne/Canadian Geographic
Lightfoot accepted the award Friday night at a benefit concert in Toronto 
Cover image from The Raftsmen, Firefly Books 2017

Detail from the cover of The Raftsmen, the incredible true story of four French expatriates who became the first crew to cross the Atlantic Ocean by raft. (Illustration: Dmitry Bondarenko, courtesy Firefly Books)

Illustration: Dmitry Bondarenko, courtesy Firefly Books
The Raftsmen tells the remarkable (and once nearly forgotten) story of how four French expats living in Canada became the first to cross the North Atlantic by raft 
Canada, arctic, C3, expedition, northwest passage, icebreaker

A view of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker that housed the Canada C3 expedition in the Northwest Passage. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

Photo: Michelle Valberg
Photographer-In-Residence Michelle Valberg shares images of the Arctic from her time aboard the Canada C3 Expedition 

Portions of Samuel de Champlain's first detailed map of New France, published in 1613, were created with the help of First Nations people. (Map: Samuel de Champlain, Carte geographique de la Nouvelle Franse faictte par le sieur de Champlain Saint Tongois cappitaine ordinaire pour le Roy en la Marine. Faict len 1612, 1612, Library and Archives Canada, e010764733) 

Although often unheralded in accounts of Champlain's accomplishments, Indigenous Peoples played an important role in helping the famous explorer map New France
Jason Silva Shots of Awe

Jason Silva, creator and host of Shots of Awe. (Photo courtesy Experience Genie)

Photo courtesy Experience Genie
The creator and host of the popular Shots of Awe series on YouTube embarks on a four-city Canadian speaking tour next month
David Morrison, Canadian Museum of History, Massey Medal, RCGS

Dr. David Morrison, shown here in the Canadian Museum of History’s new History Hall, has been awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 2017 Massey Medal. (Photo: Canadian Museum of History)

Photo: Canadian Museum of History
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