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September/October 2022

Environment

The many benefits of the minuscule but mighty Miyawaki forests

Pioneered by a Japanese botanist, compact Miyawaki forests are beginning to replace backyard lawns on tiny plots around Canada

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People & Culture

Interview with John U. Bacon on the 1972 Summit Series and its impact on hockey culture 

The best-selling author and journalist discusses the reinvention of the game and the pressure to win

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Wildlife

The accidentals: Mapping the bird “vagrants” that found themselves far from home

How data is helping us understand why these birds are being found outside of their geographical range

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Places

Tuktoyaktuk community ice house

Carved deep into the permafrost, the 19-room underground freezer preserves food and tradition in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region

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People & Culture

The project working to identify Indigenous people in Canada’s archives

Launched in 2002, Project Naming invites Canadians to engage in identifying Indigenous people from Library and Archives Canada to help tell the story behind every photograph 

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British Columbia

People & Culture

Our country: Patrick Watson on his impactful trip to Haida Gwaii, B.C.

The Montreal-based singer-songwriter shares his experience exploring the forests and scenery of Haida Gwaii 

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People & Culture

Interview: Kimberly Murray on honour and justice for missing Indigenous children

The recently-appointed special interlocutor discusses the respectful treatment of unmarked graves and burial sites associated with former Indian residential schools

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Science & Tech

Designed for adventure: Apple reveals new smartwatch 

The science behind the new Apple Watch Ultra, created for explorers 

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: blue shark sightings boom in the Bay of Fundy

Plus: a sticky new way to track polar bears, curious squirrel behaviour, Canada’s answer to the Galapagos and the algal experiment blasting off into space.

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People & Culture

Excerpt from The Greatest Comeback: How Team Canada fought back, took the Summit Series, and reinvented hockey

Through fresh reporting and new perspectives, best-selling author John U. Bacon captures some of the best moments in Canadian sports history 

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Travel

How to spend a weekend in Ottawa

A handy Bucket Listed tip sheet of what to see and do in the nation’s capital 

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Environment

Wildlife

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: The land-to-sea evolution of the whale eye

Plus: the ins-and-outs of a Vancouver zoo wolf break-out, caribou conservation controversy in Quebec, more marmots on Vancouver Island and the tick-busting pine needle discovered in Nova Scotia

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People & Culture

Travel

Travel

The Essential Itinerary: Prague, Czech Republic

A three-day guide for where to stay, what to see and things to do in and around the Czech capital city of Prague, including day trips to the Giant Mountains and Bohemian Paradise

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Wildlife

Whales in the news! Are icebreakers ruining narwhals’ summer getaway?

Are icebreakers ruining narwhals’ summer getaway? Plus, Montreal’s whale-ward minkes, Canada’s first North Atlantic right whale visit of the year, a new K pod baby, and humpback and orca continue to clash

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Wildlife

Canada‘s largest EVER private conservation project

Also: Climate changed restaurant menus, sandhill cranes in New Brunswick, bears waking up from their slumber — and a pesky woodpecker hits Canada where it hurts

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Wildlife

Toronto Zoo welcomes a baby orangutan

Plus: the albatross that loved Vancouver Island, a rare butterfly comeback, PEI lobsters to take a new kind of bait and the migratory birds on a potentially fatal collision course.

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Wildlife

The giant crocodiles that once roamed prehistoric B.C.

Plus: Montreal’s mischievous fox, the supersized goldfish invading Canada’s lakes, Arctic fungi under threat and an Indigenous-led movement to collect Canada’s seeds.

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Wildlife

Is this the year we see a baby narluga?

Plus: good news for Roosevelt elk, a new look for Alberta bison, a genetic disposition to wander for caribou and a big wildlife boost for southern Ontario

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Travel

Is Canada on the cusp of a tourism enlightenment?

What tourism’s shift to sustainability, reconciliation and regeneration means for the rest of us

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Travel

Do look up: The best places to stargaze in Canada this summer

Dark Sky Preserves are the more affordable face of modern astro-tourism. 

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Travel

Essential Itinerary: Exploring Indigenous culture in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Called Bawating by the Anishinaabe, there’s so much to explore in this “place of rapids”

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Mapping

A multination effort to restore the Great Lakes: A watershed moment

Fifty years after the landmark Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, what’s changed?

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Science & Tech

Sounding the alarm: The AR experience that lets you “swim” with southern resident orca

Visitors can “swim” under the Salish Sea with holographic orca and learn about the noise pollution threatening the health of these endangered cetaceans

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Exploration

Crossing Ellesmere Island with Ray Zahab

Episode 37

The extreme explorer shares why his attempted winter traverse of the High Arctic island was one of his most challenging — and special — expeditions yet

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Exploration

RCGS expedition grants give a huge boost to exciting 2022 journeys

From coast to coast to coast and into the ocean as well, eight grants expand our understanding of Canada

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History

Grosse Île: Canada’s quarantine island

During the mass Irish migration to Canada 175 years ago, some 100,000 people passed through the quarantine island — and more than 5,000 died there

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Wildlife

10 things you didn’t know about moths

An insect of many talents, here’s why moths are one of the world’s most underrated animals

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Travel

Bonding with belugas and more summer adventures in Churchill, Manitoba

Encounter birds, blooms, bears and belugas on the shores of Hudson Bay

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Perfectly preserved baby mammoth found in the Yukon

Plus: Colossal tree discovery in B.C., hope for Quebec’s musical frogs, what we can learn from ancient West Coast fish bones and Newfoundland’s Buddy Wasisname immortalized as ancient fossil!

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Travel

Travel with Dr. Jean: Do I really need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is a must for anyone in this time of shifting public health restrictions, but especially if you’re over 65

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Travel

5 things to do in Niagara Falls, Canada (that aren’t just chasing waterfalls)

Discover a city and region with fascinating geography, a unique place in Canadian history, and world-class wining and dining

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People & Culture

Governor General Mary Simon named Patron of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Her Excellency maintains a tradition of vice regal patronage that extends back to 1929 with the Society’s founding Patron The Rt. Hon. Viscount Willingdon

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People & Culture

Adventure Blog: RCGS-supported expedition heads to B.C.’s Monashee Mountains

Food planning for ski trips — do we really eat that much in a month? 

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Choropleth map of Canada showing distribution of the Ukrainian-Canadian population across census divisions

Mapping

RCGS releases new map in solidarity with Ukraine

Map shows the distribution of people of Ukrainian descent across Canada, highlighting the deep connection between the two countries

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Wildlife

A library full of sound: How a new collection of underwater sounds will help protect marine life

The Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds (GLUB) will catalogue sounds from whales to fish (glub?) to boat noise

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Mapping

Cod moratorium: How Newfoundland’s cod industry disappeared overnight 

A bountiful cod industry is pictured on a 1920s map. Decades later, a moratorium would change everything. 

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People & Culture

Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg appointed to Order of Canada

Valberg was recognized for her photography and philanthropy raising awareness of Canada’s North

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Travel

Preserving the world’s most memorable cocktail

When it comes to the Sourtoe Cocktail, only the drinker is shaken and stirred

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Science & Tech

Citizen to scientist: Six apps that can help you make a difference

Whether you’re monitoring monarchs or searching for snakes, these mobile apps will allow you to become a scientist right from your backyard

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Travel

Bucket Listed: Canada’s grand railway hotels

Rival railway companies competed to attract visitors with hotels that recall Scottish castles, Bavarian fairy-tales, and the opulent French chateaux

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Places

A discovery of colossal proportions: uncovering the ichthyosaur

Almost 30 years ago, paleontologist Elizabeth “Betsy” Nicholls discovered the ichthyosaur, a dolphin-like marine lizard that existed millions of years ago

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People & Culture

Profile de courage : Le Canadien qui a sauvé une femme des crocs d’un ours polaire

Le 1er novembre 2013, William Ayotte a risqué sa vie pour secourir une femme qui se faisait attaquer par un ours polaire à Churchill, au Manitoba. Il a frappé l’ours avec une pelle, le distrayant assez longtemps pour que la femme puisse s’échapper. L’ours s’est retourné contre lui, et l’a attaqué jusqu’à ce qu’un voisin finisse par faire fuir l’animal en fonçant vers lui en camionnette en klaxonnant.

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Wildlife

Dead or alive: A dive into the landing ban on endangered shortfin mako sharks

Under Canadian leadership, the landing ban means more sharks will survive accidental capture — but is it enough?

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People & Culture

Profile de courage : La Garde côtière canadienne, qui a sauvé deux pêcheurs en détresse durant une tempête hivernale

Le capitaine en second Leslie Palmer, de la Garde côtière canadienne, a reçu une décoration canadienne pour acte de bravoure après avoir bravé une tempête hivernale pour sauver deux pêcheurs coincés sur la rive du chenal Grenville, près de Prince Rupert, en Colombie-Britannique, le 27 décembre 2004.

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People & Culture

‘Frick, I Love Nature’: CBC Gem’s newest comedy/nature series you need to see to believe

Hosted by Gordie Lucius, this Edmonton-made series takes viewers on a grand adventure to understand all of nature’s most interesting (and questionable) gifts 

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Baby bobcat rescued in Nova Scotia cold, wet, but alive

Plus: Mapping North America’s sea ducks, collecting Yukon’s mosquitos, celebrating Newfoundland’s pine marten success and a rebound for Antarctica’s fin whales

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People & Culture

Interview with Melissa Lem on making nature more accessible and becoming a climate activist 

The family physician advocates for outdoor time with the PaRx nature prescription program

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Places

The Abbot Pass hut, an iconic mountain refuge, is dismantled — due to climate change

Built by Swiss guides high on the Continental Divide, a storied refuge will be dismantled just months ahead of its 100th birthday, a casualty of our warming planet

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Travel

Outdoor adventure awaits Canadians in Virginia Beach

Sun, surf and fun: Our roundup of the best beach, outdoor and foodie experiences in Virginia Beach

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Travel

Ottawa’s Unofficial Museum campaign unveils 76 new museums in one day

In a city where culture is everything, why not turn everything into a museum?

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Travel

Behind the Scenes! Canadian Grand Prix returns to Montreal

Packed with excitement and adrenaline, the international spring event brought fans and drivers together after two years without celebration

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: what came first, the polar bear or the grizzly?

Plus, more news from the North: new polar bear population brings hope, Nunavik sentinel discovers new butterfly species, N.W.T. gets a new National Wildlife Area and Canada’s Arctic provides a blueprint for life on Mars.

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Places

Vivek Shraya’s favourite place in Canada 

Edmonton’s River Valley is a space the musician, writer and artist can go to just be herself

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Burgeoning hope for Alberta’s burrowing owls

Plus: skydiving salamanders, Canada’s returning monarch, orca blubber insights, and the woodpecker-wasp conservation dream team. 

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Wildlife

Collision course: Making Canada’s cities more bird-friendly

How one grassroots organization in Toronto makes our glass landscapes less deadly for birds.

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Travel

5 must-see spots in Manitoba’s Waterfall Alley

Discover Manitoba’s breathtaking boreal landscape on an epic road trip from Flin Flon to Thompson

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Travel

Sea shells weave spells on sunny Sanibel and Captiva Islands

A seashelling sojourn on these quiet Florida Gulf islands is a balm for winter- and COVID-weary travellers

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Travel

Excerpt from Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries

An excerpt from Bill Arnott’s follow up to best selling travelogue Gone Viking: A Travel Saga

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Wildlife

Unravelling the genetic secrets of an ice age relic

The deepwater sculpin thrives in deep lakes and cold temperatures. Researchers are now sequencing its genome to unravel the genetic secrets of this iconic Canadian fish

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Travel

Trans Canada Trail celebrates 30 years of connecting Canadians

The trail started with a vision to link Canada coast to coast to coast. Now fully connected, it’s charting an ambitious course for the future.

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