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Environment

How does your garden grow?

As cities and towns continue to expand into our wild landscapes, conservation gardens can provide refuge for Canada’s plummeting biodiversity

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Wildlife

Trump’s proposed changes to Endangered Species Act worry Canadian conservationists

Grizzlies, monarch butterflies and other keystone species could be at risk

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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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Wildlife

Inside the mysterious decline of Earth’s insects

Insects are by far the most populous species on the planet, but they seem to be disappearing. Why aren’t more people concerned?

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Environment

The promise of COP15

Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault made big commitments at the international biodiversity conference held in Montreal in December. What does that mean on the ground?

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History

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History

The Queen and Canada: A Platinum Jubilee timeline

Noteworthy occasions in a lifetime of service between Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth country she has visited more than any other

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Environment

10 photos of monarch butterflies from the Can Geo Photo Club

Some of our favourite shots of monarch butterflies from the Can Geo Photo Club in honour of the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

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Wildlife

Of movie stars and monarchs

How do you get up close and personal with a threatened, delicate species that travels thousands of kilometres every year? The answer is Flight of the Butterflies, a new IMAX…

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Wildlife

North American monarch population faces quasi-extinction

In the next two decades North American monarch butterflies could be basically gone

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Wildlife

Monarch butterflies struggle to survive with loss of milkweed food source

It’s going to take the cooperation of three countries to ensure the survival of one butterfly species, and it needs to happen fast.Declining for the past couple of…

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Animals are “shape-shifting” to cope with climate change

Plus: Tree species at risk, inbreeding polar bears, and a 20,000-kilometre butterfly chase

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Wildlife Wednesday: how chaos theory can explain narwhals’ weird behaviour

Plus: size matters for female bighorn sheep, the hidden migration of North American dragonflies, helping trees move north and the great white who drew itself

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: 14 new pups born at Vancouver Island marmot “dream home”

Plus: “Poptart” the humpback whale spotted with newborn calf, world-record poison ivy found in Ontario, wing spots give monarch butterflies migration boost, and the ups-and-downs of mountain chickadee breeding

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Travel

A walk through time: exploring the Dolomites with Exodus Adventure Travels

Once an enormous coral reef, these magnificent mountains are now one of Italy’s main outdoor attractions

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Travel

Following the tracks of royalty, Romans and dinosaurs in the south of England

An insider's guide to the parts of Britain you know — and some you don't

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Wildlife

Why understanding animal behaviour is key for biodiversity conservation

By understanding why animals do what they do, we can better protect them while making people care

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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

Wildlife Wednesday: The ancient pre-primates that once roamed Canada’s Arctic

Plus: Alaskan wolves are getting a taste for sea otter, right whale-friendly lobster traps are hitting the market, AI is helping the fight against invasive phragmites, and First Nations discuss caribou protection

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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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People & Culture

Why the North Pole matters: An important history of challenges and global fascination

In this essay, noted geologist and geophysicist Fred Roots explores the significance of the symbolic point at the top of the world. He submitted it to Canadian Geographic just before his death in October 2016 at age 93.

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History

Canada’s first communication satellites

Bringing television and radio to the world wasn't a simple process, but it started a revolution

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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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Places

Ottawa’s Pinhey sand dunes

The push to rehabilitate a remarkable ecosystem at the edge of Ottawa, the little known remnants of an ancient sea

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Places

Deserts in Canada? A look at some of the country’s most desert-like landscapes

From the Osoyoos Desert in British Columbia to the world’s smallest “desert” in Yukon, here are five unique Canadian landscapes that will make you feel like you’re in another country

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Travel

More than just Petra

While Jordan is steeped in history and culture, its stark beauty — and the customs that help protect it — should not be missed

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Wildlife

Announcing the winners of the 2022 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition

Canadian Geographic is pleased to honour 14 photographers for their outstanding images of Canadian wildlife

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Wildlife

Announcing the winners of the 2020 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition

From plants to ants, Canadian Geographic’s 2020 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition showcases the best of the year’s wildlife photography

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The Coronation of King Charles III / le couronnement du roi Charles III

On May 6, 2023, Canadian Geographic‘s Twitter feed was taken over by Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow, and Royal Commentator, Richard Berthelsen to live tweet the coronation of King Charles III. 

People & Culture

An extraordinary presence: Remembering Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II loved Canada. As proof, look no further than what she has bequeathed us: the possibility to keep evolving our system of government.

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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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Wildlife

Butterfly wing used as anti-counterfeiting tool

A Vancouver-based company is studying the morpho butterfly to create an image impossible to counterfeit

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Wildlife

Backyard biodiversity tips

What do you do if you have a raccoon in your attic? Or skunks under the back porch? Where’s the best place to hang a birdfeeder?These questions and more were discussed…

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: A killer without a name and funding caribou fornication

Highlights and headlines from the world of wildlife this week

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Wildlife

Citizen scientists document species in bioblitz

We’re just ten minutes into a walk next to the Ruisseau de la Brasserie when a hip-wader-clad Daniel Toussaint emerges from the bushes, proudly holding his hand out.…

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Wildlife

Five fascinating facts about beavers

Love them, hate them or love to hate them, this industrious animal takes the spotlight on April 7 for International Beaver Day

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Mapping

Mapping Queen Elizabeth II’s royal tours of Canada

Queen Elizabeth II visited Canada more than any other Commonwealth nation. Here’s a colourful look at where she went and how Canadians greeted their monarch.

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People & Culture

Remembering His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip is considered one of the first environmentalists

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People & Culture

10 surprising facts about sports and leisure

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts &…

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Exploration

Prince Albert II of Monaco explains how his country’s new ocean exploration initiative came to be

The Monaco Explorations expedition will conduct three years of scientific research in nine remote locations around the world beginning in July 

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People & Culture

Farewell to the Canadian penny

In 1908 the Royal Canadian Mint struck its first coin, a fifty-cent piece. It was the second coin struck, however, that became the most prevalent of all Canadian change. It may…

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Mapping

Map Monday: What makes a continent?

Growing up, I was always taught that North America consisted of Canada, Mexico and the United States. I considered the question settled until I set out on a year-long tour that…

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Kids

10 questions to test your geography knowledge

The Canadian Geographic Challenge is turning 20! To celebrate we’ve compiled a list of our favourite past quiz questions. Can you answer them correctly?

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People & Culture

Remembering Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada

The Queen passed away Sept. 8 at the age of 96 after an unprecedented 70 years on the throne. She is remembered as a highly visible and engaged monarch who visited Canada more than any other Commonwealth nation. 

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People & Culture

RCGS welcomes the Honourable Lois Mitchell as new President

The former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta speaks about the importance of education, understanding Canada’s past and her hopes for the future of the RCGS

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