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Lessons learned from the ice storm of 1998

It plunged five million people into the dark and cold — the recovery would take years

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Halifax Harbour after explosion of December 6, 1917

History

The disaster that reshaped a city

100 years after the Halifax Explosion, the city retains traces of its pre-war life

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An illustrated panoramic map of Winnipeg circa 1881

History

From the archives: Mapping the river city

A beautiful panoramic map offers a bird's-eye view of what Winnipeg, Manitoba would have looked like in 1881

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(Map: D.B. Street, Cyclists Road Map, showing all the main travelled roads, Towns, villages etc. between Toronto and London including the Niagara District, 1895, Library and Archives Canada, NMC43015)

Mapping

The maps that sparked Canada’s bicycle frenzy

Maps like the two pictured here were instrumental in opening up the countryside to urban North American bike owners

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Plan of Melville Island

Mapping

The little-known history of Halifax’s island hoosegow

Today it’s home to a yacht club, but two centuries ago Melville Island was packed with prisoners, not boats

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(Map: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, Carte Réduite du Golphe de St. Laurent, 1754, Library and Archives Canada, NMC 25295)

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Jacques-Nicolas Bellin and the cartography of cod

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin’s 18th-century map reveals how the pursuit of the humble fish helped shape the nation

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Behind the wires: A look back at Canada’s golden age of telegraphy

On the 175th anniversary of Canada’s first telegraph message, a pioneering telegrapher recalls her exciting career

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Louis Riel: Hero, heretic, nation builder

A celebration of the real Louis Riel, Métis leader and Manitoba founder, on the 150th anniversary of the Red River Resistance and the 175th of his birth

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former archaeological site is now inundated at high tide. The rich artifact-bearing soil has been washed away, and with it all the Indigenous pot fragments, stone tools, animal bones, and cultural features. Only a few flakes from making stone tools remained scattered amongst the boulders.

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“Burning libraries:” The race to save Canada’s coastal archaeological sites before they’re washed away

As sea level rise and the accelerating pace of coastal erosion threaten cultural heritage around the world, Canada has a lot to lose

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History

Throwback Thursday: The 1919 Stanley Cup final

For the first time in history, officials were forced to cancel hockey’s biggest game as a flu pandemic continued to rage 

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The glass-paned front of 50 Sussex Drive reflects the last rays of sunset

People & Culture

Welcome to 50 Sussex, Canada’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration

The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is transforming the way the 90-year-old organization carries out its mandate

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teachers caring for students sick with the Spanish Flu

History

La grande faucheuse

L’histoire méconnue de la grippe espagnole de 1918 et notre état de préparation à la prochaine grande pandémie

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Canadian Geographic to conduct review of past issues

Magazine to look for evidence of racist language and attitudes in every issue published since 1930 and report on its findings

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Allan Hawco in character for Frontier

History

Allan Hawco on his new fur trade TV series ‘Frontier’

Discovery Canada's original drama portrays the struggle for wealth and power in 1700s Canada

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Comfort Maple in Fenwick, Ont., fall colours

Environment

Seven iconic Canadian trees

In a nation of forests, these trees stand head and shoulders above the rest

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Downtown Vancouver looking toward the North Shore Mountains circa 1936.

Places

Throwback Thursday: Vancouver then and now

A look at how the Canadian Geographical Journal covered Vancouver’s 50th birthday

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Google Earth Voyager Residential Schools Story

Places

Mapping Canada’s history of residential schools with Google Earth

As the first Canadian organization to launch a story with Google Earth Voyager, Canadian Geographic, with the support of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, offers an in-depth look at the residential school system

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Environment

Roy MacGregor on the rivers that shaped our nation

In his new book, Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada, Roy MacGregor examines the historical legacy and future of Canada's greatest rivers

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Dead Reckoning by Ken McGoogan cover woodcut Ebierbing

Exploration

New book introduces the unsung heroes of Arctic exploration

Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the “more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration” that the 21st century demands 

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The HMCS Haida docked in Hamilton, Ontario

History

Honouring “Canada’s fightingest ship”

Why HMCS Haida became the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy

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General James Murray's map of the St. Lawrence, 1763. Library and Archives Canada, NMC 135035

Mapping

General James Murray’s massive mapping mission

A look at the cartographic gem commissioned 250 years ago by Quebec’s military governor

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Basilique Sainte-Anne, Saint Anne Basilica in Quebec

Travel

Seven must-see sites for cyclists on Quebec’s Véloroute Marie-Hélène Prémont

Discover the New France of Samuel de Champlain on this scenic cycling route along the St. Lawrence River

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Travel

Five perfect pairings to enjoy in Greater Williamsburg, Virginia

Your guide to exploring the sights, tastes and history of Greater Williamsburg

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Cover image from The Raftsmen, Firefly Books 2017

Exploration

The incredible true story of Canada’s Kon-Tiki

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 

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Mapping

Samuel de Champlain’s cartographic debt

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

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People & Culture

Interview with Adrienne Clarkson

The former governor general of Canada reflects on the challenges facing Canadian women today

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