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Franklin Expedition

Boats from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: Point of abandonment

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: drift theories

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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History

“Serendipity” led to Franklin find

More details emerge on the historic discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s ships

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HMS Terror thrown up by the ice

History

The hunt for the Franklin ships

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: Inuit testimony

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Harris/Parks Canada

History

Diver delves into the details of searching for the Franklin Expedition’s lost ships

Exploring the shipwrecks on the Arctic sea floor

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People & Culture

History

Team photo from the 2012 search for the lost Franklin ships.

History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society CEO John Geiger gives a sneak peek of this year’s Franklin search

Why this summer’s search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition will be the biggest and most advanced ever

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conservation

Exploration

Mapping

Colleen Cardinal Cree Indigenous rights activist 60s Scoop survivor

Mapping

Interview: Mapping the displacement of 60s Scoop adoptees

Indigenous rights activist and 60s Scoop survivor Colleen Cardinal discusses her project to map the Indigenous adoptee diaspora

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Mapping

New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communities

Mangroves provide a range of benefits, including protection from storms and the prevention of coastal erosion

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arctic ship traffic

Mapping

Inuit communities consulted in plans for low-impact Arctic shipping routes

Changes were recommended for environmental and community benefits, ship safety

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View of world's shipping routes

Mapping

Map lets you visualize shipping traffic around the world

Interactive data visualization illustrates the incredible number of ships criss-crossing the world's oceans at any given time

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Mapping

Report posits new framework for Arctic shipping

The report from the Pew Charitable Trusts calls for more engagement of Inuit communities and greater concern for the environment in Arctic shipping practices

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People & Culture

The cowboy exclaims: The ballad of an ageing vaquero and his troubled horse, Bunny

The ultimate goal of vaquero horsemanship is to produce a “finished” horse: an exceptionally responsive animal that is a true partner to its rider

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Aerial shot of a forest garden

Environment

Seeing the garden through the trees: The Indigenous forest gardens of coastal B.C.

The discovery of the 150-year-old Ts’msyen and Coast Salish garden sites — and their still-booming biodiversity — could provide fresh inspiration for both land management and food security solutions

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Exploration

Canadian neuroscientist to embark on Antarctic leadership expedition

Dr. Catherine Sorbara is the sole Canadian participating in Homeward Bound 2018, an annual three-week-long expedition in Antarctica aimed at bolstering women leaders in STEMM

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jill heinerth, shipwreck, great lakes

Exploration

Exclusive photos: A first detailed look at the wreck of Canadian schooner Queen of the Lakes

RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth and dive partner Teddy Garlock made the first dive on the Queen of the Lakes since her resting place in Lake Ontario was confirmed in 2011

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Exploration

Why cave exploration matters

2022 is the International Year of Caves and Karst. Here’s why you should care about the hidden worlds beneath our feet.

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Ciarán Hinds, right, as Sir John Franklin, and Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames in the premiere episode of AMC's “The Terror.” (Photo courtesy AMC)

History

“The Terror” recap: Episodes 1 and 2

Our experts dissect the debut episodes of AMC’s new series about the Franklin Expedition

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History

Franklin wreck found

Prime Minister Harper announces the discovery of one of the two lost ships of the famed Franklin Expedition

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Mapping

Nine artworks that reveal the history and perils of exploring Canada’s North

Notable works capture the danger and drama of Arctic exploration

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The work table with finished parts, plans, tools, and materials for the construction of a model of the iron storage tank located in Terror's stern.

History

Building a scale model of HMS Terror

On condition of anonymity, Canadian Geographic photo editor Jessica Finn caught up with the man building Terror.

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History

Captain’s log: Reliving the find

How events transpired on the Sir Wilfrid Laurier as new of Franklin discoveries developed

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Preparation of the Martin Bergmann, before it set sail on the Victoria Strait Expedition

History

Franklin search vessel Martin Bergmann hits a shoal – details

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History

It’s Erebus!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper reveals identity of found Franklin ship during Question Period

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Yves Bernard, a petty officer of the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit, and Ryan Harris, a senior marine archeologist with Parks Canada, raise the side-scan sonar.

History

New tools will cover more ground in this year’s search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

Technology used to track down the lost ships

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Erebus and Terror in the Antarctic

History

The Franklin Expedition’s ships: The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Franklin’s ships were hardened veterans of polar travel, and technological marvels of their age

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View of the Bellot Strait from the Voyager's bow

History

What’s next for the Franklin wreck?

Plans for the still unidentified ship remain unclear

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Fellows of the royal canadian geographical society and canadian geographic challenge winners at perce, quebec

Kids

Photos: Highlights from One Ocean Expeditions’ 2019 East Coast Fins and Fiddles voyage

Three finalists in this year’s Canadian Geographic Challenge enjoyed the trip of a lifetime as part of their prize, and we were there to capture the fun

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People & Culture

Chief Perry Bellegarde on the treaty relationship

“For Indigenous Peoples, the treaties are still very much alive”

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History

The untold story of the Hudson’s Bay Company

A look back at the early years of the 350-year-old institution that once claimed a vast portion of the globe

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People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

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Science & Tech

Mapping cargo ship routes around the world

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Gjoa Haven celebrated the Franklin find with a community gathering

History

Leading Inuit historian discusses the Franklin ships

Tyrone Burke visits the home of Inuit historian Louie Kamookak to talk about the Franklin ships and what this means for the people of the North

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Patrol Vessel Inkster, RCMP West Coast Marine Services Division

People & Culture

How the RCMP uphold the law on the sea

As the RCMP celebrates its 100th anniversary, ride along with the force’s little-known West Coast Marine Services division

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Sylvia Maracle at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres main office in Toronto

People & Culture

Interview: Celebrating 50 years of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Sylvia Maracle, executive director of the federation, discusses the organization’s past successes and challenging future ahead

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Travel

Roadtripping Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway Route

This historic route is a must-drive for any traveller seeking the freedom of the open road with a healthy dose of amazing vistas

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HMCS Yellowknife

People & Culture

Photos: Life on board HMCS Yellowknife

Canada’s mission as part of Operation Caribbe? Choke off the flow of cocaine and other drugs across the eastern Pacific.

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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Minister Wilkinson

Environment

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on the future of Canada’s oceans

The new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard sits down with Canadian Geographic for an exclusive interview on a range of topics, from salmon to whales to ‘last ice’

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People & Culture

Honorary Fellowship: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Society has chosen to award Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister with an Honorary Fellowship for his passionate commitment to our environment

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History

War on the water: Charting Canada’s critical role in the passage of ships during the Second World War

Canada’s part in the Battle of the Atlantic, shown here is considered its most essential role in the war

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Gokstad Viking ship replica at the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago in 1893

History

Viking ship arrives in Newfoundland after transatlantic journey

Draken Harald Hårfagre—the world’s largest modern Viking ship—has arrived in St. Anthony, Newfoundland

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Exploration

Under the icefield and inside the mountain

Go deep below the Columbia Icefield in Banff National Park to “the most inaccessible place in Canada” with the 2020 Castleguard Cave Expedition

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People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Awards 2020

Award recipients honoured in the first virtual Annual General Meeting and Fellows Show.

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Environment

Water rising

Festivals and photography projects help coastal communities prepare for rising sea levels and higher tides

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition flag flies above the One Ocean Voyager

History

Victoria Strait Expedition begins

First official day of the 2014 search for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships

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Wildlife

Working with whales through Direct Action

Sydni Long writes about her experience using citizen-reported sightings for the Ocean Bridge program

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Trudeau and the Trebeks

People & Culture

Trudeau, Trebek and a Rear-Admiral: the Royal Canadian Geographical Society bolsters its Fellowship with three incredible leaders

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jean Trebek and Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson join the organization as Honorary Fellows

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People & Culture

Search for Franklin Expedition wrecks continues

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Aerial view of coastal wetlands of Clam Harbour Provincial Park. (Photo: Nick Hawkins/Canadian Geographic)

Travel

Photos: Nova Scotia’s wild islands

More images from photographer Nick Hawkins' visit to the island

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Environment

HMCS Annapolis sinking postponed

What was to be one of British Columbia’s most exciting dive spots, is now potentially on its way to becoming an environmental hazard.

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Kids

Q&A: Alex Trebek, National Geographic World Championship host

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History

Exploring a 200-year-old shipwreck in Lake Ontario

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Wildlife

How often do whales attack ships?

Whales attacking ships are rare (Moby Dick notwithstanding), but a few incidents have been documented through history. Here's why.

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Kids

Team Canada wins silver at National Geographic World Championship

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Photo courtesy: Bottom Time Diving

Environment

Underwater statues help protect Brockville-area shipwrecks from diver damage

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