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Michael Palin Erebus

History

Michael Palin on the renowned polar ship Erebus

An exclusive abridged excerpt from a new book by the famed explorer, actor and comedian

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Articles

Erebus

Neptune, a Newfoundland dog who sailed on HMS Erebus

History

The animals of the Franklin Expedition

It wasn't just men who sailed into the Arctic's unrelenting grip in 1845

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Louie Kamookak, Nunavut, Gjoa Haven, obituary, tribute, RCGS, explorer, Franklin

People & Culture

Louie Kamookak, oral history and the Franklin expedition

Alanna Mitchell, co-author of Franklin's Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus, reflects on the renowned historian

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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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Louie Kamookak during a visit to the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

People & Culture

Remembering Louie Kamookak

Author Kenn Harper pays tribute to the life, legacy and work of his fellow historian

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Louie Kamookak, obituary, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Franklin expedition

People & Culture

Remembering Inuit oral historian Louie Kamookak

A tribute to the acclaimed oral history expert and RCGS Honorary Vice-President, who passed away this morning

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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

Science & Tech

Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Franklin Expedition

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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A haunted Dr. Stephen Stanley (played by Alistair Petrie) prepares to set a horrible string of events in motion during what's meant to be a spirit-lifting carnival for the men of the Franklin Expedition. (Photo: Aidan Monaghan/AMC)

History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 6

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition  

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Franklin expedition ship stuck in ice

History

Franklin fact and fiction collide in new television series ‘The Terror’

AMC's new 10-part narrative of the Franklin expedition is part high adventure, part gothic horror

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Ryan Harris, a marine archeologist with Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service

History

After a brief resupply break the Parks Canada search team resumes the hunt

The Martin Bergmann heads to a new area of Queen Maud Gulf looking for Franklin’s ships

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History

Flag bearers

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society hoists its flag as a key partner in this year’s expanded search for the Franklin Expedition vessels

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RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

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People & Culture

Erebus Medal

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People & Culture

RCGS hosts evening of fascinating Franklin discussion

On April 12, Franklin enthusiasts had a rare opportunity to come together in the same room as The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented their 2016 Can Geo Talks

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Cover of Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus

People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship

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People & Culture

The truth about polar bears

Depending on whom you ask, the North’s sentinel species is either on the edge of extinction or an environmental success story. An in-depth look at the complicated, contradictory and controversial science behind the sound bites

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Environment

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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Wildlife

How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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An engraving by George Back showing HMS Terror on its side in ice circa 1937

History

Five interesting facts about the HMS Terror

The second of Sir John Franklin's doomed ships has been located in the Canadian Arctic. Here are five things you may not have known about the HMS Terror.

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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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Exploration

Sir John Franklin’s HMS Terror believed found in Arctic

Archaeologists may have finally located the historic vessel that disappeared 168 years ago in Canada's north

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People & Culture

Expedition explores Aboriginal knowledge of Franklin ships

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A Parks Canada archeologist inspects debris next to Erebus’s hull

People & Culture

The authors of Franklin’s Lost Ships discuss the book

An interview with John Geiger and Alanna Mitchell

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History

Franklin bell replica unveiled at ROM

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A full moon shines above boats decked out with holiday lights in Port de Grave, Nfld.

History

15 things that have happened in Canada since the last ‘Christmas Moon’

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People & Culture

Q&A with Andrew Stirling

Helicopter pilot Andrew Stirling helped find a crucial clue that led to the Franklin find. He calls it the highlight of his career.

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Louie Kamookak by Robert Carter

Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Crucial communication

Part of our roundup of Canada’s 90 greatest explorers, these 15 explorers harnessed the power of storytelling to inspire others to discover and care for our world

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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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People & Culture

Our favourite books of 2018

Memoirs, a graphic novel and the biography of a famous ship are among Canadian Geographic's choices for the 14 best books of the year

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People & Culture

Inuit historians that helped search for Sir John Franklin

Louie Kamookak is an Inuit historian whose work helped locate the lost Erebus ship. However, he's not the only Inuk who played an important role in the century-long search.

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Side-scan sonar used in this summer’s Franklin search

History

Ice cover cooperates in Franklin search — for now

First surveying trip a success, but tougher conditions beckon

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Photos of the shipwreck discovered in Queen Maud Gulf

History

“We have a chance to look history in the eye”

Parks Canada divers to examine Franklin wreck before winter sets in

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History

RCGS floating headquarters aboard One Ocean Expedition cruise ship

Public can join voyagers on search for the lost Franklin ships

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Photo courtesy Carolyn Monastra/One Ocean Expeditions

History

Changing gear

How new equipment is helping Parks Canada hunt for the Franklin ships in shallow water

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Crew from the Martin Bergmann pull their zodiac onto an island in the Queen Maud Gulf

History

Looking for nautical clues on land

With poor conditions hampering the search on the water, Parks Canada archeologists take to the ground

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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: drift theories

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

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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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Canadian Ice Survey from Sept. 1, 2014.

History

Decisions, decisions

Facing sea ice, the One Ocean Expedition Voyager search team debates how to access their ideal hunting grounds

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History

Throwback Thursday: a history of maps

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Sonar scan of the sea floor

Exploration

Mapping the seafloor

How an innovative sonar technology may help map parts of Canada's previously uncharted Far North

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History

How the Franklin find affects Canada’s claims to the North Pole

Could the Franklin ship help Canada's case? Not really, argues Michael Byers

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History

Front row centre: One Ocean Expeditions

Polar cruise company One Ocean Expeditions makes big waves — literally — to help the mission to find Franklin’s ships

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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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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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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Firewater Multi-Bottle lights up Thomas' tent

Travel

Gear Review: Multi-bottle and sleeping bag

Thomas Hall review the Seattle Sports Firewater Multi-Bottle and Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Spark sleeping bag

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Travel

Met Con Blue, Sir!

Bring it … and leave it all on the mountain

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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Mapping

Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

This online map platform displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world

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Marine archeologist Ryan Harris

History

The hunt for the Franklin Expedition shipwrecks

Parks Canada’s Ryan Harris searches for wreckage

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