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The escapist Nepal Earthquake Gabriel Filippi

Exploration

Book excerpt: Surviving the deadliest day on Everest

In new memoir The Escapist, Canadian mountaineer Gabriel Filippi details his most extreme adventures and tragedies

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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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Map of Churchill Harbour by Jens Munk, 1624

Exploration

Jens Munk: An expedition ahead of its time

Two hundred years before Franklin and 300 years before Amundsen, a daring Dane came closer to finding the Northwest Passage than anyone had before

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roberta bondar attwater prairie chicken wildlife refuge

Exploration

Vulnerable Sprague’s pipit spotted on Roberta Bondar avian migration expedition

Since 1966, the number of Sprague’s pipits in the wild has declined by almost 80 per cent

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Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

Exploration

Expedition log: Back to the Peel

David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River

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Articles

People & Culture

Kahkiihtwaam ee-pee-kiiweehtataahk: Bringing it back home again

The story of how a critically endangered Indigenous language can be saved

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Environment

American black bear sitting in tree

Environment

Nature Conservancy of Canada continues to expand protected areas

Recent aquisitions in Kenauk and Lake Superior highlight the growing number of protected lands in Canada

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Environment

Retreating glacier causes river to disappear

For approximate the past 300 years the meltwater of Yukon’s Kaskawulsh Glacier has drained into Kluane Lake via Slims River. This spring it stopped.

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Tiny plastic particles on a fingertip

Environment

Researchers find microplastics in nearly every sample taken in the Eastern Canadian Arctic

A team of Canadian researchers has found evidence that microplastics and microfibers have infiltrated Arctic ecosystems, but the source of these tiny fragments is still unclear

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Montréal is taking great strides to reinforce its image as the “most bike-friendly” city in North America

Environment

Clean commute

Canada's largest cities are paving the way for more eco-conscious commuting choices

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Environment

Genetics affecting trees

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History

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People & Culture

State of the marijuana nation

One year post-legalization, a look at Canada’s changing relationship with pot

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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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People & Culture

In search of promised lands

Uprooted repeatedly by development projects, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree wandered boreal Quebec for 70 years before finding a permanent home. For some, the journey continues.

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Foggy lake black and white

People & Culture

Picture this! #ShotOnNikon Photo Contest winners

Showcasing the top shots in the 2021 CanGeo x Nikon #ShotOnNikon Photo Contest 

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Alice helps Bruce find his footing in the dense tundra scrub as the team portages during the Together to the Tundra expedition.

People & Culture

How a sunken canoe improved an Arctic adventure

This summer the RCGS-supported expedition Together to the Tundra spent two months canoeing through some of Canada's most remote landscapes. Here, Dan Clark tells one of their stories.

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Adam Shoalts, left, and George Kourounis were announced as Explorers-in-Residence of the RCGS on February 28

People & Culture

RCGS announces two new Explorers-in-Residence

Expanded Explorer-in-Residence program to include storm chaser George Kourounis and solo explorer Adam Shoalts

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A grizzly bear lies dead on the side of the road

Wildlife

Animal crossing: Reconnecting North America’s most important wildlife corridor

This past summer an ambitious wildlife under/overpass system broke ground in B.C. on a deadly stretch of highway just west of the Alberta border. Here’s how it happened.

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A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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Grand Chief Herb Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nations

Environment

Dehcho Grand Chief honoured for bold conservation approach

Herb Norwegian, Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations, is the recipient of this year’s Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize

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Everest by sunrise

Exploration

The pull of Everest

A century after a Canadian was instrumental in charting the world's highest peak, a fellow Canadian reflects on the magnetism of Everest

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Challenge finalists

Kids

Can Geo Challenge 2021 National Final Weekend

Meet the top 20 finalists competing in the 2021 Challenge National Final

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People & Culture

Why Indigenous languages matter

Multilingualism is at the heart of Canada‘s identity. It’s also a matter of decency and human rights. 

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Illustration by Guy Parsons

Environment

Canada’s dirty secret

Canada leads the developed world in per capita production of garbage. What’s behind our nation’s wasteful ways? 

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Wildlife

Death of a whale

When one of the few remaining females of reproductive age in the southern resident population of North Pacific killer whales was found dead near Comox B.C. in 2014, an investigation was launched. The results highlight the challenges of protecting our most iconic marine mammals.

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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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billy goat overlooking a lake

Wildlife

Social for science: Using smartphone photos for research

With millions of photos taken globally each day on smartphones, researchers have found they may also contain important ecological clues about our rapidly changing planet

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moose alberta population app

Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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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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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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Environment

Four things to know about Arctic policy and sustainable ocean management in Canada and Norway

The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society teamed up for two days of talks on the future of the Arctic and the “blue economy” in Norway and Canada

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Mapping

In their own words: an interactive map shares the stories of Sixties Scoop survivors

After years of work, the Sixties Scoop Network has launched their interactive mapping platform In our own Words: Mapping the Sixties Scoop Diaspora.

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People & Culture

Life aboard a modern-day Viking ship: A Q&A with a Canadian sailor

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Shamans, Spirits, and Faith in the Inuit North

People & Culture

Shamans, Spirits, and Faith in the Inuit North

In this exclusive excerpt from Kenn Harper’s new book, the Arctic historian explores tales of Inuit and Christian beliefs and how these came to coexist — and sometimes clash — in the 19th and 20th centuries

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People & Culture

500 residents of an Ontario town might live on an island soon if dike breaches

There is up to a 40 per cent chance a shoreline road on Lake Erie, which acts as a dike, will fail

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Phyllis Webstad

People & Culture

Behind the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Links to previous Canadian Geographic stories provide coverage and context

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Filsan Abdiaman, a black woman, runs through a rockey valley of pink wildflowers.

People & Culture

Running into yourself with Filsan Abdiaman

Part of our Colour the Trails series.

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Environment

Timber poaching: The secretive crime decimating North America’s forests

Timber poaching has become “a problem in every national forest,” with an estimated $1 billion worth of wood poached yearly in North America 

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Gordon MacDonald on the Kinsol Trestle

People & Culture

The man who saved the Kinsol Trestle

Master carpenter Gordon Macdonald on restoring an iconic B.C. bridge, the value of heritage infrastructure, and why he's set his sights on the Antarctic

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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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Cyclist prepares to cross bridge

Mapping

How Canadian cities are adapting to COVID-19

Six urban planning experts share their views on municipal actions during COVID-19

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While much of CBC's Arctic Air was shot in Vancouver, the crew went to Yellowknife as well, authentically capturing the north’s landscapes, wildlife and people. (Courtesy Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd./Kharen Hill and Ed Araquel)

People & Culture

9 TV shows that highlight Canadian geography

From Arctic Air to the Littlest Hobo, here are the shows that unintentionally taught us about Canada

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Travel

Visiting the reclaimed space of Victoria’s Butchart Gardens

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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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banff national park

History

11 historic photos of early tourism in Banff National Park

These images from the first half of the 20th century show Canada's oldest national park when it was still young

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Heinrich Scherer's 1702 chart of the North Pole

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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Central Esker, northwestern Manitoba

Travel

Exploring the eskers in the “Land of little sticks”

The geological formations that surround Gangler's North Seal River Lodge in northwestern Manitoba are intriguing pathways to the past

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He's bruised and battered, but is Captain Francis Crozier (played by Jared Harris) beyond all hope in the tenth and final episode of The Terror? (Photo: Aidan Monaghan/AMC)

People & Culture

“The Terror” recap: Episode 10 – Season Finale

Our experts wrap up their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Left: Adam Weymouth author photo. Right: Book cover Kings of the Yukon

Environment

On the trail of the “Kings of the Yukon”

Adam Weymouth's first book, Kings of the Yukon, sees him paddle the length of the Yukon River to trace the route of migrating chinook salmon

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monarch butterflies covers the forest floor of El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacán Mexico

People & Culture

15 incredible images from the 2017 World Press Photo Contest

Three Canadian photojournalists among those honoured for visual storytelling 

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The NCTR Survivors Circle

People & Culture

Stories of survival

Sometimes, the people you interview puncture you and you can’t leave them behind

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Flight of the Highlanders, settlement, Canada, Scotland, Scottish, Manitoba, Metis

History

Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada

A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada

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People & Culture

Dr. Ingrid Waldron on environmental racism

Waldron spoke with Canadian Geographic about representation for women and racialized communities

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People & Culture

Survivor: The story of Phyllis Webstad and Orange Shirt Day

Phyllis Webstad turns her residential school experience into a powerful tool for reconciliation through Orange Shirt Day

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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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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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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

10 bonus facts about Canadian people, places and society

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Travel

Fundy Footpath: the east coast’s hidden gem

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Travel

Bluefin tuna tourism

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