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Canadian Geographic Travel: Spring 2016

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The marsh boardwalk through Point Pelee National Park at sunset

Places

Photos: Point Pelee National Park at 100

Established in 1918, Canada’s southernmost national park is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers alike

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Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

Places

Eight Canadian places that could become UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A look at the fascinating sites Parks Canada has proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation

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Parks Canada archeologists stand behind burnt remains of bison skull and bones after the Kenow wildfire, Waterton Lakes National Park. (Parks Canada)

Places

Archeologists uncover new history in Waterton Lakes National Park after 2017 wildfire

Lead archeologist Bill Perry discusses the latest findings and what they reveal about the region

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Mist rises from the Kipawa River, framed by frosty trees

Places

A sneak peek at Quebec’s newest provincial park

Opening to the public in June, Parc national d’Opémican near Temiscaming, Que. preserves a unique chapter of Ottawa River history

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Kenzie Wakefield begins the rugged trail to Mt. St. Patrick, the highest peak in the park, as part of her first week of training and getting to know the lay of the land.

Places

Photos: Life in the park at the edge of the world

This is not your average summer job

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Places

People & Culture

People & Culture

Throwback Thursday: An ode to National Parks

Henrietta Wilson wasn’t the first to write a love letter to Canada’s mountains, and I doubt she’ll be the last.

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People & Culture

More than just a game: Iroquois Nationals fight for inclusion in the 2022 World Games

Despite being the originators of lacrosse, the Haudenosaunee people are facing hurdles to have their sovereignty recognized on the international sports stage

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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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a prairie chicken dancer and his daughter at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

People & Culture

Connecting to 6,000 years of history at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

The cultural site near Saskatoon is working to connect non-Indigenous and Indigenous people to 6,000 years of the region’s First Nations heritage

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Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

People & Culture

The Inuit future

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, on the idea of a Inuit-Crown relationship, Canada’s Inuit homelands and the role of Inuit in the world

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Environment

Mont Royal Park Montreal

Environment

Urban parks unite! Parks in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto set to join forces

The first-of-its-kind partnership will bolster city parks at a time when Canadians need them most

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Wildlife

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Travel

Trans Canada Trail celebrates 30 years of connecting Canadians

The trail started with a vision to link Canada coast to coast to coast. Now fully connected, it’s charting an ambitious course for the future.

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People & Culture

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the National Geographic Society join forces

The two iconic geographic societies formalize a renewed partnership

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Vimy centennial park aerial view vimy national historic site

Travel

New commemorative park opens at Vimy Ridge

The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park provides a home for 100 repatriated ‘Vimy Oaks’ and is intended to be a space for reflection on the decisive battle

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Hands all meeting in centre from all around the world. Skin painted green and blue, pieces of earth.

Mapping

10 amazing world maps created by children

Kids from around the world submit hand-drawn maps for International Cartographic Association contest

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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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History

Throwback Thursday: Canada’s first marine national park

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Wildlife

Excerpt from The Canada Jay as the National Bird of Canada

Editor-in-chief and associate publisher Aaron Kylie contributed this chapter to a compilation book about the Canada Jay

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Travel

La Mauricie National Park

A guide to visiting the Quebec National Park

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Places

Bruce Peninsula National Park

A guide to visiting the Ontario National Park

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Mapping

Google Street View comes to Canadian parks and historic sites

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Places

Rouge Urban National Park set to expand by 17 square kilometres

Land that had been part of the park since 2015 will be federally recognized if Senate passes bill C-18  

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A gray jay in Western Canada's mountain forests

Wildlife

Meet our national bird: the gray jay

After two years, nearly 50,000 votes and thousands of public and expert comments, the Canadian Geographic National Bird Project concludes. Meet our newest national emblem.

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Wildlife

VIDEO: Famous Canada lynx spotted again

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wetlands, toronto skyline, tommy thompson park

Travel

Exploring the reclaimed wetlands of Toronto’s Tommy Thompson Park

The urban wilderness park’s wetland project sits atop a 10-hectare former waste disposal site in Lake Ontario and will be completed in 2019

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History

Five facts about the shaman’s parka

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Places

Photos: The stunning biodiversity of Algonquin Provincial Park

Photographer Megan Lorenz shares her experience shooting in Canada's oldest provincial park

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Parkwood Estate in Ottawa, Ont

Travel

One City: Oshawa, Ontario

Explore Canada’s car culture, tour one of the country’s last great estates and catch a rainbow trout

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Gatineau Park forest-cover map

Mapping

The map that helped preserve Gatineau Park

This colourful forest-cover map, completed in 1974, provided invaluable information for the management of the National Capital Region’s cherished park

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baby bison calf Banff national park

Wildlife

Alberta bison celebrate a wild Mother’s Day for the first time in 140 years

The Banff National Park project seeks to reintegrate the keystone species into the natural ecosystem

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Travel

Rare birds

Spread your wings with birdwatching’s elite guard in south Texas

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Mountains lay beyond Pangirtung, Nunavut.

Travel

Auyuittuq National Park

A guide to visiting the Nunavut National Park

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Experts at the national bird debate

People & Culture

National Bird Debate kicks off Canada-wide conversation

Experts weighed in on Canada's national bird in debate at the Canadian Museum of Nature

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Wolf eel (anarrhichthys ocellatus) surrounded by brooding anemones, Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Places

Photos: The parks beneath the sea

A colourful look at the marine biodiversity of Canada’s west coast

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Wildlife

Moose changing ecosystem in Gros Morne

The effect moose have on the Gros Morne National Park ecosystem

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Bird sits on rock

Wildlife

Rebound of the black swifts: Johnston Canyon reports an increase in endangered bird species

The decrease in human activity could be the reason

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a collage of photos of Canadian places including Cape Breton, Fogo Island, Gatineau Park, Charlottetown, Calgary, Nunavut

Travel

12 photos to inspire your summer adventures

From fiery sunrises over Fogo Island, N.L., to surf-worthy waves in Pacific Rim National Park, B.C., catch wanderlust from Can Geo's Instagram community 

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Travel

A tour of the best skiing in the Rockies

Leslie Anthony shares the best of the big hills

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Nááts’ihch’oh, or Mount Wilson, in the newly named national park reserve

People & Culture

Northern vision

An interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the past, present and future of Canada's North

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whooping crane twins and their parents

Wildlife

Wood Buffalo National Park reports record number of whooping crane fledglings

Conservation managers at the park reported 63 new fledglings of the endangered bird this year

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Rosalynn Carter, Arthur Milnes, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and RCGS CEO John Geiger

People & Culture

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded Lawrence J. Burpee medal

Medal honours the former President's role in expanding the U.S. national parks system and work with Habitat for Humanity

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Wildlife

Kokanee salmon population bounces back in Kluane National Park

The return of over 5,000 kokanee salmon to Kluane National Park in southwest Yukon in 2015 was cause for excitement after the population was nearly declared extinct in 2009

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Canadian Geographic editors' favourite travel 2016

Travel

Editors’ choice: Six travel highlights from 2016

Can Geo editors reveal their favourite destinations and travel experiences from the past year

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leather sea stars

Environment

“We did this:” Is there a way out of our intertwined climate and biodiversity crises?

As the impacts of global warming become increasingly evident, the connections to biodiversity loss are hard to ignore. Can this fall’s two key international climate conferences point us to a nature-positive future?

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Wildlife

National Bird Project: Making a case for the ‘underbird’

Does a bird need to be famous to hold the title of Canada’s National Bird? Jody Allair thinks not.

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Guide Ed English pulls off a perfect turn on a high wall in Gros Morne National Park

Travel

Skiing Gros Morne National Park

Hitting the backcountry slopes in Newfoundland

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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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polar bear, wapusk national park, Best Wildlife Photography 2018, Daisy Gilardini

Wildlife

Behind the image: the cover of Best Wildlife Photography 2018

Photographer Daisy Gilardini talks about polar bears in Wapusk National Park and her Best Wildlife Photography 2018 cover shot

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Places

Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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Student uses an atlatl to launch a dart

Kids

A day of campfire songs and nature trails on Canada’s Coolest School Trip

Highlights from Day 3 of Canada's Coolest School Trip

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Watermelon snow on Mount Garibaldi

Environment

22 facts and figures from the Alpine Club of Canada’s 2019 State of the Mountains Report

The Alpine Club of Canada covers everything from wildfires to watermelon snow in its recently published annual report on Canada's alpine environments

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Kids

The last day in Cape Breton

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Common sea star Mingan Archipelago

Places

The Mingan Archipelago: A land shaped by time

Raised from the sea, sculpted by tides and winds, the ever-changing Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve protects colossal monoliths and myriad species 

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Environment

Endangered spaces and species in Canada’s mountains

Glaciers play a vital role in sculpting the landscape, and their retreat can bring about drastic consequences

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Kids

Introducing the 2020 Can Geo Challenge national finalists

Young geographers are preparing for a busy weekend of quizzes, virtual fieldwork, and a live-streamed national final

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Seitcher Bay and Chitapii Mountain

People & Culture

The International Indigenous Music Summit has gone digital

We caught up with Indigenous filmmaker Sarain Fox to talk Giiwewizh — a series of 16 short films directed and shot in isolation on iPhone 12

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Travel

Soothing a winter of discontent: Fjallraven’s Kyl and Kyla parkas emerge as an early frontrunner for gear of the year

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Places

Bison uncover centuries-old petroglyphs at Saskatchewan’s Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Known as “grandfathers” by Wanuskewin Elders, these rock carvings provide a glimpse into the lives of the Indigenous Peoples that lived in the region hundreds of years ago

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