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Environment

Fresh from the city: The rise of urban farming

Already gaining steam before the pandemic, interest in urban farming — and hunger for hyper-local food — has soared. A look at three Canadian takes on the urban farming phenomenon

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A glacier landscape on northern Ellesmere Island

Environment

Glaciers in the Canadian High Arctic are melting at an unprecedented rate

A study of more than 1,700 glaciers on northern Ellesmere Island found six per cent of ice coverage disappeared between 1999 and 2015

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Environment

The voices we pay attention to

What can we learn when western science and traditional knowledge intersect?

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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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Dolf and Anne Wynia in their forest

Environment

They turned their farm into a forest. Fifteen years later, it’s thriving

In 2005, a federal government program aimed to convert underused farmland into forests to capture carbon dioxide. How have these ‘Forest 2020’ projects fared? 

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People & Culture

A muralist paints a Keith Wolfe-Smarch design on a replica of Skookum Jim’s house in Carcross, Yukon

People & Culture

A cultural gold rush

After spending more than a century in the shadow cast by the Klondike’s precious metal heyday, First Nations heritage is stepping into the limelight in the Yukon

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People & Culture

Cold calling: 10 wonderfully wintry images from Can Geo’s Photo Club

The air up here might hurt your face, but the views are worth it 

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Church with sunset clouds

People & Culture

Your photos: Canada weathers the snows of winter

As southwest B.C. comes to grips with a phenomenon called snow, we share some wintry images taken across the country this winter by members of our Photo Club

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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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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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Kids

Animal Facts: Arctic hare

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A wolf next to British Columbia's Columbia River. (Photo: Domenico Battaglia/CG Photo Club)

Wildlife

Wolf cull in British Columbia spawns controversy

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Environment

I am Mutehekau Shipu: A river’s journey to personhood in eastern Quebec

In February 2021, the world was introduced to Mutehekau Shipu — also known as the Magpie River — when the people of Ekuanitshit, Que. and the regional municipality made a joint declaration granting the river legal personhood and rights. The declaration carries broad implications for the fight to protect nature across Canada and around the world.

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Science & Tech

Award-winning filmmaker recalls his quest following a droplet of water

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People & Culture

Six more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From painting a new side of the Franklin expedition to documenting shipwrecks along Ontario’s Hudson Bay Coast, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018

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Following an extensive renovation, the old downtown Ottawa train station has re-opened as the temporary home of the Senate of Canada. (Photo courtesy Senate of Canada)

Travel

Ottawa landmark gets new life as temporary home for Senate of Canada

Inside the transformation of the old Ottawa train station into the “Red Chamber on Rideau”

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Cover of new book ICE, with author photo of Klaus Dodds

Environment

The meaning of ice

In his new book, Klaus Dodds delves into the fascinating natural and cultural history of ice

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A woman dressed in fishing gear and a blue-green coat holds a fishing rod over her shoulders in a river

People & Culture

Colour the Trails: Taking up space with Demiesha Dennis

Part of our ongoing Colour the Trails series

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Environment

Real Canadian places that resemble locations from Game of Thrones

You don't have to leave Canada to experience the geographic diversity of the Seven Kingdoms

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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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A fin whale

Wildlife

Whales under threat in noisy Atlantic waters

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has assessed three whale species as being at risk from increased ship traffic

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Kids

Animal Facts: Beluga whale

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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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Adrienne White in July 2014, near Milne Fiord on northern Ellesmere Island.

People & Culture

2015 RCGS research grantees

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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

Exclusive: Adam Shoalts on his epic Trans-Canadian Arctic Expedition

Explorer Adam Shoalts, who completed his monumental 4,000-kilometre journey on September 6, speaks to Canadian Geographic about an expedition that calls to mind the likes of Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Joseph Tyrrell

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Dundas street sign with stop light and stop sign

People & Culture

Renaming places: how Canada is reexamining the map

The history behind the Dundas name change and how Canadians are reckoning with place name changes across the country — from streets to provinces

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People & Culture

This canoe expedition program provides school credit to Indigenous youth

Matawa Learning Centre pilots a Grade 12 experiential education course that teaches indigenous youth about water safety and leadership while traveling along traditional canoe routes

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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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A view over the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

People & Culture

Paradise, a poet and promised land

Growing up black in Nova Scotia, the intense beauty of Three Mile Plains and the Annapolis Valley was, for me, a fount of emotional history 

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Josiah Henson, log cabin, Ontario, historic site

People & Culture

A new understanding of Uncle Tom

Heather Greenwood Davis visits Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, Ont., to learn more about the contentious inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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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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Gordon Lightfoot illustration by Robert Carter for Canadian Geographic

People & Culture

Gordon Lightfoot’s favourite place in Canada

The ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ balladeer recalls his childhood exploits in Orillia, Ont., and the surrounding lake country

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People & Culture

Yukon summer adventure: Hitting the trail

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Wildlife

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

At least 50 species of fish can be found in the Arctic drainage basin in Ontario

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Ederney Gonzales, one of the people who discovered Red Rockette

Wildlife

Tracking sea turtles

International grassroots organizations unite over turtle conservation

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piebald moose Newfoundland photography

Wildlife

Newfoundland photographer captures video of rare piebald moose

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, says photographer Gerard Gale

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Wildlife

Fabulous photos to help you identify Canadian foxes

How well do you know your fox species? These photos will help you tell them apart in the wild

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Travel

Water over rocks

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Travel

Prince Albert National Park

A guide to visiting the Saskatchewan National Park

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Wildlife

11 amazing facts about Canada’s bear species

Did you know polar bears aren't actually white? Or that bears mark their territory by rubbing their backs on trees?

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Bald eagle, nest, environment, science, scientist, Besnard Lake, Saskatchewan, Jon Gerrard, Elston Dzus

Wildlife

This 50-year study revolutionizes our understanding of bald eagles

Jon Gerrard and Elston Dzus lead a now 50-year study of a thriving population of bald eagles in northern boreal Saskatchewan. Here they talk about the longevity of the research, key discoveries, the challenges of climbing trees and more.

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Monarch butterfly on swamp milkweed

Wildlife

Tracking milkweed to save monarch butterflies

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard of Mission Monarch discusses the threats facing monarchs and how Canadians can help

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Use ontario pumpkins to make the perfect pumpkin cheesecake (recipe below)

Travel

Regional recipes from Canada’s top chefs

How to make the country's quintessential dishes

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Travel

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous 2015

It's a rollicking good time in the land of the midnight sun

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Writer Ray Ford and his son Cam catch and release pickerel and pike in Wabatongushi Lake

Travel

On fish and Facebook

A northern Ontario lake sets the stage for a father-and-son fishing trip

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Abbie West and team climb a steep incline on the outskirts of Dawson after leaving the banks of the Yukon River

Travel

The toughest sled dog race in the world

Frigid temperatures. Packs of dogs. Sleds. 1,609 kilometres over rugged hinterland in mid-winter. The Yukon Quest is considered the toughest sled dog race in the world. Tag along for the ride of your life.

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Scientist Cori Lausen

Wildlife

Protecting bats

Fighting white nose syndrome in bats

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Wildlife

How rare are albino moose?

Cape Breton hunters get up close to the rare sight

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Ontario’s historic French River was used for centuries as a gateway to Canada’s West

Travel

Paddling the French River

Get in touch with your inner voyageur on a historic waterway

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Wildlife

Shark facts to kick off Shark Week

To kick off Shark Week, here are 10 facts about some of the sharks that swim in Canadian waters.

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Travel

Yukon vs. Yukon: driving the Klondike highway

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