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Longest sub-sea electricity cable in North America now links Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia

The Maritime Link project will connect the power grids in the two provinces

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Science & Tech

Labrador project combines local knowledge with new technology to make ice travel safer

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Two men scale a steep cliff above a lake

Science & Tech

Why a Labrador crater is the perfect training ground for future moon explorers

Future missions to the moon will focus heavily on geology. Fortunately, Canada offers astronauts the perfect place to hone their skills.

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Science & Tech

Un projet au Labrador associe connaissances locales et nouvelles technologies pour rendre les déplacements sur la glace plus sûrs

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Manitoba — Keeyask generating station

Science & Tech

Sharing hydroelecticity across national borders

How Canada and the United States are using transmission lines to reduce reliance on coal

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People & Culture

A man watches a helicopter fly low above an icy ocean from his ship.

People & Culture

Safety first, service always: The Canadian Coast Guard turns 60

A celebration of the Canadian Coast Guard’s renowned search-and-rescue capabilities — and more — as the special operating agency turns 60

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History

History

Artifacts of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment

It's been a century since nearly 800 Newfoundland soldiers lost their lives fighting in France. This new provincial gallery pays tribute to their memory.

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History

Throwback Thursday: Nazi weather station in Labrador

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Hebron Mission Station 1906 with Harmony ship in background

History

When death came to Labrador

An excerpt from We All Expected to Die: Spanish Influenza in Labrador, 1918-1919

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An illustration from Ray Guy's essay from Canadian Geographic's November/December 1993 issue

History

The evolving identity of Newfoundland’s outport jannies

In this archived Canadian Geographic story Ray Guy explores how mummering, once viewed as an embarrassing holdover from the past, has come to symbolize a proud piece of folklore and heritage

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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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Kids

Articles

Wildlife

A pod of Atlantic orcas is seen a few meters away from a fishing boat in the North Atlantic

Wildlife

Pod of Atlantic orcas surprises Labrador fishermen

"Just another day at the office." 

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Exploration

bell island expedition

Exploration

Why Jill Heinerth is diving beneath Bell Island, Newfoundland

"Bell Islanders are a picture of what it means to be Canadian," says the underwater diver and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence

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bell island expedition

Exploration

Photos from beneath Bell Island, Newfoundland

Diver and photographer Jill Heinerth shares a glimpse into the summer phase of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Expedition of the Year

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labrador snowshoe map

Exploration

Map: Follow in the tracks of a snowshoe adventure across Labrador

Two pairs of snowshoes. 400 kilometres. A lot of frozen sandwiches.

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Exploration

Shoalts: What lurks beyond the flicker of the firelight?

An explorer unravels the story of an early 20th century haunting in the isolated foothills of Labrador’s Mealy Mountains

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Exploration

Adam Shoalts shares a spooky story of the Canadian wilderness

Episode 23

Gather ’round and listen as explorer and bestselling author Adam Shoalts spins a spine-tingling tale of tracking a legendary creature in Labrador’s Mealy Mountains

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Travel

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(Map: Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, Carte Réduite du Golphe de St. Laurent, 1754, Library and Archives Canada, NMC 25295)

Mapping

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin and the cartography of cod

Jacques-Nicolas Bellin’s 18th-century map reveals how the pursuit of the humble fish helped shape the nation

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Mapping

Our land: Mapping Nitassinan

An Innu school board has created a map to pass on intergenerational knowledge to schoolchildren

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Labrador — Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric generating facility

Science & Tech

Aboriginal hydropower

Navigating the the collaborative future between First Nations and the Canadian hydro industry

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The pumpjack is an iconic symbol of oil in the West.

Science & Tech

13+ things you didn’t know about energy

Massive oilfields, huge offshore rigs, high-tech refineries, colossal dams, sprawling wind farms — how much do you really know about BIG power in Canada?

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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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De l’angélique pourpre pousse à côté d’une vieille hutte de terre inuite sur East Turnavik Island, près de Makkovik (Labrador)

Science & Tech

The surprising links between people and plants in the North

Just as traditional knowledge of plants is helping northern researchers, the plants themselves have much to teach us about human history in the North

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Science & Tech

Housing innovations in Nunatsiavut

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Science & Tech

Innovations en matière de logement au Nunatsiavut

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De l’angélique pourpre pousse à côté d’une vieille hutte de terre inuite sur East Turnavik Island, près de Makkovik (Labrador)

Science & Tech

Les liens surprenants entre les gens et les plantes dans le Nord

Tout autant que le savoir traditionnel des plantes aide les chercheurs dans le Nord, les plantes elles-mêmes peuvent nous apprendre beaucoup au sujet de l’histoire humaine des zones nordiques

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Landsat Island off the coast of Labrador

Science & Tech

Watch: The Canadian island named after a satellite

A video by NASA’s Earth Observatory blog reveals the little-known history of tiny Landsat Island — and the Canadian woman who helped discover it 

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Science & Tech

Energy use in Canada

Where and how we live affect how much energy we consume. Here’s what Canada would look like if the provinces and territories were scaled to represent the amount of energy they use.

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Travel

How to stop a gold rush

The new movement building flourishing tourism hubs across Canada – one sustainable example at a time

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Environment

Vanishing birdsong: How climate change is altering Canada’s soundscape

Indigenous conservationists are listening in to track the impacts of climate change on the boreal forest

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Photo: Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Divers to explore underwater mines beneath Newfoundland island

Jill Heinerth is leading a team of divers into the cold February waters to explore and document underwater mines at Newfoundland's Bell Island

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People & Culture

Remembering Selma Barkham, who revealed the history of Basque whaling in Canada

The historian and geographer filled in “a great gap” in Canadian history, from the time of Cartier to the arrival of Champlain

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People & Culture

Laughing with the locals

Comedian Jonny Harris, of Still Standing fame, on finding inspiration from coast to coast to coast

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People & Culture

Discover Canada’s regional tartans

Explore Canada's various tartans (and the stories behind them)

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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

Passage Through Ice: Approaching the Arctic

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People & Culture

Learning the land

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Mark Napier (left) and Lanny McDonald play hockey on the Arctic Ocean with youth from Arctic Bay. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

People & Culture

How an Ottawa photographer helps bring Canada’s pastime to the North

Photographer Michelle Valberg discusses Project North, her not-for-profit that delivers hockey equipment to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, northern Quebec and Labrador

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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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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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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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Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Environment

Five key takeaways from the Arctic Frontiers conference

The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda

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Image: Google StreetView

Mapping

Google Street View maps more of Canada’s north

Thanks to Google’s popular Street View tool, armchair travelers can now explore three northern towns from the comfort of their desktop

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Mapping

Mapping the first transatlantic cable

Looking back 150 years at a watershed moment in global communication

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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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Mapping

New real-time ice mapping project could save lives

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The obesity map that appears in the April issue of Canadian Geographic (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

Mapping

How Statistics Canada measures the nation’s obesity

Data on each province's obesity rates affects public policy. How accurate is it?

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A purple martin silhouetted in flight against a blue sky

Wildlife

Migration in the time of climate change

New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals

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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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Samuel de Champlain

Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Charting the unknown

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 16 explorers significantly advanced our knowledge of Canada’s geography through mapping

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Environment

What lies beneath: Ghost gear in our oceans

Ghost gear — lost or abandoned fishing gear — is a major problem in our oceans, but renewed efforts are underway to clean it up

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Environment

Ultimate Quiz – Weather Edition

From rain to snow, from high temperatures to low, 50 questions to test your weather wits

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Travel

Festival side-trips

Ten festivals down the road from Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage sites

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Bow Lake area near the Icefields Parkway in Alberta

Travel

Canada’s bucket-list

Robin Esrock gives his list of favourite spring activities

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Roberta Bondar on space shuttle discovery

Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Vital insights

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 17 explorers made major contributions to our understanding of Canada’s history and geography

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Wildlife

Wildife Wednesday: What’s going on with Stanley Park’s coyotes?

Plus: Bacterial “first responders,” modelling cod and more marmots

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colouring book, photography, wildlife

Travel

Colouring book featuring the photography of Michelle Valberg on newsstands now

Colouring Canada features 26 greyscale photographs shot by Canadian Geographic's Photographer-in-Residence 

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Places

Announcing the “What is home” re:Location photo competition winners

As part of our re:Location project, we saw hundreds of entries to our photo competition. Here are the top three.

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The black-footed ferret could soon be considered a comeback story

Wildlife

Too close to call

Give these species another few decades and they could be comeback stories. That’s not to say they won’t quickly go the other way if human vigilance and crucial research lapses or natural events interfere.

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moose alberta population app

Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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