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Amundsen Gjoa 1903 Northwest Passage Inuit

Exploration

Lessons from the Northwest Passage: Roald Amundsen’s experiences in the Canadian Arctic

A foremost Amundsen expert shares some highlights from famed Norwegian explorer’s 1903-06 expedition to the North Pole 

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People & Culture

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

Q&A with winners of Arctic Inspiration Prize

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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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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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Upper Wind River

Exploration

Return to the Peel

We came to retrace an ancestor’s 1905 map-making expedition of the Peel River watershed. We left with a new-found appreciation of what this ancient land means to the people who live there. 

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Travel

History

Science & Tech

Les feux de forêt s’enflamment sur le long de l’autoroute de Yellowknife, au sud de Behchokò (T.N.-O.), en 2014. Les chercheurs étudient l’influence des feux à long terme sur les lacs et les cours d’eau.

Science & Tech

Investigating the landscape legacies of northern wildfires

Ongoing studies of fire-scarred landscapes in the Northwest Territories are revealing the surprising resilience of northern streams and lakes

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One of Diavik Diamond Mine’s four new 2.3-megawatt wind turbines

Science & Tech

An energy gem

Wind power is fueling the push to green diamond mines in the Northwest Territories

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The Canaport liquefied natural gas terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick

Science & Tech

From the archives: Putting the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in context

How the recently approved terminal fits into Canada's energy story

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Bathurst caribou, N.W.T., conservation, habitat, range plan

Science & Tech

The plan to save the N.W.T.’s dwindling Bathurst caribou herd

After years of planning, an innovative strategy to help a disappearing caribou population recover is nearly ready to roll out

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Site archéologique des plaques glaciaires KfTe-1 dans les montagnes Selwyn de la région  centre-ouest des Territoires du Nord-Ouest. (Photo : T. Andrews/PWNHC)

Science & Tech

Archaeologists find rich historical record in melting Arctic ice

As climate change accelerates Arctic melt, the ice is offering up its secrets

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Wildlife

A 1957 discovery in Wood Buffalo National Park helped save the purity of the wood bison species

Wildlife

Resurgence of the wood bison

The wood bison population is recovering, thanks in part to a 1957 discovery

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Laurie Sarkadi Voice in the Wild

People & Culture

Living off-grid in Canada’s North

In her memoir, Voice in the Wild, journalist Laurie Sarkadi shares stories from her nearly 30 years living off-grid in the Subarctic, with wolves, bears and caribou as her neighbours

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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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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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Dramatic cliffs in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

Places

Four things to know about Thaidene Nëné, Canada’s newest national park reserve

The park nearly 50 years in the making has officially been established in the Northwest Territories

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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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Cates Park in North Vancouver

Environment

Consultation, consent and the Trans Mountain pipeline

RCGS research grantee Erin Hanson provides context to the federal government's approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project that will traverse Tsleil-Waututh Nation territory in Vancouver

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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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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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People & Culture

John Turner awarded RCGS Gold Medal

Canada’s 17th prime minister was recognized for his distinguished parliamentary career and public service, and for his contribution to the advancement of Canadian geography

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Mackenzie River

Kids

Dechinta Rivers project to combine Indigenous land-based learning with canoeing adventure

The dean of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning discusses the school's upcoming summer-semester project taking place on three rivers in the Northwest Territories

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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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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag with the Les chemins de l’or bleu paddling expedition

People & Culture

Cross-Canada paddling expedition approaches Inuvik

Les chemins de l’or bleu expedition is close to its destination of Inuvik, and the group can't wait for junk food.

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Science & Tech

‘It’s been raining! In the High Arctic!’

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is set to open in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, later this year. How will it affect our understanding and appreciation of the North and the rapid change occurring there? 

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Wildlife

On the Rock, waiting for the roll

Writer Stephen Smith takes to Newfoundland’s shores in his quest to see the ‘capelin roll’ — the spawning spectacle of a tiny fish with a massive ecological, historical and cultural impact

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Dean Hadley, centre, was the youngest crew member aboard the RCMPV St. Roch when schooner sailed through the Northwest Passage in the early 1940s. (Photo: VMM. Leonard McCann Archives. Parks Canada St. Roch Photograph Collection. HCSR-40-18. 1942 crew in uniform.)

People & Culture

From the prairies to the North Pole to NASA: Remembering Dean Hadley

Dean Hadley was the youngest member of the crew that first navigated the Northwest Passage west to east in 1940. He passed away last Friday at the age of 98.

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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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Science & Tech

Inside your smartphone: analyzing the rare-earth elements

How so-called rare earth elements are powering our modern tech — and where to find them

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Amazon Rainforest Fire

Environment

Op-ed: The Amazon fires are back — and the consequences affect us all

Bioethicist and conservationist Kerry Bowman on the 2020 Amazonian forest fires — as bad, or worse than 2019's — and why Canadians should be very concerned

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The Queen and a man walking with Lake Louise in the background

History

The Queen and Canada: A Platinum Jubilee timeline

Noteworthy occasions in a lifetime of service between Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth country she has visited more than any other

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History

Happy Birthday! Queen Elizabeth II’s geographical connections to Canada

From noble mountains to local elementary schools, the Queen’s reign and the bonds she’s forged with Canadians are reflected across the map of Canada

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Map of 1871 electoral districts in British Columbia

History

A crucial piece: B.C. joined confederation 150 years ago today.

British Columbia joined Confederation 150 years ago. But it almost didn’t happen.

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A group from the Selkirk First Nation catches a salmon in a net.

People & Culture

Five potential solutions to food insecurity in Canada’s North

Here are a few of the ways community-led projects, government programs and other organizations are helping to feed northern populations

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Mapping

Mapping Canada’s food-borne illnesses

Information from Canada’s 2016 food safety report card shows the incidence of four illnesses

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Mapping

Our five favourite features in the new Apple Maps

iPhone and Mac users across Canada will notice drastic changes to Apple Maps following a massive update pushed to devices yesterday

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Wildlife

Ours to save: the species that can only be found in Canada

A new report from Nature Conservancy Canada and NatureServe Canada is the first of its kind to compile over 300 species that are unique to Canada.

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People & Culture

Summer camps are cancelled due to COVID-19, but getting kids out in nature still important, advocates say

The loss of their summer camp experience this year will be hard for some kids, but parents can help by encouraging outdoor play time

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Arctic lichen

Science & Tech

POLAR scientist shares insights on losing summer of Arctic research

With Canada’s North effectively closed, how are researchers changing their plans?

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Ex Coelis mountain Alberta

Mapping

Our home and grateful land

An interactive mapping project compiles the nation’s geographic memorials to Canada’s role in global conflicts

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How the Northern Scientific Training Program helped make Canada an Arctic science heavyweight

Science & Tech

The groundbreaking program that helped make Canada an Arctic science heavyweight

In the face of climate change, the government’s long-running Northern Scientific Training Program has never been more crucial

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Grizzly triplets follow their mother in search of salmon

People & Culture

10 Canadian photographers whose work we’re loving right now

These 10 members of Canadian Geographic’s online Photo Club are making waves with their unique perspectives on Canadian wildlife and landscapes

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People & Culture

Seven more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From a solo ski and mountain-climbing expedition to the South Pole to a project that mapped portions of Devon Island’s coasts for the first time, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in late 2018

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People & Culture

New book tells the story of the life of — and search for — the HMS Investigator

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Wildlife

Unravelling the genetic secrets of an ice age relic

The deepwater sculpin thrives in deep lakes and cold temperatures. Researchers are now sequencing its genome to unravel the genetic secrets of this iconic Canadian fish

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People & Culture

Young paddlers begin two-month expedition through Canadian north

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Kids

10 questions to test your geography knowledge

The Canadian Geographic Challenge is turning 20! To celebrate we’ve compiled a list of our favourite past quiz questions. Can you answer them correctly?

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