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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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Articles

Places

A crowd of tourist swarm on a lakeside beach in Banff National Park

Places

Smother Nature: The struggle to protect Banff National Park

In Banff National Park, Alberta, as in protected areas across the country, managers find it difficult to balance the desire of people to experience wilderness with an imperative to conserve it

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wildlife

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People & Culture

The symbolism of refugee ‘arrival kits’

The items given to Syrian refugees — warm clothing, DVDs, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — represent more than just practical considerations; they're the building blocks of a shared Canadian identity

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People & Culture

Q&A: Tom Hawthorn on 1967, the year we went crazy for Canada

The author of a new book, The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds and Found Their Country, discusses the lasting impact of Canada's Centennial year

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People & Culture

Happy Canada Day from Canadian Geographic!

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Environment

Life on mountains in the sea

Two marine biologists offer a glimpse of life at the bottom of the ocean during 2018, 2019 and 2020 seamount expeditions 

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History

50 years of multiculturalism: Being Muslim in Canada

Omar Mouallem, author of Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas, looks at why an unshakeable faith in Canada’s multiculturalism project — common amongst the generation of Muslim immigrants who arrived in the ’70s — is not always shared by those who have migrated in the last 20 years, and is rarely felt by their children

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Mapping

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People & Culture

Presenting the 2019 RCGS award winners

In celebration of its 90th year, the RCGS handed out awards to a diverse and star-studded roster of honourees

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L’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada, SGRC, 50 Promenade Sussex, Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Inuits, Premières Nations et Métis.

People & Culture

La SGRC, en partenariat avec les organismes des premières nations, des Inuits et des Métis, prévoit créer l’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada

Ce projet multiplateforme et ambitieux, lancé par les peuples autochtones, sera un outil d’éducation et de réconciliation.

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Gilles Gagnier, publisher of Canadian Geographic, at the RCGS Fellows Dinner

People & Culture

10 awesome things that happened at the 2016 RCGS Fellows Dinner

Celebrating new partnerships, milestone anniversaries and a bird for Canadians on geography's biggest night

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L’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada, SGRC, 50 Promenade Sussex, Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Inuits, Premières Nations et Métis.

People & Culture

RCGS partners with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations to create Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Ambitious multi-platform, Indigenous-led project will be a tool for education and reconciliation 

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Wade Davis, Alex Trebek, Justin Trudeau, John Geiger 50 Sussex official opening

People & Culture

Five awesome things that happened at the official opening of Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration

It was an evening of emotional tributes and reflection on what it means to be Canadian

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Environment

Wildlife

spirit bear asleep

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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Richmond B.C. fishing fleet at sunset

Wildlife

Dozens of Canadian fish stocks in critical condition: report

Advocacy group says action plans are urgently needed for the recovery of 26 dangerously depleted fish populations

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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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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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Wildlife

David Bird talks Pocket Birds of Canada handbook

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A male Canada warbler

Wildlife

How citizen scientists are helping to protect migratory birds

Conserving at-risk species is difficult when they’re constantly crossing international borders, but digital tools are making it easier than ever to track feathered globetrotters

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Kids

Team Canada set to compete in the virtual 2021 International Geography Olympiad

Four high school geography students prepare to represent Canada in a virtual global geography competition

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The Chaudiere Falls in Ottawa

Science & Tech

Canada’s hydroelectric potential

Canada has about 160,000 megawatts of untapped hydro power. How can we access it?

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Ry Moran at 50 Sussex Drive

People & Culture

Interview: Ry Moran on truth, reconciliation and his hopes for Canada at 200

The director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation reflects on Indigenous progress in 2017 and looks ahead to 2067

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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

Roy MacGregor on the rivers that shaped our nation

In his new book, Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada, Roy MacGregor examines the historical legacy and future of Canada's greatest rivers

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Jacob Burnley, Spencer Zhao and Kyle Richardson represented Canada at the National Geographic World Championship

Kids

Team Canada’s showdown in St. Petersburg 

The behind-the-scenes story of how Team Canada captured the silver medal in a thrilling tiebreaker at the 2013 National Geographic World Championship

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In Quetico, a canoeist approaches the fabled Falls Chain

Travel

Path of the paddle

Inspired by age-old travelways, a new canoe route knits together the Trans Canada Trail

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Wildlife

National Bird Project essays

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History

Four flags that almost became Canada’s national flag

Our beloved red-and-white maple leaf flag was raised on Feb. 15, 1965, but not before years of angry debates and a parade of competing designs were put down

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A view of the presiding table at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992

Environment

A brief history of Canada’s climate change agreements

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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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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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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

People & Culture

Interview: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands on her country’s enduring bond with Canada

The Dutch Royal reflects on her special connection to the Canadian Tulip Festival, which celebrates her mother’s gift of tulip bulbs to Canada 75 years ago

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History

L’histoire inédite de la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson

Une rétrospective des débuts de l’institution fondée il y a 350 ans, qui revendiquait autrefois une part importante du globe

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A wall of colourful sponges and anemones in the American Bank Marine Protected Area

Environment

“Treasure of the Gulf of St. Lawrence” designated a Marine Protected Area

Canada’s newest Marine Protected Area, Banc-des-Américains (American Bank), protects 1,000 square kilometres of important marine habitat off Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula

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Kim Elmslie, Campaign Director, Oceana Canada with MP Fin Donnelly

Environment

Canada bans import and export of shark fins

The ban is one of several significant and long-awaited changes to the federal Fisheries Act that passed Tuesday, including new provisions to rebuild depleted fish stocks

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Roberta Bondar with camera on Banks Island

People & Culture

Roberta Bondar made Companion of Order of Canada

The highest level within the Order of Canada recognizes national pre-eminence or achievement 

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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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Wildlife

Investing in Canada’s biodiversity: Federal government funds $2M for wildlife conservation in Kootenay region of British Columbia

The steps being made are towards Canada’s goal of 25 per cent protection of land and ocean by 2025

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History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society proud to announce partnership in Franklin search

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Tallurutiup Imanga, Lancaster Sound

Environment

Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound to be Canada’s largest protected area

The final boundary for Canada’s new national marine conservation area in Canada’s North shows an area twice the size of Nova Scotia

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Environment

Discover Canada through Roberta Bondar’s camera lens

The former astronaut also happens to be an amazing photographer, and is using her talents to raise interest in Canada's wild spaces

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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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Map of Canada's Great Trail

People & Culture

The Great Trail nears completion, connecting Canada’s three oceans

Formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, the Great Trail celebrates the country's natural splendour and will be nearly 24,000 kilometres when fully connected by the end of 2017

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Kids

Animal Facts: Canada Lynx

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History

Snapshots of a century: Women in the pages of Canadian Geographic

Photos of women spanning nine decades of Canadian Geographic Magazine

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Queen Elizabeth, Lester Pearson, the Penguin

History

Celebrating Commonwealth Day: A history of heartfelt gifts from Canada to its Queen

Some of these gifts are undeniably odd, but they have all been chosen carefully to represent or to engage the Queen in the full panorama of the Canadian story

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An amazing view of the full moon rising above a bed of clouds, as seen from the International Space Station

Science & Tech

Canada is partnering with NASA to send humans to the moon

The federal government has announced a $2 billion investment in Canada’s space program, including a role in NASA’s Lunar Gateway project

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History

The Canadarm comes home

Highlights from the illustrious career of the original Canadarm

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Wildlife

Why the loon should be Canada’s national bird

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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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Wildlife

VIDEO: Famous Canada lynx spotted again

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Travel

Canadian Tourism Week underway!

The tourism industry is calling on Canadians to pledge to travel in Canada once restrictions are lifted

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Environment

Why Canada needs an Environmental Bill of Rights

What do you get the country that has it all for its 150th birthday? 

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