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Wildlife

Oh Canada jay! The story behind an icon-in-the-making

Largely unheralded until Canadian Geographic’s National Bird Project was held, the renamed Canada jay — formerly grey jay — has become in many minds the country’s national bird

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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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Wildlife

VIDEO: Famous Canada lynx spotted again

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Wildlife

As Banff’s famed wildlife overpasses turn 20, the world looks to Canada for conservation inspiration

The innovative structures are heralded for having opened migration corridors and saved countless animals from vehicle collisions

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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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The RCGS announces Nikon Canada as its Official Photography Partner

Two iconic brands known for exceptional photography join forces to inspire the next generation of photographers

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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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10 facts about Elections Canada on its 100th anniversary

Ballots boxes used to be made of metal and voter registrations lists used to be tacked to telephone poles — here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the federal election in Canada. 

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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

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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David Bird talks Pocket Birds of Canada handbook

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Wildlife

National Bird Project essays

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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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Nettilling Lake, Baffin Island, Nunavut

Environment

Eight facts about water in Canada

How much do you know about Canada’s water — where it comes from and how it’s used?

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The glass-paned front of 50 Sussex Drive reflects the last rays of sunset

People & Culture

Welcome to 50 Sussex, Canada’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration

The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is transforming the way the 90-year-old organization carries out its mandate

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History

The untold story of the Hudson’s Bay Company

A look back at the early years of the 350-year-old institution that once claimed a vast portion of the globe

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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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teachers caring for students sick with the Spanish Flu

History

The outbreak and its aftermath

The little-known story of the 1918 Spanish Flu and how we're preparing for the next great pandemic

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History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society proud to announce partnership in Franklin search

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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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A full moon shines above boats decked out with holiday lights in Port de Grave, Nfld.

History

15 things that have happened in Canada since the last ‘Christmas Moon’

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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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Ryan Harris, a marine archeologist with Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service

History

After a brief resupply break the Parks Canada search team resumes the hunt

The Martin Bergmann heads to a new area of Queen Maud Gulf looking for Franklin’s ships

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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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Team photo from the 2012 search for the lost Franklin ships.

History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society CEO John Geiger gives a sneak peek of this year’s Franklin search

Why this summer’s search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition will be the biggest and most advanced ever

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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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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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Mapping

Mapping COVID-19 cases in Canada per capita

Canadian Geographic cartographer Chris Brackley continues his exploration of charting the coronavirus pandemic 

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This stunning view from King Creek Ridge, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, tells a story of how fire has changed the mountain landscape. Photo: Mountain Legacy Project.

Environment

Climate change is transforming Canada’s mountains

A new report by Alpine Club of Canada scientists and other experts highlights worrying trends in Canada’s mountain ecosystems

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Kathleen Graham crawls beneath a curtain of stalactites inside Raspberry Rising cave

Exploration

Return to Raspberry Rising

Seven years after it was first explored, the B.C. cave known as Raspberry Rising is still giving up its secrets, from breathtaking mineral deposits to promising antibacterial microbes

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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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Gordon Hempton records audio in Grasslands National Park

Science & Tech

The sounds of silence 

A sound artist listens for quiet in Grasslands National Park

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People & Culture

Happy Canada Day from Canadian Geographic!

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Minister Catherine McKenna hosting Canada’s first town hall on climate change

Environment

Catherine McKenna talks climate change

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change discusses Canada's energy mix, wildlife conservation and personal carbon emissions

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Travel

Corona Canada’s epic “Officer of Natural Wonder” road trip champions the nation’s natural beauty

Brewed with water and natural ingredients, Corona wants to encourage Canadians to responsibly experience the country’s natural wonders

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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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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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Environment

Canadian Parks Summit makes history

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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

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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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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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

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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People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Awards 2020

Award recipients honoured in the first virtual Annual General Meeting and Fellows Show.

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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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