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“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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Exploration

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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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Astronaut Steve MacLean photo

Exploration

The spouse’s point of view

Astronaut Steve MacLean’s wife reveals her live with a Canadian astronaut over the last 30 years

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Robert Thirsk

Exploration

The Canadian astronaut’s wife

Brenda Biasutti reflects on what it's like being married to astronaut Robert Thirsk

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Map of Churchill Harbour by Jens Munk, 1624

Exploration

Jens Munk: An expedition ahead of its time

Two hundred years before Franklin and 300 years before Amundsen, a daring Dane came closer to finding the Northwest Passage than anyone had before

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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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Environment

Montréal is taking great strides to reinforce its image as the “most bike-friendly” city in North America

Environment

Clean commute

Canada's largest cities are paving the way for more eco-conscious commuting choices

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Articles

People & Culture

Dave Greene and dog Osa snowshoeing

People & Culture

Route Blanche expedition encounters cold weather, warm reception in Quebec

An update from the Route Blanche 2016 snowshoeing expedition

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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Seitcher Bay and Chitapii Mountain

People & Culture

The International Indigenous Music Summit has gone digital

We caught up with Indigenous filmmaker Sarain Fox to talk Giiwewizh — a series of 16 short films directed and shot in isolation on iPhone 12

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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

The changing face of Canada’s first suburbs

The once-ideal big leafy yard faces off against housing density as Canada’s first suburbs evolve

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Ocean Bridge Diaries: Jasveen Brar

I’ve read statistics about the amount of plastic in our oceans, but to face the “elephant in the water” is a feeling I cannot name

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Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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Wildlife

Embracing winter through birding

RCGS Fellow Myrna Pearman offers her tips for a successful winter birding season

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Wildlife

Death of a whale

When one of the few remaining females of reproductive age in the southern resident population of North Pacific killer whales was found dead near Comox B.C. in 2014, an investigation was launched. The results highlight the challenges of protecting our most iconic marine mammals.

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Wildlife

Cameras record wasps’ mating habits

Special cinematographic cameras reveal the complexities of wasps’ mating strategies

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Black-tailed prairie dogs

Wildlife

Biologists say black-tailed prairie dogs aren’t cheering, but they have something to teach us

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Wildlife

Best National Bird Project essays

Do you want one of these four birds to become Canada’s national bird?

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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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Wildlife

Top live wildlife webcams

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Black-tailed prairie dogs

Wildlife

Black-tailed prairie dogs doing the wave

Biologists say these prairie dogs aren’t cheering, but they have something to teach us

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Wildlife

Think like a bear: learning to coexist

Human and bears sharing more landscapes now than ever before. As we continue to invade their world, will we be able to coexist?

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Adult king penguin amongst the chicks

Wildlife

Photo slideshow: life and death in the Southern Ocean

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Jean-Michel Cousteau scuba diving near sharks on a shipwreck

Environment

Q&A: Oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau on his new underwater documentary

Jean-Michel Cousteau releases his new feature documentary about aquatic life, Wonders of the Sea 3D, in February

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Ivvavik National Park landscape

Places

Six sites awaiting UNESCO World Heritage status

Parks Canada wants the public to nominate Canadian places worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status. Here are the six sites still on the waiting list.

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Places

Guardians of the grasslands

How conservationists and ranchers in Saskatchewan are working to slow the loss of an endangered ecosystem

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People & Culture

10 amazing aurora photos from Can Geo’s Instagram community

A roundup of the best photos of the northern lights submitted to our hashtag this week

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Jocelyn Joe-Strack, a geographer and scientist from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Environment

Interview: Lessons from Indigenous Peoples on climate change

Jocelyn Joe-Strack, a scientist and geographer from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, is embarking on a tour of Canadian embassies in Europe to share Indigenous perspectives on climate change

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Exploration

Man on the moon: celebrating Buzz Aldrin

Legendary Canadian underwater explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis reflects on his friendship with astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing

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Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellows 2019

People & Culture

Inside the RCGS’ star-studded 90th anniversary celebration

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2019 College of Fellows Annual Dinner was also a celebration of the organization’s achievements over the past nine decades — and of the best in geography and exploration

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Mapping

How the Great Trail interactive map is linking communities and changing exploration

As Canada's most famous trail celebrates its near completion, Esri Canada president Alex Miller discusses the ambitious trail map that is helping Canadians get outdoors

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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

Mapping Ontario’s bridges

Ontario has its fair share of waterways, and therefore has its fair share of bridges. This is how the provincial government keeps track of them all.

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Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

People & Culture

The Inuit future

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, on the idea of a Inuit-Crown relationship, Canada’s Inuit homelands and the role of Inuit in the world

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Environment

Crucial Atlantic salmon habitat in New Brunswick now protected

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Three hikers stand with arms around each other looking at a waterfall

Environment

We need the wild — and it needs us

The author, conservationist and nature-deficit expert Richard Louv on the importance of connecting with the natural world

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Environment

10 surprising facts about Canadian geography

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Gidin Jaad Erica Jean Ryan, right, runs through lines with an actor in Sgaawaay K’uuna, The Edge of the Knife, a Haida-language film that premieres next week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

People & Culture

Indigenous language learners on the rise in B.C.

“The more I learn, the more I realize that it’s my responsibility to teach”

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Filsan Abdiaman, a black woman, runs through a rockey valley of pink wildflowers.

People & Culture

Running into yourself with Filsan Abdiaman

Part of our Colour the Trails series.

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Women in Nunavut running across a snow-covered field towards the camera

History

Throwback Thursday: Nunavut up and running

On April 1, 1999, Canada’s youngest population took control of its largest territory. Here’s how Canadian Geographic covered the story. 

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People & Culture

Free ‘bike library’ aims to make cycling more accessible

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People & Culture

Roberta Bondar on career challenges and advice to young women

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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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Travel

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Home of the resurgent trumpeter swan, this centre offers Ontarians hands-on experience in the value of wetlands

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Travel

Frost & Fire

Heating up for Wakefield’s chilly triathlon and run

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Photo courtesy Greener Adventures

People & Culture

Returning home from the Route Blanche

The only visible trace of our expedition is four sleeping bags and a canvas tent hung out on the line for a much-deserved airing in the warm spring sun

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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Gryfalcon

Travel

Dwindling gyrfalcon populations

Gyrfalcons in the Yukon could face a difficult future

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Travel

5 Canadian Ecolodges

Helping the environment while vacationing

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A closeup of the Snuxyaltwa pole at the ancient village of Talyu, in B.C.'s Bella Coola Valley

People & Culture

The resurgence of the Nuxalk

In British Columbia’s Bella Coola Valley, the next generation of Nuxalk culture-keepers and Guardian Watchmen is establishing a new paradigm for Indigenous rights

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People & Culture

Your photos: Peaceful pics we’re loving right now

Photos that bring us peace from our Can Geo Photo Club members

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People & Culture

Q&A with photographer Harry Bohm

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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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Travel

Crossing Canada by rail 

The Canadian, the legendary train running between Toronto and Vancouver, is renowned for its dramatic vistas. It’s also known for bringing strangers together. A selection of stories and tributes to the journey shared by members of Canadian Geographic’s social network

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Food from the Louisbourg gardens helped feed the soldiers, fishermen, merchants, artisans and servants who lived there

Travel

Louisbourg celebrates 300 

300 years ago, it was the bastion of French commerce and culture in North America. Celebrating the anniversary of the Fortress of Louisbourg in words and pictures.

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Ray Zahab recently ran more than 2,000 kilometres across Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.

People & Culture

The change makers: Ray Zahab

The elite distance runner goes to great lengths to inspire change and education through exploration

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Travel

A hitchhiker’s guidance: Do you know where your towel is?

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People & Culture

New Land Expedition: Over timeless lands

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