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teachers caring for students sick with the Spanish Flu

History

La grande faucheuse

L’histoire méconnue de la grippe espagnole de 1918 et notre état de préparation à la prochaine grande pandémie

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People & Culture

Wildlife

Canada jay on a branch

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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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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Banff wildlife overpass, anniversary, national park, bear, wolf, elk, cougar

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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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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Exploration

History

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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dignitaries unveil new wayfinding signage for the great trail at 50 Sussex

Places

Historic Ottawa addresses on Sussex Drive now accessible via The Great Trail

Some 22,000 kilometres of cross-Canada trail is now complete, with more to come by end of 2017 

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Places

Canada, Denmark end 50-year “Whiskey War” over Hans Island

Historic accord creates a new land border between Canada and Denmark on the tiny Arctic island and the world’s longest maritime boundary

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rcgs awards ceremony

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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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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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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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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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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english Bay, Vancouver

Science & Tech

How Canada is preparing for the next big earthquake

The last megathrust earthquake to strike Canada was in 1700, and the clock is ticking. How we’re preparing for the impact.

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Environment

Four things to know about Arctic policy and sustainable ocean management in Canada and Norway

The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society teamed up for two days of talks on the future of the Arctic and the “blue economy” in Norway and Canada

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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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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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Inuit on ATVs on the Itijjagiaq Trail on Baffin Island

Places

Video: Exploring Baffin Island’s Itijjagiaq Trail

360-degree views of the Itijjagiaq Trail, a traditional route across southern Baffin Island that is now part of The Great Trail's national trail network

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History

50 ans de multiculturalisme au Canada : être musulman au Canada

Omar Mouallem, auteur de Praying to the West : How Muslims Shaped the Americas (Prière vers l’Occident : comment les musulmans ont façonné les Amériques), examine pourquoi une foi inébranlable dans le projet de multiculturalisme canadien – commune à la génération d'immigrants musulmans arrivés dans les années 1970 – n'est pas toujours partagée par ceux qui ont migré au cours des 20 dernières années, et est rarement ressentie par leurs enfants

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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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CAE ships anchored at Bernard Harbour, Nunavut, in 1914

Exploration

Canada’s unsung expedition

A century after the start of the thrilling expedition that strengthened claims to Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, the first Canadian Arctic Expedition remains a largely unknown part of the country’s history

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Mapping

What does it take to map a cross-Canada trail?

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Wildlife

National Bird Project essays

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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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Wildlife

David Bird talks Pocket Birds of Canada handbook

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Experts at the national bird debate

People & Culture

National Bird Debate kicks off Canada-wide conversation

Experts weighed in on Canada's national bird in debate at the Canadian Museum of Nature

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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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Student uses an atlatl to launch a dart

Kids

A day of campfire songs and nature trails on Canada’s Coolest School Trip

Highlights from Day 3 of Canada's Coolest School Trip

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banff national park

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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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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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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Mapping

Natural Resources Canada releases new Atlas of Canada

Natural Resources Canada releases new Atlas of Canada

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The Flag Committee, Canada, Flag, maple leaf, 1965

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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the 8 stamps that make up the Bears series from Canada Post

People & Culture

Canadian Geographic and Canada Post launch Bears, a new stamp series

The set features photography of Canada’s bear species by Robert Postma and Can Geo Photographer-In-Residence Michelle Valberg

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Watermelon snow on Mount Garibaldi

Environment

22 facts and figures from the Alpine Club of Canada’s 2019 State of the Mountains Report

The Alpine Club of Canada covers everything from wildfires to watermelon snow in its recently published annual report on Canada's alpine environments

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Mapping

Nine artworks that reveal the history and perils of exploring Canada’s North

Notable works capture the danger and drama of Arctic exploration

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Exploration

RCGS-funded expeditions take on peaks, rivers and trails across Canada

Few RCGS-funded expeditions took place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but many explorers found a way to  safely head afield in 2021

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Science & Tech

10 surprising facts about Canadian transportation

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A woman stands alone looking out over an empty prairie under a cloudy blue sky

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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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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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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People & Culture

What does an expedition do on hold?

'Come Walk With Us' was funded by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Expedition Program, but is waiting for COVID-19 restrictions to lift before they get started. Here's what they do while they wait. 

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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

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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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

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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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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infographic of findings from BioBlitz Canada 150

Environment

10 interesting discoveries from BioBlitz Canada 150

35 events, 16,600 hours and 7,510 recorded species: the results are in from a series of bioblitz events held to commemorate Canada 150

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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

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

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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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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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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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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