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Wade Davis on the Magdalena, Colombia’s “river of dreams”

Episode 20

The author and anthropologist discusses the five years of travels he undertook along Colombia’s Magdalena River  

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indigenous

People & Culture

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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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 poetry and resilience of Colombia’s Magdalena River

An exclusive excerpt from renowned Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis’ new book Magdalena: River of Dreams, about the iconic waterway that has shaped the geography, culture and people of Colombia

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Wade Davis addresses the 2017 Royal Canadian Geographical Society College of Fellows Dinner

People & Culture

Eight big moments from the 2017 RCGS Fellows Dinner and AGM

Exploration, education, new Fellows and the launch of RCGS Resolute: here are some of the highlights from the 2017 RCGS Fellows Dinner and AGM

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People & Culture

Geography’s new groove: Celebrating 90 years of the RCGS

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has teamed up with Roots Canada to produce limited edition jackets featuring the expedition patches of notable explorers.

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Environment

Photo: @Penalosa_G/Twitter

Environment

Canadian Parks Summit makes history

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A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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People & Culture

Into the Arctic: The paintings of Cory Trépanier

Canadian painter and filmmaker Cory Trépanier explores the sublime and rapidly changing Canadian Arctic

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Canada c3 ice breaker in toronto

People & Culture

Coast-to-coast-to-coast Canadian expedition sets sail

The Canada C3 expedition aims to connect Canadians through arts, science, culture and education during a five-month journey around the country

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

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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Lancaster Sound in the Canadian High Arctic

Places

Life and death in Lancaster Sound

Blood on ice in the Arctic is not a sign of death, but an affirmation of life itself

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  • 4 minutes

Wildlife

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History

Q&A: Ken McGoogan on 50 Canadians Who Changed the World

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Punctuation’s mark: Can we save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale?

After a series of mass deaths in recent years, what can we do?

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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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People & Culture

Why Indigenous languages matter

Multilingualism is at the heart of Canada‘s identity. It’s also a matter of decency and human rights. 

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Everest by sunrise

Exploration

The pull of Everest

A century after a Canadian was instrumental in charting the world's highest peak, a fellow Canadian reflects on the magnetism of Everest

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People & Culture

RCGS awards Bernier medal to Arctic painter Cory Trépanier

Trépanier was presented with the medal at the launch of his new book Into the Arctic: Painting Canada’s Changing North

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People & Culture

Roberta Bondar on her new role as Honorary Vice-President of the RCGS

The astronaut, neurologist and landscape photographer now has another title to add to her impressive resume

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People & Culture

Wear your love of exploration with new RCGS-branded clothing

Get your RCGS-branded t-shirts, toques, socks and more in our new online Society Shop!

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The scene at the Canadian Museum of Nature on September 19 for the National Bird Debate

People & Culture

Ten things the RCGS got up to in September

Celebrating the art of cartography, a lively national bird debate and the launch of an exciting educational contest

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cowboys of the americas

People & Culture

Photos: Cowboys of the Americas

Wade Davis and Luis Fabini explore the iconic myths, nostalgic history and questionable future of the cowboy

Alex Trebek speaks at a podium

People & Culture

Alex Trebek and Canadian Geographic

Remembering Alex Trebek's legacy through stories of his work

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People & Culture

Bike to the beat

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People & Culture

Passage Through Ice: Approaching the Arctic

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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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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Panning for gold

People & Culture

Canadians going for gold (literally) in Slovakia

A Dawson City, Yukon goldpanner is among several Canadians headed to the World Goldpanning Championship in Slovakia

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Douglas Coupland vortex Vancouver Aquarium ocean plastic Haida Gwaii

People & Culture

Douglas Coupland on the dark side of plastic

The renowned Canadian artist and bestselling author discusses how his love of plastic morphed into an art exhibit about ocean pollution

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Alice helps Bruce find his footing in the dense tundra scrub as the team portages during the Together to the Tundra expedition.

People & Culture

How a sunken canoe improved an Arctic adventure

This summer the RCGS-supported expedition Together to the Tundra spent two months canoeing through some of Canada's most remote landscapes. Here, Dan Clark tells one of their stories.

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John Smol is one of the world’s leading Arctic researchers

People & Culture

The change makers: John Smol

The winner of the 2013 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research — the culmination of a career in biology that speaks for itself

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People & Culture

Bullying for bug love leads to children’s book

Sarnia, Ont., fourth grader co-writes book about girls liking insects

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Josiah Henson, log cabin, Ontario, historic site

People & Culture

A new understanding of Uncle Tom

Heather Greenwood Davis visits Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, Ont., to learn more about the contentious inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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Kids

Animal Facts: Moose

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An eelgrass meadow, a type of seagrass found in the northern hemisphere including in Boundary Bay, British Columbia shown here at low tide. (Photo: Katie Tjaden-McClement)

Environment

Protecting Canada’s hidden “meadows of the sea”

Collaborative research is uncovering the secrets of coastal seagrass beds to help keep them healthy

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Satellite image showing smoke from Amazon fires blowing over Brazil on August 20, 2019

Environment

Fires are burning in the Amazon rainforest. Here’s what you need to know

Fire activity in the Brazilian Amazon surged this week; here are some key things to know about the situation

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Environment

How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Now there's a way to visualize exactly what a record warm year globally meant in your city

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Banana tree fibre paper

Environment

Eco-friendly paper

Five eco-friendly products used around the world to create paper

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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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Chris Cran, RCGS, art, explore, explorers

Places

Chris Cran’s EXPLORE exhibit opens at 50 Sussex

A major portrait series by the acclaimed contemporary artist is now part of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s permanent collection

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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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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

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

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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hiking boots, Keen, flowers, field

Travel

Gear review: Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth tests the Keen Terradora hiker

From marching for climate awareness in Washington, D.C to stomping through North Florida swampland, Heinerth tests these hiking boots as only an explorer can

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Travel

Slip sliding away

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a chiller thriller for skiers of all stripes

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Wildlife

Citizen scientists document species in bioblitz

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Travel

Visiting the reclaimed space of Victoria’s Butchart Gardens

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Travel

Leader of the (Mud) Pack

When Mud Hero comes to town, everyone comes out to play

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Marcel Gagnon’s cement and stone sculptures lead into the St. Lawrence River in Sainte-Flavie, Quebec

Travel

Old Québec to Gaspé

Hangings, saints, battles, natural beauty and the bones of our ancestors — a journey through history from Old Québec to the Gaspé Peninsula

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During Cornucopia, local chefs, such as James Wong from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel ply adventurous eaters with top local fare

Travel

A fall festival for gourmands

Fine dining and fast-paced fun are on the menu each fall during Whistler's Cornucopia food fest

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Wildlife

Excerpt: The Bedside Book of Birds

Gorgeously illustrated and woven from centuries of human response to the delights of the feathered tribes, The Bedside Book of Birds is for everyone who is passionate about birds and all they mean to humanity

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