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Environment

Can Geo’s favourite books about rivers

For World Rivers Day, we've compiled a list of must-read books about rivers

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Fish swim in the light of a scuba diver

Environment

Moonless Oasis: new documentary illuminates the world of B.C.’s glass sponges

A conversation with filmmakers on how they captured this unique ecosystem, on screen.

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Environment

The power we have to renew a world in peril

In an exclusive excperpt from his new book Commanding Hope, Thomas Homer-Dixon highlights four key stresses that inhibit society's collective sense of a promising future for our planet

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leather sea stars

Environment

“We did this:” Is there a way out of our intertwined climate and biodiversity crises?

As the impacts of global warming become increasingly evident, the connections to biodiversity loss are hard to ignore. Can this fall’s two key international climate conferences point us to a nature-positive future?

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Freshwater map of Canada by Chris Brackley of Canadian Geographic

Environment

Map: Visualizing Canada’s fresh water

Canada is home to one-fifth of the world's fresh water. Here's what that looks like

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One of 11 monolithic churches in Ethiopia chiseled entirely out of rock

Travel

Ten curious facts about world heritage beyond Canada’s borders

Trivia nut Heather Yundt uncovers some of the lesser known, yet compelling curiosities of UNESCO's past and present global icons

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People & Culture

Excerpt from Taking a Break from Saving the World

Taking a Break from Saving the World chronicles an activist's journey from burnout to balance

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People & Culture

More than just a game: Iroquois Nationals fight for inclusion in the 2022 World Games

Despite being the originators of lacrosse, the Haudenosaunee people are facing hurdles to have their sovereignty recognized on the international sports stage

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Science & Tech

Excerpt: The Day the World Stops Shopping

From economy to ecology, J.B. MacKinnon's creative work of non-fiction explores what the world would look like if we could just stop shopping  

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Exploration

A bridge of ice

Ken Hedges of the 1968-69 British Trans Arctic Expedition reflects on the perilous and ground-breaking journey

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People & Culture

World Press Photo 14 exhibition opens today at the Canadian War Museum

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Exploration

Surviving the Race to Alaska

This motor-free ocean race — with vessels ranging from paddleboards to pedal-assist sailboats — is less about how fast you can go and more about whether you get there at all

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‘It’s been raining! In the High Arctic!’

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is set to open in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, later this year. How will it affect our understanding and appreciation of the North and the rapid change occurring there? 

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Environment

What can other cities learn about water shortages from ‘Day Zero?’

Cape Town narrowly avoided ‘Day Zero,’ but that doesn’t mean the city is resilient to future water shortages 

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Travel

How to survive Canada Day in Ottawa

The country's biggest party will be bigger than ever this year. Here's an insider's guide to navigating the fun and chaos

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People & Culture

Reflecting on Canada Day

Reimagine Canada Day will give Ottawa residents the chance to reflect, learn — and reimagine — following the discovery in the past month of hundreds of children's bodies on the former sites of residential schools

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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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Passengers on the Niagara Hornblower snap pictures of the Niagara Falls

Travel

Niagara region lays claim to title of 8th wonder of the world

Tourism campaign to declare Niagara Falls and the surrounding region the 8th wonder of the world sparks outpouring of pride

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People & Culture

Catherine McKenna on diversity in politics, internet trolls, and cold-water swimming

Episode 28

A century after the first woman was elected to the Canadian Parliament, one of the most prominent figures in present-day politics shares her thoughts on how to amplify diverse voices in the Commons

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People & Culture

How Marie Wilson will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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For the former Commissioner of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 is akin to Remembrance Day

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The spiny dogfish made history when it was certified as the world’s first sustainable shark fishery in 2011

Wildlife

The great green shark hunt 

Can British Columbia’s spiny dogfish make the grade as the world’s first “sustainable” shark fishery?

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Charlotte Gray on Tatshenshini River

Travel

Charlotte Gray on rafting the wild Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers

The acclaimed author discovers breathtaking scenery with a side of eggs benedict in Canada's North

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Scarlet ibises fly above flooded lowlands, near Bom Amigo, Amapá, Brazilian Amazon.

People & Culture

12 incredible images from the 2018 World Press Photo Contest

Tour of winning images to make four Canadian stops, starting July 20 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa

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Mapping

This map provides a new way to learn about the First World War

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Students from Margaret Leland's Grade 5 class at Connect Charter School in Calgary, Alta. had the opportunity to test out WorldView with Lynn Moorman (right) last month

Mapping

New geo-spatial software connects with kids

New software allows anyone to easily create maps with open source GIS data

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Hands all meeting in centre from all around the world. Skin painted green and blue, pieces of earth.

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10 amazing world maps created by children

Kids from around the world submit hand-drawn maps for International Cartographic Association contest

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The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at UBC

Environment

Canada’s greenest prof

Vancouver might just be home to the greenest building in the world. Meet the geography professor who brought it to life.

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Water infographic

Environment

Infographic: Canadian water facts for World Oceans Day

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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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Grizzly bear feeding on salmon in Chilko River

Environment

Emergency recovery plan could help restore freshwater biodiversity around the world

New scientific paper lays out six actions to help freshwater ecosystems recover from decades of pollution and species loss

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Environment

Pimachiowin Aki faces challenges in World Heritage Site bid

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Environment

The sixth extinction

The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?

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Environment

Expedition report: The great B.C. coastal cleanup of 2020

RCGS Fellow Jacqueline Windh jumped at the opportunity to participate in a six-week cleanup along the coast of B.C. 

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Environment

I am Mutehekau Shipu: A river’s journey to personhood in eastern Quebec

In February 2021, the world was introduced to Mutehekau Shipu — also known as the Magpie River — when the people of Ekuanitshit, Que. and the regional municipality made a joint declaration granting the river legal personhood and rights. The declaration carries broad implications for the fight to protect nature across Canada and around the world.

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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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Environment

New film shows three-decade old cod collapse even more relevant today

The animated short film called Last Fish, First Boat recounts the 1992 cod moratorium

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A humpback whale and her newborn calf swim near Roca Partida

People & Culture

10 incredible images from the 2016 World Press Photo Contest

Annual contest winners reflect a turbulent year in international affairs and the natural world 

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People & Culture

The world’s population is probably going to decline. Here’s what that means for Canada

The authors of a provocative new book, Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline, explain why statisticians have it wrong when it comes to population trends 

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Travel

A hundred years of rodeo

Capturing the spirit of the Calgary Stampede on the eve of its centennial

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Wildlife

Video: Celebrate Earth Day 2020 with images of wildlife from around the world

Michelle Valberg, Photographer-In-Residence, compiles some of her favourite wildlife images to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

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Travel

Fundy Footpath: the east coast’s hidden gem

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The vibrant buildings of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Travel

Journey into New Scotland’s past

Heritage sites trade on the past, but in Nova Scotia they’re helping secure and inspire the future.

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Dianne Whelan on the Trans Canada Trail

Travel

Six years, 470 hours of film, 100 journals, 24,000 kilometres: Tracing the Trans Canada Trail

Filmmaker Dianne Whelan has become the first person to complete the Trans Canada Trail in its entirety. Here, she shares insights from her epic cross-country journey. 

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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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Kids

Dechinta Rivers project to combine Indigenous land-based learning with canoeing adventure

The dean of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning discusses the school's upcoming summer-semester project taking place on three rivers in the Northwest Territories

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People & Culture

New exhibit features women from First and Second World Wars

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People & Culture

Kahkiihtwaam ee-pee-kiiweehtataahk: Bringing it back home again

The story of how a critically endangered Indigenous language can be saved

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Kids

Meet the 2015 Canadian Geographic Challenge participants

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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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Rocks at Mistaken Point, Nfld. containing some of the oldest fossils in the world

People & Culture

Newfoundland’s Mistaken Point named UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mistaken Point, an important fossil repository, has become Canada's newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the fourth in Newfoundland and Labrador

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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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World traveller Michael Palin shares snaps with locals at the Demini airstrip while working on his latest project, Brazil.

People & Culture

Travels with Michael Palin

An exclusive Q&A with British explorer, comedian and actor Michael Palin

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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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Places

Help choose Canada’s next world heritage site

Parks Canada is accepting applications for world heritage sites and seeking candidates for an advisory committee tasked with reviewing nominations

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People & Culture

Q&A: World-renowned maze designer

World-renowned maze master Adrian Fisher has designed more than 600 full-size puzzles across 30 countries – including the world’s first corn maze. Canadian Geographic’s Sabrina Doyle got in touch with Fisher to find out makes a good maze.

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History

Throwback Thursday: Old ads used trophy hunting to promote air travel

While Africa is still only a day away from Montreal, airline technology and society have certainly changed in the 58 years since October 1957.

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