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Editors’ behind-the-scenes insights through Twitter and Instagram

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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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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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A purple martin silhouetted in flight against a blue sky

Wildlife

Migration in the time of climate change

New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals

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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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Franklin Expedition

2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

History

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Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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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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University at Buffalo PhD candidate Alia Lesnek at a sampling site on Suemez Island. Photo: Jason Briner

People & Culture

First North American peoples may have arrived by sea, study finds

Researchers studying the history of ice sheets around northern British Columbia found that a coastal migration route may have been a pathway to North America 

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Parks Canada archeologists stand behind burnt remains of bison skull and bones after the Kenow wildfire, Waterton Lakes National Park. (Parks Canada)

Places

Archeologists uncover new history in Waterton Lakes National Park after 2017 wildfire

Lead archeologist Bill Perry discusses the latest findings and what they reveal about the region

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

Places

Eight Canadian places that could become UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A look at the fascinating sites Parks Canada has proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation

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Gordon MacDonald on the Kinsol Trestle

People & Culture

The man who saved the Kinsol Trestle

Master carpenter Gordon Macdonald on restoring an iconic B.C. bridge, the value of heritage infrastructure, and why he's set his sights on the Antarctic

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Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, where he has been studying traditional Christian churches cut into the sandstone landscape

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Michael Gervers

The University of Toronto professor and expert on Ethiopian history is documenting the centuries-old craft of rock-hewn churches 

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Exploration

Archaeologists to resume search for Sir John Franklin’s HMS Terror

Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team is planning a reconnaissance mission of the HMS Erebus and will continue its search for HMS Terror at the end of August

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Travel

Met Con Blue, Sir!

Bring it … and leave it all on the mountain

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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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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

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

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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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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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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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Firewater Multi-Bottle lights up Thomas' tent

Travel

Gear Review: Multi-bottle and sleeping bag

Thomas Hall review the Seattle Sports Firewater Multi-Bottle and Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Spark sleeping bag

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Wildlife

How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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People & Culture

Six more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From painting a new side of the Franklin expedition to documenting shipwrecks along Ontario’s Hudson Bay Coast, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018

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Wanuskewin dance troupe

People & Culture

The importance of Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Park elder Jake Sanderson talks about the Indigenous cultural site near Saskatoon

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Mapping

Interactive map explores age of Edmonton buildings

New map allows Edmontonians to explore the ages of the buildings in their city

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Photo courtesy Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Bell Island Expedition begins school outreach

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Cover of Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus

People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship

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People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

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A Parks Canada archeologist inspects debris next to Erebus’s hull

People & Culture

The authors of Franklin’s Lost Ships discuss the book

An interview with John Geiger and Alanna Mitchell

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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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People & Culture

Search for Franklin Expedition wrecks continues

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People & Culture

Christopher Ondaatje on David Attenborough

The decorated author and explorer tells stories about the life and character of Britain's legendary broadcaster and naturalist

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Side-scan sonar used in this summer’s Franklin search

History

Ice cover cooperates in Franklin search — for now

First surveying trip a success, but tougher conditions beckon

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History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society proud to announce partnership in Franklin search

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History

Bell from HMS Erebus recovered

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History

Book Review of Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage

“There has been much myth making about Cook the man and Cook the navigator.”

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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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Excavation of the large Kuukpak sod house, nearing completion.  In the foreground, Letitia Pokiak excavates the rear  alcove. (Photo: Max Friesen)

History

Q and A with Max Friesen

The University of Toronto professor talks about the discovery of an ancient Inuit house

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