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Exploration

Sunniva Sorby’s Arctic isolation

Episode 40

Sunniva Sorby spent two winters living in total isolation on the Norwegian Arctic island of Svalbard to raise awareness of the massive impact climate change is having on our polar regions

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Science & Tech

Science & Tech

Finding a whale in a watery haystack

Satellite detection of whales is improving rapidly, but finding the behemoth creatures is still surprisingly tricky

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The main building of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Iqaluktuttiaq

Science & Tech

Building connections in the Canadian High Arctic

The new Canadian High Arctic Research Station is helping to create a positive working relationship between northern scientists and the local community

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A person in a space suit and helmet stands in front of a rocky, dry landscape on Devon Island

Science & Tech

Now you can virtually explore “Mars on Earth” in Google Street View

A new Google project zeroes in on Canada’s Devon Island, the most Mars-like environment on Earth

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Snow geese in flight

Science & Tech

Explosion démographique de l’oie des neiges

Des experts inuits et des scientifiques d’Environnement Canada collaborent pour gérer une explosion démographique de l’oie des neiges

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Science & Tech

Canada’s Arctic weather outposts

How the Joint Arctic Weather Stations program did more than just fill in a blank on the nation’s weather map

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Exploration

Wildlife

Wildlife

Up close with the penguins of the Arctic

What Wildlife Conservation Society Canada scientists discovered after examining a colony of thick-billed murres in Cape Parry, N.W.T.

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History

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Ada Blackjack and the Canadian invasion of Russia

A century ago, a strange drama played out on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic. The hero of this tale? A 23-year-old Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack

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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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Amundsen Gjoa 1903 Northwest Passage Inuit

Exploration

Lessons from the Northwest Passage: Roald Amundsen’s experiences in the Canadian Arctic

A foremost Amundsen expert shares some highlights from famed Norwegian explorer’s 1903-06 expedition to the North Pole 

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Members of the Enduring Ice Project jump from ice floe to ice floe in Nares Strait during their expedition in the summer of 2017.

Exploration

Photos: Tracking Arctic sea ice in Nares Strait

An account of Enduring Ice, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2017 Expedition of the Year 

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Exploration

Jill Heinerth dives into the Arctic

"Arctic on the Edge" expedition will see the RCGS' Explorer-in-Residence document the life cycle of Arctic ice and gather Inuit testimony on climate change

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People & Culture

RCGS Fellow Wayne Pollard wins prestigious award

Research scientist Wayne Pollard shares insights on his work that earned him the 2019 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

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climate change

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Environment

It’s time to listen to the Inuit on climate change

Because temperatures in the Arctic are rising faster than anywhere else in the world, we must look to the experiences of Inuit as a harbinger of what is to come — and seek their guidance on how to live sustainably

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A glacier landscape on northern Ellesmere Island

Environment

Glaciers in the Canadian High Arctic are melting at an unprecedented rate

A study of more than 1,700 glaciers on northern Ellesmere Island found six per cent of ice coverage disappeared between 1999 and 2015

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A polar bear on Mitivik Island

Wildlife

A bear in the henhouse

How the drama of climate change is playing out on a small island in Hudson Bay

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Sea ice on Frobisher bay

Environment

How I wrote a symphony about the changing Canadian Arctic

I set out to create a historical documentation of the Arctic in musical form. In the process, I found myself developing a spiritual connection with the environment. 

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Paul Gleeson aboard the Arctic Joule

Exploration

Rowing the Northwest Passage and bearing witness to climate change

In his new book, Rowing the Northwest Passage, Canadian adventurer Kevin Vallely recounts his 2013 attempt to transit the famous Arctic route  

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Inuit

Travel

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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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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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Environment

Arctic storms: How scientists are improving forecasts of dangerous polar lows

Polar lows are particularly challenging to forecast due to their small size and short lifetime

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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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Environment

Canadian Museum of Nature recruits citizen scientists to record data on Arctic plants

Expedition Arctic Botany will allow curious members of the public to explore the plants of the Arctic region without leaving home, while contributing to our understanding of Arctic ecosystems

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History

Celebrating 30 years of Franklin fascination

The re-release of Owen Beattie and John Geiger's Frozen in Time introduces a new generation to a captivating — and still unsolved — mystery 

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Places

Photos: A voyage through the Northwest Passage

Photographer-In-Residence Michelle Valberg shares images of the Arctic from her time aboard the Canada C3 Expedition 

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Places

Strong Ties: Canada-Norway connection celebrated at 50 Sussex

The Embassy of Norway has gifted Canada with the first English translation of Roald Amundsen’s Northwest Passage diaries, reaffirming a shared polar past and future 

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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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Col. Chris Hadfield in the bridge of the Soviet-era icebreaker, Capitan Khlebnikov. Canadian High Arctic.

Travel

Photos: Across the Arctic with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield

Paul Colangelo shares images from his time exploring the North with the first Canadian to walk in space

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Environment

Q&A: What does it mean to be an Arctic nation?

Arctic expert and legal scholar Michael Byers weighs in on how Canada can take the lead on northern issues

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Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at Ottawa's Canadian Museum of Nature

People & Culture

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery opens at Canadian Museum of Nature

Ottawa's Canadian Museum of Nature unveils its newest gallery, devoted to Canada's Far North

Icebergs in Pond Inlet, near Bylot Island

Travel

Gear review: Photographing Baffin Island with a Nikon D4S

See photos that will inspire you to put Baffin Island on your list of summer getaways, and read a review of the camera equipment (provided by Vistek and Nikon Canada) used to capture them

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Zodiac, Baffin Island, Nova Zembla, ship wreck, discovery

Exploration

RCGS flag expedition discovers wreck of Scottish whaling ship off Baffin Island

The wreck of the Nova Zembla — the first High Arctic whaling ship to be discovered — sheds light on a little-understood chapter of Canada’s past

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Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski's new book on Louise Arner Boyd,

Exploration

The society dame who became a polar explorer

After inheriting her family’s staggering fortune, Louise Arner Boyd organized, financed and directed seven expeditions to the Arctic — yet her contributions to polar science remain virtually unknown

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Dead Reckoning by Ken McGoogan cover woodcut Ebierbing

Exploration

New book introduces the unsung heroes of Arctic exploration

Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the “more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration” that the 21st century demands 

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Paul Nicklen’s latest book, Born To Ice, is a collection of the photographer’s best images from his two-decade career documenting polar scenery and megafauna, including emperor penguins in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Wildlife

Following the footprints of polar wildlife with photographer Paul Nicklen

Nicklen marries art, science and conservation in new book Born To Ice

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A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut

Wildlife

Caught on camera: Elusive Greenland sharks

Using cameras baited with squid, researchers were able to gather information about these ancient Arctic fish without taking any out of the water 

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Ed O’Loughlin author photo Minds of Winter

People & Culture

Ed O’Loughlin’s winter mind

The Canadian-born author and newly-minted Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on his Giller Prize-nominated third novel and the allure of maps

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Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin in Episode 3 of AMC's The Terror

History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 3

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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