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From plastic trash to treasured art: Five artists invite us to rethink our relationship with plastic

Five new works commissioned by Canadian Geographic offer eye-catching and compelling commentary on the impact of plastic on our planet

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history

Still from the Kenojuak Ashevak Heritage Minute by Historica Canada

People & Culture

Watch the first-ever Inuktitut Heritage Minute

The latest Heritage Minute from Historica Canada profiles Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak and is the first to be produced in three different languages

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Interior view of Robertson Trading Co. in La Ronge, Saskatchewan showing a variety of items for sale, including raw furs

People & Culture

Inside the Saskatchewan grocery store that still trades furs

Robertson Trading Co. in La Ronge is a living museum to northern Saskatchewan’s storied past

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E. Pauline Johnson, postage stamp

People & Culture

The true story of Pauline Johnson: poet, provocateur and champion of Indigenous rights

The daughter of a hereditary Mohawk chief and an English immigrant, Johnson used her hard-won celebrity to challenge Indigenous stereotypes

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1916 letter from George Cantlie to daughter Celia Cantlie with pressed flowers

People & Culture

A Canadian soldier’s “war flowers” and the resilience of the human spirit

War Flowers, a new exhibition on now at the Canadian War Museum, tells the stories of Canadians in the First World War through floriography, sculpture, scent and sound

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The glass-paned front of 50 Sussex Drive reflects the last rays of sunset

People & Culture

Welcome to 50 Sussex, Canada’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration

The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is transforming the way the 90-year-old organization carries out its mandate

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Wildlife

People & Culture

Cory Trépanier painting

People & Culture

Remembering artist Cory Trépanier

The renowned Arctic landscape painter and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 5, 2021

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Articles

Lady Slipper Orchids by Ann Love, one of 48 works of botanical art on display now at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Lady slipper orchids are a native perennial wildflower found across Canada.

Environment

Exhibition celebrates the beauty and intricacy of botanical art

Art of the Plant, on now through October at the Canadian Museum of Nature, is Canada's contribution to a worldwide project showcasing botanical biodiversity

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Travel

Art North of 60°

The Great Northern Arts Festival Celebrates its 25th

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Mapping

Artist uses GPS tracking to write giant message across globe

This artist travelled the world and used his GPS tracked movements to write 'PEACE' across a Google map of the world

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Louie Kamookak Medal

People & Culture

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society awards two Kamookak Medals

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and artist Sylvain Voyer recognized for their contributions to making Canada's geography better known

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Denise Clarke of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Denise Clarke

The Calgary-based dancer, choreographer and recently-published author is ready for her next act

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Environment

Travel

Photo: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Travel

Exploring Philadelphia’s public art hotspots

The popular Canadian tourist destination is a treasure trove of free art

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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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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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Jill Heinerth as a young girl and now

Exploration

How to explore like a girl

With her new book, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, due out next month, world-renowned cave diver and inaugural RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth reflects on what set her on her path 

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First Peoples' Interactive Map

Mapping

First Peoples’ Map of B.C.: New interactive map celebrates Indigenous cultures and language

The 18-layer First Peoples’ map of BC focuses on language, art and heritage 

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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Science & Tech

Stained glass windows generate electricity at Saskatchewan cathedral

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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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Barnacles cling to a plastic bottle washed up on a beach in Haida Gwaii

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Hannah Kosick

Before joining Ocean Bridge, I was completely unaware of the extent of the problem of single-use plastic consumerism 

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We are the oceans descendents

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Dax Justin

The people and landscapes of Haida Gwaii opened my eyes to the fact that we all rely on the ocean

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a beadwork of portrait of Louis Riel in the July/August 2019 issue

People & Culture

Beading a Métis icon

Artist Krista Leddy offers a peek into her studio as she creates a portrait of Louis Riel out of thousands of glass beads

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A gray jay in Western Canada's mountain forests

Wildlife

Meet our national bird: the gray jay

After two years, nearly 50,000 votes and thousands of public and expert comments, the Canadian Geographic National Bird Project concludes. Meet our newest national emblem.

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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

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Coeur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) performs at the RCGS' Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada gala in Toronto

People & Culture

Singer-songwriter Cœur de pirate honoured with RCGS medal

Quebec’s Béatrice Martin — better known by her stage name, Cœur de pirate — was recognized for her contributions to the Society and Canada's cultural landscape

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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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The Stratford Shakespeare Festival employs about 1,000 people, including more than 100 actors

People & Culture

Stratford’s Shakespeare Festival

Festival turns 60; Shakespeare never gets old

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People & Culture

An interview with GPS artist Stephen Lund

Victoria's Internet celebrity discusses what inspired him to start creating art with his GPS tracker and shares some of his favourite creations

A maquette of a proposed design for a Stanley Cup monument in Ottawa

People & Culture

Design finalists unveiled for Stanley Cup monument in Ottawa

Canadians encouraged to submit feedback on the design they'd like to see installed in the nation's capital in 2017, the 125th anniversary of the first Stanley Cup

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Photo: Scott Conarroe

People & Culture

Photo exhibit examines Canadian transportation geography

Transportation has a huge impact on daily life, and yet most people overlook its influence. This photo exhibit examines that relationship.

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Artcirq, a circus troupe from Igloolik, Nunavut, will perform in Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene festival

People & Culture

Making a Northern Scene

Experience northern art in the south

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The Crystal Man

People & Culture

A timeline of Cirque du Soleil

From small troupe in Quebec to worldwide sensation

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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

Tom Thomson — Painter of the True North

An excerpt from the August 1946 issue of the Canadian Geographical Journal, in which the renowned art historical Donald Buchanan wrote on how Tom Thompson was inspired by the landscapes of Canada

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Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture

People & Culture

Sedna sculpture unveiled on Parliament Hill

An interview with Inuit artist Bart Hanna, whose sculpture of the Inuit sea goddess has been unveiled on Parliament Hill as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory

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People & Culture

2013 Gold Medal winner: Robert Bateman

For an achievement by one or more individuals in the field of geography, or a significant national or international event

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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grey jay sculpture Market Square Saint John by Phil Savage

People & Culture

Grey jay sculpture installed in Saint John, N.B. marketplace

Sculpture of nine grey jays commemorates Canada 150 and New Brunswick's natural heritage

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People & Culture

Journey to Pangnirtung

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Illustration: Nicholas Burns

People & Culture

New comic book features Inuit illustrations, stories

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Governor General David Johnston awards Arctic Inspiration Prize to one of the 2015 laureates, Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth

People & Culture

Arctic Inspiration Prize awards $1.5 million to improve Northern communities

Three programs dedicated to advancing the quality of life in Canada’s northern communities received a much-needed funding boost on January 27 through the annual Arctic Inspiration Prize.

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People & Culture

New exhibit features women from First and Second World Wars

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People & Culture

Arctic images make visitors consider the portrayal of Canada’s North

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People & Culture

State of the marijuana nation

One year post-legalization, a look at Canada’s changing relationship with pot

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Alex Trebek gives his remarks on stage at the official opening event of 50 Sussex

People & Culture

RCGS announces the new Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy

The Society honoured the Jeopardy! host's tireless support of geographic education in Canada by renaming one of its most prestigious awards

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Kids

Meet the 2017 Can Geo Challenge National Finalists

Twenty students from across Canada will also get to meet Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who will be hosting the final competition

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Mapping

Chronicling “an almost unknown country”

The legacy of artist Paul Kane‘s epic 19th-century journey across Canada

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey landscape

Mapping

Inside the intricate world of video game cartography

Maps have long played a critical role in video games, whether as the main user interface, a reference guide, or both. As games become more sophisticated, so too does the cartography that underpins them. 

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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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History

New art exhibitions explore the First World War’s historical significance

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History

Célébrant les 100 ans du Groupe des Sept

La première exposition des artistes avait lieu le 7 mai 1920

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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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Environment

How sea level rise could change the world

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Hamilton Princess Hotel in Bermuda

Travel

Luxury with a Canadian twist at Bermuda’s Hamilton Princess

The Pink Palace, as it's locally known, offers stylish relaxation, a surprisingly impressive modern art collection, and a few connections to Canada

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