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Travel

Gear review: The Red Leaf Collection by Atlantic Luggage

Show your Canadian pride when you travel abroad with a new series of hardshell suitcases from Atlantic Luggage 

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whales

Wildlife

Juvenile salmon swimming with Darwin’s first known sketch of an evolutionary tree layered on top

Wildlife

Tracking salmon viruses

DNA sequencing like that used to track COVID-19 helps scientists trace the origins of salmon pathogens in B.C.

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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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Peter Ross analyses water samples from various locations for microplastic threads

Environment

Why forensics could be key to untangling the ocean microplastics crisis

Scientist Peter Ross uses all the high-tech tools of a crime scene investigator — except his crime scene is the open ocean

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Environment

How breeding bottom feeders will help revolutionize fish farming

New Brunswick-bred sea cucumbers and urchins could soon be used to help clean up fish farms

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Bubblegum pink coral

Environment

Summer expeditions aim to unlock secrets of the deep Atlantic Ocean

First of two summer expeditions that will livestream deep-ocean exploration set off for Gulf of Maine today

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Environment

Excerpt from A Book of Ecological Virtues

The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems

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Environment

The health of the Fraser River

Follow the team of specialists diagnosing the ills of British Columbia’s Fraser River

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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

“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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Environment

Excerpt from Restigouche: The Long Run of the Wild River

A love story about a wild river

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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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Toronto city skyline misty with lake in foreground

Environment

Deforestation in the 19th century changed the chemistry of Lake Ontario

As trees were cleared for farmland beginning in the 1830s, nitrogen levels in the lake began to rise

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Fishermen hauling up cod in a net

Environment

Study of 500 years of cod catch data shows collapse could have been avoided

Canada missed a chance to rebuild northern cod stocks in the 1980s, highlighting the importance of taking a long view of fisheries management, researchers say

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A man watches a helicopter fly low above an icy ocean from his ship.

People & Culture

Safety first, service always: The Canadian Coast Guard turns 60

A celebration of the Canadian Coast Guard’s renowned search-and-rescue capabilities — and more — as the special operating agency turns 60

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North Atlantic Right whale undergoes necropsy on shores of P.E.I

Wildlife

Experts investigate recent deaths of six endangered North Atlantic right whales

The deaths are a major blow to the vulnerable population, which is estimated at around 500 individuals

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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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Bison

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Baby caribou, star-crossed salmon and bringing buffalo back

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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A pod of Atlantic orcas is seen a few meters away from a fishing boat in the North Atlantic

Wildlife

Pod of Atlantic orcas surprises Labrador fishermen

"Just another day at the office." 

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Cover image from The Raftsmen, Firefly Books 2017

Exploration

The incredible true story of Canada’s Kon-Tiki

The Raftsmen tells the remarkable (and once nearly forgotten) story of how four French expats living in Canada became the first to cross the North Atlantic by raft 

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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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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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Gokstad Viking ship replica at the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago in 1893

History

Viking ship arrives in Newfoundland after transatlantic journey

Draken Harald Hårfagre—the world’s largest modern Viking ship—has arrived in St. Anthony, Newfoundland

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History

War on the water: Charting Canada’s critical role in the passage of ships during the Second World War

Canada’s part in the Battle of the Atlantic, shown here is considered its most essential role in the war

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History

Inside the rise of hot air ballooning in Canada

Canada was slow to get on board with "the champagne sport"

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Wildlife

Kokanee salmon population bounces back in Kluane National Park

The return of over 5,000 kokanee salmon to Kluane National Park in southwest Yukon in 2015 was cause for excitement after the population was nearly declared extinct in 2009

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Mapping

Mapping the first transatlantic cable

Looking back 150 years at a watershed moment in global communication

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Wildlife

Think like a bear: learning to coexist

Human and bears sharing more landscapes now than ever before. As we continue to invade their world, will we be able to coexist?

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two pink salmon with green faces splash in a river

Wildlife

Wild salmon restoration and protection projects receive funding

The goal is to help rejuvenate and restore the habitats of salmon across B.C.

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Fishermen aboard the Marion Michelle on Osoyoos Lake set out their nets for sockeye salmon

Wildlife

The return of sockeye salmon

A project to bring more sockeye salmon back to Osoyoos Lake, B.C. is showing encouraging results

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Wildlife

Is climate change threatening B.C.’s sockeye salmon?

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right whale

Wildlife

Researchers urge summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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A whale's tail fin can be seen above the water

Wildlife

Data from space could help protect North Atlantic right whales

The smartWhales program relies on industry collaboration

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The common eider was one of the bird types collected for study. (Photo: Andreas Trepte)

Wildlife

Study shows waterfowl ingesting debris in Atlantic Canada

Waterfowl species using coastal marine and freshwater environments in Atlantic Canada are exposed to and ingesting plastic and metal debris, a study has found.

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Wildlife

North Atlantic right whales ‘one step from extinction’

IUCN moves right whales to the second-last step before extinction on endangered species list

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Wildlife

Death of a whale

When one of the few remaining females of reproductive age in the southern resident population of North Pacific killer whales was found dead near Comox B.C. in 2014, an investigation was launched. The results highlight the challenges of protecting our most iconic marine mammals.

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A grizzly with two cubs (Photo: Michelle Valberg/CanGeo Photo Club)

Wildlife

B.C. bears could face tough winter

Bears could be facing a tough winter after an early berry season and a fall salmon run that was projected to be low.

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Wildlife

Photos: The ice grizzlies of northern Yukon

From September to November, grizzly bears gather in the mountainous Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Traditional Territory to feast on salmon. As the temperature dips, their fur becomes coated in ice, creating an otherworldly look and spectacular photos.

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Wildlife

On the Rock, waiting for the roll

Writer Stephen Smith takes to Newfoundland’s shores in his quest to see the ‘capelin roll’ — the spawning spectacle of a tiny fish with a massive ecological, historical and cultural impact

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Ederney Gonzales, one of the people who discovered Red Rockette

Wildlife

Tracking sea turtles

International grassroots organizations unite over turtle conservation

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Grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Wildlife

Walking British Columbia’s “Bear Highway”

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Wildlife

How Canada is fighting illegal fishing

Illegal fishing is one of the greatest challenges to ensuring the sustainability of ocean resources, says Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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endangered North Atlantic right whale

Wildlife

Environmental groups say emergency plan missing in new right whale protection measures

Only about 400 North Atlantic right whales remain in the wild

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Wildlife

Wildlife tourism more profitable than hunting

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anchovy

Wildlife

El Niño brings anchovy influx to British Columbia

Warmer water caused by weather phenomenon the likely reason for the abundance of the tiny oily fish

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Wildlife

Orca: Endangered Species

Understanding the effects of disturbances on killer whales

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Calgary Stampeders players Jabari Arthur, Quincy Butler and Marvin White meet fans and sign autographs

People & Culture

The Grey Cup turns 100

With the 100th Grey Cup set to kick off this November, the Canadian Football League and its rough-around-the-edges charm is winning converts

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Mapping

The geography of the NHL realignment

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Mapping

Mapping Canada’s food-borne illnesses

Information from Canada’s 2016 food safety report card shows the incidence of four illnesses

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Places

Fundy National Park

A guide to visiting the New Brunswick National Park

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Kids

Whale watching and fishing on Canada’s Coolest School Trip

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Heinrich Scherer's 1702 chart of the North Pole

People & Culture

Why the North Pole matters: An important history of challenges and global fascination

In this essay, noted geologist and geophysicist Fred Roots explores the significance of the symbolic point at the top of the world. He submitted it to Canadian Geographic just before his death in October 2016 at age 93.

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