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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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Exploration

The escapist Nepal Earthquake Gabriel Filippi

Exploration

Book excerpt: Surviving the deadliest day on Everest

In new memoir The Escapist, Canadian mountaineer Gabriel Filippi details his most extreme adventures and tragedies

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Exploration

River guide

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Exploration

Excerpt from Canadarm and Collaboration: How Canada’s Astronauts and Space Robots Explore New Worlds

With interviews from Chris Hadfield, Marc Garneau, Roberta Bondar, and more, Canadarm and Collaboration is the tale of Canada’s involvement in international space exploration from the 1960s to the present day

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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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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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Science & Tech

People & Culture

Event co-host Hanna Calbick Sims aims a fan northwards to “Blow Spokane’s smoke away to Canada.” Photo from Facebook.

People & Culture

Smoke-blowing idea catches fire on Facebook

A Spokane, Wash. man’s joke plan to send wildfire smoke back to B.C. got serious uptake

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Articles

Mapping

Excerpt of new book Mapping My Way Home: A Gitxsan History

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Mapping

Mapping books by neighbourhood

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Travel

Excerpt from The Way Of The Gardener

A botanical journey along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimmage route by former CBC Radio columnist and enthusiastic gardener Lyndon Penner

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People & Culture

Bullying for bug love leads to children’s book

Sarnia, Ont., fourth grader co-writes book about girls liking insects

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People & Culture

Adam Shoalts on new book Alone Against the North

Adam Shoalts has written a book called Alone Against the North, due out Oct 6. Here, he discusses the adventure of writing about his adventures.

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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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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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Wildlife

Excerpt from Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder

A memoir by Julia Zarankin 

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A wolf stands on a rock

Wildlife

Excerpt from Takaya: The Lone Wolf

An enchanting and evocative look at the unique relationship between a solitary, island-dwelling wolf and a renowned wildlife photographer

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Wildlife

Excerpt from The Reign of Wolf 21: The Sage of Yellowstone’s Legendary Druid Pack

Rick McIntyre explains the positive impact of wolf reintroduction on the Yellowstone ecosystem

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Wildlife

Famous foxes from literature and pop culture through time

There’s something about foxes

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Wildlife

Excerpt from Ice Walker: A Polar Bear’s Journey Through the Fragile Arctic

From bestselling author James Raffan comes an enlightening and original story about a polar bear’s precarious existence in the changing Arctic

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Puffin sitting on cliffside surrounded by mountains.

Wildlife

Excerpt: On Time and Water

A look at how global warming impacts foundational conditions for entire ecosystems

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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

Walking away from the wild side

In a new book, Max Foran denounces Canada's failures in protecting its wildlife from human exploitation

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Laurie Sarkadi Voice in the Wild

People & Culture

Living off-grid in Canada’s North

In her memoir, Voice in the Wild, journalist Laurie Sarkadi shares stories from her nearly 30 years living off-grid in the Subarctic, with wolves, bears and caribou as her neighbours

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Environment

Timber poaching: The secretive crime decimating North America’s forests

Timber poaching has become “a problem in every national forest,” with an estimated $1 billion worth of wood poached yearly in North America 

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People & Culture

The poetry and resilience of Colombia’s Magdalena River

An exclusive excerpt from renowned Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis’ new book Magdalena: River of Dreams, about the iconic waterway that has shaped the geography, culture and people of Colombia

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People & Culture

Truth and reconciliation and a sacred bentwood box

During Truth and Reconciliation Commission events, personal items were placed in a carved bentwood box to symbolize the journey toward reconciliation. How far have we come?

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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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Environment

Margaret Atwood’s new ‘Angel Catbird’ is a comic book with a cause

The celebrated Canadian novelist's first foray into comics is for the birds. But also the cats. 

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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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Environment

Excerpt: The Natural Navigator

Starting with a simple question – ‘Which way am I looking?’ – Tristan Gooley blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the rare and ancient art of finding your way using nature’s own sign-posts, from the feel of a rock to a glance at the moon

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Environment

Excerpt: The Ocean’s Whistleblower

David Grémillet explores the remarkable life and work of fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly

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Richard Louv Our Wild Calling

Environment

Habitat of the heart

An exclusive excerpt from nature-deficit disorder expert Richard Louv's new book Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs

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Three hikers stand with arms around each other looking at a waterfall

Environment

We need the wild — and it needs us

The author, conservationist and nature-deficit expert Richard Louv on the importance of connecting with the natural world

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Diana Beresford-Kroeger To Speak for the Trees

Environment

To Speak for the Trees

An exclusive excerpt from botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s new book about how forests can not only heal us but save the planet

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Environment

Roy MacGregor on the rivers that shaped our nation

In his new book, Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada, Roy MacGregor examines the historical legacy and future of Canada's greatest rivers

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Environment

A Life of Extremes – The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker

In an excerpt from his new book, A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker, filmmaker Max Quinn offers unique insight to some of the most beautiful and extreme places on earth

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Environment

Getting Closer: Rediscovering nature through bird photography

In an excerpt from his new book, author Paul Sorrell teches how to connect to nature with a photographer's eye

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Exploration

Excerpt from This One Wild Life: A mother-daughter wilderness memoir

Author Angie Abdou’s novel explores parenting and marriage in a summer of unforeseen outcomes and growth

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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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Exploration

Adventure athlete Simon Donato on lessons learned in the backcountry

An excerpt from The Boundless Life: 13 Lessons Learned the Hard Way 

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Mapping

‘Absolutely catastrophic:’ Hit hard by pandemic, ecotourism needs help

Remote locations and international clientele make the industry particularly vulnerable

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History

Franklin fact and fiction collide in new television series ‘The Terror’

AMC's new 10-part narrative of the Franklin expedition is part high adventure, part gothic horror

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People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

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History

Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada

A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada

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Woodcut of Pierre-Esprit Radisson next to cover of Mark Bourrie's book

History

Adventurer, turncoat, cannibal: the remarkable story of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

In his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Mark Bourrie examines the larger-than-life legacy of the French-Canadian fur trader 

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History

Excerpt: 305 Lost Buildings of Canada

Raymond Biesinger and Alex Bozikovic uncover the legacies of buildings from across that country that are now gone but still have something to say

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Men in an Albertan field wearing masks during the Spanish Influenza in the fall of 1918.

History

Excerpt from ‘The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada’

Read the account of one young soldier’s fight against the Spanish flu in 1918

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Science & Tech

InukBook app to monitor health, environment in Nunatsiavut

InukBook is an Inuit-led, Inuit-run, community-based health and environment monitoring program in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut

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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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People & Culture

Talking Apple TV+’s new series Foundation with RCGS medalist Jared Harris

Ahead of the series finale, we caught up with Louie Kamookak Medal recipient Jared Harris to discuss his role as Hari Seldon on Apple TV+’s hit new series Foundation

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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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Totem poles in Thunderbird Park in Victoria, BC

People & Culture

Excerpt from Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa'xaid tells the stories of the experience, suffering and survival of Cecil Paul, a Xenaksiala elder. 

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People & Culture

New comic book features Inuit illustrations, stories

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Anne Innis Dagg feeding a giraffe at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015

People & Culture

The curious, extraordinary life of Anne Innis Dagg

The Canadian woman who was first in the world to study giraffes in the wild — and is still considered one of the planet’s foremost experts on the species — is only now getting her due

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People & Culture

New book tells the story of the life of — and search for — the HMS Investigator

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People & Culture

Excerpt from British Columbia in Flames: Stories from a Blazing Summer

'You don’t get over a fire as big as the Elephant Hill fire in a hurry.'

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A diver takes photos of a coral reef underwater

People & Culture

Excerpt from The Third Dive: An Investigation into the Death of Rob Stewart

Based on the film documentary of the same name, The Third Dive looks to expose the circumstances around Rob Stewart's untimely death.

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A mountain range in BC

People & Culture

Excerpt from Following the Good River

Following the Good River is a biography of Cecil Paul's life as one North American’s more prominent Indigenous leaders.

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People & Culture

Excerpt from Slashburner: Hot Times in the British Columbia Woods

Slashburner publishes Sept. 19, 2020

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Allenby: Making of the Modern Middle East by C. Brad Faught

People & Culture

Exclusive excerpt from Allenby: Making the Modern Middle East

Insights from historian C. Brad Faught's new book on Edmund Allenby, the principal British military figure in the Middle East during the First World War.

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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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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Ken McGoogan

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People & Culture

This Manitoba class wants your postcards

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