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‘It’s been raining! In the High Arctic!’

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is set to open in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, later this year. How will it affect our understanding and appreciation of the North and the rapid change occurring there? 

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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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History

The untold story of the Hudson’s Bay Company

A look back at the early years of the 350-year-old institution that once claimed a vast portion of the globe

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Environment

What’s at stake in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

The James Bay Lowlands in northern Ontario contain one of the largest potential mineral reserves in Canada. Now, the region’s economy and environment stand on the brink of massive transformation.

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View of Coal Harbour from room at Westin Bayshore Vancouver

Travel

Why the Westin Bayshore is Vancouver’s most wildlife-friendly hotel

With its picturesque gardens, onsite apiary and visiting otter, Vancouver's historic waterfront hotel is close to nature by design

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Exploration

History

Podcasts

History

Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 3: The rise of the Métis

Episode 15

Indigenous rights lawyer and author Jean Teillet reveals how the struggle to dominate the fur trade led to the rise of a distinct people in Canada: the Métis

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People & Culture

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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People & Culture

In search of promised lands

Uprooted repeatedly by development projects, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree wandered boreal Quebec for 70 years before finding a permanent home. For some, the journey continues.

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Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

People & Culture

CHARS: Canada’s Arctic research hub

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will play a central role in the future of science in Canada’s north

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George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal, San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, climate change, ocean conservation

People & Culture

George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal

Museum expert recognized for transformative work in cultural institutions and leadership on the ambitious Bay Ecotarium project in San Francisco

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People & Culture

The end of the world

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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

Science & Tech

North, Arctic, Polar Knowledge, Inuit, research, char, wildlife

Science & Tech

Étudier l’omble chevalier au sud de l’île Victoria

Découvrez comment un scientifique de l’Université Laval, des chercheurs du MPO et des habitants de Cambridge Bay, au Nunavut, travaillent ensemble afin de préserver l’état de ces populations de poissons.

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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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The focus of North America’s first natural resource stampede, beaver pelts attracted legions of traders

Wildlife

Rethinking the beaver

Has there ever been a national symbol more loathed or misunderstood? Has there ever been a more important time for the beaver to flourish?

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Wildlife

Photographing the wandering albatross of South Georgia

South Georgia boasts 25 per cent of the world’s wandering albatross breeding population. At the Bay of Isles and Prion Island, the magnificent birds await us.

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Wildlife

Behind the image: the cover of Best Wildlife Photography 2018

Photographer Daisy Gilardini talks about polar bears in Wapusk National Park and her Best Wildlife Photography 2018 cover shot

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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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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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Yellow rails are among the species researchers are tracking using bioacoustics

Wildlife

Researchers tracking climate change with sound

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Wildlife

Wildlife return to Victoria harbour following major cleanup

One of the last major steps in the long Rock Bay cleanup project in Victoria recently finished, leaving the Victoria Upper Harbour cleaner than it's been half a century

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four inuit women stand on the shore showcasing their tattoos

People & Culture

Kakiniit: The art of Inuit tattooing

Inuit tattoos, or kakiniit, were once banned. Now they are worn with pride.

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PLAT-I tidal energy platform in Grand Passage, May 2019

Science & Tech

Testing the future of tidal energy in Nova Scotia

In the Bay of Fundy, technicians are putting a groundbreaking new tidal technology through its paces

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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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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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Refueling operations between the tug Henry Christoffersen and the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier offshore of Cambridge Bay

History

Captain’s log: Health care

The Wilfrid Laurier’s health officer compares notes with a colleague in Cambridge Bay

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History

The last battle

The cannons that fired on September 11, 1814 set off the Battle of Plattsburgh, the last fight of the War of 1812. Two Canadians go south of the border to make things right.

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Women in Nunavut running across a snow-covered field towards the camera

History

Throwback Thursday: Nunavut up and running

On April 1, 1999, Canada’s youngest population took control of its largest territory. Here’s how Canadian Geographic covered the story. 

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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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Science & Tech

Climate change study cancelled due to climate change

A northern research expedition has been postponed until July due to unusually hazardous ice conditions

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People & Culture

An Arctic fieldtrip

A group of students from around the world who embark on an unforgettable journey of Arctic education wind up discovering something about themselves in the process

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Nááts’ihch’oh, or Mount Wilson, in the newly named national park reserve

People & Culture

Northern vision

An interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the past, present and future of Canada's North

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People & Culture

Kahkiihtwaam ee-pee-kiiweehtataahk: Bringing it back home again

The story of how a critically endangered Indigenous language can be saved

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People & Culture

The man who brought ice climbing to northern Ontario

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Plate of ricotta cavatelli with venison neck ragu

People & Culture

Wild for game

Chef Michael Hunter from Toronto’s Antler Kitchen & Bar shares his favourite wild game recipes

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Travel

RAW:churchill brings unique fine dining to northern Manitoba

RAW:churchill offers a taste of the fur trader's existence – both literally and figuratively

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A plane takes off into the afternoon sunset from Iqaluit. (Fiona Hunt/CG Photo Club)

Travel

Iqaluit weekend trip

How to explore the Frobisher Bay region in a few days

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Science & Tech

Could amphibious buildings be part of the solution for flood-prone James Bay communities?

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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

Photos from the Canadian High Arctic Research Station

Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Neil Ever Osborne shares his photos from the northern science hub

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CHARS, Canadian High Arctic Research Station, laboratories, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, North

Science & Tech

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station comes online

What does it take to operate high-tech scientific facilities — including live-study growing chambers and necropsy, genomics and imaging labs — in Canada’s Arctic?

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CHARS, Canadian High Arctic Research Station, laboratories, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, North

Science & Tech

La Station canadienne de recherche dans l’Extrême-Arctique est présente en ligne

Quels sont les éléments nécessaires pour exploiter les installations scientifiques de pointe, entre autres les chambres d’étude et d’autopsie, la génomique et les laboratoires d’imagerie, dans l’Arctique canadien? 

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Photo courtesy Mads Peter Heide Jorgensen

Science & Tech

How could a warming Arctic affect bowhead whales?

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Un troupeau de bœufs musqués sur l’île Victoria

Science & Tech

What’s killing muskox in the Arctic Islands?

Muskox populations in Canada's High Arctic have been struggling in recent years, and one University of Calgary researcher and her students are working out why

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Polar Knowledge Canada, Arctic, climate change, weather

Science & Tech

Les laboratoires mobiles modifient la science dans l’Arctique

Les laboratoires novateurs ajoutent de nouvelles fonctionnalités à la recherche climatique et aux communications dans l’ouest de l’Arctique

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Un troupeau de bœufs musqués sur l’île Victoria

Science & Tech

Quelle est la cause de la disparition de bœufs musqués dans les îles de l’Arctique?

Les populations de bœufs musqués dans l’Extrême-Arctique canadien luttent pour leur survie depuis les dernières années. Une chercheuse de l’Université de Calgary et ses étudiants sont en train de découvrir pourquoi

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Polar Knowledge Canada, Arctic, climate change, weather

Science & Tech

How mobile labs are changing Arctic science

Innovative laboratories are adding new capabilities to climate research and communications in the western Arctic 

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An aurora dances in the night sky

Science & Tech

Solar to the max

For scientists and northern lights rubberneckers, 2013 promises to be a once-in-a-decade opportunity to experience the sun’s magnetic power at its height.

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Mapping

Google Street View maps more of Canada’s north

Thanks to Google’s popular Street View tool, armchair travelers can now explore three northern towns from the comfort of their desktop

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Whitecaps come rolling in on a blustery yet beautiful day near Wawa, Ont.

Travel

Photographing Lake Superior

A fall photo tour captures the spirit of Canada's largest Great Lake

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: South Georgia

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Travel

A tribute to Chester, Nova Scotia 

Explorer and author Sir Christopher Ondaatje escapes each summer to the shores of Nova Scotia. This is his tribute to Chester.

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Ontario’s historic French River was used for centuries as a gateway to Canada’s West

Travel

Paddling the French River

Get in touch with your inner voyageur on a historic waterway

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: South Georgia Island

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Travel

Land and sea

How I learned to love the unexpected (and fishing) in Nunavut

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Environment

How earthquake scientists solved the mystery of the last “Big One” in the Pacific Northwest

British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon sit on a fault line that is capable of producing some of the strongest earthquakes on the planet. A new book reveals it’s not a matter of if, but when the next “Big One” will strike.

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Environment

Indigenous Peoples, government come together for marine protection

Two new projects highlight commitments to a more collaborative, coordinated and efficient approach to ocean protection and marine responses to anthropogenic disasters

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