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History

Large fossil find discovered in a Canadian national park

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Protarctos in its environment

Wildlife

Ancient bear with bad teeth offers insight into modern bear ecology

Researchers say cavities in fossilized bear teeth suggest that even early in their evolution, bears geared up for winter by eating sugary berries

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Science & Tech

Why the fossils in B.C.’s Burgess Shale are so well preserved

Burgess Shale is famous for the exquisite and uncommon detail in its fossilized soft-bodied organisms. Here's the science behind the phenomenon.

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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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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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People & Culture

Wildlife

Science & Tech

A team excavates fossils at the Walcott Quarry

Science & Tech

Ancient worm-like species discovered in Burgess Shale

Researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum offer first glimpse of a spineless, thumb-sized animal based on Cambrian fossils found in the Rocky Mountains 

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Travel

Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley

Travel

Five of Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Parks Canada is seeking nominations for potential places to add to its impressive list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are five sites that were most recently added.

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Marcel Gagnon’s cement and stone sculptures lead into the St. Lawrence River in Sainte-Flavie, Quebec

Travel

Old Québec to Gaspé

Hangings, saints, battles, natural beauty and the bones of our ancestors — a journey through history from Old Québec to the Gaspé Peninsula

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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Travel

Met Con Blue, Sir!

Bring it … and leave it all on the mountain

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Firewater Multi-Bottle lights up Thomas' tent

Travel

Gear Review: Multi-bottle and sleeping bag

Thomas Hall review the Seattle Sports Firewater Multi-Bottle and Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Spark sleeping bag

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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

Places

Eight Canadian places that could become UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A look at the fascinating sites Parks Canada has proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation

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Mapping

Explore an interactive map of every fossil ever documented

If you've ever wondered what it would look like if you mapped all the fossils ever discovered, wonder no more

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Mapping

Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

This online map platform displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world

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David Attenborough with RCGS President Gavin Fitch

People & Culture

Sir David Attenborough awarded Gold Medal by RCGS

Broadcasting legend honoured at Canada House in London, U.K. for lifelong contributions to advancing public awareness of geography

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Environment

Canadian Museum of Nature launches virtual reality tour of ancient ocean

Explore the prehistoric ocean, with David Attenborough as your guide

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Common sea star Mingan Archipelago

Places

The Mingan Archipelago: A land shaped by time

Raised from the sea, sculpted by tides and winds, the ever-changing Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve protects colossal monoliths and myriad species 

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Glass sponge reef in B.C.'s Hecate Strait

Wildlife

B.C.’s glass sponges “cough” to unclog blocked pores

New research reveals these unique animals evolved a way to rid their systems of excess sediment — but the sponges may be having trouble keeping up with human activity in their habitat

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Canadian Shield rock near Sturgeon Chutes on the Wanapitei River, French River

Environment

Behind the Canadian Shield

To fully understand our national identity, we must consider Canada’s geology as well as its geography 

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Environment

Ice, ice baby

We rely on ice for a lot more than just a cold drink — here’s some of the latest news on frozen water

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Satellite image showing smoke from Amazon fires blowing over Brazil on August 20, 2019

Environment

Fires are burning in the Amazon rainforest. Here’s what you need to know

Fire activity in the Brazilian Amazon surged this week; here are some key things to know about the situation

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Banana tree fibre paper

Environment

Eco-friendly paper

Five eco-friendly products used around the world to create paper

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Environment

How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Now there's a way to visualize exactly what a record warm year globally meant in your city

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Christmas presents with brown paper wrapping

Environment

5 ways to cut down on plastic waste this holiday season

Wrapping paper, packaging, plastic plates and cutlery — it all adds up. Here are some easy ways to avoid a nightmare around Christmas. 

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Environment

Real Canadian places that resemble locations from Game of Thrones

You don't have to leave Canada to experience the geographic diversity of the Seven Kingdoms

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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Wildlife

Newfoundland fossil shows signs of oldest animal

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People & Culture

Dino Talks

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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Science & Tech

Inside your smartphone: analyzing the rare-earth elements

How so-called rare earth elements are powering our modern tech — and where to find them

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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Science & Tech

How artificial intelligence can help crisis managers respond during extreme weather events

Artificial intelligence combines with social-media analysis to inform first responders and scientists

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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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Gatineau, Que. tornado Sept. 21, 2018

Science & Tech

Weather watchers encouraged to report tornadoes in Canada this summer

Physical distancing requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19 will make it difficult for researchers to visit suspected tornado sites this year, so the team behind the Northern Tornadoes Project is calling on the public to help 

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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Quebec students teach their school about recycling and composting

Kids

Announcing the winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip 2020

Congratulations to the students of Butler Elementary School from Bedford, Que.

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Travel

10 awesome Canadian museums to visit this summer

Engage your curiosity and fuel your imagination with a visit to one of these top Canadian treasure troves

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Travel

Real Canadian places that resemble Star Wars planets

Canada has just as much geographic diversity as a galaxy far, far away.

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Fishing boat on the shore of Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Science & Tech

Hearts in the Ice: History and culture

From coal mining to scientific research, the remote archipelago of Svalbard has a rich and complex heritage

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Science & Tech

Canadian scientist joins NASA’s first mission to bring samples from Mars back to Earth

Chris Herd is the only Canadian on the Mars rover sample return team

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Kids

10 questions to test your geography knowledge

The Canadian Geographic Challenge is turning 20! To celebrate we’ve compiled a list of our favourite past quiz questions. Can you answer them correctly?

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Wildlife

Could cancer have killed the dinosaurs?

Canadian researchers have found the first case of malignant bone cancer in a dinosaur

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In Quetico, a canoeist approaches the fabled Falls Chain

Travel

Path of the paddle

Inspired by age-old travelways, a new canoe route knits together the Trans Canada Trail

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A huge flowerpot made from rocks and trees at Hopewell Rocks Provincial park during low tide. (Photo: Jean-Charles Thouin/CG Photo Club)

Travel

10 Fundy facts

Learn more about the Bay of Fundy's famous tides

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People & Culture

Our Country: Margaret Atwood

The iconic author shares her vivid memories of Canada’s Arctic, from its impressive wildlife to its otherworldly landscapes

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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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