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Healthy rivers: Communities use DNA tool to keep tabs on freshwater quality

Many of Canada’s 25 watersheds are under threat from pollution, habitat degradation, water overuse and invasive species

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climate change

Travel

Travel

Water over rocks

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Use ontario pumpkins to make the perfect pumpkin cheesecake (recipe below)

Travel

Regional recipes from Canada’s top chefs

How to make the country's quintessential dishes

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Travel

Trans Canada Trail celebrates 30 years of connecting Canadians

The trail started with a vision to link Canada coast to coast to coast. Now fully connected, it’s charting an ambitious course for the future.

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Johnson Sea Link research sub

Travel

Reflections on water, the “lethal, limitless, life-giving frontier”

A pioneering deep-sea explorer shares thoughts on the nature and meaning of water

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Travel

Hot springs return to Haida Gwaii

Three years after an earthquake mysteriously made the island's hot springs disappear, hope returns to the National Park

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Wildlife

water

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People & Culture

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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Wayne Pollard Lost Hammer Spring

People & Culture

RCGS Fellow Wayne Pollard wins prestigious award

Research scientist Wayne Pollard shares insights on his work that earned him the 2019 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

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Photo: Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Bell Island expedition hit with underwater emergency

'Our dive went well until our decompression stop when Cas tore a mouthpiece and experienced what we call a caustic cocktail.' – Jill Heinerth writes update on RCGS expedition

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Some Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation members canoed the Fawn River Watershed last summer to renew their links to the land

People & Culture

A canoe expedition with purpose

First Nations canoeists trace an ancient trading route — and assert their sovereignty

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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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Jean-Michel Cousteau scuba diving near sharks on a shipwreck

Environment

Q&A: Oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau on his new underwater documentary

Jean-Michel Cousteau releases his new feature documentary about aquatic life, Wonders of the Sea 3D, in February

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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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The Experimental Lakes Area research facility is made of up 58 boreal lakes that sit on the Canadian shield. (Photo: IISD Experimental Lakes Area)

Environment

When a lake is better than a lab

Studies conducted at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario have impacted environmental decision-making around the world

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Environment

Life on mountains in the sea

Two marine biologists offer a glimpse of life at the bottom of the ocean during 2018, 2019 and 2020 seamount expeditions 

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Upper Wind River

Exploration

Return to the Peel

We came to retrace an ancestor’s 1905 map-making expedition of the Peel River watershed. We left with a new-found appreciation of what this ancient land means to the people who live there. 

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Duo Lakes near the Snake River in the Peel watershed area in Yukon.

Environment

In the Supreme Court’s Peel watershed decision, signs of hope for a new land power paradigm

To many, the Yukon appears to be the vanguard of a growing Indigenous land power movement in Canada centred mostly in the North

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Great Slave Lake

Places

Thaidene Nëné: Land of the ancestors

The new Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories is the heart of sacred Denesǫłiné homeland and a prophesied final refuge of clean water and ecological integrity in North America

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Parks Canada archeologists stand behind burnt remains of bison skull and bones after the Kenow wildfire, Waterton Lakes National Park. (Parks Canada)

Places

Archeologists uncover new history in Waterton Lakes National Park after 2017 wildfire

Lead archeologist Bill Perry discusses the latest findings and what they reveal about the region

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Double-crested Cormorant drying its wings

Wildlife

Study finds cormorants can hear underwater in the same range as marine mammals

Findings could have significant implications for the conservation of marine bird species

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A scuba diver at a shipwreck in Fathom Five National Marine Sanctuary

Exploration

Jill Heinerth: Why I intend to dive in every province and territory in Canada this year

Canada is rich in fresh water — but with great wealth comes great responsibility 

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Travel

Running for Water

Hope 2 Offer invites Vancouver to make a $plash

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hydro flask, water bottle, mint, turquoise,

Travel

Gear review: Hydro Flask water bottle

Stay hydrated with this durable, insulated water bottle 

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Woman wearing winter boots on a snowy street

Travel

Putting three Columbia boots to the winter weather test

Can Geo staff tested three styles of lightweight but warm winter boots 

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Travel

Secrets of the Nahanni

A timeless journey down a river that was here before the mountains

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Black garlic

Travel

P.E.I Menu

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Keen, water shoes, sandals, hiking

Travel

Gear review: Keen waterproof sandals

Slippery rocks and running water were no match for the Keen Women's Newport EVO H2 water shoes

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2017 editors' favourite gear

Travel

Gear of the Year: Can Geo staff reveal their favourites

Here are the best items we tested for our Gear Review series in 2017

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Writer Ray Ford and his son Cam catch and release pickerel and pike in Wabatongushi Lake

Travel

On fish and Facebook

A northern Ontario lake sets the stage for a father-and-son fishing trip

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Disappointment River

People & Culture

Retracing a legendary Canadian expedition

In this exclusive excerpt from his new book Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, author Brian Castner recounts a part of his 2016 journey retracing Alexander Mackenzie's 1789 expedition of the Mackenzie River 

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Photo courtesy Carolyn Monastra/One Ocean Expeditions

History

Changing gear

How new equipment is helping Parks Canada hunt for the Franklin ships in shallow water

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Science & Tech

Award-winning filmmaker recalls his quest following a droplet of water

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Science & Tech

Heavy-metal-eating microorganisms are being put to work filtering contaminated water at northern mine sites

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a bowhead whale and calf swim in deep blue waters, edged by ice floes

Wildlife

A library full of sound: How a new collection of underwater sounds will help protect marine life

The Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds (GLUB) will catalogue sounds from whales to fish (glub?) to boat noise

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Sea lion swimming among a kelp forest

Environment

Kelp: The sustainable superfood coming soon to a plate near you

Kelp’s potential as a commercial crop is finally being recognized — and, as kelp forests vanish worldwide, so is its importance in coastal ecosystems 

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Mapping

First global map of hidden groundwater vs. Canada’s supply

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An underground, dark, tunnel

Mapping

Sewage surveillance: How scientists track and identify diseases like COVID-19 before they spread

Sewage testing can be used for early detection of disease

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Environment

A new view of the Lake Winnipeg watershed

How the watershed connects the Prairies and its people

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Google Earth Voyager Jill Heinerth Story

Kids

Dive into the planet’s water resources with Jill Heinerth and Google Earth Voyager

Canadian Geographic celebrates the exploration and conservation work of RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth in a new Google Earth Voyager story

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Kids

Canadian students to participate in major Lake Winnipeg watershed research project

Last year Can Geo Education hosted a one-day BioBlitz in Riding Mountain National Park, Man., but the magnitude of this year’s project is much larger

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Caving began to gain a foothold in Canada in the mid-1960s

Exploration

Subterranean trailblazers 

Caving: The ultimate underground sport

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Environment

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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Wildlife

Conservationist teams up with local communities to save Earth’s largest scaled freshwater fish

By protecting local waterways, the arapaima’s population has already seen a 30-fold increase in the last 10 years

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Wildlife

Estrogen found to have detrimental effects on freshwater wildlife

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Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip goes whitewater rafting

On the final day of Canada's Coolest School Trip, the students went whitewater rafting, rode the Jasper SkyTram and soaked in the Miette Hot Springs

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Environment

Canada acquires one of the world’s oldest artefacts

Billion-year-old water sample reveals much about the past — and the present 

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Left: Adam Weymouth author photo. Right: Book cover Kings of the Yukon

Environment

On the trail of the “Kings of the Yukon”

Adam Weymouth's first book, Kings of the Yukon, sees him paddle the length of the Yukon River to trace the route of migrating chinook salmon

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Environment

10 surprising facts about Canadian geography

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Expeditions, RCGS Fellows

People & Culture

Six amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to in summer 2019

From pulling drinking water out of desert air to riding with eagle hunters in Mongolia, see what just a few of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s more than 1,000 Fellows have been working on lately

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Little Limestone Lake is the world’s largest marl lake

Environment

Colour-changing waters

Manitoba’s marl lake receives special protection

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Edward Burtynsky

People & Culture

The change makers: Edward Burtynsky

The renowned landscape photographer on his latest project, Water.

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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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Peatland

Environment

Saving the peatlands: Water loss in northern peatlands can accelerate global warming, scientists say

The drying of peatlands in Canada heightens the risk of wildfires and can turn into a carbon source instead of a carbon sink

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Fish swim in the light of a scuba diver

Environment

Moonless Oasis: new documentary illuminates the world of B.C.’s glass sponges

A conversation with filmmakers on how they captured this unique ecosystem, on screen.

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