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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – BONUS EPISODE: Sir George Simpson

Episode 14

In this special bonus episode of Explore, canoe expert James Raffan introduces listeners to HBC Governor George Simpson and his unique style of “management by canoe”

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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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History

War of 1812 turns 200

In 2012, the Niagara region dusts off old battle sites to commemorate the war that defined our borders

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June 1938 cover featuring a saw-whet owl

History

Nine decades of bird photography

In honour of the National Bird Project, here's a selection of Canadian Geographic bird covers from the magazine's 86 years of print

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History

Meet the stone carvers working to rejuvenate Canada’s Parliament buildings

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Science & Tech

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

Energy efforts making headlines across Canada

From electric vehicles to geothermal energy, our focus is on reducing emissions by 2050

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Science & Tech

What happened to the flying car?

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Quebec — La Romaine-1 generating station

Science & Tech

Innovation in hydro power

How Hydro-Quebec is turning problems into opportunities for innovation

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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

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

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

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A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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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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Mapping

Nine artworks that reveal the history and perils of exploring Canada’s North

Notable works capture the danger and drama of Arctic exploration

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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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Students from Katie Bartlett’s Grade 4 class at Topsail Elementary in Conception Bay South, N.L., check out Can Geo Education's new Giant Floor Map of their province at Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre on March 2.

People & Culture

Can Geo Education unveils new Giant Floor Map of Newfoundland and Labrador

Crowdfunded by Fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the new teaching tool is the first provincial map of its kind

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Zipping around in the Ford Focus RS

Travel

Discovering the unexpected joy of winter driving

On an excursion in Quebec with Ford, our writer discovers winter driving can be a pleasure — in the right vehicle

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E. Pauline Johnson, postage stamp

People & Culture

The true story of Pauline Johnson: poet, provocateur and champion of Indigenous rights

The daughter of a hereditary Mohawk chief and an English immigrant, Johnson used her hard-won celebrity to challenge Indigenous stereotypes

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A view over the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

People & Culture

Paradise, a poet and promised land

Growing up black in Nova Scotia, the intense beauty of Three Mile Plains and the Annapolis Valley was, for me, a fount of emotional history 

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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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A group of students and staff pose on the steps of Gordon's Residential School in a faded photo.

People & Culture

Not as envisioned: Gordon’s Indian Residential School

A quarter century ago, Gordon’s Indian Residential School was the last in Canada to close its doors

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The scene at the Canadian Museum of Nature on September 19 for the National Bird Debate

People & Culture

Ten things the RCGS got up to in September

Celebrating the art of cartography, a lively national bird debate and the launch of an exciting educational contest

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A female pronghorn with her twins on the Canadian prairie. The species is hailed as a conservation success story, but its future is uncertain. (Photo: Sandra Forbes)

People & Culture

For the love of pronghorns

The story of a biologist’s lifelong study of an endangered species — and its future

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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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national bird finalists

People & Culture

Canada votes for a national bird

Thanks to everyone who cast their vote in Canadian Geographic's National Bird Project!

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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People & Culture

Photographing Colourful Canada

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Sunset Atchafalaya delta

People & Culture

Preserving Acadian culture in Cajun country

Descendants of French-speaking Acadians in Louisiana saw their culture and language slip away in the 20th century. Now, a new generation of proud Francophones is leading a resurgence.

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People & Culture

Browse, bid and brag at the 2020 RCGS Silent Auction

Featuring experiences and items from across the world

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People & Culture

In a Snap: May/June 2021

Handpicked shots of Canada's beauty from our Can Geo photo community on Instagram

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People & Culture

Douglas Cardinal on the Zibi project

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Environment

Tornado rips past storm chaser during Can Geo Twitter interview

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How national parks are helping to conserve species

Places

Five projects that are helping to conserve endangered species in Canada’s national parks

From plains bison in Elk Island National Park to beluga whales in Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Parks Canada is leading the charge on these crucial wildlife recovery programs 

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moose alberta population app

Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Students paddling kayaks on the St. Lawrence River

Kids

Kayaking on the St. Lawrence and camping in a 19th century fort

Highlights from the second day of Canada's Coolest School Trip

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Kids

Introducing the 2020 Can Geo Challenge national finalists

Young geographers are preparing for a busy weekend of quizzes, virtual fieldwork, and a live-streamed national final

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Canoeing in Nahanni National Park Reserve

Places

Nááts’ihch’oh and Nahanni national park reserves

A guide to visiting the Northwest Territories National Park Reserves

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Places

Fundy National Park

A guide to visiting the New Brunswick National Park

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

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

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Mapping

Beyond the boundary

How George Dawson’s seminal work for the British North American Boundary Commission did far more than simply mark the 49th parallel

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History

Frozen in time: The remarkable legacy of Mary Vaux, amateur glaciologist

Mary Vaux’s groundbreaking 19th-century study of B.C.’s Illecillewaet Glacier created an invaluable record of the glacier’s recession

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Michael Palin Erebus

History

Michael Palin on the renowned polar ship Erebus

An exclusive abridged excerpt from a new book by the famed explorer, actor and comedian

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History

Cancelled but not forgotten: The 50th anniversary of the Arctic Winter Games

Games were started in 1970 to give northern athletes more opportunities for training and competition

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Photo Courtesy Dana Meise

Exploration

What it’s like to walk to Canada’s three oceans

Dana Meise reflects on his seventh season of walking the Trans Canada Trail, and how it feels to be so close to completion

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Carbon print showing Robert Falcon Scott in 1911, a year before his death

Exploration

Four famous Brits who helped establish their country’s reputation for exploration

Here's why the adventures of Irvine and Mallory, Scott and Whymper are as well-known as their tragedies

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One of two maps of Treaty 8 territory submitted as evidence in West Moberly First Nations

Mapping

When geography and the law collide

A case decided this week by the Supreme Court of British Columbia was, in essence, all about geography

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The Flag Committee, Canada, Flag, maple leaf, 1965

History

Four flags that almost became Canada’s national flag

Our beloved red-and-white maple leaf flag was raised on Feb. 15, 1965, but not before years of angry debates and a parade of competing designs were put down

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Everest by sunrise

Exploration

The pull of Everest

A century after a Canadian was instrumental in charting the world's highest peak, a fellow Canadian reflects on the magnetism of Everest

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Anderson stands in front of a tent at Collinson Point, Alaska, in 1914.

History

Ties that bind: the RCGS and the first Canadian Arctic Expedition

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Canada Post's new stamp honouring the No. 2 Construction Battalion

History

New stamp honours black Canadian First World War battalion

Stamp honours the No. 2 Construction Battalion, a predominantly Black unit that paved the way for Canadians of all races to serve their country in conflict.

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A full moon shines above boats decked out with holiday lights in Port de Grave, Nfld.

History

15 things that have happened in Canada since the last ‘Christmas Moon’

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Asbestos industry images from Canadian Geographic articles in the 1930s

History

How asbestos went from a miracle mineral to a medical disaster

As Canada announces a total ban on asbestos, Canadian Geographic looks back at its early coverage of the ‘magic’ mineral, from the days when its dangers were unknown or ignored

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History

Annulés, mais pas oubliés : les Jeux d’hiver de l’Arctique célèbrent leur 50e anniversaire!

L’année 1970 marquait la naissance des Jeux, créés pour donner aux athlètes nordiques plus d’occasions de s’entraîner et de participer à des compétitions

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