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Arctic tern on Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick

Wildlife

Should we kill one bird to save another?

On New Brunswick’s Machias Seal Island, predatory gulls are pushing endangered Arctic tern colonies to the brink, creating a dilemma for wildlife managers

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Mapping

arctic

expedition

Adam Shoalts paddles across Great Bear Lake

Exploration

The explorer versus the ice labyrinth

An exclusive excerpt from the new book Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic by Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts

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Exploration

Photos from beneath Bell Island, Newfoundland

Diver and photographer Jill Heinerth shares a glimpse into the summer phase of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Expedition of the Year

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Exploration

Crossing Ellesmere Island with Ray Zahab

Episode 37

The extreme explorer shares why his attempted winter traverse of the High Arctic island was one of his most challenging — and special — expeditions yet

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Exploration

RCGS expedition grants give a huge boost to exciting 2022 journeys

From coast to coast to coast and into the ocean as well, eight grants expand our understanding of Canada

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Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

Exploration

Expedition log: Back to the Peel

David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River

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History

Articles

People & Culture

Steamer at the Old Wharf, Nanaimo. 1958 by E.J. Hughes

People & Culture

Painting the Island

In an era when the art world favoured abstraction, E.J. Hughes painted life as he saw it, and his favourite subject was Vancouver Island 

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People & Culture

Finding an island in the Great Bear Rainforest

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Photo: Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Extreme weather plagues Bell Island diving expedition

Jill Heinerth writes of the howling winds that are causing challenges to her Bell Island, Newfoundland diving expedition

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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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People & Culture

A historic passage

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Science & Tech

english Bay, Vancouver

Science & Tech

How Canada is preparing for the next big earthquake

The last megathrust earthquake to strike Canada was in 1700, and the clock is ticking. How we’re preparing for the impact.

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Environment

Caldera Lake on St. Paul Island

Environment

Study solves mystery of mammoth extinction on remote island

Isolation helped the mammoths of St. Paul Island survive thousands of years longer than other populations — until they polluted their water supply

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Environment

How Haida Gwaii’s unique geography helped the Indigenous struggle for independence

In The Haida Gwaii Lesson: A Strategic Playbook for Indigenous Sovereignty, award-winning journalist Mark Dowie explores Haida Gwaii and the people who call it home. Below is an excerpt from the book. 

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Environment

Diminishing coasts

The fragile sandstone coasts of the Magdalen Islands are at risk

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Environment

Shoring up Prince Edward Island’s threatened coastline

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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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Wildlife

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map of Canada's biggest earthquakes

Mapping

Mapping Canada’s biggest earthquakes

A recent earthquake in Nunavut has drawn attention to Canada's surprising seismic zones

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Travel

How to stop a gold rush

The new movement building flourishing tourism hubs across Canada – one sustainable example at a time

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Travel

Foraging for local food on P.E.I.

A taste tour of the province celebrating its best fare

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A humpback whale breaches in the Broughton Archipelago

Travel

Photos: Whale encounters and island scenery in B.C.’s Broughton Archipelago

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures brings you face-to-face with the wildlife in one of North America's most biodiverse marine areas

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Travel

Featured destination: Sable Island 2016

Join the Canadian Geographic Photo Club aboard the Ocean Endeavour with Adventure Canada for a spectacular voyage by sea to Sable Island, Nova Scotia

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Icebergs in Pond Inlet, near Bylot Island

Travel

Gear review: Photographing Baffin Island with a Nikon D4S

See photos that will inspire you to put Baffin Island on your list of summer getaways, and read a review of the camera equipment (provided by Vistek and Nikon Canada) used to capture them.

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: Falkland Islands

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Travel

Throwback Thursday: Photo tour of Hecla Island

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Travel

Exploring the reinvention of Barbados

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Travel

Roadtripping Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway Route

This historic route is a must-drive for any traveller seeking the freedom of the open road with a healthy dose of amazing vistas

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: the Falkland Islands

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: South Georgia Island

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Travel

Rare birds

Spread your wings with birdwatching’s elite guard in south Texas

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One of 11 monolithic churches in Ethiopia chiseled entirely out of rock

Travel

Ten curious facts about world heritage beyond Canada’s borders

Trivia nut Heather Yundt uncovers some of the lesser known, yet compelling curiosities of UNESCO's past and present global icons

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Travel

Weekend getaways in Massachusetts

Boisterous Boston or elegant Nantucket: exploring two weekend getaway options in Massachusetts

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The St. Lawrence river may be beautiful, but the land that lines it holds treasures too

Travel

Four highlights to visit along the St. Lawrence

Castles, cash and canals on the St. Lawrence

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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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Northern gannets in Gaspé

Travel

Editors’ picks: Our top travel experiences of 2017

Can Geo editors reveal their favourite destinations and travel experiences from the past year to help inspire your next adventure in Canada and beyond

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Ryan Wolfe is the lead researcher on a conservation project aimed at saving Ontario's most endangered snake, the blue racer.

Wildlife

Racing for Survival: Ontario’s blue racer

One man’s endeavour to save the province’s most endangered snake

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Science & Tech

Canada’s Arctic weather outposts

How the Joint Arctic Weather Stations program did more than just fill in a blank on the nation’s weather map

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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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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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Jacob Burnley, Spencer Zhao and Kyle Richardson represented Canada at the National Geographic World Championship

Kids

Team Canada’s showdown in St. Petersburg 

The behind-the-scenes story of how Team Canada captured the silver medal in a thrilling tiebreaker at the 2013 National Geographic World Championship

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Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site at Fort Rodd Hill, B.C..

Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip winners head to B.C.

From visiting historical sites to watching orcas, it was an unforgettable experience for this Grade 8 class

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RCGS CEO John Geiger

History

One Ocean Voyager takes the Victoria Strait Expedition to the Royal Geographical Society Islands

AUV to be redeployed in waters it recently charted for signs of Franklin's ships

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History

Throwback Thursday: Dealy Island’s connection to the lost Franklin ships

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Lieutenant John Irving (played by Ronan Raftery) encounters a group of Inuit — and an all-too-brief moment of hope — on King William Island in Episode 7 of The Terror.

History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 7

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Reenactment of Confederation in front of the provincial parliament building in Charlottetown

History

Confederation’s 150th Anniversary

Celebrate Canada’s birth where it all began

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Photo courtesy Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Bell Island Expedition begins school outreach

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People & Culture

Expedition explores Aboriginal knowledge of Franklin ships

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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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Wildlife

Tests confirm unusual Atlantic salmon catch off Baffin Island

Warmer temperatures in the Arctic are making the area more hospitable for unfamiliar marine life, researchers believe

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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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Environment

Farming without fossil fuels on Prince Edward Island

A P.E.I. farming family has become the first in Canada to heat their greenhouse operation entirely with biomass energy

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People & Culture

500 residents of an Ontario town might live on an island soon if dike breaches

There is up to a 40 per cent chance a shoreline road on Lake Erie, which acts as a dike, will fail

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People & Culture

A taste tour of PEI

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kayaking Ellesmere Island

People & Culture

Circumnavigating Ellesmere Island by kayak and ski

Jon Turk shares an excerpt from his new book Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild

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People & Culture

Amet*: Understanding the Beothuk

*It means “awake” in Beothuk, the language and people who once called present-day Newfoundland home for about 2,000 years. One young woman, believed to be the last living Beothuk, left a collection of maps and art that help us understand her people’s story.

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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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