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Artcirq, a circus troupe from Igloolik, Nunavut, will perform in Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene festival

People & Culture

Making a Northern Scene

Experience northern art in the south

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Members of the Pirurvik project accepting their award

People & Culture

Inuit preschool, Yukon cold-climate greenhouse among winners of 2018 Arctic Inspiration Prize

A total of $2,566,000 was awarded to five Northern Indigenous programs at a ceremony in Whitehorse Feb. 12

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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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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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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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Articles

Wildlife

Humboldt flying squirrel resting on tree

Wildlife

New species of flying squirrel found in Pacific Northwest

North America now has three distinct species of flying squirrel

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arctic

Science & Tech

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 Polar Commission report reveals key issues in Canada’s North

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Les feux de forêt s’enflamment sur le long de l’autoroute de Yellowknife, au sud de Behchokò (T.N.-O.), en 2014. Les chercheurs étudient l’influence des feux à long terme sur les lacs et les cours d’eau.

Science & Tech

Investigating the landscape legacies of northern wildfires

Ongoing studies of fire-scarred landscapes in the Northwest Territories are revealing the surprising resilience of northern streams and lakes

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Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2017 Team Nortern Sarnia

Science & Tech

Meet the only Canadian high school team competing at Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Of the 20 Canadian teams soon heading to Detroit to show off their energy-efficient vehicle prototypes, Sarnia's Northern Collegiate boasts the first and only team coming from a high school

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Tidal energy infrastructure

Science & Tech

Small-scale energy projects aim to help northern communities

Part two of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster: A six-part series

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History

Environment

grass and water stretches out to a treeline with mountains behind

Environment

Excerpt from Crossing The Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada’s Northern Rockies

Wayne Sawchuk's latest book recounts his transformation from a logger and trapper into an ardent conservationist

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People & Culture

10 amazing aurora photos from Can Geo’s Instagram community

A roundup of the best photos of the northern lights submitted to our hashtag this week

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Governor General David Johnston awards Arctic Inspiration Prize to one of the 2015 laureates, Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth

People & Culture

Arctic Inspiration Prize awards $1.5 million to improve Northern communities

Three programs dedicated to advancing the quality of life in Canada’s northern communities received a much-needed funding boost on January 27 through the annual Arctic Inspiration Prize.

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Dayo, an African penguin, sits on a tabletop where actress Taylor Thorne, in character as Taylor West, is completing homework

People & Culture

What it was like to work with penguins on the set of Northern Rescue

Meet the avian stars of Northern Rescue, the new family drama from CBC and Netflix 

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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

Q&A with astrophotographer Alan Dyer

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A group from the Selkirk First Nation catches a salmon in a net.

People & Culture

Five potential solutions to food insecurity in Canada’s North

Here are a few of the ways community-led projects, government programs and other organizations are helping to feed northern populations

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A member of the intermittent irrigation project team

People & Culture

Fighting malaria in Northern Peru

Changing irrigation practices to combat malaria in Northern Peru

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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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People & Culture

“Vanishing Point” documentary introduces audience to diverse northern cultures

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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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People & Culture

The man who brought ice climbing to northern Ontario

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People & Culture

Northern exposure: Tomson Highway recalls a childhood encounter with the sub-Arctic wind

Born into a nomadic, caribou-hunting Cree family in northern Manitoba, acclaimed playwright and novelist Tomson Highway pays tribute to the magical world of his childhood in Permanent Astonishment  

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Iceberg, Baffin Bay

People & Culture

Igniting passion, sharing science and celebrating success

Since International Polar Year, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has acted as a catalyst for northern research, funding over 90 scientists at the postdoctoral, Ph.D. and master’s level from universities across Canada

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a prairie chicken dancer and his daughter at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

People & Culture

Connecting to 6,000 years of history at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

The cultural site near Saskatoon is working to connect non-Indigenous and Indigenous people to 6,000 years of the region’s First Nations heritage

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People & Culture

The RCGS announces Nikon Canada as its Official Photography Partner

Two iconic brands known for exceptional photography join forces to inspire the next generation of photographers

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People & Culture

Q&A with arctic researcher Donald Forbes

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Mark Napier (left) and Lanny McDonald play hockey on the Arctic Ocean with youth from Arctic Bay. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

People & Culture

How an Ottawa photographer helps bring Canada’s pastime to the North

Photographer Michelle Valberg discusses Project North, her not-for-profit that delivers hockey equipment to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, northern Quebec and Labrador

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People & Culture

The cod delusion

A moratorium on cod fishing that was supposed to last two years has now lasted 30. What will it take to rebuild cod stocks — and a way of life?

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Shene Catholique Valpy and her daughter Sahᾴí̜ʔᾳ.

People & Culture

Portraits of the North in isolation

Yellowknife-based photographer Pat Kane’s latest portrait project reveals how northern families are coping with self-isolation and physical distancing in the time of COVID-19

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People & Culture

PM’s northern tour

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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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Torngat Mountains and Nachvak Fiord

Exploration

Photos: Exploring the Torngat Mountains, a place of spirits

Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg offers a glimpse at her journey to Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador

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Canadian Geographic editors' favourite travel 2016

Travel

Editors’ choice: Six travel highlights from 2016

Can Geo editors reveal their favourite destinations and travel experiences from the past year

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Travel

New technology means changes to liquids restrictions on flights

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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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Travel

How to best enjoy Jasper National Park’s dark sky

Nine ways to get the most out of stargazing in the 11,000 square kilometer dark sky preserve

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Calling all Canadians! Ig we gave you $10,000 to fight climate change, how would you do it?

Live Net Zero Rules and Regulations

Live Net Zero Challenge (2022)

Fishermen hauling up cod in a net

Environment

Study of 500 years of cod catch data shows collapse could have been avoided

Canada missed a chance to rebuild northern cod stocks in the 1980s, highlighting the importance of taking a long view of fisheries management, researchers say

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Fellows of the royal canadian geographical society and canadian geographic challenge winners at perce, quebec

Kids

Photos: Highlights from One Ocean Expeditions’ 2019 East Coast Fins and Fiddles voyage

Three finalists in this year’s Canadian Geographic Challenge enjoyed the trip of a lifetime as part of their prize, and we were there to capture the fun

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Science & Tech

How satellite radar is making Canada’s northern winter roads safer

Researchers are tracking ice density, cracks and the impacts of truck traffic from space

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Science & Tech

Understanding change in Canada’s boreal forest — including its farthest northern reaches — is critical to appreciating habitat change around the globe

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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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Robson Bight Day to Night

Environment

Day to Night in Robson Bight

For the latest image in his iconic Day to Night series, photographer Stephen Wilkes set his sights on an important ecological reserve in British Columbia. Here's why. 

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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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Steve, atmospheric phenomenon

Environment

Meet the aurora chaser who named an atmospheric phenomenon “Steve”

It started as an in-joke among aurora enthusiasts, but the discovery of "Steve" is making waves in the atmospheric science community 

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Science & Tech

How to read a solar forecast 

The space weather forecast is a great resource for planning outings to see the northern lights. Here’s what the forecast really means.

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james bay lowlands ring of fire

Environment

Aerial photography of northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire

The James Bay Lowlands contain both environmentally crucial peatlands and one of the largest potential mineral reserves in Canada 

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Science & Tech

How a new northern mapping project is preserving Inuit traditional knowledge

Set to launch later this year in Clyde River, Nunavut, digital atlases of Inuit place names, wildlife habitat, scientific studies and more are already benefiting communities in the Arctic

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Mapping

10 fascinating historic maps of the Arctic

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Storm clouds are seen over a pump jack rig

Environment

Northern Tornadoes Project confirms 77 tornadoes in 2020

Program used community reports and remote sensing to confirm tornadoes

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Science & Tech

Perseid meteor shower lights up the sky

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A controlled burn between Hay River and Yellowknife, NWT in July 2014

Environment

Report highlights ‘catastrophic’ loss of wilderness around the globe

Fragmented biomes threaten efforts to combat climate change, warns new study

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Google Earth Voyager Indigenous Cultural Heritage Story

Kids

Google Earth Voyager story highlights Indigenous cultural heritage

Canadian Geographic Education offers a new multimedia educational resource centred on Indigenous content

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Environment

Taurid meteor lights up Saskatchewan

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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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A polar bear walks on the Arctic tundra

Wildlife

A partnership to save Canada’s polar bears

Winter apparel brand Canada Goose has partnered with Polar Bears International to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on the north’s most iconic animal

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Boreal wetland Algonquin Provincial Park

Environment

It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands

A huge part of Canada's northern geography, peatlands are critical to regulating our climate — and more

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DFO, Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce the creation of the new Arctic Region

Environment

DFO, Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announce the creation of the new Arctic Region

The change is to transform the way decisions about fishing, shipping, resource development and more are made across the enormous northern region defined by the traditional Inuit homelands

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CAE ships anchored at Bernard Harbour, Nunavut, in 1914

Exploration

Canada’s unsung expedition

A century after the start of the thrilling expedition that strengthened claims to Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, the first Canadian Arctic Expedition remains a largely unknown part of the country’s history

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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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Science & Tech

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

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Mapping

The view from above

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