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Exploring Skoki

Travelling through Alberta’s storied mountaineering and ski-touring past and present

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Environment

Illustration by Guy Parsons

Environment

Canada’s dirty secret

Canada leads the developed world in per capita production of garbage. What’s behind our nation’s wasteful ways? 

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History

Wildlife

Wildlife

National Bird Project essays

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Wildlife

Excerpt from The Canada Jay as the National Bird of Canada

Editor-in-chief and associate publisher Aaron Kylie contributed this chapter to a compilation book about the Canada Jay

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White-throated sparrow

Wildlife

How a new birdsong “went viral” across Canada

A long-term study of white-throated sparrows in Canada found that the birds have mysteriously changed their tune

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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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A common loon glides through a lake

Wildlife

10 birds to look for in Canada this summer

The search for these iconic Canadian birds will take you to some of the most scenic locations the country has to offer

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People & Culture

Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

People & Culture

Salma Lakhani, Alberta’s first Muslim Lieutenant Governor, on building a more inclusive Canada

One year into her term as Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani reflects on her journey so far and her hopes for her province and country

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dignitaries unveil new wayfinding signage for the great trail at 50 Sussex

Places

Historic Ottawa addresses on Sussex Drive now accessible via The Great Trail

Some 22,000 kilometres of cross-Canada trail is now complete, with more to come by end of 2017 

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Places

National parks beginning to reopen across the country

Not all, but many of Canada's national parks will reopen to some extent on June 1

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Canadian Geographic national finalists

Kids

Meet the 2018 Can Geo Challenge National Finalists

Canada's brightest young geography stars will also have the opportunity to meet adventurer Mylène Paquette, who will host the live final May 28

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Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

People & Culture

The Inuit future

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, on the idea of a Inuit-Crown relationship, Canada’s Inuit homelands and the role of Inuit in the world

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Environment

Photos: How climate change is transforming Canada

From floods to fires, drought to coastal erosion, climate change is already having an impact on Canada's communities, landscapes and wildlife

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People & Culture

Catherine McKenna on diversity in politics, internet trolls, and cold-water swimming

Episode 28

A century after the first woman was elected to the Canadian Parliament, one of the most prominent figures in present-day politics shares her thoughts on how to amplify diverse voices in the Commons

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Environment

The power we have to renew a world in peril

In an exclusive excperpt from his new book Commanding Hope, Thomas Homer-Dixon highlights four key stresses that inhibit society's collective sense of a promising future for our planet

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Environment

I am Mutehekau Shipu: A river’s journey to personhood in eastern Quebec

In February 2021, the world was introduced to Mutehekau Shipu — also known as the Magpie River — when the people of Ekuanitshit, Que. and the regional municipality made a joint declaration granting the river legal personhood and rights. The declaration carries broad implications for the fight to protect nature across Canada and around the world.

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Environment

Roy MacGregor on the rivers that shaped our nation

In his new book, Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada, Roy MacGregor examines the historical legacy and future of Canada's greatest rivers

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People & Culture

Remembering Alex Trebek

While best known as the host of Jeopardy!, the Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society was one of the planet's biggest champions of geographic knowledge and education

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People & Culture

Eight awesome things that happened at the 2018 RCGS Fellows Dinner

Remembering Louie Kamookak, a new Explorer-in-Residence and other highlights from the 89th Annual College of Fellows Dinner

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Olympian Jon Montgomery

People & Culture

Our Country: Jon Montgomery

The Amazing Race Canada host and Olympic gold medallist in skeleton reminisces about his grandparents’ cabin in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park

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Tori, in her canoe, smiles back towards the camera across glistening blue water

People & Culture

Paddling like a girl with Tori Baird

Part of our Colour the Trails series

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couple observes a waterfall in Yoho National Park

People & Culture

Canada ranked 7th happiest country in the world

Canada outperforms all other G7 nations in new happiness ranking 

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A drawing of Wade David with mountains, a river and a canoe in the background

People & Culture

Our Country: Wade Davis

The anthropologist and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Honorary Vice-President on why Ealue Lake, B.C., is special

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An illustration of Paul Brandt and his child holding up a fish

People & Culture

Our Country: Paul Brandt

The country musician reminisces about family connections and nature on Alberta’s Bow River

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Illustration of Alex Cuba by Lake Kathlyn, Smithers, B.C.

People & Culture

Our Country: Alex Cuba’s favourite place in Canada

The Latin Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter explains why moving to Smithers, B.C., was the best decision of his life

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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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Barebones Forest LED Rechargeable Lantern

Travel

The LED lantern you need for your next camping or backcountry trip

The Barebones Forest LED Rechargeable Lantern blends a timeless design, modern features and sturdy practicality

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People & Culture

Our Country: Clara Hughes

The Olympic medallist and mental-health-awareness champion shares her memories of inspiration in northern Labrador’s Torngat Mountains

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Travel

Running a back-country lodge

Q&A with Paul Conchatre, the president of the Manitoba Lodge and Outfitters Association

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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

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

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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Buffy Sainte-Marie

People & Culture

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s favourite place in Canada

The Cree singer-songwriter explains what makes Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle Valley so special to her

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Travel

A dozen travel-related New Year’s resolutions from Canadian Geographic

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People & Culture

Alex Trebek named an Officer of the Order of Canada

The Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and longtime host of Jeopardy! was nominated on the eve of Canada's 150th birthday

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Coeur de Pirate illustration by Kerry Hodgson

People & Culture

Our Country: Cœur de pirate shares her favourite Montreal hideaway

Béatrice Martin, the Québécoise singer-songwriter known by her stage name, reminisces about a special park in Montreal

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Travel

Our Country: Vinessa Antoine’s favourite place in Canada

The star of CBC’s Diggstown discovers Nova Scotia’s black history

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Environment

Slaughtered and skinned: The disturbing truth about South Africa’s captive-bred lion industry

Lord Ashcroft’s new book Unfair Game: An Exposé of South Africa’s Captive-Bred Lion Industry describes shocking revelations from a year-long investigation into captive-bred lion farming in South Africa

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Environment

The sixth extinction

The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?

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People & Culture

Our Country: Alex Trebek

Jeopardy! host and Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society reminisced about his years in Ottawa

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People & Culture

Our Country: Catherine McKenzie

The former lawyer and now bestselling author on what made her Quebec summer camp experience unforgettable

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Travel

Our Country: Director Sergio Navarretta’s favourite place in Canada

The award-winning director of The Cuban on the restorative calm of Ontario’s Lake Simcoe

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People & Culture

Our Country: Elizabeth May

The Green Party MP explains what it is about Margaree Harbour, N.S., that feeds her soul

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Dundas street sign with stop light and stop sign

People & Culture

Renaming places: how Canada is reexamining the map

The history behind the Dundas name change and how Canadians are reckoning with place name changes across the country — from streets to provinces

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Travel

Canadian Tourism Week underway!

The tourism industry is calling on Canadians to pledge to travel in Canada once restrictions are lifted

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People & Culture

Remembering former prime minister John Turner

John Turner, Canada’s 17th prime minister, has died at the age of 91

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People & Culture

Long overdue, much welcomed: Two residential schools named National Historic Sites

Canadian Geographic's director of reconciliation comments on the naming of two residential schools as National Historic Sites

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Environment

Green spaces crucial, but a challenge says 2020 Parks Report

The 2020 Canadian City Parks Report looks at challenges and opportunties for Canada's parks under a COVID-19 lens

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People & Culture

10 facts about Elections Canada on its 100th anniversary

Ballots boxes used to be made of metal and voter registrations lists used to be tacked to telephone poles — here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the federal election in Canada. 

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Environment

Excerpt: The Ocean’s Whistleblower

David Grémillet explores the remarkable life and work of fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly

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