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Canada’s first national urban park

It’s an ambitious plan: take the traditional Parks Canada wilderness concept and plunk it in the country’s largest city. But can Toronto’s Rouge National Urban Park help balance city life with wildlife?

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A crowd of tourist swarm on a lakeside beach in Banff National Park

Places

Smother Nature: The struggle to protect Banff National Park

In Banff National Park, Alberta, as in protected areas across the country, managers find it difficult to balance the desire of people to experience wilderness with an imperative to conserve it

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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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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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A woman stands alone looking out over an empty prairie under a cloudy blue sky

Places

Guardians of the grasslands

How conservationists and ranchers in Saskatchewan are working to slow the loss of an endangered ecosystem

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Gordon Hempton records audio in Grasslands National Park

Science & Tech

The sounds of silence 

A sound artist listens for quiet in Grasslands National Park

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Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip building a teepee in Riding Mountain National Park

Kids

Bison, teepees and black bears: Canada’s Coolest School Trip takes a deeper dive into Riding Mountain National Park

Highlights from day two of Canada’s Coolest School Trip

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Canada’s Coolest School Trip arrives in Riding Mountain National Park

Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip kicks off in Riding Mountain National Park

Highlights from day one of Canada’s Coolest School Trip 2019

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Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip arrives in Jasper National Park

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Student uses an atlatl to launch a dart

Kids

A day of campfire songs and nature trails on Canada’s Coolest School Trip

Highlights from Day 3 of Canada's Coolest School Trip

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Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip winners announced

A grade eight class from Alberta's Lethbridge Christian School is heading to Nova Scotia on an all-expenses-paid field trip

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Wolf eel (anarrhichthys ocellatus) surrounded by brooding anemones, Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Places

Photos: The parks beneath the sea

A colourful look at the marine biodiversity of Canada’s west coast

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Travel

Gear Review: Columbia Heatzone 1000 Turbodown

With powerful warmth and a pretty profile, the Columbia Heatzone 1000 Turbodown may just be the perfect winter coat for the average Canadian

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Mapping

Google Street View comes to Canadian parks and historic sites

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Gatineau Park forest-cover map

Mapping

The map that helped preserve Gatineau Park

This colourful forest-cover map, completed in 1974, provided invaluable information for the management of the National Capital Region’s cherished park

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Mapping

Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19

The slowdown of human activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some surprising benefits for wildlife conservation. Can we keep them going after the danger has passed?

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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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Places

Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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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)

Watermelon snow on Mount Garibaldi

Environment

22 facts and figures from the Alpine Club of Canada’s 2019 State of the Mountains Report

The Alpine Club of Canada covers everything from wildfires to watermelon snow in its recently published annual report on Canada's alpine environments

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Wildlife

VIDEO: Famous Canada lynx spotted again

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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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Bird sits on rock

Wildlife

Rebound of the black swifts: Johnston Canyon reports an increase in endangered bird species

The decrease in human activity could be the reason

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Wildlife

Moose changing ecosystem in Gros Morne

The effect moose have on the Gros Morne National Park ecosystem

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Wildlife

Vancouver Parks Board bans display of live cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium

The aquarium is concerned for the future of its marine mammal rescue program

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baby bison calf Banff national park

Wildlife

Alberta bison celebrate a wild Mother’s Day for the first time in 140 years

The Banff National Park project seeks to reintegrate the keystone species into the natural ecosystem

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Wildlife

Wildife Wednesday: What’s going on with Stanley Park’s coyotes?

Plus: Bacterial “first responders,” modelling cod and more marmots

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whooping crane twins and their parents

Wildlife

Wood Buffalo National Park reports record number of whooping crane fledglings

Conservation managers at the park reported 63 new fledglings of the endangered bird this year

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Wildlife

The bears of Khutzeymateen Provincial Park

Photographer Michelle Valberg showcases her stunning pictures from within Canada's only grizzly sanctuary

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Wildlife

Kokanee salmon population bounces back in Kluane National Park

The return of over 5,000 kokanee salmon to Kluane National Park in southwest Yukon in 2015 was cause for excitement after the population was nearly declared extinct in 2009

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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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Kenzie Wakefield begins the rugged trail to Mt. St. Patrick, the highest peak in the park, as part of her first week of training and getting to know the lay of the land.

Places

Photos: Life in the park at the edge of the world

This is not your average summer job

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a collage of photos of Canadian places including Cape Breton, Fogo Island, Gatineau Park, Charlottetown, Calgary, Nunavut

Travel

12 photos to inspire your summer adventures

From fiery sunrises over Fogo Island, N.L., to surf-worthy waves in Pacific Rim National Park, B.C., catch wanderlust from Can Geo's Instagram community 

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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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Montréal is taking great strides to reinforce its image as the “most bike-friendly” city in North America

Environment

Clean commute

Canada's largest cities are paving the way for more eco-conscious commuting choices

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Environment

Timber poaching: The secretive crime decimating North America’s forests

Timber poaching has become “a problem in every national forest,” with an estimated $1 billion worth of wood poached yearly in North America 

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Environment

Discover Canada through Roberta Bondar’s camera lens

The former astronaut also happens to be an amazing photographer, and is using her talents to raise interest in Canada's wild spaces

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History

Five facts about the shaman’s parka

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Qausuittuq National Park

Places

Exploring Qausuittuq, Canada’s newest national park

In Canada’s high Arctic, endangered Peary caribou now have a protected home

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Ivvavik National Park landscape

Places

Six sites awaiting UNESCO World Heritage status

Parks Canada wants the public to nominate Canadian places worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status. Here are the six sites still on the waiting list.

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Google Trekker at Tanquary Fiord Quttinirpaaq National Park

Places

Canada’s northernmost national park, Quttinirpaaq, is now on Google Street View

It's now possible to virtually visit the northern tip of Canada

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History

Throwback Thursday: Canada’s first marine national park

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Parkwood Estate in Ottawa, Ont

Travel

One City: Oshawa, Ontario

Explore Canada’s car culture, tour one of the country’s last great estates and catch a rainbow trout

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Travel

Jasper National Park

A guide to visiting the Alberta National Park

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Salt plains in Wood Buffalo National Park

Travel

Salt plains and sky preserves of Wood Buffalo National Park

A wonder for the eye at any time of day

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Places

Wi-Fi access being installed in Canada’s national parks

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Travel

La Mauricie National Park

A guide to visiting the Quebec National Park

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Places

Rouge Urban National Park set to expand by 17 square kilometres

Land that had been part of the park since 2015 will be federally recognized if Senate passes bill C-18  

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Places

Bison uncover centuries-old petroglyphs at Saskatchewan’s Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Known as “grandfathers” by Wanuskewin Elders, these rock carvings provide a glimpse into the lives of the Indigenous Peoples that lived in the region hundreds of years ago

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Travel

Soothing a winter of discontent: Fjallraven’s Kyl and Kyla parkas emerge as an early frontrunner for gear of the year

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Places

Bruce Peninsula National Park

A guide to visiting the Ontario National Park

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Travel

Rare birds

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

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Travel

Berlin-Ichthysosaur State Park

How did 40 ancient sea monsters end up in Nevada's Shoshone Mountains?

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Mountains lay beyond Pangirtung, Nunavut.

Travel

Auyuittuq National Park

A guide to visiting the Nunavut National Park

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Travel

A tour of the best skiing in the Rockies

Leslie Anthony shares the best of the big hills

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Ryan Harris, a marine archeologist with Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service

History

After a brief resupply break the Parks Canada search team resumes the hunt

The Martin Bergmann heads to a new area of Queen Maud Gulf looking for Franklin’s ships

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The view of Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan (Photo: Suiseiseki/Wikimedia Commons)

Travel

Seth Kamil’s New York City

The Big Onion Walking Tours founder reveals his 10 favourite spots

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Travel

Vancouver’s Stanley Park turns 125

Mapping the stories behind Stanley Park’s well-known features

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Travel

Welcome to Waterton Wildlife Weekend

Get ready for a few wild, woolly days in Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park

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Travel

Fast and furious in Canada Olympic Park

A professional pilot guides three first-timers down a bobsleigh track

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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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The entrance to the massive cave recently discovered in Wells Gray Provincial Park, B.C.

Exploration

Canadian team confirms presence of huge unexplored cave in British Columbia

Cave in Wells Gray Provincial Park described as “about as big as they come in Canada” 

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Science & Tech

Vancouver Aquarium waiting to hear whether it could be banned from displaying live cetaceans

City’s park board to present a bylaw amendment that would ban the importation and display of whales, dolphins and porpoises

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Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls aerial photo

Travel

Making a splash at Great Wolf Lodge

The ultimate hotel-meets-waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ont., delivers on a complete family getaway

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