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Franklin Expedition

History

Captain’s log: Reliving the find

How events transpired on the Sir Wilfrid Laurier as new of Franklin discoveries developed

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History

Queen Maud Gulf the focus of the search — for now

Ships, sonar and autonomous underwater vehicles sweep the water as the Victoria Strait beckons

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Yves Bernard, a petty officer of the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit, and Ryan Harris, a senior marine archeologist with Parks Canada, raise the side-scan sonar.

History

New tools will cover more ground in this year’s search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

Technology used to track down the lost ships

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History

“Serendipity” led to Franklin find

More details emerge on the historic discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s ships

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Parks Canada's Ryan Harris holds a mask, one of the pieces of equipment divers will use once winds subside and they are able to dive at the Franklin shipwreck site.

History

Weather continues to play havoc with dive attempts on Franklin wreck

Parks Canada divers remain on standby

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British Columbia

2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

Image captured by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) showing two small cannons among the scattered timbers of the shipwreck

History

Divers hope to see Franklin wreck with their own eyes this week

High winds that have hampered underwater work forecast to lighten

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Environment

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captive belugas

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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Mapping

Google Street View comes to Canadian parks and historic sites

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Wildlife

VIDEO: Famous Canada lynx spotted again

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People & Culture

Throwback Thursday: An ode to National Parks

Henrietta Wilson wasn’t the first to write a love letter to Canada’s mountains, and I doubt she’ll be the last.

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Places

Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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Wildlife

Kids

People & Culture

A recent study shows Parks can play a role in introducing newcomers to Canadian society

People & Culture

Natural connection

A study shows spending time in the great Canadian outdoors can help immigrants feel more at home

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Travel

A view from Flint’s Park west up the Cascade valley at sunset. Flint’s Park is one of Banff’s most remote backcountry campgrounds — a two-day hike from any direction.

Travel

Losing the crowds in Banff

If real solitude is what you seek, block off four or five days and head for the Front Ranges in one of Canada’s most popular parks

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Travel

Rare birds

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

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Travel

11 outdoor apps for Android smartphones

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Yukon River

Travel

The making of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Parks Canada's Marc Johnson discusses the public call for world heritage site nominations and how sites receive the coveted global designation 

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The Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest

Travel

Finding wolves, deep-fried wood and a submarine in Haliburton Forest

How Ontario's Haliburton Forest balances preservation with profit

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Bulk Search Results

Rosalynn Carter, Arthur Milnes, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and RCGS CEO John Geiger

People & Culture

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded Lawrence J. Burpee medal

Medal honours the former President's role in expanding the U.S. national parks system and work with Habitat for Humanity

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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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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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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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Sir Wilfrid Laurier

History

Exploring the realities and myths of Arctic sea ice

As the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition encounters the thickest ice in years, searchers share tales of past ill-fated adventures in the unpredictable waters

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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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History

The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition sets course for its first search area

Discussing the potential challenges of the team’s tools en route to the hunt

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Looking out from the Canadian Coast Guard's CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

History

Finding Franklin

This summer’s Victoria Strait Expedition will bring cutting edge technology and unprecedented resources to the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

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Parks Canada’s underwater archeologist team completes dive operations after a long day.

History

Captain’s log: Today we dive

Briefs on a busy day of underwater archeology and associated work

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History

Franklin wreck found

Prime Minister Harper announces the discovery of one of the two lost ships of the famed Franklin Expedition

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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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Great Slave Lake

Places

Thaidene Nëné: Land of the ancestors

The new Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories is the heart of sacred Denesǫłiné homeland and a prophesied final refuge of clean water and ecological integrity in North America

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Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Places

Help choose Canada’s next world heritage site

Parks Canada is accepting applications for world heritage sites and seeking candidates for an advisory committee tasked with reviewing nominations

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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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banff national park

Wildlife

Banff National Park braces for more visitors, charges in 2017 season

The national park laid 1,070 charges between 2006 and 2016 — more than any other national park in the country during the same period

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tagged Bear 122 in Banff

Wildlife

Wildlife photographers banned from using radio receivers to find animals

Parks Canada announces $25,000 fines for tracking collared wildlife in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks

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A portion of the Jeff's Map of Algonquin provincial park

Mapping

How Jeff’s Maps are improving backcountry travel in Ontario parks

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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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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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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Mapping

Conservation efforts mostly halted during COVID-19 pandemic

Organizations say it’s too early to determine long-term effects

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People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

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Wildlife

Ontario aims to relieve pressure on threatened Algonquin wolf

Province implements hunting and trapping ban in four provincial parks

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Quebec students teach their school about recycling and composting

Kids

Announcing the winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip 2020

Congratulations to the students of Butler Elementary School from Bedford, Que.

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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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Students at Ottawa's Rideau Canal locks

Kids

Parliament Hill and historical play-acting in the nation’s capital

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

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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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moose alberta population app

Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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People & Culture

Bruce Amos awarded Camsell medal

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Team photo from the 2012 search for the lost Franklin ships.

History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society CEO John Geiger gives a sneak peek of this year’s Franklin search

Why this summer’s search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition will be the biggest and most advanced ever

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People & Culture

5 ways to engage kids in Geography Awareness Week

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Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip explores skywalks, glaciers

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Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley

Travel

Five of Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Parks Canada is seeking nominations for potential places to add to its impressive list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are five sites that were most recently added.

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