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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

An image of Canada's new Polar Medal.

People & Culture

Governor General announces new Polar Medal

A new honour, called the Polar Medal, was announced by the Governor General as a way to celebrate Canada’s Northern heritage

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Dalee Sambo Dorough speaks at the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s General Assembly

People & Culture

Interview: Dalee Sambo Dorough of the Inuit Circumpolar Council

The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s chair on how Inuit are speaking up about climate change with a global voice

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Wade Davis, Alex Trebek, Justin Trudeau, John Geiger 50 Sussex official opening

People & Culture

Five awesome things that happened at the official opening of Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration

It was an evening of emotional tributes and reflection on what it means to be Canadian

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People & Culture

Our favourite books of 2018

Memoirs, a graphic novel and the biography of a famous ship are among Canadian Geographic's choices for the 14 best books of the year

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The glass-paned front of 50 Sussex Drive reflects the last rays of sunset

People & Culture

Welcome to 50 Sussex, Canada’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration

The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is transforming the way the 90-year-old organization carries out its mandate

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Science & Tech

Environment

Wildlife

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Wildlife

Early results of polar bear-eider relationship studies ‘surprising,’ say researchers

As polar bears move inland earlier across parts of the Arctic, they're geting a taste for eider eggs 

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Exploration

Exploration

Why cave exploration matters

2022 is the International Year of Caves and Karst. Here’s why you should care about the hidden worlds beneath our feet.

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Exploration

The society dame who became a polar explorer

After inheriting her family's staggering fortune, Louise Arner Boyd organized, financed and directed seven expeditions to the Arctic — yet her contributions to polar science remain virtually unknown

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A diver stands on top of a submarine on the sea surface

Exploration

Going deep for discovery: ocean exploration reaches new lows

Meet Limiting Factor, the submersible leading us to new depths of ocean exploration

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Dead Reckoning by Ken McGoogan cover woodcut Ebierbing

Exploration

New book introduces the unsung heroes of Arctic exploration

Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the "more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration" that the 21st century demands 

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Amundsen Gjoa 1903 Northwest Passage Inuit

Exploration

Lessons from the Northwest Passage: Roald Amundsen’s experiences in the Canadian Arctic

A foremost Amundsen expert shares some highlights from famed Norwegian explorer’s 1903-06 expedition to the North Pole 

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Wildlife

Map tracks polar bears in Hudson Bay

See where 14 polar bears are moving through Hudson Bay, and learn their stories.

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Hearts in the Ice: Climate change in our polar regions

A warmer, wetter, and wilder climate is unbalancing the Arctic ecosystem

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People & Culture

A polar legacy honoured

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People & Culture

Wear your love of exploration with new RCGS-branded clothing

Get your RCGS-branded t-shirts, toques, socks and more in our new online Society Shop!

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People & Culture

New Land Expedition: Magic polar travel with dogs

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People & Culture

Canadian diving luminary receives underwater exploration award

Joe MacInnis just became the fourth person ever to receive the William Beebe Award for exceptional contributions to underwater exploration from the New York City-based Explorers Club

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People & Culture

2013 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration winner: Jill Heinerth

For singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer or a non-Canadian for exploratory achievements within Canada

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People & Culture

Map curator examines the history of Arctic exploration

In his sumptuously illustrated Lines in the Ice: Exploring the Roof of the World, Philip J. Hatfield assesses the impact of polar exploration on a region that continues to fascinate 

People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Awards 2020

Award recipients honoured in the first virtual Annual General Meeting and Fellows Show.

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People & Culture

MEC is now the official outfitter of the RCGS expeditions program

Two names synonymous with adventure are joining forces to support Canadian exploration

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Science & Tech

Throwback Thursday: International Polar Year

Five years have passed since the International Polar Year. Brush up on Canada's science projects and reflect on where the science stands now!

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Science & Tech

‘It’s been raining! In the High Arctic!’

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is set to open in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, later this year. How will it affect our understanding and appreciation of the North and the rapid change occurring there? 

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Science & Tech

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station comes online

What does it take to operate high-tech scientific facilities — including live-study growing chambers and necropsy, genomics and imaging labs — in Canada’s Arctic?

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Science & Tech

An Ottawa group of Arctic aficionados celebrates a milestone

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Researchers explore the Tunnunik impact crater in Canada's Arctic

Science & Tech

Exposing the secrets of the largest Arctic meteorite crater found in a decade

A new way of mapping impact craters could even change how astronauts prepare for the moon and Mars

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Science & Tech

New research into Arctic marine mammal movements aims to maintain the future of a traditional Inuit food source

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Science & Tech

Canadian Polar Commission report reveals key issues in Canada’s North

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Science & Tech

Tracking fresh water and contaminants in the Arctic Ocean

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Arctic char of southern Victoria Island

How a Université Laval scientist, DFO researchers and locals in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, are working together to keep these staple fish populations healthy 

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Science & Tech

5 Polar Continental Shelf Program projects unlocking the mysteries of Canada’s North

From permafrost slumping to biodiversity inventories, here’s some of the most exciting research that PCSP supported in 2019

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Science & Tech

Biodiversity at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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Wildlife

Photos: Bear witness

Celebrating a springtime ritual of polar bear cubs emerging from the dens of Manitoba's famed Wapusk National Park

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Polar Bear near Beechey Island, Nunavut.

Wildlife

Counting polar bears by satellite

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Wildlife

Meals without seals: How polar bears will have to adapt to life on land

As polar bears spend more time on land as a result of melting ice, they will have to shift their diets in order to survive

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Wildlife

11 amazing facts about Canada’s bear species

Did you know polar bears aren't actually white? Or that bears mark their territory by rubbing their backs on trees?

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Wildlife

Polar bear numbers predicted to plummet

Loss of sea-ice habitat due to climate warming has been highlighted as the single most important threat to the long-term survival of polar bears

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Wildlife

Excerpt from Ice Walker: A Polar Bear’s Journey Through the Fragile Arctic

From bestselling author James Raffan comes an enlightening and original story about a polar bear’s precarious existence in the changing Arctic

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Wildlife

Microchipped polar bear hides used to combat wildlife trafficking

Technology also will assist with management practices

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North American dark-eyed junco on a pine branch

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Animals are “shape-shifting” to cope with climate change

Plus: Tree species at risk, inbreeding polar bears, and a 20,000-kilometre butterfly chase

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Mother and baby bear curl up like kidney beans in a mirror image of eachother in a grassy meadow

Wildlife

Canadian-Slovak photographer Martin Gregus wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolio award

Gregus received the Rising Star Portfolio Award in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Canadian Geographic caught up with him for the story behind the photos.

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Prince Albert II, Monaco, exploration, ocean

Exploration

Prince Albert II of Monaco explains how his country’s new ocean exploration initiative came to be

The Monaco Explorations expedition will conduct three years of scientific research in nine remote locations around the world beginning in July 

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Caving began to gain a foothold in Canada in the mid-1960s

Exploration

Subterranean trailblazers 

Caving: The ultimate underground sport

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Exploration

Under the icefield and inside the mountain

Go deep below the Columbia Icefield in Banff National Park to “the most inaccessible place in Canada” with the 2020 Castleguard Cave Expedition

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Exploration

Exploration and tourism on the deepest dives

Every dive into the abyss brings back important scientific data and reminds the world of the critical need for protecting the planet’s oceans

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Carbon print showing Robert Falcon Scott in 1911, a year before his death

Exploration

Four famous Brits who helped establish their country’s reputation for exploration

Here's why the adventures of Irvine and Mallory, Scott and Whymper are as well-known as their tragedies

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Exploration

Smaller companies helping shoot for the moon in new Canadian Space Agency push

CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen says space exploration represents a major economic opportunity for Canada

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Glacier on Svalbard, Norway

Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Citizen Science

From phytoplankton to drones, citizen science in the remote Svalbard wilderness is contributing to research around the world

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polar bear mother and her young cub

Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Biodiversity and our oceans

Two adventurers have extended their stay in isolation in Svalbard, Norway to continue gathering wildlife observations in the remote Arctic

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Mapping

How the Great Trail interactive map is linking communities and changing exploration

As Canada's most famous trail celebrates its near completion, Esri Canada president Alex Miller discusses the ambitious trail map that is helping Canadians get outdoors

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