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Canoeing at Madawaska Kanu Centre

Travel

7 spots to explore along eastern Ontario’s Canadian Canoe Route

Connect with Canada's past and present on this network of waterways between Peterborough, Ont. and the nation's capital

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Environment

What’s at stake in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

The James Bay Lowlands in northern Ontario contain one of the largest potential mineral reserves in Canada. Now, the region’s economy and environment stand on the brink of massive transformation.

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Sylvia Maracle at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres main office in Toronto

People & Culture

Interview: Celebrating 50 years of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Sylvia Maracle, executive director of the federation, discusses the organization’s past successes and challenging future ahead

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Louie Kamookak Medal

People & Culture

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society awards two Kamookak Medals

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and artist Sylvain Voyer recognized for their contributions to making Canada's geography better known

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Ryan Wolfe is the lead researcher on a conservation project aimed at saving Ontario's most endangered snake, the blue racer.

Wildlife

Racing for Survival: Ontario’s blue racer

One man’s endeavour to save the province’s most endangered snake

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Travel

People & Culture

People & Culture

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visits the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

The Society’s headquarters at 50 Sussex Drive played host to HRH on the second day of his Platinum Jubilee tour of Canada

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Environment

Blue whale skeleton on display at Royal Ontario Museum

Environment

Blue whale exhibition opens at Royal Ontario Museum

Exhibit tells the tale of a rare blue whale that washed up dead in Newfoundland in 2014, offering new insights on Earth's largest animal

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Environment

Guelph soil named official soil of Ontario

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Environment

Museum of Nature gardens bring Canada’s biodiversity to Ottawa

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Environment

Canadian Museum of Nature recruits citizen scientists to record data on Arctic plants

Expedition Arctic Botany will allow curious members of the public to explore the plants of the Arctic region without leaving home, while contributing to our understanding of Arctic ecosystems

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Toronto city skyline misty with lake in foreground

Environment

Deforestation in the 19th century changed the chemistry of Lake Ontario

As trees were cleared for farmland beginning in the 1830s, nitrogen levels in the lake began to rise

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Escape the cold at Museum of History’s snow exhibition

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History

Throwback thursday: 1951 Royal tour of Canada

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History

Returned Inuit artifacts on exhibit in Nunavut

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History

New exhibit celebrates Canadian women’s fight for the right to vote

Display at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa also explores the historical context of women's suffrage

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History

Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 4(1): The Royal Charter

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Written on animal skin 350 years ago, the Royal Charter that created the Hudson’s Bay Company is both an incredible and problematic document

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A replica of Iron Man's suit, on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa

People & Culture

Exhibition traces the evolution of armour, from the Renaissance to Hollywood

Armour, on now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, is a fascinating display of protective gear used by knights, soldiers, athletes and actors through time

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E. Pauline Johnson, postage stamp

People & Culture

The true story of Pauline Johnson: poet, provocateur and champion of Indigenous rights

The daughter of a hereditary Mohawk chief and an English immigrant, Johnson used her hard-won celebrity to challenge Indigenous stereotypes

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Rock climber Kevin Jorgeson scales the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on October 26.

Exploration

Q & A with professional rock climber Kevin Jorgeson

American climber scaled the Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto October 26

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Mapping

Mapping Ontario’s bridges

Ontario has its fair share of waterways, and therefore has its fair share of bridges. This is how the provincial government keeps track of them all.

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Wildlife

How to fix a turtle

An Ontario centre is charting new horizons in wildlife rehabilitation — one reconstructed turtle at a time

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Exploration

Pushing limits across Lake Ontario: Mario Rigby on his next adventure

Mario Rigby is embarking on a 20 day kayaking expedition to promote domestic and sustainable travel

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Snapping turtle by roadside

Wildlife

Ontario turtle rescue centre sees spike in patients

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre has treated some 650 injured turtles this year, mostly as a result of motor vehicle impacts

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Science & Tech

Canadian Museum of Nature festival brings the Arctic to the south

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The pumpjack is an iconic symbol of oil in the West.

Science & Tech

13+ things you didn’t know about energy

Massive oilfields, huge offshore rigs, high-tech refineries, colossal dams, sprawling wind farms — how much do you really know about BIG power in Canada?

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Two entomologist pose with their technical equipment and fossil insects

Science & Tech

Bug news! World-renowned Canadian entomologists fund Canadian Museum of Nature visiting scientist program

After 50-plus years of fieldwork and education, Drs. Stewart and Jarmila Peck will support the next generation of biodiversity researchers

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Science & Tech

Ontario to pay wind-turbine owners to not generate electricity

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Caribou stands in the snow

Environment

Modelling threats to caribou in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

As interest in Ontario’s mineral-rich Ring of Fire region grows, caribou face threats on multiple fronts. New research could help chart a path to their conservation.

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RCGS CEO John Geiger

History

One Ocean Voyager takes the Victoria Strait Expedition to the Royal Geographical Society Islands

AUV to be redeployed in waters it recently charted for signs of Franklin's ships

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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

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Snowy Manitoba gives a warm welcome to spring

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Trudeau and the Trebeks

People & Culture

Trudeau, Trebek and a Rear-Admiral: the Royal Canadian Geographical Society bolsters its Fellowship with three incredible leaders

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jean Trebek and Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson join the organization as Honorary Fellows

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Woman on a stand up paddleboard

People & Culture

Taking a stand on Lake Ontario’s plastic pollution

Rochelle Byrne is paddleboarding 420 kilometres along the shores of Lake Ontario to raise awareness about pollution that has infiltrated the lake

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People & Culture

‘Historic decision’ as Ontario courts rule lawsuit against provincial government can proceed

Seven Ontario youth are suing the Ontario government for infringing on their rights to a safe environment

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People & Culture

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society receives a royal gift

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People & Culture

Bill Lishman to create huge outdoor iceberg sculpture for Museum of Nature

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People & Culture

Farewell to the Canadian penny

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People & Culture

Canadian Museum of History’s Dr. David Morrison awarded the RCGS Massey Medal

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People & Culture

RCGS, Royal Scottish Geographical Society sign a trans-Atlantic MOU

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People & Culture

Dino Talks

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Alex Trebek speaks at a podium

People & Culture

Alex Trebek and Canadian Geographic

Remembering Alex Trebek's legacy through stories of his work

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Princess Anne

People & Culture

Princess Anne made an Honorary Fellow of the RCGS

Royal Family member welcomed into the society at a special presentation in London  

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People & Culture

10 bonus facts about Canadian people, places and society

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People & Culture

10 RCGS updates from November

Here's a bit of what The Royal Canadian Geographical Society got up to in November.

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Trees line a shimmering lake with the sun peeking above in the left top corner

Environment

The Ontario Greenbelt is expanding — So what does that mean?

The expansion could offer economic, social and environmental benefits to the area

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Dr. Jordan Mallon of the Canadian Museum of Nature poses with the skull of

Environment

Museum of Nature unveils new dinosaur species

'Judith' is a new species of horned dinosaur with a fascinating past

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9 people stand with shovels as if at a groundbreaking ceremony

Environment

Largest renewable natural gas plant set to be built in Ontario

This facility will aid in the reduction of greenhouse gases in Canada

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Wildlife

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

At least 50 species of fish can be found in the Arctic drainage basin in Ontario

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Wildlife

Ontario introduces new legislation to halt invasive species invasion

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Wildlife

Salmon in the city

Toronto’s waterways play an important role for salmon

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Wildlife

Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes colourful frogs

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Wildlife

Museum of Nature showcases fish x-rays exhibit

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Wildlife

Environmental commissioner decries logging in Algonquin

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Wildlife

Resurgence of the eastern wild turkey

The wild turkey, once extirpated from Ontario, now faces two hunting seasons

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History

Artifacts of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment

It's been a century since nearly 800 Newfoundland soldiers lost their lives fighting in France. This new provincial gallery pays tribute to their memory.

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History

Horse-drawn carriage exhibition opens at Museum of History

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History

Canadian Stamp Collection has new home at Canadian Museum of History

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History

First person to cross Lake Ontario looks back on the epic journey 60 years later

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Andy McKinnon

Places

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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Princess Juliana holds Princess Margriet and sits with her family in Ottawa in 1943.

History

The Ottawa maternity ward that became international territory for the birth of a royal

On January 19, 1943, Princess Margriet became the first, and so far the only, royal to have been born in North America.

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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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History

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society: Canada’s Centre for Exploration

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has been making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world since 1929.

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History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society proud to announce partnership in Franklin search

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History

New art exhibitions explore the First World War’s historical significance

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