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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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great lakes, freighter, ship, ontario, lake ontario

Science & Tech

Titans of the Great Lakes

It’s a multi-billion-dollar business that most of us never get to see. A glimpse into what life is like aboard the freighters that ply the Great Lakes.

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Wildlife

Punctuation’s mark: Can we save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale?

After a series of mass deaths in recent years, what can we do?

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History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: drift theories

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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The HMCS Haida docked in Hamilton, Ontario

History

Honouring “Canada’s fightingest ship”

Why HMCS Haida became the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy

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arctic

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Science & Tech

Shelley Ball with a chinstrap penguin in Antarctica

Science & Tech

How the Homeward Bound expedition program is empowering women in science

As a biologist and photographer, I had long hoped to visit Antarctica — but this journey was much more than a travel dream fulfilled

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Franklin Expedition

Boats from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: Point of abandonment

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: Inuit testimony

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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History

RCGS floating headquarters aboard One Ocean Expedition cruise ship

Public can join voyagers on search for the lost Franklin ships

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Ciarán Hinds, right, as Sir John Franklin, and Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames in the premiere episode of AMC's “The Terror.” (Photo courtesy AMC)

History

“The Terror” recap: Episodes 1 and 2

Our experts dissect the debut episodes of AMC’s new series about the Franklin Expedition

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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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People & Culture

Exploration

History

History

The great equalizer? Remembering the promise of the Canadian Citizenship Act

The act was meant to formalize Canada’s national identity — and keep the peace

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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

View of the Bellot Strait from the Voyager's bow

History

What’s next for the Franklin wreck?

Plans for the still unidentified ship remain unclear

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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

It’s Erebus!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper reveals identity of found Franklin ship during Question Period

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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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Marine archeologist Ryan Harris

History

The hunt for the Franklin Expedition shipwrecks

Parks Canada’s Ryan Harris searches for wreckage

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A hundred years of rodeo

Capturing the spirit of the Calgary Stampede on the eve of its centennial

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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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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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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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Erebus and Terror in the Antarctic

History

The Franklin Expedition’s ships: The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Franklin’s ships were hardened veterans of polar travel, and technological marvels of their age

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper

History

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the Franklin find

An unabridged Q&A about historic significance, benefits to the north and what the future holds

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Representatives of CPAC and the RCGS in CPAC's Ottawa studio

People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society, CPAC announce new partnership

Partnership will seek new opportunities to make Canada better known to Canadians

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The work table with finished parts, plans, tools, and materials for the construction of a model of the iron storage tank located in Terror's stern.

History

Building a scale model of HMS Terror

On condition of anonymity, Canadian Geographic photo editor Jessica Finn caught up with the man building Terror.

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History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society proud to announce partnership in Franklin search

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People & Culture

The cowboy exclaims: The ballad of an ageing vaquero and his troubled horse, Bunny

The ultimate goal of vaquero horsemanship is to produce a “finished” horse: an exceptionally responsive animal that is a true partner to its rider

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History

War on the water: Charting Canada’s critical role in the passage of ships during the Second World War

Canada’s part in the Battle of the Atlantic, shown here is considered its most essential role in the war

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People & Culture

Honorary Fellowship: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Society has chosen to award Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister with an Honorary Fellowship for his passionate commitment to our environment

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History

Exploring a 200-year-old shipwreck in Lake Ontario

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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HMCS Yellowknife

People & Culture

Photos: Life on board HMCS Yellowknife

Canada’s mission as part of Operation Caribbe? Choke off the flow of cocaine and other drugs across the eastern Pacific.

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People & Culture

Chief Perry Bellegarde on the treaty relationship

“For Indigenous Peoples, the treaties are still very much alive”

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An engraving by George Back showing HMS Terror on its side in ice circa 1937

History

Five interesting facts about the HMS Terror

The second of Sir John Franklin's doomed ships has been located in the Canadian Arctic. Here are five things you may not have known about the HMS Terror.

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People & Culture

Search for Franklin Expedition wrecks continues

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Preparation of the Martin Bergmann, before it set sail on the Victoria Strait Expedition

History

Franklin search vessel Martin Bergmann hits a shoal – details

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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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Parks Canada’s Ryan Harris with a fin, one of the pieces of equipment divers will be using while exploring the Franklin wreck site

History

Equipment for underwater exploration at Franklin shipwreck

The gear divers are using to view the wreck

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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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Exploration

Sir John Franklin’s HMS Terror believed found in Arctic

Archaeologists may have finally located the historic vessel that disappeared 168 years ago in Canada's north

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History

The importance of maritime archaeology in Canada

The Erebus site is stunning, but it’s far from Canada’s only fascinating wreck

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition flag flies above the One Ocean Voyager

History

Victoria Strait Expedition begins

First official day of the 2014 search for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships

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Mapping

The environmental threat of Canada’s shipwrecks

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People & Culture

New book tells the story of the life of — and search for — the HMS Investigator

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One Ocean will have its Voyager ship join the search this summer.

History

Searching for the Franklin Expedition’s lost ships

Parks Canada chief underwater archaeologist Ryan Harris shares details on this year’s search

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People & Culture

Arctic airships

These dirigibles might be the solution to transportation challenges in the changing North

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One Ocean Voyager alongside the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

History

Captain’s log: Transit, transfers and tramping

Victoria Strait Expedition ships meet to refuel and restock

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Cover of Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus

People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship

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Michael Palin

History

Michael Palin wows audiences with tale of HMS Erebus

The author, actor and member of Monty Python wrapped up the Canadian leg of his North American book tour with a sold-out show in Ottawa  

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People & Culture

Expedition explores Aboriginal knowledge of Franklin ships

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People & Culture

WWF’s Megan Leslie on her environmental stewardship

Leslie spoke with Canadian Geographic about leaving politics and her work with WWF

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Franklin expedition epaulettes

History

Artifacts retrieved from Erebus wreck reveal snapshot of life on doomed ship

“Most successful season” of exploration since the wreck was discovered surfaces 350 artifacts from officers’ quarters

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A Parks Canada archeologist inspects debris next to Erebus’s hull

People & Culture

The authors of Franklin’s Lost Ships discuss the book

An interview with John Geiger and Alanna Mitchell

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Image from the Voyager during this summer's Victoria Strait Expedition

History

Timelapse video: Victoria Strait search for the Franklin Expedition ships

A view of the Arctic ice that plagued this year’s search

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