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Summer camps are cancelled due to COVID-19, but getting kids out in nature still important, advocates say

The loss of their summer camp experience this year will be hard for some kids, but parents can help by encouraging outdoor play time

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History

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

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Science & Tech

Researchers press for summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to help protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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Gatineau, Que. tornado Sept. 21, 2018

Science & Tech

Weather watchers encouraged to report tornadoes in Canada this summer

Physical distancing requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19 will make it difficult for researchers to visit suspected tornado sites this year, so the team behind the Northern Tornadoes Project is calling on the public to help 

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Arctic lichen

Science & Tech

POLAR scientist shares insights on losing summer of Arctic research

With Canada’s North effectively closed, how are researchers changing their plans?

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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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Travel

Wildlife

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Wildlife

Researchers urge summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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Articles

Guests at a launch event for the RCGS summer exhibit series

Places

RCGS launches 2018 Summer Exhibits series at 50 Sussex

Summer series features three exhibitions: Compass by Hilde Lambrechts, Explore by Chris Cran, and Lessons from the Arctic, an artifact display honouring Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen

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Travel

10 awesome Canadian museums to visit this summer

Engage your curiosity and fuel your imagination with a visit to one of these top Canadian treasure troves

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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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The Stratford Shakespeare Festival employs about 1,000 people, including more than 100 actors

People & Culture

Stratford’s Shakespeare Festival

Festival turns 60; Shakespeare never gets old

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People & Culture

Growing food security in First Nations communities

Gardeners dig into a history of resilience to feed people during COVID-19

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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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Canadian Hydrographic Survey launch, CSL Gannett

History

2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

This year's search is about much more than underwater archaeology. The Victoria Strait Expedition will contribute to northern science and communities.

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Nathalie Lasselin, RCGS Fellows, diving, exploration

People & Culture

Six more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From putting the “Canada” back in an iconic species’ name to studying a massive iceberg-calving Antarctic iceshelf, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in 2018

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Steamer at the Old Wharf, Nanaimo. 1958 by E.J. Hughes

People & Culture

Painting the Island

In an era when the art world favoured abstraction, E.J. Hughes painted life as he saw it, and his favourite subject was Vancouver Island 

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2019 Ocean Bridge youth on Lake Superior

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Talen Rimmer

On the shores of Lake Superior, I found solace in how close our country can become when we all share food together

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Travel

Canada’s best spots to surf year-round

World-class waves and a growing community are quickly making Canada a top surfing destination

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Travel

The best new hiking gear for your next adventure

Hit the trails with these offerings from MEC, Tilley and more

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Exploration

Summits of Canada expedition to make final ascent in Nunavut this summer

Decade-long project to reach the highest point in every province and territory will conclude with Barbeau Peak on Ellesmere Island

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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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Environment

The Winter Grab: “First-of-its-kind” Great Lakes winter sampling takes place

Research institutions from across Canada and the U.S. collaborate to collect and analyze carbon samples from the Great Lakes during peak ice coverage

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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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climate change landscapes across canada

Environment

Photos: How climate change is transforming Canada

From floods to fires, drought to coastal erosion, climate change is already having an impact on Canada's communities, landscapes and wildlife

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Environment

Expedition report: The great B.C. coastal cleanup of 2020

RCGS Fellow Jacqueline Windh jumped at the opportunity to participate in a six-week cleanup along the coast of B.C. 

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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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Environment

New film shows three-decade old cod collapse even more relevant today

The animated short film called Last Fish, First Boat recounts the 1992 cod moratorium

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History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society proud to announce partnership in Franklin search

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Wildlife

Think like a bear: learning to coexist

Human and bears sharing more landscapes now than ever before. As we continue to invade their world, will we be able to coexist?

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Expeditions, RCGS Fellows

People & Culture

Six amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to in summer 2019

From pulling drinking water out of desert air to riding with eagle hunters in Mongolia, see what just a few of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s more than 1,000 Fellows have been working on lately

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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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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Emily Choy

Arctic researcher receives prestigious 2020 L’Oréal Canada For Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowship

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A muralist paints a Keith Wolfe-Smarch design on a replica of Skookum Jim’s house in Carcross, Yukon

People & Culture

A cultural gold rush

After spending more than a century in the shadow cast by the Klondike’s precious metal heyday, First Nations heritage is stepping into the limelight in the Yukon

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Site archéologique des plaques glaciaires KfTe-1 dans les montagnes Selwyn de la région  centre-ouest des Territoires du Nord-Ouest. (Photo : T. Andrews/PWNHC)

Science & Tech

Archaeologists find rich historical record in melting Arctic ice

As climate change accelerates Arctic melt, the ice is offering up its secrets

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Science & Tech

Predicting the storm

How computers are replacing humans to forecast the weather

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Science & Tech

Greenbug Energy: Creating renewable energy from old technology

GreenBug Energy wins 2015 3M Environmental Innovation Award for micro-hydro turbines

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Science & Tech

How researchers are saving northern runways

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Science & Tech

How muskrats are an example of co-operation between Aboriginal Peoples and government in Canada’s North

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Travel

The Editor’s Picks: Summer’s Best Upcycled Products

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Travel

How to best enjoy Jasper National Park’s dark sky

Nine ways to get the most out of stargazing in the 11,000 square kilometer dark sky preserve

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Travel

Sisters of the surf

The owner of Surf Sisters on promoting women’s surfing

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Travel

When coal was king

Drumheller’s Atlas coal mine takes visitors back in time

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Travel

The history of Quebec’s biggest music festival

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Travel

Camping gear test in California’s temperate rainforest

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Tilley Paddler's Hat, niagara falls, waterproof, ontario

Travel

Gear review: Tilley Paddler’s Hat

From Niagara's fury to suburban soccer pitches, the iconic Tilley Hat keeps you cool, dry and shaded from the sun

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Woman resting on Meadow Mat.

Travel

Gear Review: MEC Meadow Mat and Duffle Pack

Canadian Geographic Education's program coordinator Sara Black tests two versatile items on a summer road trip

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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2017 editors' favourite gear

Travel

Gear of the Year: Can Geo staff reveal their favourites

Here are the best items we tested for our Gear Review series in 2017

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Medicine Hat Speedway

Travel

Medicine Hat, Alberta

Three venues to explore

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Marcel Gagnon’s cement and stone sculptures lead into the St. Lawrence River in Sainte-Flavie, Quebec

Travel

Old Québec to Gaspé

Hangings, saints, battles, natural beauty and the bones of our ancestors — a journey through history from Old Québec to the Gaspé Peninsula

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How national parks are helping to conserve species

Places

Five projects that are helping to conserve endangered species in Canada’s national parks

From plains bison in Elk Island National Park to beluga whales in Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Parks Canada is leading the charge on these crucial wildlife recovery programs 

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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

Is climate change threatening B.C.’s sockeye salmon?

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Wildlife

Steroids: the arctic ground squirrel’s secret to surviving winter

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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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Mapping

Excerpt of new book Mapping My Way Home: A Gitxsan History

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Mapping

‘Absolutely catastrophic:’ Hit hard by pandemic, ecotourism needs help

Remote locations and international clientele make the industry particularly vulnerable

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