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Remote paradise: The wonder of B.C.’s Triangle Island

Off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, an isolated speck of “inhospitable” land is home and sanctuary to millions of seabirds

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Places

Canada, Denmark end 50-year “Whiskey War” over Hans Island

Historic accord creates a new land border between Canada and Denmark on the tiny Arctic island and the world’s longest maritime boundary

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Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

Places

Eight Canadian places that could become UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A look at the fascinating sites Parks Canada has proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation

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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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Inuit on ATVs on the Itijjagiaq Trail on Baffin Island

Places

Video: Exploring Baffin Island’s Itijjagiaq Trail

360-degree views of the Itijjagiaq Trail, a traditional route across southern Baffin Island that is now part of The Great Trail's national trail network

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Articles

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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Exploration

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Mapping

Plan of Melville Island

Mapping

The little-known history of Halifax’s island hoosegow

Today it’s home to a yacht club, but two centuries ago Melville Island was packed with prisoners, not boats

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Science & Tech

Science & Tech

Vancouver Island University wins architecture award for green roof

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A person in a space suit and helmet stands in front of a rocky, dry landscape on Devon Island

Science & Tech

Now you can virtually explore “Mars on Earth” in Google Street View

A new Google project zeroes in on Canada’s Devon Island, the most Mars-like environment on Earth

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Science & Tech

Vancouver Aquarium waiting to hear whether it could be banned from displaying live cetaceans

City’s park board to present a bylaw amendment that would ban the importation and display of whales, dolphins and porpoises

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Landsat Island off the coast of Labrador

Science & Tech

Watch: The Canadian island named after a satellite

A video by NASA’s Earth Observatory blog reveals the little-known history of tiny Landsat Island — and the Canadian woman who helped discover it 

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Un troupeau de bœufs musqués sur l’île Victoria

Science & Tech

What’s killing muskox in the Arctic Islands?

Muskox populations in Canada's High Arctic have been struggling in recent years, and one University of Calgary researcher and her students are working out why

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Environment

Environment

Can PEI reach their 7 per cent protected land goal by the end of the year?

Currently only at 4.4 per cent, the province still needs to acquire another 2.6 per cent of land to protect by the end of 2020

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Caldera Lake on St. Paul Island

Environment

Study solves mystery of mammoth extinction on remote island

Isolation helped the mammoths of St. Paul Island survive thousands of years longer than other populations — until they polluted their water supply

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Montréal is taking great strides to reinforce its image as the “most bike-friendly” city in North America

Environment

Clean commute

Canada's largest cities are paving the way for more eco-conscious commuting choices

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Environment

How Haida Gwaii’s unique geography helped the Indigenous struggle for independence

In The Haida Gwaii Lesson: A Strategic Playbook for Indigenous Sovereignty, award-winning journalist Mark Dowie explores Haida Gwaii and the people who call it home. Below is an excerpt from the book. 

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Environment

Diminishing coasts

The fragile sandstone coasts of the Magdalen Islands are at risk

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Wildlife

Toronto Zoo welcomes a baby orangutan

Plus: the albatross that loved Vancouver Island, a rare butterfly comeback, PEI lobsters to take a new kind of bait and the migratory birds on a potentially fatal collision course.

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Icebergs in Pond Inlet, near Bylot Island

Travel

Gear review: Photographing Baffin Island with a Nikon D4S

See photos that will inspire you to put Baffin Island on your list of summer getaways, and read a review of the camera equipment (provided by Vistek and Nikon Canada) used to capture them.

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Fellows of the royal canadian geographical society and canadian geographic challenge winners at perce, quebec

Kids

Photos: Highlights from One Ocean Expeditions’ 2019 East Coast Fins and Fiddles voyage

Three finalists in this year’s Canadian Geographic Challenge enjoyed the trip of a lifetime as part of their prize, and we were there to capture the fun

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Travel

Foraging for local food on P.E.I.

A taste tour of the province celebrating its best fare

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Travel

Sable Island: It’s for the Birds

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Downtown Vancouver looking toward the North Shore Mountains circa 1936.

Travel

Throwback Thursday: Vancouver then and now

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Melville Island viewed from Cowie's Hill looking toward Halifax. (Illustration: George Parkyns)

History

The many faces of Melville Island

Author Brian Cuthbertson describes the history of Melville Island

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Travel

Featured destination: Sable Island 2016

Join the Canadian Geographic Photo Club aboard the Ocean Endeavour with Adventure Canada for a spectacular voyage by sea to Sable Island, Nova Scotia

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The spiny dogfish made history when it was certified as the world’s first sustainable shark fishery in 2011

Wildlife

The great green shark hunt 

Can British Columbia’s spiny dogfish make the grade as the world’s first “sustainable” shark fishery?

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Travel

When it comes to volcano tourism, is the reward worth the risk?

In the wake of the sudden deadly eruption of New Zealand’s White Island volcano this week, explorer George Kourounis looks at why we’re drawn to active volcanoes — and how to explore them safely

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A polar bear on Mitivik Island

Wildlife

A bear in the henhouse

How the drama of climate change is playing out on a small island in Hudson Bay

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Jacob Burnley, Spencer Zhao and Kyle Richardson represented Canada at the National Geographic World Championship

Kids

Team Canada’s showdown in St. Petersburg 

The behind-the-scenes story of how Team Canada captured the silver medal in a thrilling tiebreaker at the 2013 National Geographic World Championship

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People & Culture

Extreme weather plagues Bell Island diving expedition

Jill Heinerth writes of the howling winds that are causing challenges to her Bell Island, Newfoundland diving expedition

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Travel

Throwback Thursday: Photo tour of Hecla Island

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: Falkland Islands

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Women in Nunavut running across a snow-covered field towards the camera

History

Throwback Thursday: Nunavut up and running

On April 1, 1999, Canada’s youngest population took control of its largest territory. Here’s how Canadian Geographic covered the story. 

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Wildlife

Video of the Week: Vancouver kayaker has close encounter with whale

A Vancouver man will have a whale of a tale to tell his friends in years to come

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Wildlife

5 endangered species the Calgary Zoo has saved from extinction

The Vancouver Island marmot, burrowing owl, greater sage-grouse and northern leopard frog are thriving again thanks to the zoo’s efforts 

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The Squaxin Island Canoe Family on the Tribal Canoe Journey. For the past two years, NoiseCat and his father have joined the Squaxin Island Canoe Family on this remarkable voyage.

People & Culture

The Tribal Canoe Journey, an odyssey to reclaim tradition and territory

For my father and me, these journeys are both personal and political

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Environment

How earthquake scientists solved the mystery of the last “Big One” in the Pacific Northwest

British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon sit on a fault line that is capable of producing some of the strongest earthquakes on the planet. A new book reveals it’s not a matter of if, but when the next “Big One” will strike.

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Heinrich Scherer's 1702 chart of the North Pole

People & Culture

Why the North Pole matters: An important history of challenges and global fascination

In this essay, noted geologist and geophysicist Fred Roots explores the significance of the symbolic point at the top of the world. He submitted it to Canadian Geographic just before his death in October 2016 at age 93.

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King penguin colony on the beach at Right Whale Bay

Exploration

Following Shackleton to South Georgia Island

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Travel

Exploring the reinvention of Barbados

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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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Wildlife

Death of a whale

When one of the few remaining females of reproductive age in the southern resident population of North Pacific killer whales was found dead near Comox B.C. in 2014, an investigation was launched. The results highlight the challenges of protecting our most iconic marine mammals.

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History

Throwback Thursday: Dealy Island’s connection to the lost Franklin ships

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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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Photo courtesy Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Bell Island Expedition begins school outreach

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People & Culture

Expedition explores Aboriginal knowledge of Franklin ships

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Travel

Roadtripping Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway Route

This historic route is a must-drive for any traveller seeking the freedom of the open road with a healthy dose of amazing vistas

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People & Culture

A historic passage

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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Wildlife

Ocean Wise works to save commercial fishing and ocean species with sustainable seafood

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Peter Ross analyses water samples from various locations for microplastic threads

Environment

Why forensics could be key to untangling the ocean microplastics crisis

Scientist Peter Ross uses all the high-tech tools of a crime scene investigator — except his crime scene is the open ocean

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Sea lion swimming among a kelp forest

Environment

Kelp: The sustainable superfood coming soon to a plate near you

Kelp’s potential as a commercial crop is finally being recognized — and, as kelp forests vanish worldwide, so is its importance in coastal ecosystems 

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Environment

517 species in Canada on global at-risk list

Vancouver Island marmot, blue whale and Ungava seal included in NatureServe Canada report

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Exploration

Surviving the Race to Alaska

This motor-free ocean race — with vessels ranging from paddleboards to pedal-assist sailboats — is less about how fast you can go and more about whether you get there at all

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Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site at Fort Rodd Hill, B.C..

Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip winners head to B.C.

From visiting historical sites to watching orcas, it was an unforgettable experience for this Grade 8 class

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Environment

Shoring up Prince Edward Island’s threatened coastline

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Zodiac, Baffin Island, Nova Zembla, ship wreck, discovery

Exploration

RCGS flag expedition discovers wreck of Scottish whaling ship off Baffin Island

The wreck of the Nova Zembla — the first High Arctic whaling ship to be discovered — sheds light on a little-understood chapter of Canada’s past

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: the Falkland Islands

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Environment

Excerpt from Restigouche: The Long Run of the Wild River

A love story about a wild river

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Travel

Weekend getaways in Massachusetts

Boisterous Boston or elegant Nantucket: exploring two weekend getaway options in Massachusetts

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: South Georgia Island

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Photo: Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Bell Island expedition hit with underwater emergency

'Our dive went well until our decompression stop when Cas tore a mouthpiece and experienced what we call a caustic cocktail.' – Jill Heinerth writes update on RCGS expedition

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One of 11 monolithic churches in Ethiopia chiseled entirely out of rock

Travel

Ten curious facts about world heritage beyond Canada’s borders

Trivia nut Heather Yundt uncovers some of the lesser known, yet compelling curiosities of UNESCO's past and present global icons

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Exploration

Crossing Ellesmere Island with Ray Zahab

Episode 37

The extreme explorer shares why his attempted winter traverse of the High Arctic island was one of his most challenging — and special — expeditions yet

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