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Interview with Melissa Lem on making nature more accessible and becoming a climate activist 

The family physician advocates for outdoor time with the PaRx nature prescription program

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Introducing the inaugural Trebek Initiative grantees

The new RCGS program supports emerging environmental storytellers

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Talking Apple TV+’s new series Foundation with RCGS medalist Jared Harris

Ahead of the series finale, we caught up with Louie Kamookak Medal recipient Jared Harris to discuss his role as Hari Seldon on Apple TV+’s hit new series Foundation

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RCGS presents former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney with its Gold Medal

Originally awarded in 2020 but unheralded due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society was finally able to present the medal and fête the former PM at an event in Montreal Oct. 27

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In memory of Gilles Gagnier

The publisher of Canadian Geographic and COO (and Fellow) of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society passed away suddenly at the age of 51

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Gurdeep Pandher receives medal from John Geiger RCGS

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Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon receives Louie Kamookak Medal

Pandher celebrated for spreading positivity and showcasing multiculturalism in Canada

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The funniest places: Why Canadian comedy is obsessed with geography

From Letterkenny to Schitt’s Creek, Canada’s geography has become the laughing stock of television — and that shouldn’t come as a surprise

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Enter the 2022 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition!

Submit your best wildlife photos for a chance to win cash prizes and see your work published in Canadian Geographic

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Announcing the winners of the 2021 Canadian Photos of the Year competition

Canadian Geographic is proud to recognize 13 outstanding photographers who captured some of the best images of 2021

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Behind the wires: A look back at Canada’s golden age of telegraphy

On the 175th anniversary of Canada’s first telegraph message, a pioneering telegrapher recalls her exciting career

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Beloved author and RCGS Fellow Margaret Atwood honoured with a stamp

Canada Post pays tribute to Canlit icon

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Remembering artist Cory Trépanier

The renowned Arctic landscape painter and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 5, 2021

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Chief Perry Bellegarde named Honorary President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Bellegarde’s appointment to the Society’s top honorary position is a further acknowledgment of the strong ties between the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and the Society

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RCGS awards Bernier medal to Arctic painter Cory Trépanier

Trépanier was presented with the medal at the launch of his new book Into the Arctic: Painting Canada’s Changing North

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Northern exposure: Tomson Highway recalls a childhood encounter with the sub-Arctic wind

Born into a nomadic, caribou-hunting Cree family in northern Manitoba, acclaimed playwright and novelist Tomson Highway pays tribute to the magical world of his childhood in Permanent Astonishment  

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Illustration of Alex Cuba by Lake Kathlyn, Smithers, B.C.

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Our Country: Alex Cuba’s favourite place in Canada

The Latin Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter explains why moving to Smithers, B.C., was the best decision of his life

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Gilles Gagnier Medal for Innovation in Geographic Education

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Geographic education award renamed in honour of Gilles Gagnier

The inaugural Gilles Gagnier Medal for Innovation in Geographic Education will be presented to an outstanding educator this fall

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Can Geo Films documentary Returning Home to premiere at Canadian film festivals

Returning Home is the first feature-length documentary from director Sean Stiller and Canadian Geographic Films

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George Elliott Clarke finds Africadian inspiration in Three Mile Plains, N.S.

The award-winning poet reflects on the power of place to heal intergenerational wounds

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Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

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Salma Lakhani, Alberta’s first Muslim Lieutenant Governor, on building a more inclusive Canada

One year into her term as Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani reflects on her journey so far and her hopes for her province and country

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Catherine McKenna named an Honorary Fellow of the RCGS

The former federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change was recognized for her public service and commitment to environmental conservation

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Louie Kamookak Medal

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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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A woman dressed in fishing gear and a blue-green coat holds a fishing rod over her shoulders in a river

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Colour the Trails: Taking up space with Demiesha Dennis

Part of our ongoing Colour the Trails series

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four inuit women stand on the shore showcasing their tattoos

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Kakiniit: The art of Inuit tattooing

Inuit tattoos, or kakiniit, were once banned. Now they are worn with pride.

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Dundas street sign with stop light and stop sign

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Renaming places: how Canada is reexamining the map

The history behind the Dundas name change and how Canadians are reckoning with place name changes across the country — from streets to provinces

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Into the Arctic: The paintings of Cory Trépanier

Canadian painter and filmmaker Cory Trépanier explores the sublime and rapidly changing Canadian Arctic

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Illustration of Peter Mansbridge and the Northwest Passage

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Our Country: Peter Mansbridge on his love for the North

The retired news anchor recalls the emotions he felt while sailing through the Northwest Passage

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Mary Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named Canada's Governor General.

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Mary Simon appointed Governor General of Canada

Simon becomes the first Indigenous person to assume the role

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Reflecting on Canada Day

Reimagine Canada Day will give Ottawa residents the chance to reflect, learn — and reimagine — following the discovery in the past month of hundreds of children's bodies on the former sites of residential schools

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Sandy Ward stands on a mountain

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Reclaiming Indigenous matriarchy with Sandy Ward

The latest in our Colour the Trail series

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Interview: Ojibway artist Patrick Hunter talks about his latest collaboration

The painter and graphic designer discusses his roots, his craft — and his new collection of artisan canoe paddles

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

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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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Documentary debut! NFB world premiere of The Lake Winnipeg Project

Anishinaabe/Cree filmmaker Kevin Settee centres four short docs around the ingenuity and resilience of communities surrounding Lake Winnipeg 

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Seitcher Bay and Chitapii Mountain

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The International Indigenous Music Summit has gone digital

We caught up with Indigenous filmmaker Sarain Fox to talk Giiwewizh — a series of 16 short films directed and shot in isolation on iPhone 12

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Behind the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Links to previous Canadian Geographic stories provide coverage and context

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the planting of a heart garden during the closing ceremony of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa

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Honouring the 215 precious children found buried at Kamloops Residential School

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Picture this! #ShotOnNikon Photo Contest winners

Showcasing the top shots in the 2021 CanGeo x Nikon #ShotOnNikon Photo Contest 

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What does an expedition do on hold?

'Come Walk With Us' was funded by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Expedition Program, but is waiting for COVID-19 restrictions to lift before they get started. Here's what they do while they wait. 

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In a Snap: May/June 2021

Handpicked shots of Canada's beauty from our Can Geo photo community on Instagram

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Filsan Abdiaman, a black woman, runs through a rockey valley of pink wildflowers.

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Running into yourself with Filsan Abdiaman

Part of our Colour the Trails series.

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Trudeau and the Trebeks

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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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A black-and-white photo of a film maker looks through the lens of his camera

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Matt LeMay is Canadian Geographic’s inaugural Filmmaker-in-Residence

The new program affirms CanGeo's commitment to visual storytelling, supporting big ideas on the big screen

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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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First all-women team makes successful summit of Mount Lucania

It was the third attempt at Canada’s third highest peak for the RCGS-funded team

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Tori, in her canoe, smiles back towards the camera across glistening blue water

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Paddling like a girl with Tori Baird

Part of our Colour the Trails series

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Our Country: Catherine McKenzie

The former lawyer and now bestselling author on what made her Quebec summer camp experience unforgettable

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Amet*: Understanding the Beothuk

*It means “awake” in Beothuk, the language and people who once called present-day Newfoundland home for about 2,000 years. One young woman, believed to be the last living Beothuk, left a collection of maps and art that help us understand her people’s story.

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Remembering His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip is considered one of the first environmentalists

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Dr. Ingrid Waldron on environmental racism

Waldron spoke with Canadian Geographic about representation for women and racialized communities

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In Praise of Retreat: Finding Sanctuary in the Modern World

An utterly engaging dive into our modern ways of retreat — where we go, why we’re drawn, and how it’s urgent

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A drawing of Wade David with mountains, a river and a canoe in the background

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Our Country: Wade Davis

The anthropologist and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Honorary Vice-President on why Ealue Lake, B.C., is special

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New heights with Guy and Kindar McNamee

Part of our Colour the Trails series

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Canadian NGO leader Nicole Rycoft on her Climate Breakthrough Award

The founder of Canopy speaks about winning this prestigious award

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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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Arctic Inspiration Prizes awards $3M to projects in the North

Projects focus on food sovereignty, youth

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Author Emma Donoghue on pandemic novels and our attraction to them

The Irish-Canadian novelist muses on the parallels between the 1918 pandemic and the one happening now

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Climber makes wide step over crevasse

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Indigenous climbing with Cassie Ayoungman

Part of our Colour the Trails series

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Mountain goats walk on the side of a snowy highway

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Showcasing our #ShareCanGeo community

Handpicked shots of Canada's beauty from our Can Geo photo community on Instagram

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Our Country: Elizabeth May

The Green Party MP explains what it is about Margaree Harbour, N.S., that feeds her soul

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A group of students and staff pose on the steps of Gordon's Residential School in a faded photo.

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Not as envisioned: Gordon’s Indian Residential School

A quarter century ago, Gordon’s Indian Residential School was the last in Canada to close its doors

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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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Excerpt from Taking a Break from Saving the World

Taking a Break from Saving the World chronicles an activist's journey from burnout to balance

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‘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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A robot with a tablet stands at a reception desk

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Canadian companies with robots tend to employ more human employees: Report

 A Statistics Canada analysis showed that companies that have robots employ 15 per cent more human employees and have fewer managers

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Fall trees reflect on a blue lake

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Top 10 ‘Photos of the Week’ from our photo community

Showcasing this year's most-loved photos from Can Geo's Photo Club

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Photos: Montreal’s battle against snow

Montreal wages a $166-million battle against snow every single year to keep its streets and sidewalks clear

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Excerpt from Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes

Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes seeks to provide a fresh view on Cook's legacy from a North American perspective.

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A mountain range in BC

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Excerpt from Following the Good River

Following the Good River is a biography of Cecil Paul's life as one North American’s more prominent Indigenous leaders.

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Fat activism in the outdoors with Layla Cameron

The first interview in our Colour the Trails series

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Totem poles in Thunderbird Park in Victoria, BC

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Excerpt from Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa'xaid tells the stories of the experience, suffering and survival of Cecil Paul, a Xenaksiala elder. 

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The exterior of the Hudson's Bay Department Store in Winnepeg

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The demise of the department store heralds a shift in downtown areas

The Bay department store in downtown Winnipeg will close in early 2021

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WATSON documentary tells the story of daring — and controversial — marine life activist

The Impact Series platform is streaming WATSON, directed by Lesley Chilcott, which documents the exploits of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder, Paul Watson

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How Marie Wilson will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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For the former Commissioner of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 is akin to Remembrance Day

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield on “The Apollo Murders,” his thrilling novel of the Space Race

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield discusses how his own experiences in space informed his first novel, a classic Cold War-era spy thriller 

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