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The Bay of Fundy: Sea and skies

Episode 52

Hop aboard the Polar Prince with David McGuffin as he sails Atlantic Canada’s Bay of Fundy with the scientists, students and researchers that make up this Students on Ice conservation expedition 

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An appetite for life: A Greek immigrant’s journey of hearty food and hospitality

The story of Peter Kontolemos’ decision to open a steak restaurant in Mackenzie, B.C., as told by his daughter

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People & Culture

10 highlights from the 2022 RCGS Fellows Dinner — plus photos!

Celebrating iconic collaborations, exciting partnerships, a new RCGS president and many more memorable moments from the 93rd College of Fellows Annual Dinner

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People & Culture

So far from the sea: A personal journey connecting with Canada’s people and landscapes

Ocean Bridge participant Susana Veliz recounts her experience as an immigrant to Canada while taking part in this Ocean Wise program

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Browse, bid, brag: The 2022 RCGS Silent Auction is open!

From a cruise down the Nile to a 12-day Arctic adventure, this year’s silent auction offers incredible trips and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, all in support of the Society’s programming

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Our Country: Heather O’Neill on the McGill University campus

The award-winning author recalls her past and recent adventures around the McGill University campus

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How South Sudanese child soldiers found a new life in Alberta

Episode 39

Former child soldiers who fought in Sudan during Africa’s bloodiest civil war eventually found refuge in Canada — many of them in Brooks, Alta. Anthropologist, author and journalist Carol Berger shares their stories.

  • 44 minutes

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Perry Bellegarde on reconnecting with language and ceremony

Episode 31

The First Nations political leader and Honorary President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society reflects on his childhood on reserve and his role as an oskâpêwis — a Cree word meaning helper

  • 37 minutes

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Dave Bidini on the West End Phoenix and reviving local news

Episode 30

The Rheostatics frontman, bestselling author and community newspaper publisher shares why hyper-local storytelling matters more now than ever before

  • 36 minutes

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Catherine McKenna on diversity in politics, internet trolls, and cold-water swimming

Episode 28

A century after the first woman was elected to the Canadian Parliament, one of the most prominent figures in present-day politics shares her thoughts on how to amplify diverse voices in the Commons

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A journey through Africadia with George Elliott Clarke

Episode 26

Canada’s former Poet Laureate gives us a tour of the cultural geography of Black Nova Scotia  

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Our Country: Jean-Michel Blais on his hometown of Nicolet, Quebec

The ground-breaking pianist and composer on growing up in Nicolet and seeing the potential for what the town could become

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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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Canadian Geographic publisher Gilles Gagnier

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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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Découverte John U. Bacon

Le journaliste parle de la Série du siècle de 1972 et de son impact sur la culture du hockey et sur l’évolution du jeu.

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Interview with John U. Bacon on the 1972 Summit Series and its impact on hockey culture 

The best-selling author and journalist discusses the reinvention of the game and the pressure to win

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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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Edward Burtynsky discusses new installation: In the Wake of Progress

Featured in the heart of downtown Toronto, this larger-than-life art installation tells the story of humanity’s impact on the planet 

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People & Culture

The cod delusion

A moratorium on cod fishing that was supposed to last two years has now lasted 30. What will it take to rebuild cod stocks — and a way of life?

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

Episode 21

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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People & Culture

‘Frick, I Love Nature’: CBC Gem’s newest comedy/nature series you need to see to believe

Hosted by Gordie Lucius, this Edmonton-made series takes viewers on a grand adventure to understand all of nature’s most interesting (and questionable) gifts 

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People & Culture

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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Colour the Trails: Taking up space with Demiesha Dennis

Part of our ongoing Colour the Trails series

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

Episode 22

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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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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People & Culture

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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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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Profile in courage: The Canadian man who saved a woman from the jaws of a polar bear

William Ayotte risked his life to rescue a woman who was being attacked by a polar bear in Churchill, Man. Grabbing a shovel he hit the bear, distracting it long enough to allow her to escape. The bear then turned on him, attacking him until a neighbour finally scared it away by driving toward it with a truck and blaring his horn on Nov. 1, 2013. 

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People & Culture

Profile in courage: The Canadian coast guard who rescued fishermen stranded in a winter storm

First Officer Leslie Palmer of the Canadian Coast Guard was awarded the Canadian Decoration for Bravery after braving a severe winter storm to rescue two fishermen stranded on the shores of the Grenville Channel, near Prince Rupert, British Columbia on Dec. 27, 2004

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Profile in courage: The Canadian woman who risked her life to save people in Haiti trapped beneath a collapsed schoolhouse

Marie-Claude Élie was awarded the Canadian Decoration for Bravery after bringing medical assistance to dozens of people trapped beneath the ruins of a schoolhouse that collapsed in the wake of an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Nov. 7, 2008

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Introducing the inaugural Trebek Initiative grantees

The new RCGS program supports emerging environmental storytellers

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People & Culture

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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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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Beloved author and RCGS Fellow Margaret Atwood honoured with a stamp

Canada Post pays tribute to Canlit icon

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People & Culture

5 Canadian artists addressing Canada’s increasingly threatened landscapes 

A century after the Group of Seven became famous for an idealized vision of Canadian nature, contemporary artists are incorporating environmental activism into work that highlights Canada’s disappearing landscapes 

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People & Culture

Adam Shoalts on his latest expedition following the birds to Canada’s North

Professional explorer and best-selling author, Adam Shoalts, discusses his three-month solo canoe journey travelling bird migration routes from southern Canada to the Arctic

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People & Culture

Inuit-led project tells the story of Inuit connections with caribou

After a total hunting ban was issued on caribou in 2013, Inuit across Labrador are sharing their experience and thoughts about caribou-related change

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People & Culture

Our country: Patrick Watson on his impactful trip to Haida Gwaii, B.C.

The Montreal-based singer-songwriter shares his experience exploring the forests and scenery of Haida Gwaii 

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People & Culture

A community’s quest to document every species on their island home

Naming leads to knowing, which leads to understanding. Residents of a small British Columbia island take to the forests and beaches to connect with their nonhuman neighbours 

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People & Culture

Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg appointed to Order of Canada

Valberg was recognized for her photography and philanthropy raising awareness of Canada’s North

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People & Culture

Woman, Watching: The making of a midcentury amateur ornithologist

Called Canada’s Rachel Carson and Canada’s Thoreau, Louise de Kiriline Lawrence spent 50 years studying birds in a remote forest on the Mattawa River. An endlessly curious self-trained amateur, she changed the way we think about birds.

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Canadian businessperson Mark Pathy blasts into space on private mission

March 30 is the launch date! The Montreal-born investor and philanthropist will complete a 10-day mission that combines bucket-list trip with research and environmental agenda 

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People & Culture

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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People & Culture

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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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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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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People & Culture

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

People & Culture

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

People & Culture

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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People & Culture

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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People & Culture

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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Kakiniit: The art of Inuit tattooing

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

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