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A discovery of colossal proportions: uncovering the ichthyosaur

Almost 30 years ago, paleontologist Elizabeth “Betsy” Nicholls discovered the ichthyosaur, a dolphin-like marine lizard that existed millions of years ago

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The marsh boardwalk through Point Pelee National Park at sunset

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Photos: Point Pelee National Park at 100

Established in 1918, Canada’s southernmost national park is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers alike

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Parks Canada red Muskoka chairs on a snowy slope overlooking the Banff townsite

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Parks Canada to take ‘nature first’ approach to managing national parks

Responding to feedback from Canadians, environment minister Catherine McKenna promised a renewed focus on science and conservation for Canada's protected places

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Kenzie Wakefield begins the rugged trail to Mt. St. Patrick, the highest peak in the park, as part of her first week of training and getting to know the lay of the land.

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Photos: Life in the park at the edge of the world

This is not your average summer job

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Plains bison with their calves in banff national park

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Back where they belong

Nearly wiped out in Alberta in the 1800s, plains bison are making a historic return to Banff National Park 

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Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

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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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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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The Cotton Factory in Hamilton, Ontario

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How a former cotton factory became a creative hub in Hamilton, Ont.

Art is now the hottest commodity in the city that steel built 

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Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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Photos: Inside the Royal Alberta Museum’s mammoth move

The Royal Alberta Museum has officially opened its downtown Edmonton building, capping a complex multi-year move that’s captured in this behind-the-scenes photo essay

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Strong Ties: Canada-Norway connection celebrated at 50 Sussex

The Embassy of Norway has gifted Canada with the first English translation of Roald Amundsen’s Northwest Passage diaries, reaffirming a shared polar past and future 

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Lancaster Sound in the Canadian High Arctic

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Life and death in Lancaster Sound

Blood on ice in the Arctic is not a sign of death, but an affirmation of life itself

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Virtually exploring Fort Conger

How archeologists are using 3D laser scanners to digitally preserve historic sites

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Announcing the “What is home” re:Location photo competition winners

As part of our re:Location project, we saw hundreds of entries to our photo competition. Here are the top three.

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Thaidene Nëné: Land of the ancestors

The new Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories is the heart of sacred Denesǫłiné homeland and a prophesied final refuge of clean water and ecological integrity in North America

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Common sea star Mingan Archipelago

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The Mingan Archipelago: A land shaped by time

Raised from the sea, sculpted by tides and winds, the ever-changing Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve protects colossal monoliths and myriad species 

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National parks beginning to reopen across the country

Not all, but many of Canada's national parks will reopen to some extent on June 1

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Dramatic cliffs in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

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Four things to know about Thaidene Nëné, Canada’s newest national park reserve

The park nearly 50 years in the making has officially been established in the Northwest Territories

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A woman stands alone looking out over an empty prairie under a cloudy blue sky

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Guardians of the grasslands

How conservationists and ranchers in Saskatchewan are working to slow the loss of an endangered ecosystem

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Our Country: Vinessa Antoine’s favourite place in Canada

The star of CBC’s Diggstown discovers Nova Scotia’s black history

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Google Earth Voyager story about Canada's original place names

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Exploring Canada’s original place names with Google Earth

Google Earth Voyager story highlights place names and naming practices of Indigenous Peoples across Canada

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Parks Canada archeologists stand behind burnt remains of bison skull and bones after the Kenow wildfire, Waterton Lakes National Park. (Parks Canada)

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Archeologists uncover new history in Waterton Lakes National Park after 2017 wildfire

Lead archeologist Bill Perry discusses the latest findings and what they reveal about the region

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

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Gwaii Haanas set to expand protected waters

Lengthy education campaign achieved compromise between fishing industry, environmental advocates

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Chris Cran, RCGS, art, explore, explorers

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Chris Cran’s EXPLORE exhibit opens at 50 Sussex

A major portrait series by the acclaimed contemporary artist is now part of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s permanent collection

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Canada Science and Technology Museum reopens after extensive renovations

After 26 months of construction and $80 million in upgrades, the national science and innovation showcase in Ottawa promises to connect the past and the future

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Johnny Canuck’s favourite place in Canada

The comic-book aviator hero recalls his first encounter with the northern lights in Eagle Plains, Yukon

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Rouge Urban National Park set to expand by 17 square kilometres

Land that had been part of the park since 2015 will be federally recognized if Senate passes bill C-18  

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Zacharias Kunuk’s favourite place in Canada

The Inuk filmmaker recalls his memorable first visit to the archipelago of Haida Gwaii, B.C.

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Infographic: Canada’s protected areas

Visualize all of the parks, wildlife areas, forest and marine reserves across Canada to compare how much of each province and territory has been protected

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How national parks are helping to conserve species

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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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Photos: The stunning biodiversity of Algonquin Provincial Park

Photographer Megan Lorenz shares her experience shooting in Canada's oldest provincial park

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Ivvavik National Park landscape

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Six sites awaiting UNESCO World Heritage status

Parks Canada wants the public to nominate Canadian places worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status. Here are the six sites still on the waiting list.

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A new home for the RCGS: 50 Sussex

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society announces forthcoming Canada's Centre for Geography and Exploration

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Une nouvelle résidence pour la SGRC : le 50 promenade Sussex

La Société géographique royale du Canada annonce l’ouverture de son nouveau centre de la Géographie et de l’Exploration du Canada

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Qausuittuq National Park

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Exploring Qausuittuq, Canada’s newest national park

In Canada’s high Arctic, endangered Peary caribou now have a protected home

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Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve

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Canada could soon have a new national park: Thaidene Nëné

Parks Canada is hosting public presentations across the country to discuss recent progress on the proposed national park reserve

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Help choose Canada’s next world heritage site

Parks Canada is accepting applications for world heritage sites and seeking candidates for an advisory committee tasked with reviewing nominations

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Downtown Vancouver looking toward the North Shore Mountains circa 1936.

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Throwback Thursday: Vancouver then and now

A look at how the Canadian Geographical Journal covered Vancouver’s 50th birthday

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Canoeing in Nahanni National Park Reserve

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Nááts’ihch’oh and Nahanni national park reserves

A guide to visiting the Northwest Territories National Park Reserves

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Fundy National Park

A guide to visiting the New Brunswick National Park

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Bruce Peninsula National Park

A guide to visiting the Ontario National Park

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Parks Canada extends free access to national parks

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Real Canadian places that resemble Star Wars planets

Canada has just as much geographic diversity as a galaxy far, far away

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Wi-Fi access being installed in Canada’s national parks

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Sable Island: It’s for the birds

The majority of bird species sighted on the Atlantic island are “vagrants” far outside their ordinary range 

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Montreal among top bike sharing cities

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Denise Chisholm, a member of the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club, glides along a trail near the facility in April

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Whitehorse’s cross-country ski culture

Whitehorse’s cross-country ski club is winning big

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Canada’s first national urban park

It’s an ambitious plan: take the traditional Parks Canada wilderness concept and plunk it in the country’s largest city. But can Toronto’s Rouge National Urban Park help balance city life with wildlife?

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Students working at the Vale Living With Lakes Centre prepare for field sampling

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Mine rehab

Once a notorious sulphur emitter, Sudbury is becoming a world leader in ecological restoration research

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