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Animal Facts: Spotted turtle

The spotted turtle is a highly recognizable North American species that is known for its distinctive yellow spots on its dark coloured shell. …

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Animal Facts: Caribou

Caribou are highly migratory animals that stay together in herds while they move almost constantly.  …

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Animal Facts: Canada Lynx

As one of Canada's most elusive cats, the Canada lynx is known for its triangular black-tipped  ears and fluffy coat.  …

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Animal Facts: Wolf

Within Canada, there are several species of wolves that occupy approximately 90 per cent of their historic range.  …

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Animal Facts: Walrus

Often identified by their large tusks, walrus are large marine mammals that can weigh more than 2000 pounds.  …

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Animal Facts: Snowy owl

The snowy owl is an iconic North American bird that is almost entirely covered by feathers to keep them warm in colder climates.  …

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Six facts in celebration of Earth Day

Photo: Image of Earth from space, looking at North America. (Reto Stöckl/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)Tomorrow, Canadians will celebrate Earth Day, the…

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10 surprising facts about Canadian industry

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts &…

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10 surprising facts about Canadian transportation

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts &…

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Animals inside out at the Museum of Nature

Looking for something to do this long weekend? Why not look inside an animal? From the curators of the worldwide success

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Surprising facts about Canadian airports

How much do you know about the places that deliver us to the sky?

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Animal Facts: Great blue heron

As the largest heron in North America, the great blue heron stands about one metre tall.  …

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Infographic: Fun facts about Canada’s bear species

Canada is home to three species of bear, each with their own unique characteristics and habits

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Infographic of 10 Manitoba fossil facts

Manitoba has more to offer paleontology enthusiasts than you thought

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Animal Facts: North Atlantic right whale

The massive North Atlantic Right Whale is Canada's “true whale of the ice.” …

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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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5 facts about 50 Sussex Drive

Get to know the new home of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic

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Animals that played a part in the First World War

From horses to dogs to glowworms, these animals helped soldiers

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Arctic artifacts

What ancient items are found in shipwrecks in the Arctic

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Animal Facts: Canada goose

Well-known for their long black necks and white cheeks, the Canada goose is a large wild goose that can be found in several regions across North America. 

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Animal Facts: Atlantic puffin

Often nicknamed "sea parrots" or "clowns of the sea", Atlantic puffins are a well-loved seabird the breed in large colonies along cliffs or offshore islands.  …

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Animal Facts: Atlantic cod

Spending a majority of their time on the seafloor, the Atlantic cod is a popular food fish that can be found contiguously along the east coast.  

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Animal Facts: Grizzly bear

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Animal Facts: Kermode (spirit) bear

Commonly referred to as the 'spirit bear', the Kermode bear was named after Frank Kermode who was the former director of the Royal B.C. Museum, Victoria. 

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Animal Facts: Orca

The orca, or killer whale, is a highly recognizable species that is known for its iconic black and white colouring.  …

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Animal Facts: Burrowing owl

Unlike most owls, the Burrowing Owl nests underground. …

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Photo gallery: Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

After a long Canadian winter, nothing screams spring like longer days, warmer temperatures, melting snow and, for the staff at the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, baby animals…

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11 amazing facts about Canada’s bear species

Did you know polar bears aren’t actually white? Or that bears mark their territory by rubbing their backs on trees?

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11 kid-friendly facts about Canada

11 facts about Canada and Canadians that are sure to entertain children of all ages

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11 fun lagomorph facts for Lunar New Year

It’s the Year of the Rabbit! Here are Can Geo’s favourite facts on the taxonomic order that houses rabbits, hares and pikas 

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Comprendre le comportement animal est essentiel pour la conservation de la biodiversité

En comprenant pourquoi les animaux se comportent comme ils le font, nous pouvons mieux les protéger tout en sensibilisant les gens à leur statut précaire

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Canadian photojournalist shortlisted for international award for powerful shot of kangaroo and joey

Jo-Anne McArthur’s photo of a kangaroo and joey who survived the 2020 Australian bushfires is up for the 2021 People’s Choice Award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

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10 surprising facts about sports and leisure

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts &…

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Shark facts to kick off Shark Week

To kick off Shark Week, here are 10 facts about some of the sharks that swim in Canadian waters.

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Video: Franklin artifacts at the Museum of Nature

Take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the artifacts found at previously discovered Franklin sites

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Five fascinating facts about beavers

Love them, hate them or love to hate them, this industrious animal takes the spotlight on April 7 for International Beaver Day

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Q&A: Director Mike Clattenburg on “Crawford,” a comedic tribute to raccoons

In new CBC comedy series Crawford, the ubiquitous backyard bandits get something of an image overhaul 

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

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Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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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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History

Five facts about the shaman’s parka

Said to be the most unique garment created in the Canadian Arctic, an Inuit shaman’s parka is

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10 fascinating facts about raccoons

Did you know: the first sightings of "urban raccoons" were in a suburb of Cincinnati in the 1920s

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Artifacts of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment

It's been a century since nearly 800 Newfoundland soldiers lost their lives fighting in France. This new provincial gallery pays tribute to their memory.

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Infographic: Canadian water facts for World Oceans Day

When it comes to oceans, Canada is luckier than most. The country is hemmed in by a total of three oceans (Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic), and we boast the longest coastline in…

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A red squirrel helps itself to a snack in Algonquin Park

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7 fascinating facts about squirrels

In praise of squirrels big and small.

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The facts on Canada’s cold weather

Antarctica was in the

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Wet facts and photos on floods

Many Canadians long for the time of year when winter ends and the ice on lakes and rivers thaws. Spring brings melting snow and reveals long-awaited spring flowers. But spring…

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the young male beluga swimming the Nepisiguit River

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How a stranded beluga whale was successfully moved to St. Lawrence River

This first of its kind collaboration led to the rescue of baby beluga in Nepisiguit River

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People & Culture

Interview with Dolf DeJong on helping endangered red panda populations at the Toronto Zoo

The CEO of the Toronto Zoo and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society talks about the newborn red panda cub and how a single animal can make a difference

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Opinion: Nature didn’t drop this bomb. We dropped it on nature

The SARS outbreak of 2003 showed us the consequences of environmental degradation and the commodification of wild animals. Why hasn’t anything changed? 

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Animal crossing: Reconnecting North America’s most important wildlife corridor

This past summer an ambitious wildlife under/overpass system broke ground in B.C. on a deadly stretch of highway just west of the Alberta border. Here’s how it happened.

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More people, more animal encounters mean more human-wildlife conflicts

Conflicts with wildlife in Canada continues to be an issue, but there are ways to keep yourself and wildlife safe

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A portrait of Jane Goodall

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Q&A: Watch Jane Goodall discuss her groundbreaking work

The pioneering primatologist talks about her time with chimpanzees, what inspired her to become an activist and what individuals can do to help the planet

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Muskoxen: the tundra’s ultimate survivors

Muskoxen have roamed the tundra for millennia, but today these woolly beasts are facing a number of very modern threats to their existence 

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Newfoundland fossil shows signs of oldest animal

Turns out it wasn’t always a simpler time way back when.A group of British and Canadian scientists have discovered a 560-year-old fossil that shows signs of the oldest…

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Canada acquires one of the world’s oldest artefacts

Billion-year-old water sample reveals much about the past — and the present 

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People & Culture

10 facts about Elections Canada on its 100th anniversary

Ballots boxes used to be made of metal and voter registrations lists used to be tacked to telephone poles — here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the federal election in Canada. 

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Key population facts from the 2016 census

Explore this infographic to gain greater insight into where Canadians live

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History

Five interesting facts about the HMS Terror

The second of Sir John Franklin's doomed ships has been located in the Canadian Arctic. Here are five things you may not have known about the HMS Terror.

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Environment

Eight facts about water in Canada

How much do you know about Canada’s water — where it comes from and how it’s used?

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11 fascinating facts about foxes

Aesop's fox goes for the unreachable grapes, Chaucer's almost makes off with the prize rooster Chauntecleer, and there are dozens of versions of First Nations and Inuit stories…

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Astronauts on the International Space Station have a side view of the aurora borealis

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Fun aurora borealis facts

Brush up on your aurora borealis trivia

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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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New book explores the secret emotional lives of animals

In his new book The Inner Life of Animals, Peter Wohlleben offers a compassionate glimpse into the surprisingly complex emotional lives of creatures both wild and domestic 

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Wildlife Wednesday: Toronto Zoo animals threatened by wildlife smoke

Plus: Rapidly evolving cod, surprise science, two new bird monitoring stations and how to protect clams against extreme heat 

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