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Happy Canada Day from Canadian Geographic!

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When you’re Canada’s national geography magazine, every day is an opportunity to celebrate Canada, but today is special. That’s why we’ve put together this roundup of great recent stories to help inspire your next adventure in this country we’re fortunate to call home. Happy birthday, Canada!

Party like an Ottawa local

Fateema Sayani shares an insider’s perspective on how to navigate the joyful chaos of Canada Day in the capital.  

See Canada through the eyes of an astronaut

25 years ago, Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman to see our planet from orbit. Since coming back down to Earth, she’s made it her personal mission to share its beauty

Listen to a great Canadian playlist

We’ve mapped the best songs about Canada and by Canadians, as chosen by you! Browse the map and plan your ultimate roadtrip playlist. 

Watch George Elliott Clarke read ‘A Story in Stone’ 

The Parliamentary Poet Laureate records the essay he wrote for the July/August issue of Canadian Geographic about the symbolism of the Canadian Parliament’s gothic stonework

Remember that the history of this land dates back much longer than 150 years

And that it’s more important than ever for Canadians to engage in the process of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Show us your corner of Canada

We’ve got two great photo competitions happening right now over at our Photo Club.

The Show Us Your Riding competition is seeking entries from each of Canada’s 338 electoral districts. Every riding has unique features that influence – or are influenced by – our democratic institutions. Take your best shot in one of five categories, tell us what riding is featured and fill us in on the story behind the photo for a chance to win. 

The Great Trail competition is looking for your best shots of, well, the Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans-Canada Trail. With 21,500 kilometres of trail stretching across the country — most within 30 minutes of populated areas — you should be able to easily find inspiration. 

Learn something new

Pick up one of our new special publications, The Story of Canada in 150 Objects, published in conjunction with The Walrus magazine, or 150 Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos. Both are available on newsstands and online now! 

Share the love

Find out what notable Canadians like Gordon Lightfoot, William Shatner, Sarah McLachlan, Zacharias Kunuk, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and even comic-book aviator hero Johnny Canuck consider to be their favourite places in the country — and tell us yours on Twitter or Facebook!


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