About "The North"

The people, places, events and latest research of Canada’s subarctic and Arctic regions, one of the fastest-changing environments on Earth

Icebergs in the Canadian High Arctic

Photo: Suzanne Southon/Can Geo Photo Club

Photo: Suzanne Southon/Can Geo Photo Club
The discovery of microplastics in ice cores from Lancaster Sound highlights plastic pollution’s disturbing reach

Scientists have already been conducting research in Nunavut's Cambridge Bay region around the CHARS facility, often with the help of local Inuit such as Candice Sudlovenick (above), a conservation officer. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne/Canadian Geographic).

Photo: Neil Ever Osborne/Canadian Geographic
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is set to open in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, later this year. How will it affect our understanding and appreciation of the North and the rapid change occurring there? 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and P.J. Akeeagok, president of the local Qikiqtani Inuit Association, walk along the coast of Victor Bay, Nunavut, an area part of the now-official Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area. (Photo: Aaron Kylie)

Photo: Aaron Kylie/Canadian Geographic
Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official
September/October, cover vote, Tombstone mountain
Photo: Julien Schroder
The voters have spoken! (And we agree.)
A view of the shoreline in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.

Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., is crumbling into the Arctic Ocean due to climate change-related coastal erosion. (Photo: Adam Jones/CC by-SA 3.0)

Photo: Adam Jones [CC by-SA 3.0]
The strategy calls for a coordinated climate policy in Inuit Nunangat and will receive $1-million from the federal government
A large blue iceberg floats in the Arctic Ocean

Photo: Sasha Latchaev/Can Geo Photo Club

Photo: Sasha Latchaev/Can Geo Photo Club
Arctic expert and legal scholar Michael Byers weighs in on how Canada can take the lead on northern issues
a collage of wildlife photos including bison, grizzly bears, polar bears, foxes, owls and whales

Some of the best wildlife images from the new Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos special issue, on newsstands now. (Clockwise from top left: @shane_turgeon, @daisygilardini, @divebuddies4life, @nicole_handspiker, @benaroundandback, @andreaudet, @mirelaofearth, @javiers_wonderplanet, @jkr_photo, @focused_on_canada)

Clockwise from top left: @shane_turgeon, @daisygilardini, @divebuddies4life, @nicole_handspiker, @benaroundandback, @andreaudet, @mirelaofearth, @javiers_wonderplanet, @jkr_photo, @focused_on_canada
Grizzlies, puffins, whales and more from the new Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos special issue, on newsstands now
Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture

Inuit artist Bart Hanna (in yellow tie) talks about his sculpture Sedna, which he unveiled during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on April 8, 2019, as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory. (Photo: House of Commons)

Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture
An interview with Inuit artist Bart Hanna, whose sculpture of the Inuit sea goddess has been unveiled on Parliament Hill as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory
Upper Wind River

A stretch of the upper Wind River, at the northern reach of the Mackenzie Mountains. David McGuffin, Graham McGuffin and Terry Camsell paddled this route during their voyage through the Peel River watershed. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Photo: David McGuffin
We came to retrace an ancestor’s 1905 map-making expedition of the Peel River watershed. We left with a new-found appreciation of what this ancient land means to the people who live there. 
Coniferous trees lean at different angles in the snow

Thawing permafrost causes trees to lean, a phenomenon called a "drunken forest." (Photo: Mady Macdonald/Dreamstime.com)

Photo: Mady Macdonald/Dreamstime.com
Permafrost thaw is widespread, accelerating and irreversible. With it comes visible effects on the ecology, hydrology and landscapes, and communities of the North.
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