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The people and ideas shaping the way we think about our natural and human-made spaces, design, art and photography and more in Canada

Anne Innis Dagg feeding a giraffe at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015

Anne Innis Dagg visiting Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015. The zoo was where she first saw giraffes as a child, sparking a lifelong love of the species and an extraordinary career. (Photo: Elaisa Vargas)

Photo: Elaisa Vargas
The Canadian woman who was first in the world to study giraffes in the wild — and is still considered one of the planet’s foremost experts on the species — is only now getting her due
John Geiger, Brian May, Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Wendy Cecil backstage at the Scotiabank Arena on July 28, 2019

Legendary rocker Brian May, second from left, received The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Lawrence J. Burpee medal on July 28 in Toronto. Pictured with May, from left, are RCGS CEO John Geiger, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and RCGS Vice-President Wendy Cecil. (Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic
The rock legend, space scientist and author honoured for outstanding contributions to cultural and physical geography
Canadian landscape photographer Scott Forsyth at Beechey Island in the Canadian Arctic

Canadian landscape photographer Scott Forsyth at Beechey Island in the Canadian Arctic. (Photo: Lynn Moorman)

Photo courtesy Scott Forsyth
The Calgary-based landscape photographer shares memorable moments in the field and his advice for aspiring photographers
Coral Restoration Foundation nursery

A diver checks on a coral "tree" in one of the Coral Restoration Foundation's nurseries in the Florida Keys (Photo: Neha Acharya-Patel)

Coral Restoration Foundation nursery
2019 North American Rolex scholar Neha Acharya-Patel shares insights from her work (and that of other Canadians) in assisting the Florida-based Coral Restoration Foundation to rebuild beleaguered reefs
Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 moon landing

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Mission commander Neil Armstrong snapped this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. (Image: NASA)

Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 moon landing
Legendary Canadian underwater explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis reflects on his friendship with astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing
a beadwork of portrait of Louis Riel in the July/August 2019 issue

A beadwork portrait of Louis Riel by artist Krista Leddy opens a feature story on the Métis leader in Canadian Geographic's July/August 2019 issue.

Photo: Krista Leddy/Canadian Geographic
Artist Krista Leddy offers a peek into her studio as she creates a portrait of Louis Riel out of thousands of glass beads
Canadian Geographic, la Société géographique royale du Canada et le conseil de recyclage de l’Ontario se sont unis pour imaginer la prochaine étape de la révolution Réduire, Réutiliser, Recycler : l’initiative 10 000 changements
Canadian Geographic, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Recycling Council of Ontario have joined forces to reimagine the recycling revolution with the new 10,000 Changes program
former archaeological site is now inundated at high tide. The rich artifact-bearing soil has been washed away, and with it all the Indigenous pot fragments, stone tools, animal bones, and cultural features. Only a few flakes from making stone tools remained scattered amongst the boulders.

A former archaeological site in Nova Scotia is now inundated at high tide. The rich artifact-bearing soil has been washed away, and with it all the Indigenous pot fragments, stone tools, animal bones, and cultural features it once contained. Only a few flakes from making stone tools remained scattered amongst the boulders. (Photo: Matthew Betts)

Photo: Matthew Betts
As sea level rise and the accelerating pace of coastal erosion threaten cultural heritage around the world, Canada has a lot to lose
Greg Nolan Williston Lake BC

Greg Nolan (left) huddles under a makeshift tent on the remote west side of Williston Lake in northern British Columbia. The image was taken in June 1984, shortly after Nolan and his colleagues were stranded on the mountainside by their helicopter pilot after access had been cut off by a landslide. (Photo: Greg Nolan)

Photo: Greg Nolan
In his new book, Highballer: True Tales from a Treeplanting Life, Greg Nolan recounts his rollicking, rewarding and often risky career as a tree planter in British Columbia and Alberta. 
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