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Throwback Thursday: How the Canadian Geographical Journal covered the Queen's coronation

Posted by Michela Rosano in History on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Coronation celebrations in Ottawa on June 2, 1953. (Photo: Canadian Geographic archives)

“I believe it will be a very long time indeed before those of us privileged to share in London’s Coronation festivities can look back on June 2nd without being deeply moved all over again,” wrote Kay Cannon about the fanfare around Queen Elizabeth II’s crowning ceremony in the August 1953 issue of the Canadian Geographical Journal.

Preparations for celebrations in London began almost a year in advance of the ceremony and included building stands for spectators along the procession route by Westminster ...

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10 surprising facts about Canadians in cinema

Posted by Michela Rosano in History on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Though she was known as "America's Sweetheart," actress Mary Pickford was born in Canada. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Today theatres across the country will screen Canadian films in honour of National Canadian Film Day, a day to celebrate the country's cinematic achievements. To commemorate the occasion, here are 10 facts about Canadians in cinema from editor Aaron Kylie’s book, Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts & Figures.

First Canadian movie hit
Considered by many as Canada’s first filmmaker, James Freer immigrated to Canada from England in 1887 and settled in Brandon Hills, Man. ...

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Canadian Parks Summit makes history

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Nature on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Canmore, Alta. made a beautiful setting for the Canadian Parks Summit. (Photo: @Penalosa_G/Twitter)

The Rocky Mountains often host historic moments.

Today, just down the road from Banff National Park, which became Canada’s first national park 130 years ago, history was once again made among the iconic mountains.

For the first time ever, national, provincial and local parks managers, academics and non-profit organizations gathered in one place to compare notes on the simple goal of getting more Canadians to visit parks at the Canadian Parks Summit in Canmore, Alta.

Organized by the Canadian ...

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Ancient horse poop could mark Hannibal's route through Alps

Posted by Rachael Kelly in History on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hannibal and his army crossing the Alps. (Image: painting by Nicolas Poussin circa 1625-1626/Wikimedia Commons)

Poop, it seems, has cracked the case wide open.

For two thousand years, historians have hotly contested the path Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca (247-183 BC) took to cross the Alps in 218 BC. With 25,000 footsoldiers, 6,000 cavalry members and 37 elephants at his back, Hannibal crossed the Alps to attack the Roman Republic at the start of the Second Punic War.

Horse poop discovered in the Col de Traversette—a narrow pass between a row of peaks located on the border between Grenoble, ...

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RCGS hosts evening of fascinating Franklin discussion

Posted by Nicole Rutherford in The RCGS on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Panelists and participants in the 2016 Can Geo Talks. Back row, L-R: RCGS CEO John Geiger, Louie Kamookak, Ken McGoogan, Russell Potter, Glenn Stein. Front row, L-R: Ryan Harris, Dave Woodman, Karen Ryan, Alanna Mitchell. (Photo: Colin Rowe/Canadian Geographic)

Few historical mysteries have captured the public’s imagination quite like the lost Franklin expedition. Franklin enthusiasts pore over documents and artifacts and gather in Internet forums to share their theories on what happened to the 129 men who vanished in the Canadian Arctic.

On April 12, many of those enthusiasts had a rare opportunity to come together in the same room as The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented its 2016 Can Geo Talks, an evening of thought-provoking discussion ...

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