The cover of Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage
Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage Edited by James K. Barnett and David L. Nicandri, Heritage House Publishing, 429 pp., $59.95 hardcover
In 1776 Captain James Cook set sail on his third voyage across the Pacific Ocean, this time in an attempt to navigate the Northwest Passage and find a route between Europe and Asia. The British explorer had previously completed two voyages in the Pacific, during which he’d created some of the most detailed maps of eastern Australia.
Louie Kamookak is an Inuit historian whose years of dedicated research helped find the lost Erebus ship. He was awarded an Erebus medal by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society at a recent reception at the Royal Ontario Museum. Here are his thoughts from the evening.
I am honoured and grateful to be able to be here in Toronto. Coming from the Arctic and arriving in a big city is like a dream — just like the dream we had before Parks Canada decided to launch another search, based on both ...
For the last two months, birds have had something of a main stage here at Canadian Geographic. And so they should. Within a few weeks of the January launch of our National Bird Project, more than 25,000 Canadians had voted for and written essays in hot-blooded defense of their picks for a new avian emblem for the nation. And the votes keep rolling in - a testament to the fact that a sizable slice of the population feels very strongly about their birds.
It was no great surprise, then, that the first wildlife-themed feature in the first issue of Canadian Geographic (then called Canadian Geographical Journal), printed in May 1930, was all about these animals. [Read the story online here]
Halter's warehouse, Rue de Grand Chain, showing champagne bottles taken from boxes and sewn into sacks. The empties go for firewood. (Photo appears in 'Rum Heaven,' an article from a 1935 issue of Canadian Geographical Journal)
“C.R. Greenaway, you lucky devil.”
Those were the first words I muttered after I finished reading "Rum Heaven," from the November 1935 issue of what was then still called the Canadian Geographical Journal. [Read the article here.] After all, Greenaway’s assignment was one that today would still no doubt appeal to any journalist worth their salt, let alone anyone with a sense of adventure: travel by boat to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a group of eight small islands off Newfoundland’s south coast ...
“Does it not argue also that their 115,000 descendants, those who remain on reserves and are still classed as Indians, will some day become admirable citizens, provided we give them a reasonable opportunity?”
Diamond Jenness poses this question at the end of his article in the May 1939 issue of the Canadian Geographical Journal, “Canada’s Debt To The Indians.” The article explains the aboriginal origins of many material goods and activities that Europeans and those of European-descent in the ...