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Throwback Thursday: our long legacy of Canadian bird coverage


Posted by Nick Walker in Wildlife on Thursday, February 26, 2015



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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]

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Throwback Thursday: Adventures with rum


Posted by Harry Wilson in History on Thursday, February 19, 2015



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 ...

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Throwback Thursday - Canada’s Debt to the Indians


Posted by Michela Rosano in History on Thursday, February 12, 2015



Crowfoot with his CPR Pass.

“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 ...

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Throwback Thursday: a tradition of wolf covers


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Photography on Thursday, January 1, 2015



The December 2009 cover of Canadian Geographic, which is celebrating 85 years of making Canada better known to Canadians.

Bring on the champagne! A new year begins today, which is worthy of celebration by itself, but your friends at Canadian Geographic and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society have another reason to break out the bubbly: 2015 marks 85 years of publishing the magazine you know and love.

To celebrate, we'll be looking back at some of our favourite content from the past 85 years. Each week we'll feature a different story, photo or even select advertisements that spoke to us in one way or another.

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10 surprising facts about communication in Canada


Posted by Aaron Kylie in History on Tuesday, December 23, 2014



A statue of a man reading the Montreal Gazette, Canada's oldest continuously operating newspaper. (Photo: Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose/Wikimedia Commons)

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts & Figures (in stores now!). If you enjoy trivia, particularly Canadian trivia, or have a particular fascination with Canadian facts and accomplishments, you’ll surely enjoy my book. In the hopes of further capturing your interest, I’ve been sharing a top-10 selection of items from each category that particularly stood out for me. This week: communications.

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