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15 things that have happened in Canada since the last 'Christmas Moon'


Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Tuesday, December 22, 2015



A full moon shines above boats decked out with holiday lights in Port de Grave, Nfld. (Photo: Michael Winsor/CanGeo Photo Club)

If you look up at the sky on Christmas morning this year, you’ll witness something you’ve quite possibly never seen on that particular day: a full moon.

The last full moon of 2015 will be at its fullest at 6:11 a.m. ET on December 25th.

The last time the moon's peak coincided with Christmas was in 1977, meaning if you’re younger than 38 years old, you've never seen a full moon on Christmas.

Since that admittedly applies to most of our editors, we thought it would be fun to look back ...

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Snapshots of a century: Women in the pages of CanGeo


Posted by Alexandra Pope in History on Wednesday, December 16, 2015



Photos of Canadian women through the decades, from the pages of Canadian Geographic.

The 20th century saw Canadian women make great strides towards political equality, but they had an enormously important role in shaping other facets of Canadian life.

We dug through nine decades of the archives of Canadian Geographic magazine to see how women were represented in its pages. The women we uncovered may not be household names, but each of their stories represents a unique snapshot of life in Canada.

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May 1930: Nature Girl

An article by Lady Kitty Ritson ...

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How often do whales attack ships?


Posted by Aaron Kylie in Wildlife on Wednesday, December 9, 2015



Illustration from an early edition of Moby-Dick. (Photo: A. Burnham Shute/Wikimedia Commons)

Moby Dick, arguably the most famous whale ever, was never real. But the vindictive fictional cetacean was inspired by the tale of a real-life sperm whale, which attacked and sunk the whaling boat Essex in the southern Pacific Ocean on Nov. 20, 1820.

Now, Hollywood is recreating that unusual tragedy. Chris Hemsworth stars in the Ron Howard-directed In the Heart of the Sea, which opens Dec. 11, 2015.

Whales attacking ships are rare — indeed, just a handful of such incidents have ever been ...

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Drawn To Victory film, map unveiled in Ottawa


Posted by Alexandra Pope in Mapping on Tuesday, November 24, 2015



A successful war effort depends on reliable maps, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the years surrounding the First World War saw the greatest advances in the field of cartography since the invention of the printing press.

This period of innovation is documented in Drawn To Victory, the first instalment of A Nation Soars, a trilogy commemorating Canada’s Great War aviation efforts.

A preview of the documentary film, narrated by Canadian actor and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical ...

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How Canadian Geographic editors see Canada


Posted by Alexandra Pope in Mapping on Friday, November 20, 2015



In honour of Geography Awareness Week 2015, our editors created their own maps of Canada.

At Canadian Geographic, we believe there are an infinite number of stories to be told with maps, so we were excited to learn that mapping was the theme of Geography Awareness Week 2015.

To challenge our own geographic storytelling skills, each of the editors of CanGeo was given a blank map of Canada and asked to draw something. Here's what we came up with.

Aaron Kylie, Editor

License plate slogans of Canada. (Click to expand)

Canada (The Great White North) by city nickname. (Click to ...

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