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Posts tagged with ‘parks’ (38)

Seven important things to know about wetlands

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A great blue heron wades through a marsh near Ottawa, ON. (Photo: David White/CanGeo Photo Club)

Every year on February 2nd, the world comes together to celebrate the importance of wetlands, which are the only ecosystem designated for conservation by international convention. World Wetlands Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Ramsar Convention (formerly the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance), named for the city of Ramsar, Iran, where it was signed in 1971.

Currently 169 nations, including Canada, are contracting members of the convention, which means they have ...

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Giant floor map visits Parliament Hill for Canadian Museums Day

Posted by Alexandra Pope in The RCGS on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Guests begin to arrive at a reception on Parliament Hill for Canadian Museums Day and explore The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Parks Canada giant floor map. (Photo: Gilles Gagnier)

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society brought its Parks Canada giant floor map to Parliament Hill on January 26 for a special reception in honour of Canadian Museums Day.

The event capped off two days of meetings between Members of Parliament, Senators, Hill staff and museum professionals from across the country to discuss the importance of museums and future opportunities. Guests explored the floor map - which took up almost the entire room - and posed for selfies with Heritage Minister Mélanie ...

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How we chose the cover: Spring 2016 Canadian Geographic Travel

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Community on Monday, January 18, 2016

The boardwalk photo (far right) garnered 36 per cent of the cover vote. It will grace the cover of the Spring 2016 issue of Canadian Geographic Travel.

Sometimes a gut feeling just can’t be denied. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but there was something particularly captivating — perhaps it’s that accessible boardwalk leading into a lush forest? — about option four in the cover vote for the Spring 2016 issue of Canadian Geographic Travel. (As regular followers know, we ask for your help in choosing our cover each issue.)

Publisher Gilles Gagnier also liked it best. And the option wouldn’t have been in the running if photo editor Jessica Finn ...

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Parks Canada extends free access to national parks

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland is just one of nearly 100 parks and historic sites accessible for free for two years to Canadians with a 2016 Discovery Pass. (Photo: Miriam Koerner/CanGeo Photo Club)

If you've been waiting for the perfect time to plan some adventures in Canada's national parks, now's your chance.

On Monday, Parks Canada announced that it will be offering free access to its parks in 2017. All Discovery Passes sold in 2016 will be valid for 24 months from the date of purchase instead of the regular 12 months. For example, a pass purchased in February 2016 will be valid through February 2018.

The Discovery Pass grants the bearer unlimited access to nearly 100 national parks, ...

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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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