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Young family begins arctic paddling expedition

Posted by Guest Blogger in The RCGS on Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Clark family pose with their travel companions as they make their way towards the starting point of their Arctic journey. (Photo: Together to the Tundra 2015)

Today a young family of four, plus two friends, begins a 55-day journey through some of Canada's most remote landscapes. Dan Clark, Alice Young Clark, their children Koby and Ava Fei (7 and 5 years old, respectively), and their friends Bruce Bembridge and Marilyn Toulouse will paddle from Yellowknife, along Great Slave Lake and pass through the proposed Thaydene Nene National Park on the historic Pike’s Portage route. The expedition—supported in part by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society—will stretch over 1,050 kilometres and will include portages, upstream travel, exposed lakes and whitewater rivers. Here, Dan Clark writes about pre-trip excitement and the allure of summer adventures.

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Throwback Thursday: Cheese as a war-time necessity

Posted by Carys Mills in History on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Read “Cheese as a War-time Necessity” from a 1941 issue of Canadian Geographical Journal.

Three small kids sat on a huge cow, posing for a black-and-white photo that ended up in a 1941 issue of the Canadian Geographical Journal.

The photo was captioned “The cow — the foster mother of the human race” and accompanied a story headlined “Cheese as a War-time Necessity” (read it here). The story was an ode to cheese, a look at where it was made and a request for Canada to produce a massive amount for Britain during the war.

I was surprised, not by the author’s love for cheese, but ...

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Canada signs cross boundary agreement to protect bats

Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A hoary bat roosting on the branch of a tree. (Photo: Paul Cryan, U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia Commons)

Canada, the United States and Mexico have for the first time formally agreed to work together to protect migratory bats, paving the way for increased coordination of and cooperation in conservation efforts across North America.

“This is a historic day for North American bats as they face threats far greater and widespread than they ever have before,” Mylea Bayless, the senior director for US/Canada Conservation with Bat Conservation International, said in a news release about the agreement, ...

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Crowdsourced art on Canadian identity

Posted by Carys Mills in Community on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Crowdsourced artwork shows different interpretations of Canadian identity. (Photo courtesy Canada’s Self Portrait)

Draw a quick sketch of what it means to be Canadian.

That’s what artist Aquil Virani and Canada’s Self Portrait co-founder Rebecca Jones asked more than 800 people to do over the last year. The idea for the project was to reproduce all those images into a larger piece of art, which will be unveiled on Canada Day in Montreal.

“We thought that art was a great way to explore that issue — to display visually the different perspectives that people have about Canadian identity,” Virani said last ...

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How we chose the cover: Best Wildlife Photography of the Year 2015

Posted by Nick Walker in Community on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The grizzly bear (27 per cent of the vote) lost to both the fox (33 per cent) and the pine marten (40 per cent).

Bears and other apex predators are magazine cover attention grabbers, say the circulation experts who see all the newsstand numbers. Canadian Geographic likes fronting grizzlies, polar bears and wolves as much as Smithsonian likes tigers and lions (see their covers from February and June 2015, for example). Whether prowling currently or long extinct, powerful and potentially dangerous megafauna sells.

So it’s refreshing to see smaller, yet no less iconic, Canadian species challenge that doctrine. ...

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