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Throwback Thursday: honouring the Golden Plover

Posted by Jessica Finn in History on Thursday, January 29, 2015

(Photo: A. A. Allen Ph.D., Cornell University)

Has Canadian Geographic’s National Bird Project left you feeling a bit bird-brained? It’s no wonder: choosing Canada’s official bird is a big job. And with so many species to choose from, some notable species are sure to be left out of the running. So we at Canadian Geographic are honouring one of those species as part of our #ThrowbackThursday series: the American golden plover.

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National Bird Project essays

Posted by Nick Walker in Wildlife on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Should the great blue heron be Canada's national bird? (Photo: Tina Hurd)

Canada is home to more than 450 bird species, yet somehow Canada is still one of the few nations that does not recognize a national bird. Canadian Geographic, with the help of Bird Studies Canada and other bird conservation organizations, is hoping to change that with the National Bird Project. Vote for your favourite species and contribute your own short essay today at The National Bird Project.

The essays collected below are Canadian Geographic's editors' picks for the best recent reader submissions to the National Bird Project website. We will continue to feature our favourite new pieces on the CG Compass blog. Join the discussion on Twitter using #CanadaBird!

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10 bonus facts about Canadian people, places and society

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Community on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Did you know the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta boasts the world's largest display of dinosaurs? (Photo: Steven Mackaay/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. To conclude our mini-series, here's some bonus facts about various Canadian people, places and things.

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Iconic driftwood house preserved in Mackenzie Delta permafrost

Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Thursday, January 22, 2015

The house excavation nearing completion, with the Mackenzie River in the background. Letitia Pokiak measures the location of an artifact on the rear alcove of the house. To the left and right can be seen the side alcoves, and the entrance tunnel extends downslope towards the river. (Photo: Max Friesen)


For many Inuit, understanding how their elders and ancestors once lived is crucial to building a future that blends the best of the present with the best of the past.

Some of the clues to that past lie in the archeological record — objects that people have abandoned, dropped or discarded over the course of 5,000 years of daily life in the Arctic, and which now lie preserved in the frozen ground.

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Gear Review: Stay warm in winter without sacrificing style

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Product reviews on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Columbia's Platinum 860 Turbodown™ hooded jacket (Photo: Jessica Finn)

I scoffed when I first saw it. There was just no way that the jacket laying before me was intended for winter use. And yet, Columbia's Platinum 860 Turbodown™ hooded jacket claims to be everything a winter adventurer could wish for: light, versitile and warm. Despite my doubts, I gave it a try. You know what they say about not judging a coat by its cover (or something like that).

(Photo: Jessica Finn)

There was no denying that the jacket was light and seemed eminently packable. The medium ...

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