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Arctic muscox populations ping


Posted by Guest Blogger in Wildlife on Monday, August 31, 2015



Two muscox seen from above in Canada's arctic. (Photo: Paul Colangelo/Canadian Geographic)

By: Alex Hutchinson

The muskox burger at Saxifrage Resto-Café, in the far northern hamlet of Cambridge Bay, costs $27. That’s not outlandish in a place that takes at least two days and three separate flights to reach from Toronto, and where a small honeydew melon can set you back $15. But muskox is local “country food”—or at least, it used to be.

Cambridge Bay is a dent in the southern shore of Victoria Island. Along with neighbouring Banks Island, the area is home to one the world’s biggest ...

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Video of the week: grizzly rolls down hill


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, August 28, 2015



Sometimes a bear’s bare necessities include rolling down a hill. At least it does for this particular bear, which triggered a chorus of delighted shrieks and camera clicks as it tumbled down a hill in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Warning: the minute and a half long video, uploaded by YouTube user David Pangborn, may make you want to roll down a hill too.

Have you seen a fun or interesting video recently that you think should be video of the week? Send it to online-editor@canadiangeographic.ca!

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Retracing the Chilkoot Trail


Posted by Carys Mills in Travel on Friday, August 28, 2015



Retracing the Chilkoot Trail. (Photo: Carys Mills/Canadian Geographic)

About 100,000 prospectors tried to get to Dawson City in the years after the 1896 gold discovery. While most stampeders didn’t strike it rich, and many didn’t even make it to the goldfields, they were part of the Klondike Gold Rush adventure.

About 3,000 adventure-seekers now annually hike the 53-kilometre Chilkoot Trail, which was the most popular route for stampeders, since it was the shortest and cheapest way to the goldfields. Parks Canada and the National Park Service, which now maintain ...

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Renewable energy builds self-reliance in Fort McPherson, N.W.T.


Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Thursday, August 27, 2015



In Fort McPerson, N.W.T., community members are discovering that heating with biomass such as wood-chips is cheaper, cleaner and safer than oil. (Photo: Yinan Chen/Wikimedia Commons)

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For millennia the Tetl'it Gwich'in, who live north of the Arctic Circle in Fort McPherson, N.W.T., burned wood to heat their dwellings. That changed in the 1960s and 1970s when many moved to government-built houses heated with oil. Recently, though, the Gwich'in have been rediscovering their traditional use of wood — employing modern biomass technology to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, while at the same time creating long-term jobs and building self-reliance in their community.

Lawrence ...

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Throwback Thursday: A history of aerial photography


Posted by Jessica Finn on Thursday, August 27, 2015



Royal Flying Corps aircraft with aerial reconnaissance camera, circa 1916. (Imperial War Museums/Q 33850 via Wikimedia Commons)

Aerial photography was maturing as an important surveying and mapping tool in Canada when the Canadian Geographical Journal published a story on the subject in May 1930. But when did aerial photography first emerge, and what's happened in the years since?

As part of Canadian Geographic’s Throwback Thursday series, photo editor Jessica Finn pieced together the timeline below.

Did we miss any important milestones along the way? Tell us about it in the Comments below.

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