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Video of the week: Ridge walk

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Nature on Friday, July 31, 2015

Acrophobic readers beware! This nearly two-minute video doesn't have a pounding soundtrack but it's bound to get your heart racing as well as any action movie.

The setting: four friends hike along the perilous ridge of Mount Lady Macdonald in Canmore, Alberta. With high winds threatening to throw them into the rocky abyss below, the edge-walkers make their way, occasionally taking their eyes off the sliver of earth beneath their feet to look out at the gorgeous landscape around them.

Would ...

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Canada Goose donates surplus material to Nunavut

Posted by Tyrone Burke in Community on Friday, July 31, 2015

Rolls of Canada Goose fabric arrive in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, where they will be made into traditional clothing by local sewers. (Photo courtesy: Canada Goose)

The Inuit live in some of the harshest conditions on earth, which means the design of their traditional clothing had to be virtually flawless to ensure maximum warmth and survival indeed, a basic parka design has changed very little over the decades.

The material it’s made of, however, has changed significantly. Traditional furs are warm, but the 1970s saw a shift toward modern synthetic fabrics that are thinner, lighter and can be highly effective against moisture and wind. They can also be ...

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The history of Quebec's biggest music festival

Posted by Joseph Frey in Travel on Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Rolling Stones play at the 2015 Festival d’été de Québec. (Photo: Mark Edward Harris)

When it came time for The Rolling Stones to pick the final fête at which to conclude their Zip Code tour, they chose the 2015 Festival d’été de Québec. Later, at that very festival, thrash metal group Megadeth’s lead singer Dave Mustaine triggered a cacophony of cheers when he said: “When you come to one country, to one city, [for one festival] it says a lot about [that] festival”.

Indeed, Quebec City’s annual summer music fest drew a who’s who of the music world this year—The Rolling Stones ...

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Throwback Thursday: magazine layout designs

Posted by Ksenia Nigmanova in History on Thursday, July 30, 2015

The opening spread from a December 2008 issue of Canadian Geographic

I love flipping through old issues of Canadian Geographic. Not only do I learn about our country’s past, but as a designer for the magazine it’s interesting for me to assess previously used story layouts.

In today’s design world, we often use the word “dated” when reviewing any type of design work. And more often than not, the term is used with a negative connotation. But the fonts and colours that might look dated to us today worked quite effectively at the time.

The layout above recently ...

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Camping gear test in California's temperate rainforest

Posted by Tyrone Burke in Product reviews on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(Photo: Tyrone Burke)

Four years into a drought of historic proportions, keeping dry on a California camping trip hardly seems like it would be high priority. Yet even as the temperate rainforests along the coast experience severe drought conditions, redwood groves retain a distinctively damp feel. The giant trees are able to fuel their growth to awe-inspiring heights not by drawing water from the soil below, but by taking it in from the air itself.

Temperatures in the Pacific along California’s central and northern ...

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