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How Canadian Geographic editors see Canada

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Mapping on Friday, November 20, 2015

In honour of Geography Awareness Week 2015, our editors created their own maps of Canada.

At Canadian Geographic, we believe there are an infinite number of stories to be told with maps, so we were excited to learn that mapping was the theme of Geography Awareness Week 2015.

To challenge our own geographic storytelling skills, each of the editors of CanGeo was given a blank map of Canada and asked to draw something. Here's what we came up with.

Aaron Kylie, Editor

License plate slogans of Canada. (Click to expand)

Canada (The Great White North) by city nickname. (Click to ...

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Video of the Week: Margaret Atwood sings Arrogant Worms

Posted by Alexandra Pope in The RCGS on Friday, November 20, 2015

It was quite possibly the most Canadian thing that’s ever happened.

Celebrated author Margaret Atwood was one of the keynote speakers at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s annual Fellows Dinner on Wednesday, November 18th. To illustrate an anecdote about how she explains Canada’s vastness to outsiders, Atwood sang The Arrogant Worms’ inspired hit song “Canada’s Really Big” — in both official languages.

The clip above features an excerpt from Atwood’s speech, which touched on everything ...

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7 awesome things that happened at the 2015 RCGS Fellows Dinner

Posted by Alexandra Pope in The RCGS on Friday, November 20, 2015

The 2015 RCGS award recipients. Left to right: Milbry Polk, Zach Vanthournout, Kathryn McCain, Michael Bouk (GreenBug Energy), Jean Lemire, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Atwood, Dr. Jacob Verhoef, Dr. Paul Ruest (RCGS President), Janet Ruest, Bruce Amos, Louise Maffett, Dr. Louis Fortier, Dr. Brian Osborne, Dr. John Smol. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/Canadian Geographic)

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society held its annual awards ceremony and Fellows Dinner at the Canadian Museum of History on Wednesday, November 18. Here were some of the highlights of an evening filled with laughter, music and, of course, geography.

1. We honoured the best and brightest in the field of geography

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presided over the medal ceremony, which saw 15 awards presented to individuals who have made significant ...

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Best Canadian Geographic maps from 2015

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Mapping on Friday, November 20, 2015

“Sir Christopher Ondaatje’s Voyage to the Galapagos Islands,” Canadian Geographic Travel Fall 2015. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

If you’ve ever had to help make a map, it gives you a whole new appreciation for the art form. As editor of Canadian Geographic, I’ve found myself more involved in making maps than I ever expected, particularly as the publication is likely the only one in Canada with a full-time cartographer on board. Cartographer Chris Brackley, along with a little help from our editors and designers, creates a range of maps, from simple and straightforward to comprehensive and creative.

In honour of Geography ...

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Throwback Thursday: Canadian airmen on the map

Posted by Nick Walker in History on Thursday, November 19, 2015

(Photo: Canadian Geographic Archives)

“In those days [the 1920s and 1930s], maps of the North were usually incomplete or inaccurate, so bush pilots made additions and corrections as they flew. When those crude efforts are compared with the excellent charts of today, we wonder why we did not get lost more often!”

Former bush pilot A.G. Sims wrote that in “Canadian Airmen on the map,” in the November 1975 issue of Canadian Geographical Journal [Read the story here]. Sims had flown during the post-First World War renaissance in Canadian ...

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