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Throwback Thursday: Canada's train tourism

Posted by Michela Rosano in History on Thursday, July 16, 2015

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On November 7, 1885, the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was hammered into the ground in B.C., signaling the end of the railway’s construction and the advent of passenger travel in Canada.

Championed by Sir John A. MacDonald, the CPR was a symbol of national unity — and Canada’s engineering prowess — spanning more than 4,000 kilometers from Montreal to Port Moody, B.C. and helping to connect the country from east to west.

Seventy years later, rail travel in Canada was in sharp ...

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Flame retardants in Nunavut gulls are helping scientists understand how the chemicals are affecting Arctic ecosystems

Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A glaucous gull. (Photo: Alastair Rae/Wikimedia Commons)


Jonathan Verreault knows from experience just how connected the Arctic is to the rest of the planet. The biologist, who is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Avian Toxicology at the Université du Québec in Montreal, has found chemical fire retardants, manufactured mostly in China, in the tissues of seabirds on Baffin Island, Nunavut.

Flame retardants, which reduce the risk of house and building fires, have been added to textiles, upholstered furniture and other products across North America ...

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Help us choose the September 2015 Canadian Geographic Travel cover!

Posted by Paul Politis in Community on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Help us choose the cover of our upcoming issue of Canadian Geographic Travel

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Video of the Week: baby raccoon learns to climb

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, July 10, 2015

Never underestimate a mother's love. In this heart-melting video a mother raccoon attempts to teach her kit how to climb a tree in a backyard in the pacific northwest. However, not that we're in any position to judge, but the kit does not appear to be "a natural" at it.

Trees are crucial to raccoons. They make their nests in hollow tree cavities (as well as almost anywhere else including storm sewers and attics) and can climb trees to escape predators. They are one of only a few animals that ...

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Throwback Thursday: Spiral tunnels

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in The RCGS on Thursday, July 9, 2015

“Lordamighty, she was a killer!”

So said an elderly member of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Mountain Division in reference to the perilous stretch of rail that connected the summit of Kicking Horse Pass and the town of Field, 237.5 feet below, before the construction of the Spiral Tunnels.

The steep was unimaginatively, though not inaccurately, called “The Big Hill,” and is discussed in an old Canadian Geographical Journal story [Read it here]. At its most severe, it sloped at a 5 degree ...

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