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Real Canadian places that resemble locations from Game of Thrones


Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Friday, April 29, 2016



In the game of thrones, you win or you die, but not before also visiting some amazing places.

Game of Thrones, the wildly popular television adaptation of George R. R. Martin's medieval fantasy epic, has returned to HBO for a sixth season.

Part of what makes the show so engrossing is its vividly imagined setting. The politics of Westeros and the identities of its ruling families are shaped primarily by its geography. "Winter is coming," the oft-repeated motto of House Stark, serves as a reminder that even the brutal civil war that has engulfed the land is nothing compared to the greater ...

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Throwback Thursday: Arctic's first 'pizzlies' puzzle scientists


Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Thursday, April 28, 2016



What do you get when you cross a polar bear with a grizzly? (Photo: Canadian Geographic Archives)

You’ve heard of a liger, right? No? How about a zony? Doesn’t ring a bell either? Let me throw one more of these conflations at you, then, as did the November/December 2006 issue of Canadian Geographic when it ran a story on… pizzlies.

The pizzly, if you haven’t guessed by now, was the nickname given to a cross between a polar bear and a grizzly bear that an American hunter shot and killed on Banks Island in the Canadian Arctic in April 2006 — the first of its kind ever discovered in the wild, ...

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How to stay safe during a bear encounter


Posted by Thomas Hall in Wildlife on Thursday, April 28, 2016



What do you do if you encounter a bear? (Photo: Larry Erlendson)

I have lost more hours of sleep on camping trips worrying about bears than anything else. I’m inevitably kept awake by hypothetical bear mauling scenes that would make The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu feel queasy.

It’s silly. I know. The chances of a bear attack are virtually nil. In almost 30 years of camping I’ve only seen two bears and both were far away. Still, for years I’ve been reading and re-reading bear attack stories and bear safety guides hoping that I’ll glean something ...

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Mapping bear ranges around the world


Posted by Rachael Kelly in Wildlife on Wednesday, April 27, 2016



Screenshot of the Bears of the World: Range Maps for the 8 bear species. (Map data: Esri, HERE, DeLorme, USGS, NGA)

Canada boasts three of the world’s eight bear species. This brightly-coloured map helps show the areas they all call home.

“We wanted to provide an interactive map that educators, kids and the public can use to explore where our eight bear species live and learn more about these amazing animals,” said Melissa Reynolds-Hogland, executive director of Bear Trust International. She works with businesses, governments and NGOs to pool resources for bear conservation worldwide. “We hope that the map ...

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Six iconic views from 'The 6'


Posted by Alexandra Pope in Photography on Wednesday, April 27, 2016



Drake, is that you? (Photo: Dan Sedran/Can Geo Photo Club)

On April 28, hip-hop superstar Drake will release his highly anticipated fourth studio album, Views from the 6. The album is a love letter to the rapper's hometown of Toronto, and its cover art, which Drake recently revealed on Twitter, launched a flurry of memes and speculation over whether it was Photoshopped (the CN Tower has since confirmed it was).

To the city I love and the people in it...Thank you for everything #VIEWS pic.twitter.com/HEXHNwrWwd
— Drizzy (@Drake) April 25, 2016

Views ...

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