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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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Giant goldfish worry Alberta authorities


Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Wednesday, August 26, 2015



(Photo: Benson Kua/Wikimedia Commons)

It may sound like something ripped from the script of a particularly bad B movie, but giant goldfish — some the size of dinner plates — have authorities in Alberta worried about the invasive species’ impact on native aquatic environments.

Kate Wilson, an aquatic invasive species specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks, told the CBC that in one case in the municipality of Wood Buffalo, located in the province’s northeast, 40 goldfish were pulled from a stormwater pond. "That’s really scary ...

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Video of the week: Goose follows truck to water


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, August 21, 2015



Looks like someone made a friend!

Andre Bachman was driving down a gravel road in Alberta when he found a lone wild Canada Goose following his truck. The video above shows Bachman driving away, at which point the goose takes flight alongside the vehicle and follows it all the way to nearby Shining Bank Lake. Once there, Bachman reports that the goose "seems happy and stays."

Do you think the Canada Goose should be Canada's national bird? Did you know that Canada doesn't have a national bird? ...

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