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The maps that sparked Canada's bicycle frenzy


Posted by Harry Wilson on Monday, March 2, 2015



(Map: D.B. Street, Cyclists Road Map, showing all the main travelled roads, Towns, villages etc. between Toronto and London including the Niagara District, 1895, Library and Archives Canada, NMC43015)

“Roll on, spring!”

One can imagine Canadians uttering such a cry in the waning days of winter during the late Victorian era, eager to get out on their bicycles and explore the countryside.

During the mid- to-late 1890s, a full-fledged bicycle craze was in full swing in North America, with people spending money not only bicycles themselves but also on the accoutrements that went with them (just as hundreds of thousands of Canadians do today), including tools, locks, clothing and maps.

Maps ...

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10 bird photography tips


Posted by Jessica Finn in Photography on Friday, February 27, 2015



(Photo: Jessica Finn)

Bird photography, due to the very nature of its often-flighty subjects, is a challenge. Though it’s certainly helpful, having the best equipment and bird knowledge does not guarantee the best shots. Think you’re up to the challenge? Here are ten tips to take your bird photos to the next level.

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Remembering Ernest Côté


Posted by Michela Rosano in The RCGS on Thursday, February 26, 2015



Ernest Côté on Juno Beach, 70 years after he landed there as part of the Allied D-Day invasion in 1944. (Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images)

Ernest Côté, WW II veteran and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, died Wednesday night. He was 101. The story below is republished from the October 2014 issue of Canadian Geographic.

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On June 6, 1944, Allied forces, including 14,000 Canadians, stormed Normandy’s Juno Beach to liberate Europe. For British, American and Canadian forces, Operation Overlord was carnage; machine gun fire pelted the beach, landmines exploded and fierce hand-to-hand combat ensued.

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Throwback Thursday: our long legacy of Canadian bird coverage


Posted by Nick Walker in Wildlife on Thursday, February 26, 2015



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For the last two months, birds have had something of a main stage here at Canadian Geographic. And so they should. Within a few weeks of the January launch of our National Bird Project, more than 25,000 Canadians had voted for and written essays in hot-blooded defense of their picks for a new avian emblem for the nation. And the votes keep rolling in - a testament to the fact that a sizable slice of the population feels very strongly about their birds.

It was no great surprise, then, that the first wildlife-themed feature in the first issue of Canadian Geographic (then called Canadian Geographical Journal), printed in May 1930, was all about these animals. [Read the story online here]

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Photo Essay: a bird’s-eye view of the Oak Ridges Moraine


Posted by Harry Wilson in Photography on Wednesday, February 25, 2015



A selection of images from Lishman’s new book.
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Bill Lishman, the man known as Father Goose for his exploits in guiding migrating Canada geese from the seat of his ultralight aircraft, has taken to the sky again. This time, however, Lishman’s focus isn’t on what’s next to him but what’s below him: the Oak Ridge Moraine.

Lishman’s new book, The Oak Ridges Moraine From Above, scheduled for release on April 22, contains about 200 colour photos of the 1,900-square-kilometre stretch of land that reaches from the Trent River in the east to the ...

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