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Beluga habitat concerns delay Energy East pipeline terminal

Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A wild beluga plays in the shallow waters of Cunningham Inlet. (Photo: Nansen Weber)

TransCanada Corp. has ceased all preliminary work on a key part of its proposed Energy East pipeline at Cacouna, Que., after the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) classified the beluga whale population in the region as endangered in November.

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10 surprising facts about Canadian innovations

Posted by Aaron Kylie in History on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Brunswick's famously foggy coast inspired the invention of the foghorn. (Photo: Nina Stavlund)

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts & Figures (in stores now!). If you enjoy trivia, particularly Canadian trivia, or have a particular fascination with Canadian facts and accomplishments, you’ll surely enjoy my book. In the hopes of further capturing your interest, I’ve been sharing a top-10 selection of items from each category that particularly stood out for me. This week: ...

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Geography lovers gift guide

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Mapping on Monday, December 15, 2014

Wood chart of Lake Huron. (Photo:

Stumped on what to get for your geography-loving pal? Have a family member who loves maps more than anything but you’re loath to buy them another globe? Here are a few suggestions for unique gifts that will please their map obsessed.

1. Quilted map
Who doesn’t love being cozy over the holidays? Give the gift of warmth with a homespun touch with this quilt of the Great Lakes. If you want even more of a personal touch, Hapticlab also has do-it-yourself versions that you can use to make your very ...

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Map: where Christmas trees are grown in Canada

Posted by Carys Mills in Mapping on Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas tree farm in Iowa, United States. (Photo: U. S. Department of Agriculture)

The Canadian farmers who grow Christmas trees every year collectively sell their festive forests to Canadians, Americans and people much further away.

Canada's Christmas tree farms are concentrated in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and New Brunswick, according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture.

Statistics Canada's own map shows that provincial concentration, including the majority of farms being in Ontario, in 2011.

Canadian Geographic made our own map of more than 320 Christmas ...

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How we chose the covers: Canadian Geographic Pets Photography 2015 special issue

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Photography on Monday, December 15, 2014

Pet lovers are undeniably passionate about their species of choice, so it’s hardly surprising that the cover vote for the Canadian Geographic Pets Photography 2015 special issue was a tight race.

(As regular Canadian Geographic followers know, in advance of each issue’s publication we solicit your feedback to help us choose our cover image, or in the case of this issue, covers, as in front AND back.)

For this issue, we asked voters to select one dog image and one cat image, one which will ...

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