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Video of the week: an ode to national parks

Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Nature on Friday, July 1, 2016

Imagine a place that offers exhilarating adventures like mountain climbing and scuba diving, while simultaneously instilling a sense of serenity and freedom. As it turns out, a place like this exists, and it might be a lot closer to home than you think.

National parks offer some of the world’s greatest treasures, yet they are often underappreciated. The new film National Parks Adventure—produced by MacGillivray Freeman in association with Brand USA—set out to capture the beauty and wildness ...

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From sea to shining sea: 13 photos that showcase Canada's grandeur

Posted by Vanessa Hrvatin in Photography on Friday, July 1, 2016

Canada Day celebrations in Toronto, Ont. (Photo: Juan Angel/Can Geo Photo Club)

In honour of Canada’s 149th birthday, we have selected 13 photos from our Photo Club members—one for each province and territory—to highlight the vastness and beauty of our country.

Happy Canada Day from all of us at Canadian Geographic and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society!

An ocean vista in Flatrock, Newfoundland. (Photo: William Flynn/Can Geo Photo Club)

Rocks carved by the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. (Photo: Irene Vucko-Fenech/Can Geo Photo ...

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Throwback Thursday: Canada's first parliament buildings

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in History on Thursday, June 30, 2016

The original, smaller parliament buildings, constructed in 1865. (Photo: National Archives)

Canada's birthday is upon us. Next year will be a landmark one — the big 150 — and it got us thinking about what it must have been like when the country reached the century mark.

To celebrate Canada's centennial, the Canadian Geographical Journal (as Canadian Geographic was then known) published photos of Canada's very first parliament building.

Constructed between 1859 and 1865, the original centre block was meant to house the legislature of the Province of Canada, which was made up of Upper ...

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Crucial Atlantic salmon habitat in New Brunswick now protected

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Nature on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected five kilometres of waterfront along the Bartholomew River, a tributary of the Miramichi River and significant Atlantic salmon spawning ground. (Photo: Mike Dembeck)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected more than 800 hectares of forested land adjacent to New Brunswick's Bartholomew River, an important spawning ground for at-risk Atlantic salmon.

The acquisition represents the largest private-land conservation project in the province's history and creates a continuous corridor of protected land between two tributaries of the Miramichi River, one of the biggest producers of wild Atlantic salmon in North America.

Atlantic salmon numbers have been ...

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Map shows climate change is greening the Arctic

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Mapping on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NASA compiled 29 years of satellite data to create this map showing the greening of the North American Arctic over time. Green pixels represent areas where peak summertime vegetation has become thicker, while brown pixels indicate a decline in vegetation. (Map: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Cindy Starr)

NASA has produced the most detailed picture to date of the widespread "greening" of the Arctic as a result of climate change.

The map above used data from more than 87,000 images collected over a period of 29 years by NASA's Landsat satellites and clearly shows that the North American Arctic tundra is beginning to resemble warmer ecosystems.

The satellites measured peak summertime vegetation cover, using the amount of visible and infrared light reflected by the grasses, shrubs and trees ...

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