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The importance of maritime archaeology in Canada

Posted by Joseph Frey in Franklin Expedition on Thursday, October 23, 2014

The remains of Gleaner, a sternwheeler from 1899, lay exposed at low water near Carcross, Yukon. (Photo: John Pollack)

When the HMS Erebus was discovered, the world took notice. And rightly so; we stand to learn much about what happened to Sir John Franklin and his men. But while the 2014 Franklin search made headlines, John Pollack and I assert that Franklin isn't the only stunning shipwreck discovery being investigated in Canada.

Read our story here.

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Yukon vs. Yukon: driving the Klondike highway

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Product reviews on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali in the Yukon territory. (Photo: Aaron Kylie)

I’d like to say the brakes screeched to a halt, but brakes don’t really do that anymore. Instead, as I came upon a black bear about to cross the Klondike Highway in front of me, the anti-lock brake system in the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali sports utility vehicle brought the truck to a quick, shuddering stop. The bear limped across the road — it appeared to have an injured leg — and snuck largely out of sight into the brush on the opposite side of the road.

The encounter occurred about halfway between ...

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Advanced Canadian sonar technology takes crystal-clear pictures of arctic sea floor during the 2014 Franklin search

Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Monday, October 20, 2014

The Arctic Explorer autonomous underwater vehicle, which produces high-resolution sonar images, was successfully tested during this year’s Franklin hunt. (Photo: Nick Walker)


Harsh arctic conditions, such as those that defeated Sir John Franklin, are exactly what David Hopkin needed this summer to test some sophisticated Canadian undersea technology. Hopkin, a scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada, tried out some cutting-edge sonar imaging equipment in Nunavut as part of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition. His experiments met with resounding success.

With more ships going to the North every year, accurate maps are needed for Canada’s mostly uncharted ...

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Plotting an Arctic journey

Posted by Hugh Dale-Harris in Mapping on Monday, October 20, 2014

The New Land 2013 expedition enters a rock-carved canyon on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut (Photos courtesy of New Land 2013).

Editor’s note: What goes into deciding where to travel in the Canadian Arctic? In this second northern-themed instalment of our Map Monday series, Hugh Dale-Harris explains how his New Land Expedition team chose their route. Read his first post on the differences between navigating in the north vs. the south.

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Video of the week: night skiing

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, October 17, 2014

What do you get when you cross a rave party with a crew of powder hounds? This video.

Filmed partly in Golden, BC, it features skiers finding their way down the fresh slopes of mountains at night. Which, in this case, doesn't mean they're in the dark. In addition to wearing swanky LED-covered suits, the film crew has shone multi-coloured spotlights on the slopes, giving the whole scene an aurora-esque feel to it.

The video is a teaser of a slightly longer ski film soon to be released by Sweetgrass ...

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