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Camping gear test in California's temperate rainforest


Posted by Tyrone Burke in Product reviews on Tuesday, July 28, 2015



(Photo: Tyrone Burke)

Four years into a drought of historic proportions, keeping dry on a California camping trip hardly seems like it would be high priority. Yet even as the temperate rainforests along the coast experience severe drought conditions, redwood groves retain a distinctively damp feel. The giant trees are able to fuel their growth to awe-inspiring heights not by drawing water from the soil below, but by taking it in from the air itself.

Temperatures in the Pacific along California’s central and northern ...

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Photographing Toronto's diversity


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Photography on Monday, July 27, 2015



Click on this photo to see a selection of photos from Cosmopolis Toronto

While living overseas, Colin Boyd Shafer was told again and again that he "looked Canadian." This notion of a single Canadian ‘look’ was at odds with his experience growing up amid Toronto’s diversity. He decided to find and photograph someone from every country in the world who now calls Toronto home. He called the project Cosmopolis Toronto, and on Tuesday he launches a book that catalogues the first year.

How did you find the people?

It is important to note that many people helped in the ...

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How we chose the cover: Fall 2015 Canadian Geographic Travel


Posted by Aaron Kylie on Wednesday, July 22, 2015



Option two garnered 44 per cent of the votes

When we ask our audience for help in selecting our covers (as we do in advance of each issue’s publication), I often feel a bit detached from the process. While we offer three cover choices (and sometimes four) that I’m completely satisfied are legitimate options, I often have a personal favourite (and as a magazine editor, I’d like to hope I have some sense of what should be best). But to see my preference lose can be somewhat disheartening, so I try to disconnect myself.

Still, when my favourite ...

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National Moth Week seeks citizen scientists


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Wildlife on Friday, July 17, 2015



A hummingbird moth feeds on flowers in Massachusetts, United States. (Photo: Dwight Sipler/Wikimedia Commons)

Did you know it’s National Moth Week? Running from July 18 to 26, citizen scientists across Canada and the world are stepping out into nature and embracing their inner “moth”er by cataloguing the moth species in their own backyard (register a local event for free here). The submitted data and photos help paint a wider picture of global moth biodiversity.

This year the spotlight is on the sphingidae family of moths, which are found throughout the world they’re often called hawk moths, sphinx ...

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Video of the week: Icefields Parkway


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Travel on Friday, July 17, 2015



It’s consistently ranked one of the most scenic drives in the world, and this year marks its 75th anniversary. The Icefields Parkway is a 232 kilometer stretch of road that winds through the Rocky Mountains separating Jasper and Banff. It runs parallel to the continental divide and boasts jaw-ping panoramas of glaciers, high-elevation lakes and jagged peaks, many over 3,300 metres.

Before the mountainous drive—also called Highway 93—was built, early visitors to the area spent weeks making the ...

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