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Follow Canada’s greatest explorers and adventurers as they travel to the remote corners of the country, deep beneath the Earth’s surface and across oceans, to the tops of mountains and into space.

Homeward Bound's inaugural voyage in 2016 aboard the MV Ushuaia. (Photo: Deborah Pardo)

Photo: Deborah Pardo
Dr. Catherine Sorbara is the sole Canadian participating in Homeward Bound 2018, an annual three-week-long expedition in Antarctica aimed at bolstering women leaders in STEMM
The Nokedjak from Squaxin Island in Stz’uminus waters on the 2017 Tribal Canoe Journey.

The Nokedjak from Squaxin Island in Stz’uminus waters on the 2017 Tribal Canoe Journey. (Photo: Julian Brave NoiseCat)

Photo: Julian Brave NoiseCat
Images from an annual odyssey to reclaim tradition and territory in the Pacific Northwest
Cover of New Views by Alastair Bonnett

In New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before (inset), social geographer Alastair Bonnett delivers on the title's promise: new ways of seeing our world, like this map of undersea cables. (Images courtesy Aurum Press)

Images courtesy Aurum Press
In his new book, social geographer Alastair Bonnett promises 50 maps unlike any you've ever seen. Here's a look at six of our favourites.
Portion of Paolo Forlani's 1560 map of the world showing "Canada" for the first time

Can you see Canada? This 1560 map of the world by Italian engraver Paolo Forlani is the first known instance of the name "Canada" appearing on a printed map. (Map: Paolo Forlani, Paulus de Furlanis Veronensis opus hoc ex.mi cosmographi d[omi]ni Iacobi Gastaldi pedemontani instauravit, et dicavit ex.ti iur. vt doct[iss] et aurato aequiti d[omi]no Paulo Michaeli Vincentino, 1560, Library and Archives Canada e006581135)

Map: Paolo Forlani, courtesy Library and Archives Canada
In 1560, Italian map engraver Paolo Forlani became the first to include "Canada" on a printed map
Adam Shoalts A history of Canada in 10 maps

Explorer Adam Shoalts' latest book, A History of Canada in 10 Maps, is a deep-dive into the incredible stories behind the maps that helped shape a nation. (Illustration: Robert Carter; cover image courtesy Allen Lane publishers)

Illustration: Robert Carter; cover image courtesy Allen Lane
In A History of Canada in 10 Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land, Adam Shoalts delves into the fascinating stories behind the people and maps that helped shape a nation  
polar bear, wapusk national park, Best Wildlife Photography 2018, Daisy Gilardini

The winning cover image of Best Wildlife Photography 2018. (Photo: Daisy Gilardini)

Photo: Daisy Gilardini
Photographer Daisy Gilardini talks about polar bears in Wapusk National Park and her Best Wildlife Photography 2018 cover shot
Cover image from The Raftsmen, Firefly Books 2017

Detail from the cover of The Raftsmen, the incredible true story of four French expatriates who became the first crew to cross the Atlantic Ocean by raft. (Illustration: Dmitry Bondarenko, courtesy Firefly Books)

Illustration: Dmitry Bondarenko, courtesy Firefly Books
The Raftsmen tells the remarkable (and once nearly forgotten) story of how four French expats living in Canada became the first to cross the North Atlantic by raft 
Canada, arctic, C3, expedition, northwest passage, icebreaker

A view of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker that housed the Canada C3 expedition in the Northwest Passage. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

Photo: Michelle Valberg
Photographer-In-Residence Michelle Valberg shares images of the Arctic from her time aboard the Canada C3 Expedition 

Portions of Samuel de Champlain's first detailed map of New France, published in 1613, were created with the help of First Nations people. (Map: Samuel de Champlain, Carte geographique de la Nouvelle Franse faictte par le sieur de Champlain Saint Tongois cappitaine ordinaire pour le Roy en la Marine. Faict len 1612, 1612, Library and Archives Canada, e010764733) 

Although often unheralded in accounts of Champlain's accomplishments, Indigenous Peoples played an important role in helping the famous explorer map New France
Dead Reckoning by Ken McGoogan cover woodcut Ebierbing

In Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage (above left), Ken McGoogan highlights the contributions of Inuit guides such as Ebierbing (above right) to Arctic exploration in Canada.

Images courtesy HarperCollins
Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the "more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration" that the 21st century demands 
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