Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

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Losing the crowds in Banff

Banff National Park is a treasure. Canada’s first national park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the other Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay), it is a place of unparalleled natural beauty, with a rich history and an amazing array of recreational possibilities. It also has crowds.

Laughing with the locals

Jonny Harris admits he’s got the best job in the world. The Newfoundlander, who hails from St. John’s, travels to all corners of Canada for his CBC television show Still Standing and visits communities that are full of people sharing laughter with their neighbours, even though they may be facing hardships.

Living in the Anthropocene, the human epoch

Climate change, extinctions, invasive species, the terraforming of land, the redirection of water: all are evidence of the ways human activity has shaped and continues to shape Earth’s natural processes.

Scientists have coined a word to describe this unprecedented age of human impact on the planet: the Anthropocene. Although not yet officially recognized as an epoch on the geological time scale, “Anthropocene” has been used informally to describe anywhere from the last 15,000 to the last 70 years of history — a period of significant and accelerating human-driven change. 

How we chose the cover: November/December 2018 Canadian Geographic

Magazines have to make some tough decisions. And choosing a cover can, at times, be particular challenging. That was certainly the case in making a final call for the front page of our November/December 2018 issue, which is being guest edited by Catherine McKenna, minister of environment and climate change.

Exclusive photos: A first detailed look at the wreck of Canadian schooner Queen of the Lakes

Queen of the Lakes was the longest vessel active on the Great Lakes in 1906 when she sprung a massive leak during a late November gale on Lake Ontario. The schooner, built in Portsmouth, Ont. in 1853, was en route to Kingston with more than 400 tonnes of coal, and started to sink fast. Her captain and crew abandoned ship just in time to watch her disappear into the depths; their yawl had only made it about 15 metres from the wreck site when she went under.

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Jordan Bertagnolli

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Photographing whooping cranes in Wood Buffalo with Roberta Bondar

More than half of the world’s population of migratory birds is declining. Globally, migratory birds face a multitude of challenges. They cross many international borders, flying above and stopping over in numerous habitats, many of which are shrinking, experiencing degradation and are being replaced by urban and agricultural development.

At a crossroads

On a recent morning, I stood at the southeast corner of the intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street in downtown Winnipeg, watching cars drive past with the urgency of the daily commute. It was just after 9:00 on a weekday, yet despite the steady flow of traffic, the iconic “crossroads of Canada” felt eerily vacant.

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