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Left: A 1907 fire insurance map of Port Moody, B.C., which at the time was emerging from the economic doldrums that followed the town being bypassed as the Pacific terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway in favour of what would become Vancouver. Right: A late 19th-century poster advertising cross-Canada CPR journeys with international connections on CPR-owned steamships. (Map: Detail of Port Moody, British Columbia, 13 miles east of Vancouver, October 1907, revised July 1915, July 1915, Chas. E. Goad, R6690, Charles E. Goad Company Fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e010688978-v8; Print: Canadian Pacific Railway and Royal Mail Steamship Line to Japan & China, ca.1895, R1409, Marc Choko Collection, Library and Archives Canada, e011087343-v8)

How Port Moody, B.C., missed out on becoming one of the world’s great harbours  
Conor and Kim Mihell in Nunavik

Conor and Kim Mihell on Rivière Guerin in August 2016 during a previous canoe expedition in Nunavik, Que. (Photo: Conor Mihell)

Conor and Kim Mihell in Nunavik
We aim to experience and share the vast, little-publicized wilderness of Nunavik, formerly known as Ungava
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France as seen on the 100th anniversary of the definitive battle, April 9, 2017. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic
Thousands of Canadians have fought and lost their lives overseas — and they haven’t been forgotten
The HMCS Haida docked in Hamilton, Ontario

HMCS Haida has been docked in Hamilton Harbour since 2002. Last month, she was named the ceremonial flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy, an honorary title recognizing her performance in three wars. (Photo: Photo: Laszlo Varga/Wikimedia Commons)

Photo: Laszlo Varga/Wikimedia Commons
Why HMCS Haida became the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy
A replica of Iron Man's suit, on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa

A replica of Iron Man's suit is one of dozens of examples of armour through the ages on display now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. (Photo: Katherine Lissitsa)

Photo: Katherine Lissitsa/Canadian Geographic
Armour, on now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, is a fascinating display of protective gear used by knights, soldiers, athletes and actors through time
The Victoria Cross medal set awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel David Vivian Currie, on display in the Canadian War Museum

The Victoria Cross medal set awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel David Vivian Currie for valour in the Second World War. The Canadian War Museum has acquired the medals, thus ensuring they stay in Canada. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic
Acquisition ensures that the medal set awarded to Saskatchewan-born Lieutenant-Colonel David Vivian Currie in the Second World War will stay in Canada
Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, where he has been studying traditional Christian churches cut into the sandstone landscape

Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, where he has been studying traditional Christian churches cut into the sandstone landscape. (Photo: Michael Gervers)

Photo: Michael Gervers
The University of Toronto professor and expert on Ethiopian history is documenting the centuries-old craft of rock-hewn churches 
Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin in Episode 3 of AMC's The Terror

Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin in Episode 3 of AMC's The Terror. (Photo courtesy AMC)

Photo courtesy AMC
Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition
Ciarán Hinds, right, as Sir John Franklin, and Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames in the premiere episode of AMC's “The Terror.” (Photo courtesy AMC)

Ciarán Hinds, right, as Sir John Franklin, and Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames in the premiere episode of AMC's “The Terror.” (Photo courtesy AMC)

Photo courtesy AMC
Our experts dissect the debut episodes of AMC’s new series about the Franklin Expedition
Louie Kamookak, Nunavut, Gjoa Haven, obituary, tribute, RCGS, explorer, Franklin

Louie Kamookak’s efforts to collect and pass on the stories of Inuit Elders directly contributed to the discovery of Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus, proving the value of oral history, says Leona Aglukkaq. (Illustration: Robert Carter)

Illustration: Robert Carter
“His life’s work held true:” Leona Aglukkaq, former Minister of Environment and Parks Canada, on the admired Inuit oral historian
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