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From Canada’s early First Nations and Inuit cultures to European exploration, Confederation, women’s suffrage, wartime and beyond.

Viveka Melki

Viveka Melki. (Photo: Stephen Thorne)

Photo: Stephen Thorne
"The point of all this is to make history intimate" 

Clockwise from left: A map of the region covered by the Joint Arctic Weather Station in Eureka; an inset showing Eureka; Galen Olsen, a JAWS station staffer, outside Eureka International Airport in the mid-1950s. (Map: Joint Arctic Weather Stations. Eureka, Canada. Edition 1, 1970, Surveys and Mapping Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Library and Archives Canada, e011196844; Photo: Courtesy of John Gilbert)

How the Joint Arctic Weather Stations program did more than just fill in a blank on the nation’s weather map
Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

The mountains on Borden Peninsula in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park, one of eight proposed candidates for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. (Photo courtesy Parks Canada)

Photo courtesy Parks Canada
A look at the fascinating sites Parks Canada has proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation
ice storm, trees, power lines
Photos: Benoit Aquin/Canadian Geographic
20 years on, a look back at the Ice Storm of January 1998, one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history
Gordon MacDonald on the Kinsol Trestle

Photo: Robin O'Neill/Canadian Geographic

Photo: Robin O'Neill/Canadian Geographic
Master carpenter Gordon Macdonald on restoring an iconic B.C. bridge, the value of heritage infrastructure, and why he's set his sights on the Antarctic
Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski's new book on Louise Arner Boyd, "The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame." Right: Boyd on board the ship Hobby in 1928.

Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski's new book on Louise Arner Boyd, "The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame." (Image courtesy Dundurn Press) Right: Boyd onboard the Hobby during the 1928 mission to rescue Roald Amundsen. (Photo: Norsk Polarinstitutt [NPO18311])

Images courtesy Dundurn Press, Norsk Polarinstitutt
After inheriting her family's staggering fortune, Louise Arner Boyd organized, financed and directed seven expeditions to the Arctic — yet her contributions to polar science remain virtually unknown
Google Earth Voyager Residential Schools Story

The Residential School story on Google Earth Voyager takes the reader to different locations across Canada that help put this traumatic history in geographical context. (Photo: Google Earth Voyager)

Photo: Google Earth Voyager
As the first Canadian organization to launch a story with Google Earth Voyager, Canadian Geographic, with the support of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, offers an in-depth look at the residential school system
Google Earth Voyager Residential Schools Story

L’histoire des pensionnats autochtones sur Google Earth Voyager transporte le lecteur en divers sites du Canada qui lui permettent de situer cette page tragique de l’histoire dans son contexte géographique. (Photo: Google Earth Voyager)

Photo: Google Earth Voyager
Première organisation canadienne à inscrire un contenu sur Google Earth Voyager, Canadian Geographic propose, en collaboration avec le Centre national pour la vérité et la réconciliation, une description approfondie du système des pensionnats autochtones.
Halifax Harbour after explosion of December 6, 1917

A view across the devastated neighbourhood of Richmond in Halifax, Nova Scotia after the Halifax Explosion, looking toward the Dartmouth side of the harbour. The SS Imo, one of the ships involved in the collision that triggered the explosion, can be seen aground on the far side of the harbour. (Photo: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management)

Photo: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
100 years after the Halifax Explosion, the city retains traces of its pre-war life

George Dawson's map of the canoe journey he made from Lake of the Woods, Ont., to Dufferin, Man., in 1873. (Map credit: Sketch Map showing Indian Canoe route explored by Mr. G.M. Dawson Geologist H.M.N.A.B.C., 1873, G.M. Dawson, Library and Archives Canada, e011161386-v8)

How George Dawson’s seminal work for the British North American Boundary Commission did far more than simply mark the 49th parallel
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