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The people, places, events and latest research of Canada’s subarctic and Arctic regions, one of the fastest-changing environments on Earth

Housing in the Arctic has typically been built to southern standards, failing to take into account the physical and social needs of northerners. A growing movement within the building profession is hoping to change that.
(Photo: Ginette Vachon/Can Geo Photo Club

Photo: Ginette Vachon/Can Geo Photo Club
The conventional thinking around building design in the Arctic is changing to reflect the region’s geographic and cultural diversity and give northerners more agency
Two people portage canoes over a large rock

Guillaume Moreau and Philippe Voghel-Robert of Expédition AKOR portage a series of impressive rapids on the Meadowbank River, Nunavut. (Photo: Expédition AKOR)

Photo: Expédition AKOR
Expédition AKOR, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2021 Expedition of the Year, finished their 7,600-kilometre trek on Nov. 8
Cory Trépanier painting

Cory Trépanier perched at the mouth of Wilberforce Falls, Hood River, west of Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut, while painting one of the pieces from his Into the Arctic series more than a decade ago. (Photo: Max Attwood)

Photo: Max Attwood
The renowned Arctic landscape painter and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 5, 2021
Three polar bears cast long shadows as they move across snowy Arctic scenery

Since the start of satellite records in 1979, the number of days per year that sea ice is present has declined in each subpopulation’s region. (Photo: Andreas Preußer, CC BY-ND 3.0)

Photo: Andreas Preußer, CC BY-ND 3.0
The latest population statistics reflect the expensive, dangerous and complex nature of polar bear research — but innovative new techniques may offer a solution
Glaciologist Joseph Cook studies microbial ecosystems on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet.

Glaciologist Joseph Cook studies microbial ecosystems on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet. (Photo: Rolex/Cook collection)

Joseph Cook
Glaciologist Joseph Cook on the vibrant life in the Arctic ice sheet

This skull, known as Cranium 80, was formally documented on the western coast of Nunavut's King William Island in 1993, and was believed to belong to a member of the ill-fated Franklin expedition. Recent DNA testing definitively linked it to crewman John Gregory. (Photo: Andrew Gregg)

A new report has identified crewman of the previously unknown remains found on Nunavut's King William Island in 1993
Tidal energy infrastructure

(Photo: Courtesy Sustainable Marine Energy)

Tidal energy infrastructure
Part two of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster: A six-part series

The “Imaa, Like This” team took home the $1 million prize for their project.

Projects focus on food sovereignty, youth
A photo of the author side by side with the cover of his book
Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes seeks to provide a fresh view on Cook's legacy from a North American perspective.
Bamsebu cabin in Svalbard, Norway

Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm take a drone selfie of their camp at Bamsebu in Svalbard, Norway. (Photo: Hearts in the Ice)

Photo: Hearts in the Ice
Adventurers Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm, founders of Hearts in the Ice, return to Svalbard, Norway, for a second overwintering to build on their citizen science work
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