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The people and ideas shaping the way we think about our natural and human-made spaces, design, art and photography and more in Canada

A portrait of Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 to research and protect chimpanzees. With 34 locations around the world, including Canada, the institute has also become a world-leader in community-driven conservation. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Can Geo)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Can Geo
The pioneering primatologist talks about her time with chimpanzees, what inspired her to become an activist and what individuals can do to help the planet
Diana Beresford-Kroeger To Speak for the Trees

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of the new book To Speak for the Trees, at home in her garden in Merrickville, Ont. (Author photo: Colin Rowe; cover image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada)

Author photo: Colin Rowe; cover image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada
An exclusive excerpt from botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s new book about how forests can not only heal us but save the planet
Remembering author and environmentalist Graeme Gibson

Graeme Gibson (left) with partner Margaret Atwood and Royal Canadian Geographical Society CEO John Geiger in 2015, when the couple received RCGS Gold Medals for their literary and conservation-related accomplishments. (Photo: Matt Zambonin/Can Geo)

Photo: Matt Zambonin/Can Geo
The acclaimed writer, conservationist, avid birdwatcher and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow died today in London, England, at age 85 
Yannick Bisson illustration by Micaela Blondin
Illustration: Micaela Blondin/Canadian Geographic
How a magical spot in Ontario’s Kawartha region captured the CBC star’s heart
Mark Napier (left) and Lanny McDonald play hockey on the Arctic Ocean with youth from Arctic Bay. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

Mark Napier (left) and Lanny McDonald play hockey on the Arctic Ocean with youth from Arctic Bay. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

Photo: Michelle Valberg
Photographer Michelle Valberg discusses Project North, her not-for-profit that delivers hockey equipment to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, northern Quebec and Labrador
Anne Innis Dagg feeding a giraffe at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015

Anne Innis Dagg visiting Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015. The zoo was where she first saw giraffes as a child, sparking a lifelong love of the species and an extraordinary career. (Photo: Elaisa Vargas)

Photo: Elaisa Vargas
The Canadian woman who was first in the world to study giraffes in the wild — and is still considered one of the planet’s foremost experts on the species — is only now getting her due
John Geiger, Brian May, Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Wendy Cecil backstage at the Scotiabank Arena on July 28, 2019

Legendary rocker Brian May, second from left, received The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Lawrence J. Burpee medal on July 28 in Toronto. Pictured with May, from left, are RCGS CEO John Geiger, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and RCGS Vice-President Wendy Cecil. (Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic
The rock legend, space scientist and author honoured for outstanding contributions to cultural and physical geography
Canadian landscape photographer Scott Forsyth at Beechey Island in the Canadian Arctic

Canadian landscape photographer Scott Forsyth at Beechey Island in the Canadian Arctic. (Photo: Lynn Moorman)

Photo courtesy Scott Forsyth
The Calgary-based landscape photographer shares memorable moments in the field and his advice for aspiring photographers
Coral Restoration Foundation nursery

A diver checks on a coral "tree" in one of the Coral Restoration Foundation's nurseries in the Florida Keys (Photo: Neha Acharya-Patel)

Coral Restoration Foundation nursery
2019 North American Rolex scholar Neha Acharya-Patel shares insights from her work (and that of other Canadians) in assisting the Florida-based Coral Restoration Foundation to rebuild beleaguered reefs
Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 moon landing

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Mission commander Neil Armstrong snapped this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. (Image: NASA)

Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 moon landing
Legendary Canadian underwater explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis reflects on his friendship with astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing
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