Every capital in the world has its own special treasures and exceptional features that make it unique and in which it takes particular pride. For their citizens and for people around the world, national capitals are showcases of elements of urban, architectural, artistic and natural beauty that contribute to the country’s national identity. The natural heritage of Canada’s Capital Region is a fine example of this type of national treasure. Its preservation and beautification are the responsibility of the National Capital Commission, which, in this book, presents examples of a precious living legacy: the remarkable trees of the region.
Showcasing the biodiversity and some of the rare specimens of trees found in this northern part of the world, the book also takes us through the geological history of the region, to the First Peoples who shared their knowledge of trees, to the vast forests of noble hardwoods that were soon to be exploited and exported. It takes us through the years, telling the stories of visionary scientists determined to improve the hardiness of various species, to the conservation challenges that urbanization and climate change present today.
In short, this book is an invitation to discover some of the most beautiful and exceptional trees in the region.
Un patrimoine vivant: Les arbres remarquables de la capitale du Canada
Toutes les capitales du monde s’enorgueillissent de leurs trésors et offrent à leurs citoyens et aux citoyens du monde une vitrine des beautés urbanistiques, architecturales, artistiques ou naturelles participant de leur identité nationale. Le patrimoine naturel de la région de la capitale du Canada ne fait pas exception. Sa conservation et son embellissement ont été confiés à la Commission de la capitale nationale qui, ici, met en valeur l’un de ses plus précieux héritages vivants : ses arbres remarquables.
Pour souligner la diversité biologique et quelques raretés des arbres de ce territoire nordique, le livre nous ramène volontiers à son histoire géologique, aux premiers peuples qui nous ont transmis leurs connaissances des arbres, à l’immensité des forêts de feuillus nobles qu’on a tôt fait d’exploiter et d’exporter. Il traverse ainsi le temps, racontant les travaux de scientifiques visionnaires déterminés à améliorer la rusticité des arbres jusqu’aux défis de conservation actuels face à l’urbanisation et aux changements climatiques.
En somme, ce livre est une invitation à venir rencontrer nos plus beaux et nos plus exceptionnels spécimens arborescents.
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FOLLOWING FUNDY New Brunswick’s Fundy Footpath traverses some of Atlantic Canada’s last coastal wilderness, but increasing tourism and other development is always close at hand. How does the footpath find its balance?
‘OVER THE LAND’ It’s the meaning of Itijjagiaq, the trail that connects the communities of Iqaluit and Kimmirut across southern Baffin Island, spanning both age-old traditions and recent change
ALONG THE GREAT SEA A photo essay celebrating the 1,000-kilometre Lake Superior Water Trail, the canoe route that skirts the ancient shores of the world’s greatest freshwater expanse
RIBBON OF GREEN It’s an apt moniker for the Edmonton River Valley Trail, a route that plays an active role in the lives of many in the city
COWICHAN CONNECTION Built on the legacy of former rail lines and logging routes, the Cowichan Valley Trail now links its users to Vancouver Island’s history, cultures and communities
THE ULTIMATE GREAT TRAIL QUIZ 25 questions to test your knowledge of Canada’s country-crossing, coast-connecting trail system
THE BEAR THAT DISAPPEARS Searching for the legendary and mysterious glacier bears of northwestern Canada
10,000 SQUARE KILOMETRES OF REMOTE MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS. ROUTINE WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS. AVALANCHE-PRONE SLOPES. MORE THAN 200 RUNS. AND JUST FIVE GUIDES. Heli-skiing the Skeena Tenure
FLAT EARTH 101* *Do your own research
THE THAW Permafrost is slowly disappearing. How that affects global warming will be critical to communities and habitats across Canada’s North — and the world.
THE HUNT FOR NOVA ZEMBLA How a Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag expedition made the first-ever discovery of a whaling shipwreck in the High Arctic — and shed light on a little-understood chapter of Canada’s past
WILD THINGS Canadian Geographicand the Canadian Museum of Nature present the winning images of the annual Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition
50 SUSSEX Welcome to Canada’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration
LAND OF THE ANCESTORS The new Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the N.W.T. is the heart of sacred Denesoline honeland and a prophesied final refuge of clean water (and ecological integrity) in North America
THIS ART IS GARBAGE Canadian Geographic commissioned five artists to create works out of plastic waste. The results? Eye-catching and compelling commentary on the material's impact on our planet.
BORDERLINES An exploration of the evolution of Canada's provincial and territorial boundaries
SHAPED BY TIME Raised from the sea, sculpted by tides and winds, the ever-changing Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve protects colossal monoliths and myriad species
Titans of the Great Lakes It’s a multi-billion-dollar business that most of us never get to see. A glimpse into what life is like aboard the freighters that ply the Great Lakes.
A story in stone An intimate portrait of the work of the stone carvers who are turning back the clock to rejuvenate the Parliament buildings
The expeditions The leaders of the latest expeditions funded by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society share, in their own words, the most memorable moments from their epic journeys
Down to earth Roberta Bondar is Canada’s first female astronaut and a renowned photographer. These are her favourite images of Canada.
‘It's been raining! In the High Arctic!’ The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is set to open in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, later this year. How will it affect our understanding and appreciation of the North and the rapid change occurring there?
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BROUGHTONS IN THE BALANCE Salmon runs are failing and grizzlies seem to be on the move in the islands between B.C.’s mainland and northern Vancouver Island. What’s going on in the Broughton Archipelago?
PROMISED LANDS Uprooted repeatedly by development projects, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree wandered boreal Quebec for 70 years before finding a permanent home. For some, the journey continues.
OPERATION CARIBBE Canada’s mission: choke off the flow of cocaine and other drugs in the eastern Pacific Ocean
CHARTING THE LAKEHEAD Can a map tell a story?Canadian Geographicsent cartographer Chris Brackley to Lake Superior to answer that question
HOW DID A CANADIAN END UP ON A QUEST TO SOLVE ONE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA’S GREAT MYSTERIES? Archeologist Dougald O’Reilly leads the effort to answer questions about Laos’s puzzling Plain of Jars
TRACING THE NILE This August will mark the 160th anniversary of John Hanning Speke’s claim to have found the source of the world’s longest river, an assertion that created one of the great myths and legacies of Victorian-era exploration
MAMMOTH MOVE The Royal Alberta Museum will move into its new downtown Edmonton home this year, a massive logistical task captured in this behind-the-scenes photo essay
‘THEY’RE OUT THERE’ After decades of conflict between humans and wolves, the Yukon is finding its balance with the top predator, which is thriving across the territory
PHOTO FINISH Presenting the winners of Canadian Geographic’s 32nd Annual Photo Competition
OUR LAND, OUR STRENGTH Reflecting on 20 years of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut
VOLCANO ALLEY Unbeknownst to the millions who pass through them every year, the mountains of southwestern British Columbia form an active volcanic region that could be on the brink of cataclysmic change
PARK PROTECTORS Six species at risk that the unsung heroes of Parks Canada are striving to save
TOUT LE MONDE À TABLE Welcome to the Quinan Wild Game Evening and Auction, an annual Nova Scotian tradition celebrating local Acadian and Indigenous connections to the land
THE INN THAT BUILT TOFINO How a tiny town on the edge of the continent went from stormy outpost to revered eco-tourism hot spot
‘IT’S KIND OF WHAT I IMAGINE OUTER SPACE TO BE LIKE’ Exploring the underwater world beneath the frozen surface of Ontario’s Georgian Bay
THE EARTH WALL 50 Sussex, Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration, is home to the country’s only Google Earth Wall, technology that allows you to explore Canada and the globe in new ways — and on a grand scale
The Ultimate Quiz: Cities Edition From skyscrapers to city slogans to national historic sites, 25 questions to test your urban smarts.
‘We were here first’ A profile of the cultural and business successes of the St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton, considered by many the nation’s most prosperous urban reserve.
Trash Nation Canada leads the developed world in per capita production of garbage. An exclusive investigation into the country’s dirtiest secret.
Rise of the Synathropes Synanthropes: wild animals that live near and benefit from humans. An exploration of why some species thrive among us, and how urban planners are managing their increasing numbers.
City Wide Charting the conurbation of Canada’s major cities (part-three of a three-part series)