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.
With the help of an Inuk named Saila, ornithologist and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow Dewey Soper discovered the breeding grounds of the blue goose, a dark-morph snow goose, between 1928 and 1931. Saila drew Soper a map of west-central Baffin Island that was instrumental in the find. Own this one-of-a-kind expedition patch designed for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 90th anniversary.
Canadian Geographic’s exclusive new Biggest islands of Canadamap is meticulously researched and features the country’s 75 largest isles in relative geographical size. This 24” by 36” poster-sized map makes a perfect addition to any space and fits precisely into pre-cut poster-sized frames, making finishing and hanging a breeze. 🇨🇦 Made in Canada, rolled and shipped in a tube.
Led by Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow Vilhjalmur Stefansson, this expedition mounted from 1913 to 1918 set out to explore land north and west of the Canadian Arctic archipelago. It identified previously uncharted, major islands in Canada's far north. Own this one-of-a-kind expedition patch designed for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 90th anniversary. The expedition's southern party, under RCGS Fellow Rudolph Anderson, undertook important scientific research in the area of the Coronation Gulf.
The RCGS is excited to unveil its limited edition box of greeting cards. Each of the six designs features vintage Canadian Geographic covers, with artwork by leading painters including Tom Thomson, Frank Johnston and AY Jackson. The cards, which are blank on the inside, are standard card size and are shipped as a boxed collection. Each box contains one pair of each design, for a total of 12 cards. Envelopes included. Printed and made in Canada.
Own a collection of seven unique expedition patches designed for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 90th anniversary. Made in Canada, these one-of-a-kind patches are available individually or as a complete collection.
Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space, Roberta Bondar (an honorary vice-president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society) flew aboard space shuttleDiscoveryon mission STS-42 from January 22 to 30, 1992. The voyage's main goal was to study the effects of microgravity on a variety of organisms. Own this one-of-a-kind replica patch designed for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 90th anniversary.
Dominion Government Expeditions to the Arctic Islands patch
Known as "Canada's greatest seaman," Joseph-Elzéar Bernier (a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society) led a series of expeditions through the Arctic Islands and Hudson Strait between 1906 and 1910 to assert Canadian sovereignty. He and his crew placed cairns on high points throughout the Arctic to declare them officially part of Canada. Own this one-of-a-kind expedition patch designed for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 90th anniversary.
British geographer and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow Edward Shackleton (later Lord Shackleton) organized the Oxford University Ellesmere Land Expedition of 1934 and 1935 to survey uncharted territory on Ellesmere Island. Its mountains, which include Nunavut's highest, were named the British Empire Range, by the expedition's members. Own this one-of-a-kind expedition patch designed for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 90th anniversary.
Group of Seven Special Collector's Edition (Digital Issue)
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
Renowned anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author and photographer Wade Davis (an honorary vice-president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society) travelled the globe between 2002 and 2009 documenting Indigenous cultures and traditional uses and beliefs associated with psychoactive plants. From this work he coined the term "ethnosphere" to describe manifestations of human spirit.