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Ecuador's Mashpi Lodge: A luxury retreat in the transition zone

2018-02-22 15:15:00

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Situated on a remote 1,300-hectare private ecological reserve in a transition zone between cloud forest and rainforest, Mashpi Lodge (pictured) is a spectacular sanctuary where guests can connect with Ecuador's rich biodiversity. (Photo: Joseph Frey)

Despite being a small country, Ecuador is amazingly diverse. What it lacks in physical size it more than makes up for in unique cultural history, four distinct geographical regions and rich biodiversity. I've visited Ecuador three times over the past 13 years and always discovered something new and fascinating, and my most recent visit this past November, to Mashpi Lodge in the tropical Andes northwest of the capital, Quito, did not disappoint.




The strange, compelling artistry of “beaver sculptures”

2018-02-22 14:30:00

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"Beaver Rock," one of more than 100 "beaver sculptures" collected over the years by Henry Mintzberg. (Photo: Lisa Mintzberg)

Some years ago, during a canoe trip down the Dumoine River in Quebec, I saw a piece of wood floating in the water. It had been worked by beavers, and, stripped clean, looked lovely. I picked it up and brought it along — across several portages. This was the beginning of what I call my collection of “beaver sculptures.” It has since grown to include well over 100 pieces.




Help us choose the cover of Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos!

2018-02-22 11:15:00

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From disaster, a new digital economy for Haiti

2018-02-22 10:30:00

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Women study at L’École Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti. The school is one of the partners of the AYITIC program, which is helping train Haitian women to take part in the digital economy. (Photo: Jairo Abud)

How a new training program could make young Haitian women part of the global economy and help get the shattered nation back on its feet. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.

Visit the Charting Change website to read “From disaster, a new digital economy for Haiti.”




The big thaw

2018-02-21 10:30:00

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As Arctic permafrost thaws, it is changing the landscape of the far north, as seen in this photo depicting a retrogressive thaw slump on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island. But as new research is finding, that's not the only danger that could arise from thawing permafrost. (Photo: Sandra Angers-Blondin/Can Geo Photo Club)

A geological time bomb is ticking beneath the Arctic ice — one that could be triggered by rapidly rising temperatures. The North is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the globe and has reached a threshold of warming that is unmatched in modern times. As a result, permafrost, the frozen soil and rock that covers about 25 percent of the land in the northern hemisphere, and 40 to 50 per cent of the land area in Canada, is beginning to thaw.




How the Homeward Bound expedition program is empowering women in science

2018-02-21 09:15:00

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Shelley Ball comes face-to-face with a curious chinstrap penguin on Deception Island, Antarctica during the inaugural Homeward Bound Women in Science Leadership Expedition, December 2016. (Photo: Dyan deNapoli)

As our ship quietly slipped through the narrow Gerlache Strait, I watched the glacier-covered mountains reflecting in the glassy surface of the water with a feeling of astonishment. It was December 2016 and here I was sailing down the Antarctic Peninsula on the inaugural Homeward Bound Women In Science Leadership Expedition. As a biologist and photographer, I had long hoped to visit Antarctica, but this journey was much more than a travel dream fulfilled. 




Q&A: Photographer Peter Mather on wolves, the wilderness and finding a purpose

2018-02-20 18:30:00

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A wolf pup peers out from a den in the southwestern Yukon Territory. (Photo: Peter Mather)

Eighty days. That's how long wildlife photographer Peter Mather estimates he spent planning, researching and capturing the incredible photos of wild Yukon wolves and their pups that appear in Canadian Geographic's March/April issue, which hits newsstands next week. 

“Wolves are very difficult to photograph,” he tells me over the phone from a highway somewhere outside his hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon. “It takes a lot of luck, and a lot of research, and a lot of attempts.”




Featured Fellow: Meric Gertler

2018-02-16 15:15:00

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Meric Gertler has been president of the University of Toronto since 2013. (Photo: Lisa Sakulensky/University of Toronto)

University of Toronto president Meric Gertler is a world leader in urban theory, focusing on the geography of innovation, creativity and culture in city centres as economic drivers. Besides authoring, editing and co-editing several influential books and dozens of academic publications, he has been an advisor to North American and European governments, to the Euro­pean Union and the Orga­nisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in Paris. Here, he discusses leveraging U of T’s urban location and reimagining education in that light.




A bear in the henhouse

2018-02-15 14:45:00

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A polar bear, its paws covered in eider egg yolk, on Mitivik Island, Nunavut. Mitivik is home to Canada's largest eider colony, but climate change has introduced a powerful threat: hungry polar bears. (Photo: Evan Richardson)

Polar bears are more yellow than white. That’s the somewhat peripheral thought that pops into my head as a bear suddenly crests a ridge 50 metres from where I’m sitting. I had been enjoying a game of chess and a cup of tea but now my heart is racing. At the moment, it doesn’t seem very important where I move my pawn.




Infographic: How the three-wheeled ‘Explore’ is helping more people enjoy the backcountry

2018-02-15 10:15:00

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Icon Wheelchairs founder Christian Bagg has tested many versions of his powerful Explore model on The Great Trail’s West Bragg Creek routes, in Alberta.

All of a sudden one day in 1996, Christian Bagg could no longer snowboard, mountain bike or hike the backcountry he loved so much.

A snowboarding accident broke the young Albertan’s back, but he was soon using skills acquired as an apprentice machinist at the University of Calgary to build a wheelchair that actually fit his 6'5" frame. He started designing better equipment for medical tech companies, and by 2010, had founded Icon Wheelchairs with 13-time Paralympic medallist Jeff Adams.