O Canada!

Canadian Geographic - - ED­I­TOR’S NOTE­BOOK - —Aaron Kylie

IT’S TIME TO PARTY! Sure, at Cana­dian Geo­graphic we’ve been cel­e­brat­ing the na­tion’s 150th an­niver­sary since Jan­uary, honour­ing the oc­ca­sion by giv­ing each of our six 2017 edi­tions a spe­cific theme — this is­sue, nat­u­rally, toast­ing the best of the coun­try. Canada Day, how­ever, is un­doubt­edly the cli­max of the rev­el­ling. Co­in­ci­den­tally, we and our col­leagues at The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety are also mark­ing an ex­cit­ing mile­stone. Led by CEO John Geiger, COO and pub­lisher Gilles Gag­nier and re­cently re­tired chief devel­op­ment of­fi­cer An­dré Pré­fontaine, and with the sup­port of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Com­mis­sion, the RCGS has ac­quired its own build­ing, at 50 Sus­sex Drive ( above). Ex­hibit spaces there opened in June (see In­ter­view, page 19, and Place, page 26 for more), and we’re slated to move in next year. Mean­while, there’s plenty of other great sto­ries in this is­sue: an amaz­ing photo es­say by Peter An­drew Lusz­tyk on the stone restora­tion work at Par­lia­ment Hill, with text by Ge­orge El­liott Clarke, Canada’s par­lia­men­tary poet lau­re­ate; stun­ning images of Cana­dian land­scapes by pho­tog­ra­pher Roberta Bon­dar; the sec­ond in­stal­ment of our se­ries on the Cana­dian High Arc­tic Re­search Sta­tion; a fea­ture on life aboard Canada’s Great Lakes freighters; and cov­er­age of the lat­est ex­pe­di­tions funded by the RCGS. In all, it makes for a cel­e­bra­tory slice of our great na­tion.

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