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.