Regardless of whether you’re reading Air Canada enRoute in seat 16F or on your couch at home, our stories transport – it could be to the quietest place in Canada or to a street performance‑filled neighbourhood in Seoul. In celebration of Earth Day, here are some nature‑ and wildlife‑focused gems from our archives, which will take you from the ancient forests of Haida Gwaii to the “panda route” in Sichuan, China.
As Sarah Musgrave writes, “these lush islands on B.C.’s north coast are bucket‑list material for folks looking to connect with the planet.” From majestic Sitka spruce trees to a family of orcas, she saw it all and, because she travelled to the “Hawaii of the North” in the off‑season, had it all to herself.
Twelve hundred‑kilometres north of Perth, on Australia’s remote west coast, writer Caitlin Walsh Miller unplugged, surrounded by the crystal‑clear waters of Ningaloo Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the easiest places on Earth to swim with a whale shark.
Last fall the Chinese government finalized plans for Giant Panda National Park, which will span more than two‑million hectares in the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu – more than four times the size of Banff National Park. That makes now a great time to revisit this story by writer Gloria Dickie, who travelled to the region for our October 2018 issue.
In one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park, our senior editor Jacinthe Dupuis went on a mission: to spot the greatest number of animals possible. The birds, in particular, did not disappoint. Flit along with her in this read to encounter small blue herons, motmots and more.
Ever stopped to consider what’s really happening in the woods? In this excerpt from German forest ranger‑turned‑author Peter Wohlleben’s book The Hidden Life of Trees, you will learn about the dynamics between mother trees and their offshoots and how to identify if a young tree is experiencing a growth spurt – all accompanied by Eamon Mac Mahon’s striking photographs of mature forests across Canada.