The giant flaw in Canadian maps you never noticed: Mapmakers keep pretending we own the North Pole
It’s a mistake seen in the maps issued by Elections Canada, the National Research Council and the Canadian Armed Forces. It’s even in the official Atlas of Canada and on hundreds of relief maps hung up in schoolrooms across the country. For nearly 100 years, the government of Canada has been printing official maps incorrectly pretending that it owns a U.K.-sized chunk of international waters. “There’s no such thing as having a border hundreds of miles from your territorial lands,” says Heather Exner-Pirot, managing editor of the peer-reviewed Arctic Yearbook.