About Us

The Walrus Foundation


The Walrus believes in the idea of a better Canada, and that a strong democracy depends on informed citizens.

To spark conversations on matters vital to Canadians, we publish high-quality, fact-based journalism in The Walrus magazine, ten times a year in print and almost daily at thewalrus.ca. We produce the national lecture series The Walrus Talks, The Walrus Podcast (2018), and The Walrus Books (2018), and we train emerging professionals in publishing and non-profit management.

Through the exploration of stories, art, and unexpected ideas, The Walrus provokes new thinking, widens perspectives, and inspires engagement.

Why “The Walrus”? We get asked this all the time!

The founders of The Walrus sought to dissociate Canada from the “log chomping” and “earnestness” of our national animal (and cliché), the beaver. Enter the walrus: an arctic icon that is curmudgeonly but clever, bulky but agile-the perfect symbol for a publication with the intellectual heft, confidence, and wit to dig deeply into matters vital to Canadians. Like its namesake, which swims with unexpected grace, The Walrus is Canada’s elegant heavyweight.