Through its expeditions program, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society awards grants to expeditions that promote Canada’s geography through research and exploration. This year, four expeditions will receive funding from the Society.
Expedition of the year
The Great Hike
Dana Meise has hiked the entire length of the Trans Canada Trail from Cape Spear, N.L., to Clover Point, B.C. — 16,500 kilometres. Starting in April, he will complete the northern leg of the trail from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., to Inuvik, N.W.T. The 3,800-kilometre hike will take six months.
The 2014-2016 Sedna Epic Expedition
An all-woman team, led by Susan R. Eaton and including explorer Jill Heinerth, host of the upcoming RCGS Speaker Series, will mount a 15-day proof-of-concept expedition in July 2014, traveling on a 116-foot expedition vessel from Labrador to Baffin Island, and then across Davis Strait to Disko Bay, Greenland in preparation for the proposed main expedition, an ambitious and challenging snorkel relay of the Northwest Passage during the summer of 2016. During the 2014 reconnaissance expedition, Team Sedna will conduct sea trials of the equipment needed to snorkel the Northwest Passage, demonstrating that snorkelers — using diver propulsion vehicles — can travel great distances in often ice-infested waters.
La petite rivière de la baleine — Nunavik
By mapping the Petite rivière de la Baleine (Little Whale River), a 380-kilometre waterway in Nunavik that opens into Hudson Bay, a team of 10 from the Laboratoire d’expertise et de recherche en plein air at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi hopes to stimulate tourism in the region and raise awareness about the importance of river conservation.
The four members of this expedition will cross-country ski 2,300 kilometres north through Quebec, from Montreal to Kuujjuaq, the administrative capital of Nunavik. The team will pass through the Laurentides region and by Lac Mistassini and the Otish Mountains as they retrace the route of another cross-province expedition taken in 1980. Through the resulting documentary, Projet-Karibu will revive the stories of the people who have travelled this territory and pay tribute to early explorers.