For many, the terms “geography” and “expedition” are synonymous. In fact, most Canadians are introduced to the discipline of geography through exposure to “geographic expeditions”, such as the ones funded by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. These expeditions — undertaken largely in Canada by Canadians — expand geographic appreciation, understanding and knowledge.
Here are the 2015 Expeditions, as funded by The RCGS.
Les chemins de l’or bleu
This canoe camping adventure will see six travelers realize a dream to cross Canada via lakes and rivers. The expedition will begin on the icy waters of Lake of Two Mountains, Montreal, and will conclude nearly 7,000 miles from its starting point in Inuvik on the snowy banks of the Mackenzie River.
Traveling with their young son, the Gendreau-Berthiaume family hopes to inspire others, including families with young children, to plan their own adventures and discover what Canada has to offer. During this expedition they will paddle approximately 5000km through 5 provinces, including four rivers that are part of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System to help raise awareness about the current and historical importance of these bodies of water to our country.
Together to the Tundra
This expedition will explore waterways of ages past in Canada’s least populated biome. Following the journals of Back, Pike and Seaton, the circuit starts in Yellowknife along Great Slave Lake and passes through the proposed Thaydene Nene National Park on the historic Pike’s Portage route. By paddling through the transition from Boreal forest to tundra they aim to better understand the richness and diversity of the tundra, and communicate this to Canadians.
Tahltan Leadership Expedition
A multi-generational, multi-cultural team of Tahltan and non-Tahltan alike took on this 12-day backpacking trip; this journey was recorded through film, photography, and art. The vision of the project is to foster a world in unity through leadership and respect for each other and the land. The project will share their experiences through a feature film to be broadly distributed. It features Tahltan stories, artistic works and live speaking engagements.
The Great Hike
On June 1st 2015, Dana Meise plans to depart to complete his solo hike to all three of Canada's Oceans via the Trans Canada Trail. To date, he has completed the over 16,000km journey from Cape Spear Newfoundland to Clover Point Victoria B.C., being the first to do so on the worlds longest recreational trail.