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Follow Canada’s greatest explorers and adventurers as they travel to the remote corners of the country, deep beneath the Earth’s surface and across oceans, to the tops of mountains and into space.

Overhead view of Jawdrop base camp with Claire and Eva watching Robin rig the cave entrance

In August, a team of cavers set up camp on this karst plateau in West Kootenay, B.C. to investigate a series of cave entrances, the largest of which they called Jawdrop, pictured. (Photo: Douglas Noblet)

Photo: Douglas Noblet
A Royal Canadian Geographical Society-supported expedition has added to the inventory of known caves in a little-explored region
Mario Rigby

Explorer Mario Rigby at the headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic in Ottawa during his 2019 cross-Canada cycling expedition. (Photo: Javier Frutos/Can Geo)

Photo: Javier Frutos/Can Geo
Having recently completed a 7,000-kilometre cycling expedition, Rigby shares insights on diversity in the outdoors and what he hopes to do next
Adam Shoalts paddles across Great Bear Lake

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts paddles through an ice-strewn Great Bear Lake, N.W.T., during his 2017 Trans-Canada Arctic Expedition. (Photo: Adam Shoalts)

Adam Shoalts paddles across Great Bear Lake
An exclusive excerpt from the new book Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic by Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts
A research ship off the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut

This year, the expedition members were ferried to the beach on Baffin Island aboard the Nunavut research vessel, RV Nuliajuak. (Photo: Alex Taylor and Robert Kautuk)

Photo: Alex Taylor and Robert Kautuk
Mike Moloney and Matthew Ayre continued their hunt for the Nova Zembla this summer, and the findings of their Royal Canadian Geographical Society-funded expedition are remarkable

From left) Chris Giard, Alex Traynor, Noah Booth and David Greene pose with the RCGS expedition flag in front of Mistastin Falls, Labrador. (Photo: Alex Traynor/Northern Scavenger)

Photo: Alex Traynor/Northern Scavenger
The Boreal to Barrenlands Expedition, funded by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, returns from their summer slog through northern Quebec and Labrador 
Jill Heinerth cave selfie

A cave selfie in the Devil’s Eye Spring in Florida. Cave diver Jill Heinerth has made a career of exploring inside the earth, a vocation that requires her to balance confidence and fear. (Photo: Jill Heinerth)

Photo: Jill Heinerth
In this excerpt from her new memoir, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, Jill Heinerth writes about learning to accept fear as a part of exploration
Kathleen Graham crawls beneath a curtain of stalactites inside Raspberry Rising cave

Kathleen Graham crawls beneath a curtain of stalactites inside the Raspberry Rising cave system in B.C.’s Glacier National Park. (Photo: Christian Stenner)

Photo: Christian Stenner
Seven years after it was first explored, the B.C. cave known as Raspberry Rising is still giving up its secrets, from breathtaking mineral deposits to promising antibacterial microbes
Jill Heinerth as a young girl and now

Left: A 12-year-old Jill Heinerth in her Girl Guide uniform explores near her cottage on Ontario’s Big East Lake. Right: Heinerth in Florida’s Devil’s Eye Spring cave, where she often dives in the winter. (Photos: Bob Rabjohn; Jill Heinerth)

Photos: Bob Rabjohn; Jill Heinerth
With her new book, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, due out next month, world-renowned cave diver and inaugural RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth reflects on what set her on her path 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and P.J. Akeeagok, president of the local Qikiqtani Inuit Association, walk along the coast of Victor Bay, Nunavut, an area part of the now-official Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area. (Photo: Aaron Kylie)

Photo: Aaron Kylie/Canadian Geographic
Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official
Coral Restoration Foundation nursery

A diver checks on a coral "tree" in one of the Coral Restoration Foundation's nurseries in the Florida Keys (Photo: Neha Acharya-Patel)

Coral Restoration Foundation nursery
2019 North American Rolex scholar Neha Acharya-Patel shares insights from her work (and that of other Canadians) in assisting the Florida-based Coral Restoration Foundation to rebuild beleaguered reefs
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