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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
Johnny Issaluk in AMC's The Terror.

Issaluk in AMC's The Terror. (Photo: Aidan Monaghan/AMC)

The actor, athlete, motivational speaker and mentor on being an ambassador for Inuit culture, setting a positive example for youth and encouraging Canadians to see the North
Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 moon landing

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Mission commander Neil Armstrong snapped this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. (Image: NASA)

Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 moon landing
Legendary Canadian underwater explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis reflects on his friendship with astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing

Map: Detail of Map to illustrate Mr. Kane’s travels [1845-1848] in the territory of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1859, Edward Weller and Paul Kane, London, Longman & Co., Library and Archives Canada, e011303037. Stamp: Paul Kane, painter, 1971, Canada Post Corporation, Library and Archives Canada, s000605k, © Canada Post Corporation, 1971. Reproduced with permission.

The legacy of artist Paul Kane‘s epic 19th-century journey across Canada
John Geiger, rcgs, CEO, University of Calgary, honorary degree

John Geiger (pictured in Canada’s central Arctic in 2014, during the successful Parks Canada-led Victoria Strait Expedition to locate British explorer John Franklin’s lost ships), has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Calgary. (Photo: Nick Walker/RCGS)

Photo: Nick Walker/RCGS
The bestselling author and RCGS CEO has been given the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws
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