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Photo: Francois Leger-Savard

Photo: Francois Leger-Savard
Two names synonymous with adventure are joining forces to support Canadian exploration
Franklin, RCGS, Arctic, painting

RCGS Fellow and artist Christopher Walker painted “Expedition,” of Sir John Franklin's HMS Erebus and Terror, to depict the determination and hopeful spirit that carried the explorers into the Arctic in the first place. Read on to see what a few of the Society’s other Fellows are working on this year. (Image: Christopher Walker)

Painting: Christopher Walker
From painting a new side of the Franklin expedition to documenting shipwrecks along Ontario’s Hudson Bay Coast, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018
Members of the Enduring Ice Project jump from ice floe to ice floe in Nares Strait during their expedition in the summer of 2017.

Members of the Enduring Ice Project jump from ice floe to ice floe in Nares Strait during their expedition in the summer of 2017. (Photo: Enduring Ice Project)

Photo: Enduring Ice Project
An account of Enduring Ice, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 2017 Expedition of the Year 
Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre celebrate on the summit of Jeannette Peak in eastern B.C.

Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre celebrate with the flag of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on the summit of Jeannette Peak in eastern B.C. on April 2. (Photo: Vern Stice)

Photo: Vern Stice
Pascale Marceau, Lonnie Dupre and Vern Stice reached the summit of Jeannette Peak, the highest peak in the Selwyn Range of the Canadian Rockies, on April 2
Explorers Pamela and Peter Bracefait with their circus cannon

Explorers Pamela and Peter Bracefait, who are set to depart on a five-year circumnavigation of the globe, say their custom-built circus cannon is a "marvel of precision engineering." (Photo: Flora Islop/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Flora Islop/Canadian Geographic
Duo says criticism of controversial transportation methods won't deter them 
Franklin expedition ship stuck in ice

AMC's new series, The Terror, explores the Franklin expedition's fight for survival after their ships become trapped in Arctic ice. (Photo: AMC)

Photo: AMC
AMC's new 10-part narrative of the Franklin expedition is part high adventure, part gothic horror
Google Earth Voyager Jill Heinerth Story

Google Earth Voyager follows the career of underwater explorer Jill Heinerth, with each panel taking the reader to different expedition locations. (Photo: Google Earth Voyager)

Photo: Google Earth Voyager
Canadian Geographic celebrates the exploration and conservation work of RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth in a new Google Earth Voyager story
Pascale Marceau, left, and Lonnie Dupre hold the flag of the RCGS during their attempt to summit Mt. Lucania

Pascale Marceau, left, and Lonnie Dupre display the flag of the RCGS during their attempt to make the first winter ascent of Mt. Lucania, Canada's third-highest mountain, in January 2018. (Photo courtesy Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre)

Photo courtesy Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre
Although our expedition came to an early end this year, it was still a successful journey of exploratory learning in one of the most extreme environments in Canada
Disappointment River

Writer Brian Castner retraced Alexander Mackenzie's epic 1789 expedition for his new book Disappointment River. (Cover image courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada; author photo courtesy author)

Disappointment River
In this exclusive excerpt from his new book Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, author Brian Castner recounts a part of his 2016 journey retracing Alexander Mackenzie's 1789 expedition of the Mackenzie River 
George Kourounis inside the Marum crater of Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu

George Kourounis stands beside a lava lake inside the Marum crater on Ambrym, a volcanic island in the Vanuatu archipelago, in 2014. To get to the lake, Kourounis and his film crew had to rappel down the side of the crater, which is deeper than the Empire State Building is tall. (Photo courtesy George Kourounis)

Photo courtesy George Kourounis
Whether outrunning a tornado, dodging lava bombs or hunkering down in a hurricane, explorer George Kourounis is most comfortable living on the edge
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