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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.

Diver Tyler Boelens glides beneath the ice of Georgian Bay

Diver Tyler Boelens glides beneath the ice of Georgian Bay. (Photo: Geoff Coombs)

Photo: Geoff Coombs
“It’s kind of what I imagine outer space to be like”
Jean-Michel Cousteau scuba diving near sharks on a shipwreck

Jean-Michel Cousteau scuba dives on a shipwreck while filming Wonders of the Sea 3D. (Photo: Pacific Northwest Pictures )

Photo: Pacific Northwest Pictures
Jean-Michel Cousteau releases his new feature documentary about aquatic life, Wonders of the Sea 3D, in February
Justin Barbour pulls his canoe upstream with his dog Saku in it

Justin Barbour drags his canoe up the Red Wine River in Labrador wearing his PFD. (Photo: Justin Barbour)

Photo: Justin Barbour
The adventurer behind the Man and Dog expedition puts a life jacket through its paces in the Labrador and northern Quebec wilderness
Laval St. Germain with RCGS flag on Mount Vinson

Laval St. Germain displays the flag of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on the summit of Antarctica’s Mount Vinson, Dec. 31, 2018. (Photo: Laval St. Germain)

Photo: Laval St. Germain
Laval St. Germain summited Antarctica’s Mount Vinson on Dec. 31, meaning he has now climbed the highest peaks on every continent
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
Man carries canoe near river on Labrador Peninsula

Justin Barbour carries his trusty canoe on the Upper McPhadyen River in mid-September during the final leg of his expedition. (Photo: Justin Barbour)

Photo: Justin Barbour
Justin Barbour and his canine pal, Saku, traversed 1,000 kilometres across the Labrador Peninsula through harsh snow storms and sub-zero temperatures, but were stopped just shy of their end goal 
RCGS, Fellows, explore, Arctic, environment, mapping

Gordon Osinski, a planetary geologist at Western University in London, Ont., led a 2018 expedition to map parts of Devon Island’s exposed Precambrian Shield — Arctic coastlines that have never been surveyed by on-the-ground teams. (Photo: Gordon Osinski)

Photo: Gordon Osinski
From a solo ski and mountain-climbing expedition to the South Pole to a project that mapped portions of Devon Island’s coasts for the first time, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in late 2018
cavers on the plateau near Fernie, B.C.

Cavers on the Bisaro Plateau near Fernie, B.C. (Photo: Jérôme Genairon)

Photo: Jérôme Genairon
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2018 Expedition of the Year returns to the Bisaro Anima Cave near Fernie, B.C.
Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques in spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques in spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas. (Photo: NASA)

Photo: NASA
From enduring extreme isolation and psychological strain to operating high-tech robotics and undergoing an intense physical fitness regimen, here’s a glimpse at what it takes to head to space
The entrance to the massive cave recently discovered in Wells Gray Provincial Park, B.C.

The entrance to the massive cave that was spotted earlier this year in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park. Two members of the Canadian team that conducted a preliminary exploration of the site in September are circled in red to give an idea of the size of the entrance of the cave, which measures 100 metres long by 60 metres wide. (Photo: Catherine Hickson)

Photo: Catherine Hickson
Cave in Wells Gray Provincial Park described as “about as big as they come in Canada” 
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