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Franklin expedition epaulettes

A pair of epaulettes that would have been worn as part of the dress uniform of a British Royal Navy officer. These were discovered in officers’ quarters inside the wreck of HMS Erebus and may have belonged to 3rd Lieutenant James Walter Fairholme. (Photo: Parks Canada Agency)

Photo: Parks Canada Agency
“Most successful season” of exploration since the wreck was discovered surfaces 350 artifacts from officers’ quarters
Bill Lishman
The final instalment in our roundup of Canada’s 90 greatest explorers, these seven explorers harnessed the power of technology — or invented their own — to break new ground
Louie Kamookak by Robert Carter

Louie Kamookak. (Illustration: Robert Carter)

Illustration: Robert Carter
Part of our roundup of Canada’s 90 greatest explorers, these 15 explorers harnessed the power of storytelling to inspire others to discover and care for our world
Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 17 explorers boldly went where few have dared
Richard Weber
Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these eight explorers pushed their physical and mental limits in pursuit of knowledge and to inspire others
Henry Larsen
Part of our roundup of Canada’s greatest explorers, these nine explorers made significant crossings of land and water, often in daring or ingenious fashion
Samuel de Champlain
Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 16 explorers significantly advanced our knowledge of Canada’s geography through mapping
Roberta Bondar on space shuttle discovery

Roberta Bondar inspired a new generation of explorers, who are able to communicate about our natural world through science and fine arts. (Photo: Roberta Bondar)

Photo: Roberta Bondar
Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 17 explorers made major contributions to our understanding of Canada’s history and geography
Man on cliff with mountain view.

Photo: Baffin Paddle & Climb 2019

Photo: Baffin Paddle & Climb 2019
On its 90th anniversary, Canadian Geographic presents the 90 most influential explorers in the nation’s recorded history
Charles Camsell Christmas

A photo from the Liard River Canyon during the expedition that inspired Royal Canadian Geographical Society founder Charles Camsell (second from left) to write a Christmas story that has since been shared with his family for generations. (Photo courtesy of David McGuffin)

(Photo courtesy of David McGuffin)
Nearly 100 years ago, Royal Canadian Geographical Society founder Charles Camsell wrote a Christmas story that has been shared through his family for generations. In honour of the Society’s 90th anniversary, his family shared it with Canadian Geographic to be published for the first time. 
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