About "RCGS"

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration, and one of the largest non-profit educational organizations in the nation.

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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. 
RCGS holiday party at Roots

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society celebrated the 2019 holiday season — and a new collaboration with clothier Roots — at Roots' flagship Toronto store on Dec. 19. (Photo: Staff)

Photo: Can Geo Staff
A who's who of Society Fellows fêted the festive season and a new collaboration with iconic Canadian clothier Roots in Toronto
Wayne Pollard Lost Hammer Spring

Wayne Pollard, winner of the 2019 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, poses by the Lost Hammer Spring on Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut, one of a number of places he discovered in the High Arctic where water flows year-round. (Photo courtesy Wayne Pollard)

Photo courtesy Wayne Pollard
Research scientist Wayne Pollard shares insights on his work that earned him the 2019 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research
Lord Rees Vice Patron

Royal Canadian Geographical Society CEO John Geiger and Society board Vice-President Wendy Cecil flank Lord Martin Rees as he accepts the role of Vice-Patron. (Photo: Can Geo)

Distinguished cosmologist and astrophysicist Lord Martin Rees, British Astronomer Royal since 1995, joins the Society in honorary position
Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellows 2019

The Fellows class of 2019 pose for a photo at the Canadian Museum of History during The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows Annual Dinner and 90th anniversary celebration Nov. 21. (Photo: Ben Powless/Can Geo)

Photo: Ben Powless/Can Geo
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2019 College of Fellows Annual Dinner was also a celebration of the organization’s achievements over the past nine decades — and of the best in geography and exploration
rcgs awards ceremony

At the RCGS awards ceremony on Nov. 21, 20 awards were presented to a diverse group of people, including scientists, explorers, educators and philanthropists. (Photo: Can Geo Staff)

Photo: Can Geo Staff
In celebration of its 90th year, the RCGS handed out awards to a diverse and star-studded roster of honourees

The RCGS 90th anniversary expedition jacket is available now through Canadian Geographic's online store.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has teamed up with Roots Canada to produce limited edition jackets featuring the expedition patches of notable explorers.

The Indigenous language discussion between National Chief Perry Bellegarde (centre) and Wade Davis (right), moderated by Charlene Bearhead, was held last night at 50 Sussex in Ottawa. (Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic
The Society hosted a panel discussion on Indigenous languages to mark the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages
Alex Trebek and John Geiger at the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Geographic Challenge

Alex Trebek addresses guests at 50 Sussex during the launch of the 25th Canadian Geographic Challenge. (Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic
Fellows, explorers and past Challenge champions gathered at 50 Sussex to honour Alex Trebek and launch this year's Challenge
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