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Geography’s new groove: Celebrating 90 years of the RCGS

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

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Cavers squeeze through a narrow passage inside Bisaro Anima cave

Exploration

How Canada’s deepest cave, Bisaro Anima, got its name

Taking a cue from nearby Mount Bisaro, the cave and its passages pay tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers

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RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab in Kamchatka

Exploration

Mild weather forces early end to Canadian ultrarunner’s Trans-Kamchatka Expedition

RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab and Italian ultrarunner Stefano Gregoretti cut short their expedition across Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula after learning the rivers they planned to traverse were no longer frozen 

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Canadian ultrarunner Ray Zahab, with his beard full of ice, against a snowy mountain backdrop

Exploration

Canadian ultrarunner embarks on expedition across Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

Ray Zahab, an Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Italian ultrarunner Stefano Gregoretti will traverse an unpredictable landscape of volcanoes and snow 

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Laval St. Germain with RCGS flag on Mount Vinson

Exploration

Meet the Canadian explorer who just completed the Seven Summits

Laval St. Germain summited Antarctica’s Mount Vinson on Dec. 31, meaning he has now climbed the highest peaks on every continent

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MEC is now the official outfitter of the RCGS expeditions program

Two names synonymous with adventure are joining forces to support Canadian exploration

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

Exploration

Photos: Tracking Arctic sea ice in Nares Strait

An account of Enduring Ice, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2017 Expedition of the Year 

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History

Celebrating 30 years of Franklin fascination

The re-release of Owen Beattie and John Geiger's Frozen in Time introduces a new generation to a captivating — and still unsolved — mystery 

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Strong Ties: Canada-Norway connection celebrated at 50 Sussex

The Embassy of Norway has gifted Canada with the first English translation of Roald Amundsen’s Northwest Passage diaries, reaffirming a shared polar past and future 

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Col. Chris Hadfield in the bridge of the Soviet-era icebreaker, Capitan Khlebnikov. Canadian High Arctic.

Travel

Photos: Across the Arctic with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield

Paul Colangelo shares images from his time exploring the North with the first Canadian to walk in space

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The members of the Humahuk expedition with the remains of an HBC supply boat

History

Searching the Arctic for traces of the Sir John Franklin expedition

My great-grandmother spoke of finding mysterious objects on King William Island as a young girl. This summer, I retraced her steps.

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U of A scientists on the summit of the Devon Ice Cap in 2015

Exploration

On risk and the human drive to explore

Why do human beings intentionally put themselves in danger's path? Our brains, it turns out, reward risk

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Exploration

A driving first in Antarctica

Xpedition 90X aims to conduct the first hybrid-vehicle expedition and first Canadian-led driving expedition to the South Pole in November 2018

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Shelley Ball with a chinstrap penguin in Antarctica

Science & Tech

How the Homeward Bound expedition program is empowering women in science

As a biologist and photographer, I had long hoped to visit Antarctica — but this journey was much more than a travel dream fulfilled

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Exploration

Canadian neuroscientist to embark on Antarctic leadership expedition

Dr. Catherine Sorbara is the sole Canadian participating in Homeward Bound 2018, an annual three-week-long expedition in Antarctica aimed at bolstering women leaders in STEMM

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A scuba diver at a shipwreck in Fathom Five National Marine Sanctuary

Exploration

Jill Heinerth: Why I intend to dive in every province and territory in Canada this year

Canada is rich in fresh water — but with great wealth comes great responsibility 

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Exploration

Adam Shoalts

Episode 4

The solo adventurer and best-selling author shares highlights from his expeditions and the “lost” explorer who’s captured his imagination

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Exploration

Ray Zahab

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Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab discusses his 2019 Trans-Kamchatka expedition and other extreme marathon adventures.

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The last voyage of Captain James Cook

Canada’s Pacific coast took tangible shape after a visit from one of history’s most famous navigators

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Monarch butterflies cling to a fir tree in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Travel

Chasing butterflies

In 1976, my husband’s grandparents solved one of the world’s great natural mysteries: the monarch butterfly migration. Four decades later, we retraced their journey. 

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Man paddling canoe

Exploration

Canoeing the untouched wilderness of the Labrador Peninsula

Justin Barbour and his dog, Saku, will travel 1,700 kilometres from the North West River in Labrador across remote northern Quebec to the shores of Hudson Bay

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Natalia Martinez

Exploration

Stranded climber rescued from Mount Logan

Natalia Martinez was airlifted to safety at 10:30 p.m. Thursday

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James Coleridge on the summit of Mount Logan, June 3, 2008

Exploration

“I was stranded on Mount Logan — and it changed my life”

James Coleridge recalls the five days he spent clinging to life on Canada's highest peak 

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cavers on the plateau near Fernie, B.C.

Exploration

Finding a new way into Canada’s deepest cave

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2018 Expedition of the Year returns to the Bisaro Anima Cave near Fernie, B.C.

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Exploration

Photos from beneath Bell Island, Newfoundland

Diver and photographer Jill Heinerth shares a glimpse into the summer phase of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Expedition of the Year

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The Clark family pose with their travel companions as they make their way towards the starting point of their Arctic journey.

Exploration

Young family begins Arctic paddling expedition

Today a young family of four, plus two friends, begins a 55-day journey through some of Canada's most remote northern landscapes

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