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Exploring Canada’s deepest cave with Christian Stenner

Episode 38

One of Canada’s most accomplished cavers shares what it’s really like to explore the world beneath our feet

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Adam Shoalts shares a spooky story of the Canadian wilderness

Episode 23

Gather ’round and listen as explorer and bestselling author Adam Shoalts spins a spine-tingling tale of tracking a legendary creature in Labrador’s Mealy Mountains

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Exploration

Shoalts: What lurks beyond the flicker of the firelight?

An explorer unravels the story of an early 20th century haunting in the isolated foothills of Labrador’s Mealy Mountains

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Matt Maddaloni, David Steele, and Adam Walker at the Dieppe Sump with the RCGS flag (Robin Munshaw/Pegleg Films)

Exploration

New insights from Canada’s deepest cave, Bisaro Anima

Resilience pays off during a challenging effort to explore new leads in Canada’s deepest cave

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Overhead view of Jawdrop base camp with Claire and Eva watching Robin rig the cave entrance

Exploration

Searching for new caves in West Kootenay, B.C.

A Royal Canadian Geographical Society-supported expedition has added to the inventory of known caves in a little-explored region

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Adam Shoalts paddles across Great Bear Lake

Exploration

The explorer versus the ice labyrinth

An exclusive excerpt from the new book Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic by Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts

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The view from Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior. (Photo: Connor Garrod)

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Connor Garrod

Forming a connection with water brings us closer together as humans

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2019 Ocean Bridge youth on Lake Superior

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Talen Rimmer

On the shores of Lake Superior, I found solace in how close our country can become when we all share food together

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People & Culture

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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Two female adventurers prepare to overwinter in Svalbard

Science & Tech

Q&A: Why two female adventurers are preparing to overwinter in Svalbard, Norway

Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm share details of their “Hearts in the Ice” project and why they want to inject hope into the conversation about climate change 

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Exploration

How a four-man crew traversed one of Canada’s last wilderness frontiers by canoe

The Boreal to Barrenlands Expedition, funded by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, returns from their summer slog through northern Quebec and Labrador 

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Cavers squeeze through a narrow passage inside Bisaro Anima cave

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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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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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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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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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George Kourounis RCGS flag Piro Peak North Korea

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Explorer George Kourounis completes expedition to North Korea

The host of Angry Planet and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society reveals the natural beauty of one of the least-visited countries in the world

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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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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 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

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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Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

Exploration

Expedition log: Back to the Peel

David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River

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Mihell Nunavik expedition

Exploration

Ungava unknown

Recapping a Royal Canadian Geographical Society-funded canoe expedition into the windy wilderness of northern Quebec

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Conor and Kim Mihell in Nunavik

Exploration

Retracing the Carnegie Expeditions in Northern Quebec

We aim to experience and share the vast, little-publicized wilderness of Nunavik, formerly known as Ungava

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George Kourounis rappels into the Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan

Exploration

RCGS Explorer-in-Residence recognized by Guinness World Records

George Kourounis has been officially recognized as the first person to reach the bottom of the Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan

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RCGS-supported expedition discovers deepest cave in Canada

At 670 metres, Bisaro Anima near Fernie, B.C. is confirmed to be Canada's deepest cave

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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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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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The Bugaboo Spire climb team in early 1900s dress

People & Culture

Photos: Ontario mountaineers recreate legendary first ascent of Bugaboo Spire

100 years ago this week, Conrad Kain became the first person to summit British Columbia's towering Bugaboo Spire. This summer, a group of climbers recreated his historic ascent.

A pair of whooping cranes in Wood Buffalo National Park

Wildlife

Photographing whooping cranes in Wood Buffalo with Roberta Bondar

A new project by the Roberta Bondar Foundation aims to raise awareness of dangers to migratory birds

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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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Together to the Tundra finds it's first campsite

People & Culture

Expeditions with kids

Dan Clark explains the motivation behind going on Arctic paddling expeditions with young children.

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Mapping

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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