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Map of Churchill Harbour by Jens Munk, 1624

Exploration

Jens Munk: An expedition ahead of its time

Two hundred years before Franklin and 300 years before Amundsen, a daring Dane came closer to finding the Northwest Passage than anyone had before

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Exploration

Jill Heinerth on spending the pandemic underwater

Episode 35

The RCGS Explorer-in-Residence returns to the Explore podcast to share an exciting project she’s been working on close to home

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Exploration

RCGS expedition grants give a huge boost to exciting 2022 journeys

From coast to coast to coast and into the ocean as well, eight grants expand our understanding of Canada

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The wreck of Endurance at the bottom of the ocean

Exploration

Shackleton’s lost ship Endurance found in remarkable condition below Antarctic ice

On the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s funeral, the Endurance22 Expedition has located the iconic ship

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History

Frozen feat: A personal account of the 1925 expedition to conquer Mount Logan

The journey a master mountaineer described “one of the strangest ventures of my life.”

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Exploration

Last icy stand: Scaling Mount Logan

Four researchers team up to ascend Mount Logan, measuring change and resilience on Canada’s highest peak

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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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Exploration

Jill Heinerth cave selfie

Exploration

Exploring beyond fear

In this excerpt from her new memoir, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, Jill Heinerth writes about learning to accept fear as a part of exploration

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Exploration

James Raffan

Episode 7

Explorer and “canoe evangelist” James Raffan reflects on the symbolic importance of the canoe to Canada and his most recent expedition in the Marshall Islands 

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Mountaineers Lonnie Dupre, left, and Pascale Marceau on the summit of Mt. Wood in the Yukon

Exploration

Climbing duo completes first winter ascent of Yukon’s Mt. Wood

Canadian climber Pascale Marceau is believed to be the first woman to climb a major subarctic peak in winter

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Man carries canoe near river on Labrador Peninsula

Exploration

Man and Dog: Across the Labrador Peninsula

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 

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CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques receives spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston.

Exploration

Preparing for launch

A conversation with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who is getting ready to travel to the International Space Station 

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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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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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Canada c3 ice breaker in toronto

People & Culture

Coast-to-coast-to-coast Canadian expedition sets sail

The Canada C3 expedition aims to connect Canadians through arts, science, culture and education during a five-month journey around the country

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maskwa nanook expedition paddling

People & Culture

Canoe expedition travelling 1,600 km from Saskatchewan to Nunavut

From boreal forest to the barren lands of the North, the Maskwa Nanook expedition aims to show Canada's remote landscapes to the world

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A bright iridescent orange-and-blue coloured sea slug (nudibranch) is laying eggs on top of a sea sponge

Wildlife

What is a nudibranch? Meet the “high fashion models” of the ocean depths

The naked truth about nudibranchs, in British Columbia and beyond

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An amazing view of the full moon rising above a bed of clouds, as seen from the International Space Station

Science & Tech

Canada is partnering with NASA to send humans to the moon

The federal government has announced a $2 billion investment in Canada’s space program, including a role in NASA’s Lunar Gateway project

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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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RCGS founding president Charles Camsell

Exploration

Retracing river roots

Cousins David McGuffin and Terry Camsell relive their ancestor Charles Camsell’s first formal mapping expedition on the Peel River

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RCGS Fellows

People & Culture

Seven amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From documenting rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia to sonar-scanning B.C. waters for steam-era shipwrecks, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018

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Exploration

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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Wade Davis addresses the 2017 Royal Canadian Geographical Society College of Fellows Dinner

People & Culture

Eight big moments from the 2017 RCGS Fellows Dinner and AGM

Exploration, education, new Fellows and the launch of RCGS Resolute: here are some of the highlights from the 2017 RCGS Fellows Dinner and AGM

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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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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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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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Hessel Gerritsz, Tabula nautica qua repraesentantur orae maritimae

Mapping

The first map of Hudson Bay

Henry Hudson’s final voyage helped open North America’s interior, but it was a journey with disastrous consequences

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