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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Phil Lind

The vice-chairman of Rogers Communications on his memoir, the changing telecom landscape and his relationship with a Canadian business legend

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Places

Places

Hans Island accord: Making history at 50 Sussex

The location for the signing — the Ottawa headquarters of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society — was perfect for the purpose

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Places

Canada, Denmark end 50-year “Whiskey War” over Hans Island

Historic accord creates a new land border between Canada and Denmark on the tiny Arctic island and the world’s longest maritime boundary

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Mark Kristmanson and John Geiger cut the ribbon to officially open 50 Sussex

Places

50 Sussex Drive officially opens to the public with two new exhibitions

The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society play host to a National Capital Commission exhibition and a new work by Indigenous artist Alex Janvier 

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dignitaries unveil new wayfinding signage for the great trail at 50 Sussex

Places

Historic Ottawa addresses on Sussex Drive now accessible via The Great Trail

Some 22,000 kilometres of cross-Canada trail is now complete, with more to come by end of 2017 

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dignitaries unveil new wayfinding signage for the great trail at 50 Sussex

Places

Les édifices historiques d’Ottawa sur la promenade Sussex sont maintenant accessibles grâce au Grand Sentier

22 000 kilomètres du sentier sont réalisés : le reste se développera d’ici la fin de l’année 2017

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Exploration

Return to the Peel

We came to retrace an ancestor’s 1905 map-making expedition of the Peel River watershed. We left with a new-found appreciation of what this ancient land means to the people who live there. 

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Exploration

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People & Culture

Adventure Blog: RCGS-supported expedition heads to B.C.’s Monashee Mountains

Food planning for ski trips — do we really eat that much in a month? 

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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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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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People & Culture

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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Franklin, RCGS, Arctic, painting

People & Culture

Six more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From painting a new side of the Franklin expedition to documenting shipwrecks along Ontario’s Hudson Bay Coast, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018

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People & Culture

Introducing the inaugural Trebek Initiative grantees

The new RCGS program supports emerging environmental storytellers

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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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People & Culture

The RCGS announces Nikon Canada as its Official Photography Partner

Two iconic brands known for exceptional photography join forces to inspire the next generation of photographers

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Lonnie Dupre points to Mount Steele

Exploration

Freezing temperatures and problems with sleeping bags force climbers to abandon Yukon expedition

Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau return from Mount Steele after "gear snafu"

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Adam Shoalts, left, and George Kourounis were announced as Explorers-in-Residence of the RCGS on February 28

People & Culture

RCGS announces two new Explorers-in-Residence

Expanded Explorer-in-Residence program to include storm chaser George Kourounis and solo explorer Adam Shoalts

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People & Culture

Meet the RCGS’ newest Explorer-in-Residence: Mylène Paquette

The first North American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean discusses her new passion for ice canoeing and why protecting Canada's waterways is important

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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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Exploration

How scientists solved the mystery of Mount Logan’s true height

In 1992, a team backed by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society became the first to accurately measure the height of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak

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Rosalynn Carter, Arthur Milnes, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and RCGS CEO John Geiger

People & Culture

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded Lawrence J. Burpee medal

Medal honours the former President's role in expanding the U.S. national parks system and work with Habitat for Humanity

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University of Toronto, Meric Gertler, Fellow, RCGS

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Meric Gertler

The University of Toronto president is a world leader in urban theory and the geography of innovation, creativity and culture in city centres

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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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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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Gilles Gagnier, publisher of Canadian Geographic, at the RCGS Fellows Dinner

People & Culture

10 awesome things that happened at the 2016 RCGS Fellows Dinner

Celebrating new partnerships, milestone anniversaries and a bird for Canadians on geography's biggest night

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Canada Embassy of Norway Royal Canadian Geographical Society Roald Amundsen

Places

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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People & Culture

Seafood chef Ned Bell works to bring sustainability into the kitchen

Bell is the special guest at the upcoming Vancouver GeoGala, an ocean conservation-themed fundraiser for The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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A hazy view over Quebec’s Parc national des Monts-Valin

Environment

When it comes to stream health, land use and protection matter

Streams surrounded by intact forest are better at providing clean water, carbon storage and wildlife habitat

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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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Environment

Federal government announces $30 million in funding for The Great Trail

Network of connected trails that spans Canada from coast to coast to coast will receive cash over a four-year period

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David Attenborough with RCGS President Gavin Fitch

People & Culture

Sir David Attenborough awarded Gold Medal by RCGS

Broadcasting legend honoured at Canada House in London, U.K. for lifelong contributions to advancing public awareness of geography

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Johnny Issaluk, Jared Harris, John Geiger

People & Culture

Actor Jared Harris awarded RCGS’ Louie Kamookak Medal

Inaugural award honours the legacy of the late Inuit historian 

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Ground fog in the Great Bear Rainforest

Environment

Protecting forests, in the name of the Queen

An ambitious legacy project called the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy unites forest conservation projects in the Commonwealth countries 

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Bugaboo Spire Centennial Climb

People & Culture

Documentary commemorating 1916 climb of Bugaboo Spire screened in Ottawa

Hobnails and Hemp Rope documents the Bugaboo Spire Centennial Climb, a 2016 RCGS flag expedition paying homage to Austrian-Canadian mountaineer Conrad Kain

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George Kourounis RCGS flag Piro Peak North Korea

Exploration

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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Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, where he has been studying traditional Christian churches cut into the sandstone landscape

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Michael Gervers

The University of Toronto professor and expert on Ethiopian history is documenting the centuries-old craft of rock-hewn churches 

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Lord Rees Vice Patron

People & Culture

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society announces new Vice-Patron

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

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Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellows 2019

People & Culture

Inside the RCGS’ star-studded 90th anniversary celebration

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

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People & Culture

RCGS celebrates Indigenous languages with National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Wade Davis

The Society hosted a panel discussion on Indigenous languages to mark the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages

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Dr. Jane Goodall speaking at 50 Sussex

People & Culture

Dr. Jane Goodall honoured with RCGS Gold Medal

The legendary primatologist expressed her gratitude and happiness the chimpanzee way

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Princess Anne

People & Culture

Princess Anne made an Honorary Fellow of the RCGS

Royal Family member welcomed into the society at a special presentation in London  

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Coeur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) performs at the RCGS' Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada gala in Toronto

People & Culture

Singer-songwriter Cœur de pirate honoured with RCGS medal

Quebec’s Béatrice Martin — better known by her stage name, Cœur de pirate — was recognized for her contributions to the Society and Canada’s cultural landscape

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Gordon Lightfoot au Glenn Gould Studio 6 octobre 2017

People & Culture

La Société Géographique Royale du Canada décerne la Médaille d’or à Gordon Lightfoot

Lightfoot a reçu sa médaille vendredi soir lors d’un concert-bénéfice donné à Toronto

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Gordon Lightfoot au Glenn Gould Studio 6 octobre 2017

People & Culture

Gordon Lightfoot awarded the RCGS’ Gold Medal

Lightfoot accepted the award Friday night at a benefit concert in Toronto 

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Representatives of CPAC and the RCGS in CPAC's Ottawa studio

People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society, CPAC announce new partnership

Partnership will seek new opportunities to make Canada better known to Canadians

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