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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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Articles

CAE ships anchored at Bernard Harbour, Nunavut, in 1914

Exploration

Canada’s unsung expedition

A century after the start of the thrilling expedition that strengthened claims to Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, the first Canadian Arctic Expedition remains a largely unknown part of the country’s history

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Ciarán Hinds, right, as Sir John Franklin, and Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames in the premiere episode of AMC's “The Terror.” (Photo courtesy AMC)

History

“The Terror” recap: Episodes 1 and 2

Our experts dissect the debut episodes of AMC’s new series about the Franklin Expedition

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History

The Franklin Expedition

Even the leadership of a hardened northern explorer couldn’t save the Franklin Expedition

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History

Franklin wreck found

Prime Minister Harper announces the discovery of one of the two lost ships of the famed Franklin Expedition

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition flag flies above the One Ocean Voyager

History

Victoria Strait Expedition begins

First official day of the 2014 search for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships

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Franklin Expedition

2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: drift theories

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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Image from the Voyager during this summer's Victoria Strait Expedition

History

Timelapse video: Victoria Strait search for the Franklin Expedition ships

A view of the Arctic ice that plagued this year’s search

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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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People & Culture

Search for Franklin Expedition wrecks continues

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People & Culture

Seven more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From a solo ski and mountain-climbing expedition to the South Pole to a project that mapped portions of Devon Island’s coasts for the first time, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in late 2018

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A Parks Canada archeologist inspects debris next to Erebus’s hull

People & Culture

The authors of Franklin’s Lost Ships discuss the book

An interview with John Geiger and Alanna Mitchell

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People & Culture

How the British Trans-Arctic Expedition made the first crossing of the Arctic Ocean

Dr. Ken Hedges, Honourary Colonel and RCGS Fellow, recounts his amazing experience traversing the top of the world on the expedition’s anniversary

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People & Culture

New Land Expedition: Halfway point

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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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People & Culture

Sedna Epic Expedition completing first stage of journey

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People & Culture

Coast Guard awarded Erebus medals for role in Franklin find

The Canadian Coast Guard has been officially recognized for the role they played in the discovery of the HMS Erebus.

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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

What does an expedition do on hold?

'Come Walk With Us' was funded by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Expedition Program, but is waiting for COVID-19 restrictions to lift before they get started. Here's what they do while they wait. 

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People & Culture

Expedition on Baffin Island explores historic traditions

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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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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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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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Exploration

Summits of Canada expedition to make final ascent in Nunavut this summer

Decade-long project to reach the highest point in every province and territory will conclude with Barbeau Peak on Ellesmere Island

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View of the Bellot Strait from the Voyager's bow

History

What’s next for the Franklin wreck?

Plans for the still unidentified ship remain unclear

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One Ocean will have its Voyager ship join the search this summer.

History

Searching for the Franklin Expedition’s lost ships

Parks Canada chief underwater archaeologist Ryan Harris shares details on this year’s search

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Environment

Expedition report: The great B.C. coastal cleanup of 2020

RCGS Fellow Jacqueline Windh jumped at the opportunity to participate in a six-week cleanup along the coast of B.C. 

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History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society proud to announce partnership in Franklin search

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Gjoa Haven celebrated the Franklin find with a community gathering

History

Leading Inuit historian discusses the Franklin ships

Tyrone Burke visits the home of Inuit historian Louie Kamookak to talk about the Franklin ships and what this means for the people of the North

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Science & Tech

1845 Franklin expedition member identified using DNA

A new report has identified crewman of the previously unknown remains found on Nunavut's King William Island in 1993

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Franklin crew member John Hartnell's nails encased in resin

History

Thumbnail ‘time machine’ provides new insight into demise of Franklin expedition

New study finds evidence malnutrition played a significant role in crew member's death

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History

The imagined letters of Lady Jane Franklin

A new novel by Erika Behrisch Elce brings Lady Franklin — widow of doomed polar explorer Sir John Franklin — to life in new and creative ways

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History

How Inuit testimony affected the search for Sir John Franklin

At the RCGS's spring lecture on April 12, Dave Woodman and four other experts will talk about the use of Inuit traditional knowledge in locating Erebus

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Owen Beattie at his home in Edmonton

History

An interview with Owen Beattie

Insights from the man whose work helped haul the attempt to solve the Franklin mystery into the modern era

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Erebus and Terror in the Antarctic

History

The Franklin Expedition’s ships: The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Franklin’s ships were hardened veterans of polar travel, and technological marvels of their age

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History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 8

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Environment

Summer expeditions aim to unlock secrets of the deep Atlantic Ocean

First of two summer expeditions that will livestream deep-ocean exploration set off for Gulf of Maine today

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History

It’s Erebus!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper reveals identity of found Franklin ship during Question Period

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Yves Bernard, a petty officer of the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit, and Ryan Harris, a senior marine archeologist with Parks Canada, raise the side-scan sonar.

History

New tools will cover more ground in this year’s search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

Technology used to track down the lost ships

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History

Front row centre: One Ocean Expeditions

Polar cruise company One Ocean Expeditions makes big waves — literally — to help the mission to find Franklin’s ships

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History

How the Franklin find affects Canada’s claims to the North Pole

Could the Franklin ship help Canada's case? Not really, argues Michael Byers

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Jim Balsillie

History

New directions

Jim Balsillie, the co-founder of BlackBerry, has set his sights on a fresh challenge — finding the lost Franklin ships

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History

Prime Minister announces one of the Franklin Expedition ships has been found

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History

The Franklin Expedition: The Searchers

From Franklin’s widow to 21st Century tech entrepreneurs, many have sought to find whatever remains of the Erebus and Terror

History

Media buzzing over 2014 Franklin Expedition search

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History

Throwback Thursday: 1930s story on the Franklin Expedition search

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History

Flag bearers

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society hoists its flag as a key partner in this year’s expanded search for the Franklin Expedition vessels

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Canadian Ice Survey from Sept. 1, 2014.

History

Decisions, decisions

Facing sea ice, the One Ocean Expedition Voyager search team debates how to access their ideal hunting grounds

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History

Exploration expertise: Shell Canada

Shell Canada lends its vast and long-standing experience in Arctic resource exploration to the 2014 expedition

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Exploration

Sir John Franklin’s HMS Terror believed found in Arctic

Archaeologists may have finally located the historic vessel that disappeared 168 years ago in Canada's north

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Louie Kamookak by Robert Carter

Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Crucial communication

Part of our roundup of Canada’s 90 greatest explorers, these 15 explorers harnessed the power of storytelling to inspire others to discover and care for our world

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History

Throwback Thursday: The men of the Franklin Expedition

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History

New search for lost Franklin Expedition begins in new location

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Travel

Gearing up to find Franklin: Equipment I brought on this summer’s Victoria Strait Expedition

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History

Throwback Thursday: the first Canadian Arctic Expedition

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Anderson stands in front of a tent at Collinson Point, Alaska, in 1914.

History

Ties that bind: the RCGS and the first Canadian Arctic Expedition

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History

Throwback Thursday: Sleuthing for Franklin’s crew

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Tyrone Burke

History

Canadian Geographic writer on searching for Franklin

Tyrone Burke talks about his role in this summer's search and the challenges of looking for the Franklin ships

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History

Erebus and Terror National Historic Site proposed for Nunavut

Federal government commits $16.9 million over five years to further research on doomed Franklin expedition

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