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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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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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Everest by sunrise

Exploration

The pull of Everest

A century after a Canadian was instrumental in charting the world's highest peak, a fellow Canadian reflects on the magnetism of Everest

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Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre on a previous expedition in Alaska

Exploration

Duo changes tack after conditions end Lucania climb attempt

Crevasses and the landing location near Mount Lucania force Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau to set their sights on Mount Steele, Canada’s fifth-highest peak

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Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic

Travel

Exploring Skoki

Travelling through Alberta’s storied mountaineering and ski-touring past and present

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People & Culture

People & Culture

First all-women team makes successful summit of Mount Lucania

It was the third attempt at Canada’s third highest peak for the RCGS-funded team

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Wildlife

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Wildlife

Social for science: Using smartphone photos for research

With millions of photos taken globally each day on smartphones, researchers have found they may also contain important ecological clues about our rapidly changing planet

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A small herd of mountain caribou running in Jasper national park

Wildlife

Maternal pen project could be last chance for tiny endangered mountain caribou herd

The South Selkirk mountain caribou herd currently numbers just 11 animals

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Wildlife

The evolution of mountain goats

Canadian researcher discovers how mountain goats survived glaciers

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Wildlife

Agreement protecting B.C. mountain caribou finalized

30-year deal took two years to finalize

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Wildlife

Video of the week: Mountie chases black bear

Could this video be more Canadian?

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Environment

Q&A with mountaineer Roger Wallis

Meet Roger Wallis, Canadian mountaineer extraordinaire

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Exploration

Environment

Watermelon snow on Mount Garibaldi

Environment

22 facts and figures from the Alpine Club of Canada’s 2019 State of the Mountains Report

The Alpine Club of Canada covers everything from wildfires to watermelon snow in its recently published annual report on Canada's alpine environments

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Nathalie Lasselin, RCGS Fellows, diving, exploration

People & Culture

Six more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From putting the “Canada” back in an iconic species’ name to studying a massive iceberg-calving Antarctic iceshelf, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in 2018

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Mapping

Our best maps of 2018

Cartographic highlights from Canadian Geographic’s 2018 issues

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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Canadian Shield rock near Sturgeon Chutes on the Wanapitei River, French River

Environment

Behind the Canadian Shield

To fully understand our national identity, we must consider Canada’s geology as well as its geography 

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One of two maps of Treaty 8 territory submitted as evidence in West Moberly First Nations

Mapping

When geography and the law collide

A case decided this week by the Supreme Court of British Columbia was, in essence, all about geography

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Exploration

All-Canadian team completes successful expedition to the top of Canada

After being postponed a year due to COVID-19, the Mount Logan Ice Expedition made a successful summit of Canada’s highest peak.

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Environment and Climate Change minister Catherine McKenna

Environment

Exclusive interview: Catherine McKenna on the science, community and value of parks

The Environment and Climate Change minister shares insights from her recent tour of Labrador's Nunatsiavut region and Torngat Mountains National Park

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Mapping

Iconic rock

While its pyramid peak is almost instantly recognizable, Mount Assiniboine is also an excellent example of the general characteristics of all Canadian 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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Torngat Mountains and Nachvak Fiord

Exploration

Photos: Exploring the Torngat Mountains, a place of spirits

Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg offers a glimpse at her journey to Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador

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Science & Tech

Five of the strangest mountains in space

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Science & Tech

Scientists reproduce pheromone to count — and fight — mountain pine beetles

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Science & Tech

Kinder Morgan submits plan to expand Trans Mountain pipeline

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A topographical map of the Canadian Rockies from the early 1900's

History

Picturing the mountains

A French-born Canadian changed the world of mapping by photographing the Rockies

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History

Happy Birthday! Queen Elizabeth II’s geographical connections to Canada

From noble mountains to local elementary schools, the Queen’s reign and the bonds she’s forged with Canadians are reflected across the map of Canada

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History

Expedition to recreate historic first ascent of Bugaboo Spire

A century after Conrad Kain's historic ascent of Bugaboo Spire, an expedition aims to recreate his 1916 climb.

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Exploration

Why cave exploration matters

2022 is the International Year of Caves and Karst. Here’s why you should care about the hidden worlds beneath our feet.

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People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Awards 2020

Award recipients honoured in the first virtual Annual General Meeting and Fellows Show.

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People & Culture

Mt Saskatchewan 2012 Part IV: No peak left behind

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People & Culture

Q&A: Canada’s top caver on mapping Mount Tupper system

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Photo: Michelle Valberg

People & Culture

Canadian photographer Michelle Valberg to host a mountain-based photo workshop

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Two divers scuba diving in a cave in the Bahamas

Exploration

A mountain of rock sits above them, and muddy, flooded passages are their only way out

Expert cave diver and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth explains the risks and challenges of rescuing a boys’ soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand

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Environment

Why Mount Wai’ale’ale is one of the wettest places in the world

As is often the case, it comes down to location, location, location

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Alpine heli approaches Powder Pig Ridge for an evening shoot

Travel

Heli-hiking in B.C.’s Bugaboo Mountains

A glimpse into the world of heli-hiking in B.C.’s Bugaboo Mountains, some of the most inaccessible peaks on Earth

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Guide Ed English pulls off a perfect turn on a high wall in Gros Morne National Park

Travel

Skiing Gros Morne National Park

Hitting the backcountry slopes in Newfoundland

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Travel

Slip sliding away

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a chiller thriller for skiers of all stripes

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Writer Sabrina Doyle stretched out in the Ghost Tent from Mountain Hardwear

Travel

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Tent

A super-lightweight, versatile tent designed with the backcountry hiker in mind

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Travel

Photos: west Texas

From the beauty of Davis Mountains State Park to the legacy of Big Bend National Park, Javier Frutos captures the parks of the Lone Star state

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Travel

Book Review — Everest: High Expectations

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Travel

The left side is the right side, the right side is suicide: Keeping dry in a Jamaican deluge with Lowepro’s DryZone 40

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Travel

Beneath an angry prairie sky: Tornado alley camping in Mountain Hardwear’s Lightwedge 3 DP tent

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Travel

Photographing BC’s Bugaboo Mountains

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Firewater Multi-Bottle lights up Thomas' tent

Travel

Gear Review: Multi-bottle and sleeping bag

Thomas Hall review the Seattle Sports Firewater Multi-Bottle and Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Spark sleeping bag

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Exploration

Excerpt from This One Wild Life: A mother-daughter wilderness memoir

Author Angie Abdou’s novel explores parenting and marriage in a summer of unforeseen outcomes and growth

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Canada’s Coolest School Trip building a teepee in Riding Mountain National Park

Kids

Bison, teepees and black bears: Canada’s Coolest School Trip takes a deeper dive into Riding Mountain National Park

Highlights from day two of Canada’s Coolest School Trip

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Environment

Federal government commits $68.4M to fight ‘devastating’ mountain pine beetle

An interview with Natural Resources Canada Minister Seamus O’Regan on the federal government’s recent decision

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Cates Park in North Vancouver

Environment

Consultation, consent and the Trans Mountain pipeline

RCGS research grantee Erin Hanson provides context to the federal government's approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project that will traverse Tsleil-Waututh Nation territory in Vancouver

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Exploration

Canyoning down the Spiral Road: First descent of Waffl canyon

Mt. Robson is not so much difficult as dangerous. It is no mountain to trifle with. – Newman Waffl 

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Caving began to gain a foothold in Canada in the mid-1960s

Exploration

Subterranean trailblazers 

Caving: The ultimate underground sport

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Canada’s Coolest School Trip arrives in Riding Mountain National Park

Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip kicks off in Riding Mountain National Park

Highlights from day one of Canada’s Coolest School Trip 2019

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Exploration

Under the icefield and inside the mountain

Go deep below the Columbia Icefield in Banff National Park to “the most inaccessible place in Canada” with the 2020 Castleguard Cave Expedition

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Environment

Excerpt from Crossing The Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada’s Northern Rockies

Wayne Sawchuk's latest book recounts his transformation from a logger and trapper into an ardent conservationist

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Exploration

RCGS-funded expeditions take on peaks, rivers and trails across Canada

Few RCGS-funded expeditions took place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but many explorers found a way to  safely head afield in 2021

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