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Royal Canadian Geographical Society Awards 2020

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

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Alex Trebek stands on a lawn with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society headquarters in the background

People & Culture

Alex Trebek and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in photos

A collection of photos showcase Alex Trebek's contributions to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society during his life

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People & Culture

Trudeau, Trebek and a Rear-Admiral: the Royal Canadian Geographical Society bolsters its Fellowship with three incredible leaders

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jean Trebek and Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson join the organization as Honorary Fellows

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Alex Trebek speaks at a podium

People & Culture

Alex Trebek and Canadian Geographic

Remembering Alex Trebek's legacy through stories of his work

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the National Geographic Society join forces

The two iconic geographic societies formalize a renewed partnership

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Presenting the 2019 RCGS award winners

In celebration of its 90th year, the RCGS handed out awards to a diverse and star-studded roster of honourees

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society receives a royal gift

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Louie Kamookak Medal

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society awards two Kamookak Medals

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and artist Sylvain Voyer recognized for their contributions to making Canada's geography better known

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10 RCGS updates from November

Here's a bit of what The Royal Canadian Geographical Society got up to in November.

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RCGS, Royal Scottish Geographical Society sign a trans-Atlantic MOU

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Our favourite books of 2018

Memoirs, a graphic novel and the biography of a famous ship are among Canadian Geographic's choices for the 14 best books of the year

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Four things to know about Arctic policy and sustainable ocean management in Canada and Norway

The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society teamed up for two days of talks on the future of the Arctic and the “blue economy” in Norway and Canada

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The Queen and a man walking with Lake Louise in the background

History

The Queen and Canada: A Platinum Jubilee timeline

Noteworthy occasions in a lifetime of service between Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth country she has visited more than any other

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People & Culture

Eight awesome things that happened at the 2018 RCGS Fellows Dinner

Remembering Louie Kamookak, a new Explorer-in-Residence and other highlights from the 89th Annual College of Fellows Dinner

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History

The untold story of the Hudson’s Bay Company

A look back at the early years of the 350-year-old institution that once claimed a vast portion of the globe

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Science & Tech

Canadian Space Agency announces final 17 astronaut candidates

The final stage of a recruitment process that began almost a year ago with 3,700+ applicants has begun

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Landsat Island off the coast of Labrador

Science & Tech

Watch: The Canadian island named after a satellite

A video by NASA’s Earth Observatory blog reveals the little-known history of tiny Landsat Island — and the Canadian woman who helped discover it 

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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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Le 50 promenade Sussex, vu de l’extérieur, autrefois appelé Canada Pavillion-Monde, sera bientôt nommé le Centre de la géographie et de l’exploration. (Photo : gracieuseté de la Commission de la capitale nationale)

Places

5 facts about 50 Sussex Drive

Get to know the new home of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic

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Places

Smother Nature: The struggle to protect Banff National Park

In Banff National Park, Alberta, as in protected areas across the country, managers find it difficult to balance the desire of people to experience wilderness with an imperative to conserve it

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Jacob Burnley, Spencer Zhao and Kyle Richardson represented Canada at the National Geographic World Championship

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Team Canada’s showdown in St. Petersburg 

The behind-the-scenes story of how Team Canada captured the silver medal in a thrilling tiebreaker at the 2013 National Geographic World Championship

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People & Culture

12 Canadian photographers share the nature they love

We asked some of Canada’s most accomplished photographers why they dedicate their time to capturing images of nature. Here’s what they said.

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

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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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A man watches a helicopter fly low above an icy ocean from his ship.

People & Culture

Safety first, service always: The Canadian Coast Guard turns 60

A celebration of the Canadian Coast Guard’s renowned search-and-rescue capabilities — and more — as the special operating agency turns 60

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The funniest places: Why Canadian comedy is obsessed with geography

From Letterkenny to Schitt’s Creek, Canada’s geography has become the laughing stock of television — and that shouldn’t come as a surprise

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Alex Trebek named Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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Farewell to the Canadian penny

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10 RCGS updates from February

Here's a bit of what the RCGS got up to last month

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The scene at the Canadian Museum of Nature on September 19 for the National Bird Debate

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Ten things the RCGS got up to in September

Celebrating the art of cartography, a lively national bird debate and the launch of an exciting educational contest

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Canadian Geographic publisher Gilles Gagnier

People & Culture

In memory of Gilles Gagnier

The publisher of Canadian Geographic and COO (and Fellow) of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society passed away suddenly at the age of 51

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The glass-paned front of 50 Sussex Drive reflects the last rays of sunset

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Welcome to 50 Sussex, Canada’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration

The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is transforming the way the 90-year-old organization carries out its mandate

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Princess Anne

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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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Remembering internationally acclaimed researcher, RCGS Fellow Shelagh Dawn Grant

Grant was the first woman historian to receive the Northern Science Award

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10 RCGS updates from October

Here's a bit of what The Royal Canadian Geographical Society got up to in October.

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People & Culture

Statement on COVID-19 from RCGS CEO John Geiger

A message to our readers, Fellows, members and supporters

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Alex Trebek stands on a stage with Canadian Geographic Challenge alumni

People & Culture

Canadian Geographic Challenge alumni remember Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek's involvement in the Canadian Geographic Challenge and International Geographic Olympiad inspired generations of young learners

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Astronauts attending the RCGS Fellows Dinner

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George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal, San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, climate change, ocean conservation

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George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal

Museum expert recognized for transformative work in cultural institutions and leadership on the ambitious Bay Ecotarium project in San Francisco

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People & Culture

A special message from Alex Trebek

There will be an important role for geography in the challenging times ahead. The RCGS needs your help to continue its work promoting geographic literacy in Canada and around the world. 

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Geographers create action plan for geographic education in Canada

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Remembering Ernest Côté

Ernest Côté, WW II veteran and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, died Wednesday night. He was 101.

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Alex Trebek named an Officer of the Order of Canada

The Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and longtime host of Jeopardy! was nominated on the eve of Canada's 150th birthday

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Catherine McKenna on diversity in politics, internet trolls, and cold-water swimming

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A century after the first woman was elected to the Canadian Parliament, one of the most prominent figures in present-day politics shares her thoughts on how to amplify diverse voices in the Commons

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The grand prize winner of the 2018 Wildlife Photography of the Year competition, an eastern coyote crossing a road, by Brittany Crossman

People & Culture

Announcing the winners of the 2018 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition

The best of the best images of Canadian wildlife from the annual competition hosted by Canadian Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature

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Leona Aglukkaq receives Erebus Medal

Leona Aglukkaq receives Erebus Medal for her contribution to the Franklin find.

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Experts at the national bird debate

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National Bird Debate kicks off Canada-wide conversation

Experts weighed in on Canada's national bird in debate at the Canadian Museum of Nature

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History

Throwback Thursday: Nunavut up and running

On April 1, 1999, Canada’s youngest population took control of its largest territory. Here’s how Canadian Geographic covered the story. 

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Travel

Corona Canada’s epic “Officer of Natural Wonder” road trip champions the nation’s natural beauty

Brewed with water and natural ingredients, Corona wants to encourage Canadians to responsibly experience the country’s natural wonders

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the best maps Canadian Geographic published in 2017

Mapping

The best maps Canadian Geographic published in 2017

Cartographic highlights from Canadian Geographic's 2017 issues and special publications

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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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A new home for the RCGS: 50 Sussex

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society announces forthcoming Canada's Centre for Geography and Exploration

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Mapping

Best Canadian Geographic maps from 2015

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Environment

Celebrating the life of renowned Canadian-American scientist David Schindler

Schindler conducted numerous groundbreaking studies during his career in efforts to protect freshwater around the world

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Roberta Bondar, Jenni Sidey-Gibbons, and David Saint-Jacques (appearing via video link from the International Space Station) talk to students at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology

Kids

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques launches a new educational initiative — from space

The Exploring Earth project also involves Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar and aims to inspire students to learn about Earth’s landforms and natural processes from space

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The drafters of the St. John’s Declaration

Kids

Education declaration

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History

Throwback Thursday: How the Canadian Geographical Journal covered the Queen’s coronation

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History

The stunning illustrated maps of early cartographer Wilfrid Flood

You don't often see Canadian maps like this anymore

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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

Operation Husky: The Agira Canadian War Cemetery

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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History

Who won the War?

Soldiers, descendants of Loyalists and history buffs recreate a battle to demonstrate why the War of 1812 is still important today.

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