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People & Culture

The true story of Pauline Johnson: poet, provocateur and champion of Indigenous rights

The daughter of a hereditary Mohawk chief and an English immigrant, Johnson used her hard-won celebrity to challenge Indigenous stereotypes

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Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin in Episode 3 of AMC's The Terror

History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 3

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

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History

Celebrating 30 years of Franklin fascination

The re-release of Owen Beattie and John Geiger's Frozen in Time introduces a new generation to a captivating — and still unsolved — mystery 

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Nive Nielsen as Lady Silence in Episode 4 of The Terror (Photo: Aidan Monaghan/AMC)

History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 4

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

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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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Whatever could the devilish — and quite possibly deranged — Cornelius Hickey (played by Adam Nagaitis) be eating on King William Island in Episode 9 of The Terror?

People & Culture

“The Terror” recap: Episode 9

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

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History

2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

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Exploration

Archaeologists to resume search for Sir John Franklin’s HMS Terror

Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team is planning a reconnaissance mission of the HMS Erebus and will continue its search for HMS Terror at the end of August

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Mapping

Nine artworks that reveal the history and perils of exploring Canada’s North

Notable works capture the danger and drama of Arctic exploration

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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 hunt for the Franklin ships: drift theories

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

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Louie Kamookak during a visit to the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

People & Culture

Remembering Louie Kamookak

Author Kenn Harper pays tribute to the life, legacy and work of his fellow historian

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RCGS CEO John Geiger

History

One Ocean Voyager takes the Victoria Strait Expedition to the Royal Geographical Society Islands

AUV to be redeployed in waters it recently charted for signs of Franklin's ships

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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – BONUS EPISODE: Sir George Simpson

Episode 14

In this special bonus episode of Explore, canoe expert James Raffan introduces listeners to HBC Governor George Simpson and his unique style of “management by canoe”

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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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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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Lieutenant John Irving (played by Ronan Raftery) encounters a group of Inuit — and an all-too-brief moment of hope — on King William Island in Episode 7 of The Terror.

History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 7

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

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A haunted Dr. Stephen Stanley (played by Alistair Petrie) prepares to set a horrible string of events in motion during what's meant to be a spirit-lifting carnival for the men of the Franklin Expedition. (Photo: Aidan Monaghan/AMC)

History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 6

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

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He's bruised and battered, but is Captain Francis Crozier (played by Jared Harris) beyond all hope in the tenth and final episode of The Terror? (Photo: Aidan Monaghan/AMC)

People & Culture

“The Terror” recap: Episode 10 – Season Finale

Our experts wrap up their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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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

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

Expedition explores Aboriginal knowledge of Franklin ships

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People & Culture

Search for Franklin Expedition wrecks continues

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People & Culture

Franklin Expedition lesson plans available in Inuktitut

Free lesson plans on Franklin expedition now available in Inuktitut.

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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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Cover of Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus

People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship

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People & Culture

2013 Camsell Medal Winner: Sir Christopher Ondaatje

For outstanding service to The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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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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People & Culture

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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National Arts Centre setup

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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John Geiger, rcgs, CEO, University of Calgary, honorary degree

People & Culture

John Geiger receives the University of Calgary’s highest honour

The bestselling author and RCGS CEO has been given the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws

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People & Culture

John Turner awarded RCGS Gold Medal

Canada’s 17th prime minister was recognized for his distinguished parliamentary career and public service, and for his contribution to the advancement of Canadian geography

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People & Culture

Remembering former prime minister John Turner

John Turner, Canada’s 17th prime minister, has died at the age of 91

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

People & Culture

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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People & Culture

Leona Aglukkaq receives Erebus Medal

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

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People & Culture

Amet*: Understanding the Beothuk

*It means “awake” in Beothuk, the language and people who once called present-day Newfoundland home for about 2,000 years. One young woman, believed to be the last living Beothuk, left a collection of maps and art that help us understand her people’s story.

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Ed O’Loughlin author photo Minds of Winter

People & Culture

Ed O’Loughlin’s winter mind

The Canadian-born author and newly-minted Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on his Giller Prize-nominated third novel and the allure of maps

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Banff National Park snow

Environment

New research suggests intense collision formed Rocky Mountains

Before the Rockies formed, B.C. and Alberta may have been an ocean apart

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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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History

Royal Canadian Geographical Society proud to announce partnership in Franklin search

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History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: Inuit testimony

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

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Boats from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: Point of abandonment

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing 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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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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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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Preparation of the Martin Bergmann, before it set sail on the Victoria Strait Expedition

History

Franklin search vessel Martin Bergmann hits a shoal – details

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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

Franklin bell replica unveiled at ROM

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History

Throwback Thursday: A look back at historical searches for Franklin

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The Martin Bergmann

History

Franklin search vessel Martin Bergmann hits shoal

No injuries reported as the ship returns to Cambridge Bay

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History

Bell from HMS Erebus recovered

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History

Throwback Thursday: Sleuthing for Franklin’s crew

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History

Challenges of cold water diving for the Franklin wreck

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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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Parks Canada’s Ryan Harris with a fin, one of the pieces of equipment divers will be using while exploring the Franklin wreck site

History

Equipment for underwater exploration at Franklin shipwreck

The gear divers are using to view the wreck

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Side-scan sonar used in this summer’s Franklin search

History

Ice cover cooperates in Franklin search — for now

First surveying trip a success, but tougher conditions beckon

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History

Media buzzing over 2014 Franklin Expedition search

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Canadian Hydrographic Survey launch, CSL Gannett

History

2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

This year's search is about much more than underwater archaeology. The Victoria Strait Expedition will contribute to northern science and communities.

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Image captured by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) showing two small cannons among the scattered timbers of the shipwreck

History

Divers hope to see Franklin wreck with their own eyes this week

High winds that have hampered underwater work forecast to lighten

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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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A crew member on the Martin Bergmann prepares as the ship sails off on the Victoria Strait Expedition last month

History

The Martin Bergmann resumes the Franklin search

As winter weather approaches, searchers focus on whatever areas they can hunt while they can

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Sir Wilfrid Laurier

History

Exploring the realities and myths of Arctic sea ice

As the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition encounters the thickest ice in years, searchers share tales of past ill-fated adventures in the unpredictable waters

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History

Students explore the historical geography of St. John’s Ward

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History

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

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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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History

Video: Franklin artifacts at the Museum of Nature

Take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the artifacts found at previously discovered Franklin sites

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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

Throwback Thursday: 1994 Franklin search

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The USS Johnston shipwreck

Exploration

Locating and diving on the world’s deepest shipwreck

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow Kelvin Murray recounts his role in the record-setting early 2021 expedition

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Bird sits on rock

Wildlife

Rebound of the black swifts: Johnston Canyon reports an increase in endangered bird species

The decrease in human activity could be the reason

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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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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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Environment

New series features storm chasers tracking Canada’s terrible tornadoes

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Environment

Park Bagger: Adventures in the Canadian National Parks

In her quest to visit and get to know the parks, Marlis Butcher canoed, kayaked, mountain biked, backpacked, hiked, snowshoed, snorkelled, and trekked by whatever means of travel she could devise

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Science & Tech

Advanced Canadian sonar technology takes crystal-clear pictures of arctic sea floor during the 2014 Franklin search

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