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Rafting the Firth River with Nahanni River Adventures

Brian and Dee Keating share their incredible rafting journey in the remote Arctic tundra on a once-in-a-lifetime Canadian Geographic Adventure

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Environment

Environment

Highlights from the 2022 Arctic Report Card

Warming trends continue due to human-caused climate change

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Environment

Searching for seaweed in Canada’s Western Arctic

A multi-year diving expedition led by the Canadian Museum of Nature aims to learn more about the diversity and distribution of seaweed in the Arctic

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Environment

Inuit in Canada, U.S. seek greater involvement in climate change decision-making

 Inuit food security and self-governance in a rapidly warming Arctic are at the centre of a new policy paper issued by the Inuit Circumpolar Council

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Environment

Lisa Koperqualuk on fighting for an Arctic future

Episode 33

The vice-president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council on why to protect the Arctic is to protect the rest of the world 

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Environment

What does sustainable architecture look like in the Arctic?

The conventional thinking around building design in the Arctic is changing to reflect the region’s geographic and cultural diversity and give northerners more agency

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Emily Choy stands in front of artic ice and ocean wearing a yellow lifejacket, alongside three yellow kayaks

Exploration

RCGS appoints Emily Choy as its latest Explorer-in-Residence

The Arctic researcher has a long association with the Society

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Zodiac, Baffin Island, Nova Zembla, ship wreck, discovery

Exploration

RCGS flag expedition discovers wreck of Scottish whaling ship off Baffin Island

The wreck of the Nova Zembla — the first High Arctic whaling ship to be discovered — sheds light on a little-understood chapter of Canada’s past

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Members of the Enduring Ice Project jump from ice floe to ice floe in Nares Strait during their expedition in the summer of 2017.

Exploration

Photos: Tracking Arctic sea ice in Nares Strait

An account of Enduring Ice, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2017 Expedition of the Year 

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People & Culture

Remembering Bill Lishman

Fly away home, Father Goose

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floe edge Mittimatalik Pond Inlet Nunavut Jill Heinerth

Exploration

Jill Heinerth dives into the Arctic

"Arctic on the Edge" expedition will see the RCGS' Explorer-in-Residence document the life cycle of Arctic ice and gather Inuit testimony on climate change

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Wayne Pollard Lost Hammer Spring

People & Culture

RCGS Fellow Wayne Pollard wins prestigious award

Research scientist Wayne Pollard shares insights on his work that earned him the 2019 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

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Walking with polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba

What it’s like to come face-to-face with the apex predator of the Arctic on a safari with Churchill Wild

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People & Culture

People & Culture

Passing the Mic, Part 3 — A foot in two worlds

Episode 55

Inuit Knowledge Keeper George Angohiatok shares stories from his unique childhood and his life mission of teaching the skills and traditions he learned from his family to younger generations 

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People & Culture

Salmon’s Arctic expansion has communities worried

Inuvialuit fishers are adapting to rising numbers of Pacific salmon in the western Canadian Arctic, but fears remain about impacts on native species

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Cory Trépanier painting

People & Culture

Remembering artist Cory Trépanier

The renowned Arctic landscape painter and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 5, 2021

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People & Culture

Into the Arctic: The paintings of Cory Trépanier

Canadian painter and filmmaker Cory Trépanier explores the sublime and rapidly changing Canadian Arctic

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People & Culture

Sleepwalking and hallucinations: A Canadian’s journey in the world’s toughest footrace

Ottawa-area marathoner Steven Jackson is one of only 39 people to ever finish the 6633 Arctic Ultra 

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Inuit

a collage of images of Nunavut, including an Inuit child, Aaju Peter, a polar bear, the community of Pond Inlet, Lamech Kadloo, the community of Kugluktuk, ice

People & Culture

Our land, our strength

Reflecting on 20 years of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut

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Paul Nicklen’s latest book, Born To Ice, is a collection of the photographer’s best images from his two-decade career documenting polar scenery and megafauna, including emperor penguins in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Wildlife

Following the footprints of polar wildlife with photographer Paul Nicklen

Nicklen marries art, science and conservation in new book Born To Ice

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A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut

Wildlife

Caught on camera: Elusive Greenland sharks

Using cameras baited with squid, researchers were able to gather information about these ancient Arctic fish without taking any out of the water 

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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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Sea ice on Frobisher bay

Environment

How I wrote a symphony about the changing Canadian Arctic

I set out to create a historical documentation of the Arctic in musical form. In the process, I found myself developing a spiritual connection with the environment. 

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Antarctic greening, Antarctic Peninsula, climate change

Environment

Study shows Antarctic Peninsula is greening at an unprecedented rate

Microbes and mosses have demonstrated rapid growth in the last 50 years

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Science & Tech

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan to make first official visit to the Canadian High Arctic

Duncan will meet with climate change researchers and community leaders in Resolute, Nunavut

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Science & Tech

Climate change study cancelled due to climate change

A northern research expedition has been postponed until July due to unusually hazardous ice conditions

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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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Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski's new book on Louise Arner Boyd,

Exploration

The society dame who became a polar explorer

After inheriting her family’s staggering fortune, Louise Arner Boyd organized, financed and directed seven expeditions to the Arctic — yet her contributions to polar science remain virtually unknown

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Paul Gleeson aboard the Arctic Joule

Exploration

Rowing the Northwest Passage and bearing witness to climate change

In his new book, Rowing the Northwest Passage, Canadian adventurer Kevin Vallely recounts his 2013 attempt to transit the famous Arctic route  

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Dean Hadley, centre, was the youngest crew member aboard the RCMPV St. Roch when schooner sailed through the Northwest Passage in the early 1940s. (Photo: VMM. Leonard McCann Archives. Parks Canada St. Roch Photograph Collection. HCSR-40-18. 1942 crew in uniform.)

People & Culture

From the prairies to the North Pole to NASA: Remembering Dean Hadley

Dean Hadley was the youngest member of the crew that first navigated the Northwest Passage west to east in 1940. He passed away last Friday at the age of 98.

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Science & Tech

Canada’s Arctic weather outposts

How the Joint Arctic Weather Stations program did more than just fill in a blank on the nation’s weather map

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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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