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Amelia Earhart; a Klondike Gold Rush poster; the Moon landing

Exploration

New anthology looks at 50 expeditions that changed history

Authors Mark Steward and Alan Greenwood on the great men and women whose daring exploits inspire us to explore

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Bubblegum pink coral

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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Fellows of the royal canadian geographical society and canadian geographic challenge winners at perce, quebec

Kids

Photos: Highlights from One Ocean Expeditions’ 2019 East Coast Fins and Fiddles voyage

Three finalists in this year’s Canadian Geographic Challenge enjoyed the trip of a lifetime as part of their prize, and we were there to capture the fun

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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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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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Wildlife

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Conor and Kim Mihell in Nunavik

Exploration

Retracing the Carnegie Expeditions in Northern Quebec

We aim to experience and share the vast, little-publicized wilderness of Nunavik, formerly known as Ungava

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Travel

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Wade Davis, Alex Trebek, Justin Trudeau, John Geiger 50 Sussex official opening

People & Culture

Five awesome things that happened at the official opening of Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration

It was an evening of emotional tributes and reflection on what it means to be Canadian

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

People & Culture

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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Adam Shoalts, left, and George Kourounis were announced as Explorers-in-Residence of the RCGS on February 28

People & Culture

RCGS announces two new Explorers-in-Residence

Expanded Explorer-in-Residence program to include storm chaser George Kourounis and solo explorer Adam Shoalts

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts

People & Culture

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with new RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts

Trudeau congratulated Shoalts on his recent appointment

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Exploration

History

History

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society: Canada’s Centre for Exploration

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has been making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world since 1929.

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Articles

Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Mapping

‘Absolutely catastrophic:’ Hit hard by pandemic, ecotourism needs help

Remote locations and international clientele make the industry particularly vulnerable

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Exploration

The cool calling: Glaciologist Alison Criscitiello is redefining the term explorer

She's also combining her knowledge and skills to uncover the secrets of climate change 

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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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People & Culture

Exclusive: Adam Shoalts on his epic Trans-Canadian Arctic Expedition

Explorer Adam Shoalts, who completed his monumental 4,000-kilometre journey on September 6, speaks to Canadian Geographic about an expedition that calls to mind the likes of Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Joseph Tyrrell

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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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Glaciologist Joseph Cook studies microbial ecosystems on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet.

Science & Tech

The “frozen rainforest” within the ice

Glaciologist Joseph Cook on the vibrant life in the Arctic ice sheet

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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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Gilles Gagnier, publisher of Canadian Geographic, at the RCGS Fellows Dinner

People & Culture

10 awesome things that happened at the 2016 RCGS Fellows Dinner

Celebrating new partnerships, milestone anniversaries and a bird for Canadians on geography's biggest night

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Exploration

Exploring Canada’s deepest cave with Christian Stenner

Episode 38

One of Canada’s most accomplished cavers shares what it’s really like to explore the world beneath our feet

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Exploration

Gina Moseley, ice cave explorer

The geologist spoke to Can Geo about exploring the secrets of the Arctic, one cave at a time

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Environment

Life on mountains in the sea

Two marine biologists offer a glimpse of life at the bottom of the ocean during 2018, 2019 and 2020 seamount expeditions 

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Mapping

Our best maps of 2018

Cartographic highlights from Canadian Geographic’s 2018 issues

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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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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Upper Wind River

Exploration

Return to the Peel

We came to retrace an ancestor’s 1905 map-making expedition of the Peel River watershed. We left with a new-found appreciation of what this ancient land means to the people who live there. 

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DSV Limiting Factor in Pacific Ocean, Five deeps

Exploration

Expedition team makes record-breaking dive to bottom of Mariana Trench

Ottawa-born explorer and submarine builder Patrick Lahey is now the second Canadian to reach the deepest point on Earth

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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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Mapping

The difference between navigating in the Arctic vs. southern Canada

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Travel

Gear review: Nikon KeyMission 80 action camera

Canadian Geographic creative director Javier Frutos captures can't-miss moments aboard a One Oceans Expeditions voyage to Antarctica 

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Travel

Book Review — Everest: High Expectations

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: South Georgia

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Travel

Dispatches from Antarctica: the Falkland Islands

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Travel

An Arctic explorer’s favourite pants

If you’re only going to own one pair of pants, make it these

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People & Culture

10 RCGS updates from February

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

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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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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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People & Culture

Expedition on Baffin Island explores historic traditions

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Photo: Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Extreme weather plagues Bell Island diving expedition

Jill Heinerth writes of the howling winds that are causing challenges to her Bell Island, Newfoundland diving expedition

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People & Culture

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

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People & Culture

Search for Franklin Expedition wrecks continues

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People & Culture

New Land Expedition: Halfway point

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People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

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Photo: Stephen Ferguson

People & Culture

Route Blanche expedition to snowshoe into remote Quebec

Meet the husband and wife team embarking on the Route Blanche expedition, one of seven to receive RCGS funding this year

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Photo: Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Divers to explore underwater mines beneath Newfoundland island

Jill Heinerth is leading a team of divers into the cold February waters to explore and document underwater mines at Newfoundland's Bell Island

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Photo: Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Bell Island expedition hit with underwater emergency

'Our dive went well until our decompression stop when Cas tore a mouthpiece and experienced what we call a caustic cocktail.' – Jill Heinerth writes update on RCGS expedition

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Photo courtesy Jill Heinerth

People & Culture

Bell Island Expedition begins school outreach

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Photo courtesy Greener Adventures

People & Culture

Returning home from the Route Blanche

The only visible trace of our expedition is four sleeping bags and a canvas tent hung out on the line for a much-deserved airing in the warm spring sun

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People & Culture

RCGS hosts evening of fascinating Franklin discussion

On April 12, Franklin enthusiasts had a rare opportunity to come together in the same room as The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented their 2016 Can Geo Talks

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People & Culture

RCGS names Jill Heinerth as Explorer-in-Residence

Cave diver Jill Heinerth is one of Canada’s greatest explorers and a world-leading technical diver. She's also the RCGS's very first Explorer-in-Residence.

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People & Culture

An Arctic fieldtrip

A group of students from around the world who embark on an unforgettable journey of Arctic education wind up discovering something about themselves in the process

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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

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

Six amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to in summer 2019

From pulling drinking water out of desert air to riding with eagle hunters in Mongolia, see what just a few of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s more than 1,000 Fellows have been working on lately

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Google Earth Voyager Jill Heinerth Story

Kids

Dive into the planet’s water resources with Jill Heinerth and Google Earth Voyager

Canadian Geographic celebrates the exploration and conservation work of RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth in a new Google Earth Voyager story

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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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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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Carbon print showing Robert Falcon Scott in 1911, a year before his death

Exploration

Four famous Brits who helped establish their country’s reputation for exploration

Here's why the adventures of Irvine and Mallory, Scott and Whymper are as well-known as their tragedies

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Exploration

One year on, adventurer Bert terHart on his monumental world circumnavigation and future plans

Inspired by 18th century explorers, the serial entrepreneur and adventurer sailed non-stop around the world using just a sextant, navigational log tables, and good old pen and paper

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Exploration

A bridge of ice

Ken Hedges of the 1968-69 British Trans Arctic Expedition reflects on the perilous and ground-breaking journey

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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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Samuel de Champlain

Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Charting the unknown

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 16 explorers significantly advanced our knowledge of Canada’s geography through mapping

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Looking out from the Canadian Coast Guard's CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

History

Finding Franklin

This summer’s Victoria Strait Expedition will bring cutting edge technology and unprecedented resources to the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

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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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