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Frozen feat: A personal account of the 1925 expedition to conquer Mount Logan

The journey a master mountaineer described “one of the strangest ventures of my life.”

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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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Old photo of two climbers looking out over a ridge climbing Mount Logan

History

From the archives: Frozen feat — a personal account of the 1925 expedition to conquer Mount Logan

The journey a master mountaineer described “one of the strangest ventures of my life.”

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Climbing Hallam Glacier

Travel

Welcome to climbing camp

Camaraderie, conversation and conservation are key at the Alpine Club of Canada’s annual General Mountaineering Camp

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Mountaineers Lonnie Dupre, left, and Pascale Marceau on the summit of Mt. Wood in the Yukon

Exploration

Climbing duo completes first winter ascent of Yukon’s Mt. Wood

Canadian climber Pascale Marceau is believed to be the first woman to climb a major subarctic peak in winter

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Laval St. Germain with RCGS flag on Mount Vinson

Exploration

Meet the Canadian explorer who just completed the Seven Summits

Laval St. Germain summited Antarctica’s Mount Vinson on Dec. 31, meaning he has now climbed the highest peaks on every continent

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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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Franklin, RCGS, Arctic, painting

People & Culture

Six more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From painting a new side of the Franklin expedition to documenting shipwrecks along Ontario’s Hudson Bay Coast, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018

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People & Culture

Seven amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From documenting rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia to sonar-scanning B.C. waters for steam-era shipwrecks, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018

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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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Jill Heinerth on spending the pandemic underwater

Episode 35

The RCGS Explorer-in-Residence returns to the Explore podcast to share an exciting project she’s been working on close to home

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Portion of Paolo Forlani's 1560 map of the world showing

Mapping

The Renaissance-era map that introduced Canada to the world

In 1560, Italian map engraver Paolo Forlani became the first to include “Canada” on a printed map

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Justin Barbour pulls his canoe upstream with his dog Saku in it

Travel

Gear Review: Justin Barbour puts a MEC life jacket to the ultimate test

The adventurer behind the Man and Dog expedition puts a life jacket through its paces in the Labrador and northern Quebec wilderness

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Man carries canoe near river on Labrador Peninsula

Exploration

Man and Dog: Across the Labrador Peninsula

Justin Barbour and his canine pal, Saku, traversed 1,000 kilometres across the Labrador Peninsula through harsh snow storms and sub-zero temperatures, but were stopped just shy of their end goal 

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Monarch butterflies cling to a fir tree in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Travel

Chasing butterflies

In 1976, my husband’s grandparents solved one of the world’s great natural mysteries: the monarch butterfly migration. Four decades later, we retraced their journey. 

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Man paddling canoe

Exploration

Canoeing the untouched wilderness of the Labrador Peninsula

Justin Barbour and his dog, Saku, will travel 1,700 kilometres from the North West River in Labrador across remote northern Quebec to the shores of Hudson Bay

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A scuba diver at a shipwreck in Fathom Five National Marine Sanctuary

Exploration

Jill Heinerth: Why I intend to dive in every province and territory in Canada this year

Canada is rich in fresh water — but with great wealth comes great responsibility 

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Strong Ties: Canada-Norway connection celebrated at 50 Sussex

The Embassy of Norway has gifted Canada with the first English translation of Roald Amundsen’s Northwest Passage diaries, reaffirming a shared polar past and future 

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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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U of A scientists on the summit of the Devon Ice Cap in 2015

Exploration

On risk and the human drive to explore

Why do human beings intentionally put themselves in danger's path? Our brains, it turns out, reward risk

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Natalia Martinez

Exploration

Stranded climber rescued from Mount Logan

Natalia Martinez was airlifted to safety at 10:30 p.m. Thursday

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Travel

Eco-tourism and adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest

Nimmo Bay resort thoughtfully blends luxury with concern for the surrounding wilderness

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Exploration

Summits of Canada expedition to make final ascent in Nunavut this summer

Decade-long project to reach the highest point in every province and territory will conclude with Barbeau Peak on Ellesmere Island

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James Coleridge on the summit of Mount Logan, June 3, 2008

Exploration

“I was stranded on Mount Logan — and it changed my life”

James Coleridge recalls the five days he spent clinging to life on Canada's highest peak 

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Jill Heinerth cave diving

Exploration

Video: Jill Heinerth on being an Explorer-in-Residence

This year the renowned cave diver became the first explorer to officially represent The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Here, in her own words, Heinerth talks adventure.

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