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A conversation with RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth

The RCGS Explorer-in-Residence discusses the underwater world of cave diving, the risks involved, pushing boundaries and more 

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Exploration

The 2022 Expedition Insider

A behind-the-scenes look at the adventures and discoveries of the passionate explorers funded by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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Map of Churchill Harbour by Jens Munk, 1624

Exploration

Jens Munk: An expedition ahead of its time

Two hundred years before Franklin and 300 years before Amundsen, a daring Dane came closer to finding the Northwest Passage than anyone had before

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Amundsen Gjoa 1903 Northwest Passage Inuit

Exploration

Lessons from the Northwest Passage: Roald Amundsen’s experiences in the Canadian Arctic

A foremost Amundsen expert shares some highlights from famed Norwegian explorer’s 1903-06 expedition to the North Pole 

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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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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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Tracking a 37-day expedition in the Monashee Mountains

Reflecting on an epic 600-kilometre ski traverse across the southeastern B.C. range and charting human and wildlife activity along the way

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Exploration

Meet Caroline Côté, the fastest woman to reach the South Pole

Breaking stereotypes, pushing boundaries and logging an extraordinary achievement

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Exploration

Second World War-era bomber discovered in Gander Lake, Newfoundland

The aircraft was discovered by an international dive team on a steep ledge nearly 50 metres below the surface of the lake in central Newfoundland

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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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Exploration

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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La Société géographique royale du Canada (SGRC) annonce la nomination de Mario Rigby à titre de nouvel Explorateur en résidence

L’écoexplorateur discute de son nouveau rôle au sein de la Société et de l’importance du tourisme durable

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People & Culture

Adam Shoalts on his latest expedition following the birds to Canada’s North

Professional explorer and best-selling author, Adam Shoalts, discusses his three-month solo canoe journey travelling bird migration routes from southern Canada to the Arctic

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People & Culture

Wally Schaber and the Last of the Wild Rivers

Episode 43

Canoeing legend Wally Schaber talks about his lifelong love of the Dumoine River, the last of the wild rivers in the Ottawa river watershed

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People & Culture

Adventure Blog: RCGS-supported expedition heads to B.C.’s Monashee Mountains

Food planning for ski trips — do we really eat that much in a month? 

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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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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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RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab in Kamchatka

Exploration

Mild weather forces early end to Canadian ultrarunner’s Trans-Kamchatka Expedition

RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab and Italian ultrarunner Stefano Gregoretti cut short their expedition across Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula after learning the rivers they planned to traverse were no longer frozen 

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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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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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RCGS founding president Charles Camsell

Exploration

Retracing river roots

Cousins David McGuffin and Terry Camsell relive their ancestor Charles Camsell’s first formal mapping expedition on the Peel River

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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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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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For the love of the leaf

How does a Canadian wind up wandering an ancient tea-trading route through the Himalayas? We talk to 'Tea Explorer' Jeff Fuchs about his documentary film and his ongoing journey to unlock the secrets of the leaf. 

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People & Culture

Coast-to-coast-to-coast Canadian expedition sets sail

The Canada C3 expedition aims to connect Canadians through arts, science, culture and education during a five-month journey around the country

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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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Hessel Gerritsz, Tabula nautica qua repraesentantur orae maritimae

Mapping

The first map of Hudson Bay

Henry Hudson’s final voyage helped open North America’s interior, but it was a journey with disastrous consequences

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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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George Kourounis RCGS flag Piro Peak North Korea

Exploration

Explorer George Kourounis completes expedition to North Korea

The host of Angry Planet and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society reveals the natural beauty of one of the least-visited countries in the world

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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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Exploration

Stranded climber rescued from Mount Logan

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

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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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Photos of projects undertaken by the RCGS in June and July 2016

People & Culture

10 things the RCGS has been up to this summer

It's been an exciting couple of months for The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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