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The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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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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An image of Canada's new Polar Medal.

People & Culture

Governor General announces new Polar Medal

A new honour, called the Polar Medal, was announced by the Governor General as a way to celebrate Canada’s Northern heritage

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Gordon Lightfoot au Glenn Gould Studio 6 octobre 2017

People & Culture

Gordon Lightfoot awarded the RCGS’ Gold Medal

Lightfoot accepted the award Friday night at a benefit concert in Toronto 

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Panning for gold

People & Culture

Canadians going for gold (literally) in Slovakia

A Dawson City, Yukon goldpanner is among several Canadians headed to the World Goldpanning Championship in Slovakia

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Gold Medal presented to former Prime Minister Paul Martin

The 21st Prime Minister of Canada received the award in recognition of his distinguished career in public service and dedication to reconciliation efforts

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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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Jerry Sun, Andrew Ding, Jake Douglas and Ben Woodward in Hong Kong

Kids

Canadian high school students capture gold and silver at international geography competition

Team Canada picked up three medals at the 16th International Geography Olympiad in Hong Kong

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Team Canada International Geography Olympiad 2018

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Young Canadian geographers win five medals at International Geography Olympiad

Team Canada claimed two silver and three bronze medals at the global geography competition held in Quebec City

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Alex Trebek gives his remarks on stage at the official opening event of 50 Sussex

People & Culture

RCGS announces the new Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy

The Society honoured the Jeopardy! host's tireless support of geographic education in Canada by renaming one of its most prestigious awards

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Canadian Shield rock near Sturgeon Chutes on the Wanapitei River, French River

Environment

Behind the Canadian Shield

To fully understand our national identity, we must consider Canada’s geology as well as its geography 

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Rosalynn Carter, Arthur Milnes, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and RCGS CEO John Geiger

People & Culture

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded Lawrence J. Burpee medal

Medal honours the former President's role in expanding the U.S. national parks system and work with Habitat for Humanity

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Behind the wires: A look back at Canada’s golden age of telegraphy

On the 175th anniversary of Canada’s first telegraph message, a pioneering telegrapher recalls her exciting career

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People & Culture

Sunrise, sunset: 10 amazing ‘golden hour’ images from Can Geo’s Photo Club

There's a reason photographers call it the "magic hour" 

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Louie Kamookak, obituary, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Franklin expedition

People & Culture

Remembering Inuit oral historian Louie Kamookak

A tribute to the acclaimed oral history expert and RCGS Honorary Vice-President, who passed away this morning

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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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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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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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A portrait of Jane Goodall

Environment

Q&A: Watch Jane Goodall discuss her groundbreaking work

The pioneering primatologist talks about her time with chimpanzees, what inspired her to become an activist and what individuals can do to help the planet

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Science & Tech

Telling mining’s story, beyond “sourdoughs and gold pans”

An exclusive excerpt from a new book, Mining Country, which promises to document in detail for the first time an industry critical to Canada’s past, present and future

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People & Culture

Explorer and patron of geography receives Gold Medal

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Louie Kamookak Medal

People & Culture

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society awards two Kamookak Medals

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and artist Sylvain Voyer recognized for their contributions to making Canada's geography better known

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People & Culture

World traveller Michael Palin receives RCGS Gold

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Steve blasco massey medal

People & Culture

Nominations open for RCGS Massey Medal

Award recognizes exemplary work in the exploration, development or description of the geography of Canada. Nomination deadline is January 15th, 2017.

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People & Culture

Legendary Canadian explorer awarded historic medal

Fred Roots is the recipient of the 2016 Explorers Club Medal

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2013 Gold Medal winner: Michael Palin

For an achievement by one or more individuals in the field of geography, or a significant national or international event

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Penny Oleksiak hugs Simone Manuel

People & Culture

Video of the Week: Penny Oleksiak wins Olympic gold

The young swimmer has inspired legions of fans with her performance in Rio

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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

Klondicitis: Still potent after more than a century

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Alex Trebek speaks at a podium

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Alex Trebek and Canadian Geographic

Remembering Alex Trebek's legacy through stories of his work

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People & Culture

2013 Gold Medal winner: Robert Bateman

For an achievement by one or more individuals in the field of geography, or a significant national or international event

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People & Culture

2013 Gold Medal winners: NRCAN, Mapping Information Branch

For an achievement by one or more individuals in the field of geography, or a significant national or international event

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People & Culture

Discover Canada’s regional tartans

Explore Canada's various tartans (and the stories behind them)

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People & Culture

Louise Maffett awarded Camsell medal

Louise Maffett has been awarded a Camsell medal for her service to The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal, San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, climate change, ocean conservation

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George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal

Museum expert recognized for transformative work in cultural institutions and leadership on the ambitious Bay Ecotarium project in San Francisco

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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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Some of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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Medals and merits

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7 awesome things that happened at the 2015 RCGS Fellows Dinner

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Michael Palin

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Michael Palin’s Golden Moment

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Erebus Medal

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John Geiger, Brian May, Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Wendy Cecil backstage at the Scotiabank Arena on July 28, 2019

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Queen’s Brian May receives RCGS medal in Toronto

The rock legend, space scientist and author honoured for outstanding contributions to cultural and physical geography

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Alberta geography professor wins RCGS’ Massey Medal

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RCGS awards Bernier medal to Arctic painter Cory Trépanier

Trépanier was presented with the medal at the launch of his new book Into the Arctic: Painting Canada’s Changing North

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People & Culture

The 2015 RCGS honourees

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Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellows 2019

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Inside the RCGS’ star-studded 90th anniversary celebration

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2019 College of Fellows Annual Dinner was also a celebration of the organization’s achievements over the past nine decades — and of the best in geography and exploration

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Massey Medal

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Steve Blasco awarded 2016 Massey Medal

Geophysicist Steve Blasco was awarded a Massey Medal for outstanding career achievements related to Canada’s geography

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Photo of Brian Osborne and Gisele Jacob

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Brian Osborne awarded Massey Medal

Queen's University professor emeritus Brian Osborne recognized for outstanding career achievements in the exploration, development or description of the geography of Canada

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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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2013 Martin Bergmann Medal winner: David Hik

For excellence in Arctic leadership and science, and in honour of the late Arctic expert Martin Bergmann, facilitator and inspiration to scientists, business leaders, innovators and explorers

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Bruce Amos awarded Camsell medal

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David Morrison, Canadian Museum of History, Massey Medal, RCGS

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Canadian Museum of History’s Dr. David Morrison awarded the RCGS Massey Medal

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David Ley

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2013 Massey Medals

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People & Culture

Chief Perry Bellegarde named Honorary President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Bellegarde’s appointment to the Society’s top honorary position is a further acknowledgment of the strong ties between the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and the Society

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People & Culture

Yukon summer adventure

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“We have it in our hands to shape the future,” says 2012 Massey Medal winner

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2013 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration winner: Jill Heinerth

For singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer or a non-Canadian for exploratory achievements within Canada

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Left to right: Alberta Lt.-Gov. Donald Ethell, Derald Smith (with his Massey Medal), Nancy Smith and Linda Ethell

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Massey Medal winner’s lasting legacy

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2016 Massey medallist

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Gilles Gagnier Medal for Innovation in Geographic Education

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Geographic education award renamed in honour of Gilles Gagnier

The inaugural Gilles Gagnier Medal for Innovation in Geographic Education will be presented to an outstanding educator this fall

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2013 Massey Medal winner: David Ley

For outstanding career achievement in the exploration, development or description of the geography of Canada

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People & Culture

Remembering Alex Trebek

While best known as the host of Jeopardy!, the Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society was one of the planet's biggest champions of geographic knowledge and education

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Robert Bateman

People & Culture

Bateman, Kourounis set for Fellows Dinner

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People & Culture

Alex Trebek named an Officer of the Order of Canada

The Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and longtime host of Jeopardy! was nominated on the eve of Canada's 150th birthday

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World traveller Michael Palin shares snaps with locals at the Demini airstrip while working on his latest project, Brazil.

People & Culture

Travels with Michael Palin

An exclusive Q&A with British explorer, comedian and actor Michael Palin

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People & Culture

Remembering Selma Barkham, who revealed the history of Basque whaling in Canada

The historian and geographer filled in “a great gap” in Canadian history, from the time of Cartier to the arrival of Champlain

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In search of promised lands

Uprooted repeatedly by development projects, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree wandered boreal Quebec for 70 years before finding a permanent home. For some, the journey continues.

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Dundas street sign with stop light and stop sign

People & Culture

Renaming places: how Canada is reexamining the map

The history behind the Dundas name change and how Canadians are reckoning with place name changes across the country — from streets to provinces

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Environment

The growing global e-waste problem and how to deal with it

We use a lot of gold in our electrical products. But what do we do with it once the toy has died?

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History

Honouring Erebus in Toronto

Celebrating the find and the partners of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition.

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Jacob Burnley, Spencer Zhao and Kyle Richardson represented Canada at the National Geographic World Championship

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Team Canada’s showdown in St. Petersburg 

The behind-the-scenes story of how Team Canada captured the silver medal in a thrilling tiebreaker at the 2013 National Geographic World Championship

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Slide showing photos of the members of the 2021 iGeo Team Canada and their coaches

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Team Canada nabs four medals at 2021 International Geography Olympiad

Each of the four members of Team Canada walked away with a medal following a tough virtual competition

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Team Canada set to compete in the virtual 2021 International Geography Olympiad

Four high school geography students prepare to represent Canada in a virtual global geography competition

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