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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

Featured Fellow: John England

 The 2022 Massey medallist has dedicated his career to documenting environmental change in the Arctic

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Exploration

RCGS summer exhibit PRESSURE: James Cameron Into the Abyss opens at 50 Sussex

Canadian-born filmmaker and explorer James Cameron’s submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER is the focal point of an exhibition aimed at inspiring the exploration and conservation of the ocean

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Exploration

Crossing Africa with Mario Rigby

Episode 56

Rigby, an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the outdoors, shares his advice for young explorers, from funding expeditions to proper footwear

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People & Culture

10 highlights from the 2022 RCGS Fellows Dinner — plus photos!

Celebrating iconic collaborations, exciting partnerships, a new RCGS president and many more memorable moments from the 93rd College of Fellows Annual Dinner

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People & Culture

Browse, bid, brag: The 2022 RCGS Silent Auction is open!

From a cruise down the Nile to a 12-day Arctic adventure, this year’s silent auction offers incredible trips and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, all in support of the Society’s programming

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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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People & Culture

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visits the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

The Society’s headquarters at 50 Sussex Drive played host to HRH on the second day of his Platinum Jubilee tour of Canada

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People & Culture

Governor General Mary Simon named Patron of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Her Excellency maintains a tradition of vice regal patronage that extends back to 1929 with the Society’s founding Patron The Rt. Hon. Viscount Willingdon

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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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People & Culture

Introducing the inaugural Trebek Initiative grantees

The new RCGS program supports emerging environmental storytellers

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Choropleth map of Canada showing distribution of the Ukrainian-Canadian population across census divisions

Mapping

RCGS releases new map in solidarity with Ukraine

Map shows the distribution of people of Ukrainian descent across Canada, highlighting the deep connection between the two countries

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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Phil Lind

The vice-chairman of Rogers Communications on his memoir, the changing telecom landscape and his relationship with a Canadian business legend

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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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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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cavers on the plateau near Fernie, B.C.

Exploration

Finding a new way into Canada’s deepest cave

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2018 Expedition of the Year returns to the Bisaro Anima Cave near Fernie, B.C.

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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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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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Federal government announces $30 million in funding for The Great Trail

Network of connected trails that spans Canada from coast to coast to coast will receive cash over a four-year period

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Gordon Lightfoot au Glenn Gould Studio 6 octobre 2017

People & Culture

La Société Géographique Royale du Canada décerne la Médaille d’or à Gordon Lightfoot

Lightfoot a reçu sa médaille vendredi soir lors d’un concert-bénéfice donné à Toronto

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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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People & Culture

Meet the RCGS’ newest Explorer-in-Residence: Mylène Paquette

The first North American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean discusses her new passion for ice canoeing and why protecting Canada's waterways is important

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Places

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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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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People & Culture

RCGS celebrates Indigenous languages with National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Wade Davis

The Society hosted a panel discussion on Indigenous languages to mark the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages

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Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, where he has been studying traditional Christian churches cut into the sandstone landscape

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Michael Gervers

The University of Toronto professor and expert on Ethiopian history is documenting the centuries-old craft of rock-hewn churches 

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People & Culture

Seafood chef Ned Bell works to bring sustainability into the kitchen

Bell is the special guest at the upcoming Vancouver GeoGala, an ocean conservation-themed fundraiser for The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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Lonnie Dupre points to Mount Steele

Exploration

Freezing temperatures and problems with sleeping bags force climbers to abandon Yukon expedition

Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau return from Mount Steele after "gear snafu"

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People & Culture

The RCGS announces Nikon Canada as its Official Photography Partner

Two iconic brands known for exceptional photography join forces to inspire the next generation of photographers

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Coeur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) performs at the RCGS' Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada gala in Toronto

People & Culture

Singer-songwriter Cœur de pirate honoured with RCGS medal

Quebec’s Béatrice Martin — better known by her stage name, Cœur de pirate — was recognized for her contributions to the Society and Canada’s cultural landscape

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Ground fog in the Great Bear Rainforest

Environment

Protecting forests, in the name of the Queen

An ambitious legacy project called the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy unites forest conservation projects in the Commonwealth countries 

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Gurdeep Pandher receives medal from John Geiger RCGS

People & Culture

Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon receives Louie Kamookak Medal

Pandher celebrated for spreading positivity and showcasing multiculturalism in Canada

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A pair of whooping cranes in Wood Buffalo National Park

Wildlife

Photographing whooping cranes in Wood Buffalo with Roberta Bondar

A new project by the Roberta Bondar Foundation aims to raise awareness of dangers to migratory birds

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A hazy view over Quebec’s Parc national des Monts-Valin

Environment

When it comes to stream health, land use and protection matter

Streams surrounded by intact forest are better at providing clean water, carbon storage and wildlife habitat

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David Attenborough with RCGS President Gavin Fitch

People & Culture

Sir David Attenborough awarded Gold Medal by RCGS

Broadcasting legend honoured at Canada House in London, U.K. for lifelong contributions to advancing public awareness of geography

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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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Dr. Jane Goodall speaking at 50 Sussex

People & Culture

Dr. Jane Goodall honoured with RCGS Gold Medal

The legendary primatologist expressed her gratitude and happiness the chimpanzee way

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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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People & Culture

Wear your love of exploration with new RCGS-branded clothing

Get your RCGS-branded t-shirts, toques, socks and more in our new online Society Shop!

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Lord Rees Vice Patron

People & Culture

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society announces new Vice-Patron

Distinguished cosmologist and astrophysicist Lord Martin Rees, British Astronomer Royal since 1995, joins the Society in honorary position

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Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellows 2019

People & Culture

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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Princess Anne

People & Culture

Princess Anne made an Honorary Fellow of the RCGS

Royal Family member welcomed into the society at a special presentation in London  

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A painting of Alex Trebek

People & Culture

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek reveals he’s battling pancreatic cancer

Messages of support have been pouring in for the beloved television personality and Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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L’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada, SGRC, 50 Promenade Sussex, Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Inuits, Premières Nations et Métis.

People & Culture

RCGS partners with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations to create Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Ambitious multi-platform, Indigenous-led project will be a tool for education and reconciliation 

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L’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada, SGRC, 50 Promenade Sussex, Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Inuits, Premières Nations et Métis.

People & Culture

La SGRC, en partenariat avec les organismes des premières nations, des Inuits et des Métis, prévoit créer l’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada

Ce projet multiplateforme et ambitieux, lancé par les peuples autochtones, sera un outil d’éducation et de réconciliation.

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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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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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Representatives of CPAC and the RCGS in CPAC's Ottawa studio

People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society, CPAC announce new partnership

Partnership will seek new opportunities to make Canada better known to Canadians

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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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