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RCGS expedition grants give a huge boost to exciting 2022 journeys

From coast to coast to coast and into the ocean as well, eight grants expand our understanding of Canada

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Emily Choy stands in front of artic ice and ocean wearing a yellow lifejacket, alongside three yellow kayaks

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RCGS appoints Emily Choy as its latest Explorer-in-Residence

The Arctic researcher has a long association with the Society

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Adam Shoalts paddles across Great Bear Lake

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The explorer versus the ice labyrinth

An exclusive excerpt from the new book Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic by Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts

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Jill Heinerth as a young girl and now

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How to explore like a girl

With her new book, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, due out next month, world-renowned cave diver and inaugural RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth reflects on what set her on her path 

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RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab in Kamchatka

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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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George Kourounis inside the Marum crater of Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu

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To the extreme

Whether outrunning a tornado, dodging lava bombs or hunkering down in a hurricane, explorer George Kourounis is most comfortable living on the edge

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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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Crossing Ellesmere Island with Ray Zahab

Episode 37

The extreme explorer shares why his attempted winter traverse of the High Arctic island was one of his most challenging — and special — expeditions yet

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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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George Kourounis

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The stormchaser and Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society spins tales of his extreme adventures

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Jill Heinerth

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The renowned cave diver opens up about her love of exploration and the importance of protecting Earth’s water resources

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Shoalts: What lurks beyond the flicker of the firelight?

An explorer unravels the story of an early 20th century haunting in the isolated foothills of Labrador’s Mealy Mountains

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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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The USS Johnston shipwreck

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Locating and diving on the world’s deepest shipwreck

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow Kelvin Murray recounts his role in the record-setting early 2021 expedition

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A female scuba diver holds a light up to anemones during a night dive

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Canadian diver named 2019 North American Rolex Scholar

Meet Neha Acharya-Patel, the first Canadian recipient of the prestigious Rolex scholarship from the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society

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Diver Tyler Boelens glides beneath the ice of Georgian Bay

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Freediving under the ice of Georgian Bay

“It’s kind of what I imagine outer space to be like”

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Exclusive photos: A first detailed look at the wreck of Canadian schooner Queen of the Lakes

RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth and dive partner Teddy Garlock made the first dive on the Queen of the Lakes since her resting place in Lake Ontario was confirmed in 2011

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

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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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George Kourounis rappels into the Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan

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RCGS Explorer-in-Residence recognized by Guinness World Records

George Kourounis has been officially recognized as the first person to reach the bottom of the Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan

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David Saint-Jacques International Space Station

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Checking in with David Saint-Jacques in orbit

The Canadian astronaut shares insights into life in zero-gravity as he orbits the planet aboard the International Space Station

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CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques receives spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston.

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Preparing for launch

A conversation with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who is getting ready to travel to the International Space Station 

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Coral Restoration Foundation nursery

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Canadians helping save coral

2019 North American Rolex scholar Neha Acharya-Patel shares insights from her work (and that of other Canadians) in assisting the Florida-based Coral Restoration Foundation to rebuild beleaguered reefs

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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 driving first in Antarctica

Xpedition 90X aims to conduct the first hybrid-vehicle expedition and first Canadian-led driving expedition to the South Pole in November 2018

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Four mountaineers stand on the summit of mount logan, canada

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All-Canadian team completes successful expedition to the top of Canada

After being postponed a year due to COVID-19, the Mount Logan Ice Expedition made a successful summit of Canada’s highest peak.

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Making space cheaper and more accessible to everyone

Michal Prywata, the Torontonian co-founder of Phantom Space Corporation on democratising space

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Excerpt from This One Wild Life: A mother-daughter wilderness memoir

Author Angie Abdou’s novel explores parenting and marriage in a summer of unforeseen outcomes and growth

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Under the icefield and inside the mountain

Go deep below the Columbia Icefield in Banff National Park to “the most inaccessible place in Canada” with the 2020 Castleguard Cave Expedition

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RCGS-funded expeditions take on peaks, rivers and trails across Canada

Few RCGS-funded expeditions took place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but many explorers found a way to  safely head afield in 2021

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Everest by sunrise

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The pull of Everest

A century after a Canadian was instrumental in charting the world's highest peak, a fellow Canadian reflects on the magnetism of Everest

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Exploration and tourism on the deepest dives

Every dive into the abyss brings back important scientific data and reminds the world of the critical need for protecting the planet’s oceans

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Canyoning down the Spiral Road: First descent of Waffl canyon

Mt. Robson is not so much difficult as dangerous. It is no mountain to trifle with. – Newman Waffl 

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Canadian Mark Pathy headed to space on private mission

The investor and philanthropist will be Canada’s 11th astronaut

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No boundaries for young explorers

Explorer-In-Residence Jill Heinerth's newest book encourages kids to reach for the stars

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What’s all the fuss about water on the Moon?

Western University professor takes a look at recent discoveries and their importance

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Re-measuring Canada’s highest mountain

A team of climbers and scientists plan to summit the Yukon’s Mount Logan next spring in the name of climate change — and to re-evaluate its height with modern GPS technology

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Excerpt from Canadarm and Collaboration: How Canada’s Astronauts and Space Robots Explore New Worlds

With interviews from Chris Hadfield, Marc Garneau, Roberta Bondar, and more, Canadarm and Collaboration is the tale of Canada’s involvement in international space exploration from the 1960s to the present day

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Team Canada Adventure comes home 2nd in ‘World’s Toughest Race’

The team's thoughts on the 2020 Eco-Challenge through Fiji

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An epic family journey to the heart of the Himalaya

In his new book Blue Sky Kingdom, Bruce Kirkby explores modern distraction and the loss of ancient wisdom on an adventure with his wife and sons in one of the world's most remote regions. An exclusive excerpt.

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Slowing down the journey: Markus Pukonen on riding out a pandemic

No planes, trains or automobiles here — this adventurer is circling the globe under his own steam

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Pushing limits across Lake Ontario: Mario Rigby on his next adventure

Mario Rigby is embarking on a 20 day kayaking expedition to promote domestic and sustainable travel

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Mount Saint Helens viewed from the Johnston Ridge Observatory (C Stenner Photo)

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What Canada can learn from the eruption of Mount St. Helens

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens exploded in the largest volcanic disaster ever recorded in the United States. Forty years later, work continues to understand the eruption and its aftermath — with some surprising Canadian connections.

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Vulnerable Sprague’s pipit spotted on Roberta Bondar avian migration expedition

Since 1966, the number of Sprague’s pipits in the wild has declined by almost 80 per cent

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Smaller companies helping shoot for the moon in new Canadian Space Agency push

CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen says space exploration represents a major economic opportunity for Canada

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Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Innovation

The final instalment in our roundup of Canada’s 90 greatest explorers, these seven explorers harnessed the power of technology — or invented their own — to break new ground

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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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Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Going beyond

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 17 explorers boldly went where few have dared

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Richard Weber

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Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Human limits

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these eight explorers pushed their physical and mental limits in pursuit of knowledge and to inspire others

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Henry Larsen

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Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Geographic feats

Part of our roundup of Canada’s greatest explorers, these nine explorers made significant crossings of land and water, often in daring or ingenious fashion

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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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Roberta Bondar on space shuttle discovery

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Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Vital insights

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 17 explorers made major contributions to our understanding of Canada’s history and geography

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Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers

On its 90th anniversary, Canadian Geographic presents the 90 most influential explorers in the nation’s recorded history

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Explorer Mario Rigby just cycled across Canada. Here’s why

Having recently completed a 7,000-kilometre cycling expedition, Rigby shares insights on diversity in the outdoors and what he hopes to do next

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Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project hold the Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag

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The gear that survived Canada’s deepest cave

Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project review the MEC gear that accompanied them into Canada’s deepest cave near Fernie, B.C.

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

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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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Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

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Expedition log: Back to the Peel

David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River

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The entrance to the massive cave recently discovered in Wells Gray Provincial Park, B.C.

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Canadian team confirms presence of huge unexplored cave in British Columbia

Cave in Wells Gray Provincial Park described as “about as big as they come in Canada” 

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Ungava unknown

Recapping a Royal Canadian Geographical Society-funded canoe expedition into the windy wilderness of northern Quebec

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RCGS founding president Charles Camsell

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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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Two divers scuba diving in a cave in the Bahamas

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A mountain of rock sits above them, and muddy, flooded passages are their only way out

Expert cave diver and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth explains the risks and challenges of rescuing a boys’ soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand

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Conor and Kim Mihell in Nunavik

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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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Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre celebrate on the summit of Jeannette Peak in eastern B.C.

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Trio of climbers makes first recorded ascent of B.C. peak

Pascale Marceau, Lonnie Dupre and Vern Stice reached the summit of Jeannette Peak, the highest peak in the Selwyn Range of the Canadian Rockies, on April 2

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Explorers Pamela and Peter Bracefait with their circus cannon

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Canadian explorers set to depart on Mission: BRF!, a “groundbreaking” circumnavigation of the globe

Duo says criticism of controversial transportation methods won't deter them 

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Pascale Marceau, left, and Lonnie Dupre hold the flag of the RCGS during their attempt to summit Mt. Lucania

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Why we’re not giving up on our goal to summit Mt. Lucania in the winter

Although our expedition came to an early end this year, it was still a successful journey of exploratory learning in one of the most extreme environments in Canada

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