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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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Jill Heinerth as a young girl and now

Exploration

How to explore like a girl

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

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Exploration

Jill Heinerth

Episode 2

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

  • 48 minutes
jill heinerth, shipwreck, great lakes

Exploration

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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Two divers scuba diving in a cave in the Bahamas

Exploration

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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Exploration

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

  • 48 minutes

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Adam Shoalts paddles across Great Bear Lake

Exploration

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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Exploration

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

  • 36 minutes

Exploration

Adam Shoalts shares a spooky story of the Canadian wilderness

Episode 23

Gather ’round and listen as explorer and bestselling author Adam Shoalts spins a spine-tingling tale of tracking a legendary creature in Labrador’s Mealy Mountains

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Exploration

James Raffan

Episode 7

Explorer and “canoe evangelist” James Raffan reflects on the symbolic importance of the canoe to Canada and his most recent expedition in the Marshall Islands 

  • 34 minutes

Exploration

George Kourounis

Episode 6

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

  • 42 minutes

Exploration

Adam Shoalts

Episode 4

The solo adventurer and best-selling author shares highlights from his expeditions and the “lost” explorer who’s captured his imagination

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Exploration

Exploration

Surviving the Race to Alaska

This motor-free ocean race — with vessels ranging from paddleboards to pedal-assist sailboats — is less about how fast you can go and more about whether you get there at all

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Two people portage canoes over a large rock

Exploration

Expedition completes longest human-powered north-south crossing of Canada

Expédition AKOR, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2021 Expedition of the Year, finished their 7,600-kilometre trek on Nov. 8

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Exploration

Remembering Jon Lindbergh, a pioneering aquanaut

A son of the legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, Jon made his mark in the “Golden Age of diving” through his role in the Man-in-Sea experiment

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Exploration

One year on, adventurer Bert terHart on his monumental world circumnavigation and future plans

Inspired by 18th century explorers, the serial entrepreneur and adventurer sailed non-stop around the world using just a sextant, navigational log tables, and good old pen and paper

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A diver stands on top of a submarine on the sea surface

Exploration

Going deep for discovery: ocean exploration reaches new lows

Meet Limiting Factor, the submersible leading us to new depths of ocean exploration

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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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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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Coral Restoration Foundation nursery

Exploration

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

Exploration

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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George Kourounis inside the Marum crater of Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu

Exploration

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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Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

Exploration

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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Jill Heinerth cave selfie

Exploration

Exploring beyond fear

In this excerpt from her new memoir, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, Jill Heinerth writes about learning to accept fear as a part of 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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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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CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques receives spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston.

Exploration

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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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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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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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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Diver Tyler Boelens glides beneath the ice of Georgian Bay

Exploration

Freediving under the ice of Georgian Bay

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

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British Columbia professor uses drone technology in Svalbard

Exploration

Hearts in the Ice: Drone technology

Drones are providing new ways of tracking wildlife and mapping changes in the Arctic

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Zodiac, Baffin Island, Nova Zembla, ship wreck, discovery

Exploration

RCGS flag expedition discovers wreck of Scottish whaling ship off Baffin Island

The wreck of the Nova Zembla — the first High Arctic whaling ship to be discovered — sheds light on a little-understood chapter of Canada’s past

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Mount Logan

Exploration

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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Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 moon landing

Exploration

Man on the moon: celebrating Buzz Aldrin

Legendary Canadian underwater explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis reflects on his friendship with astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing

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Mihell Nunavik expedition

Exploration

Ungava unknown

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

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Mario Rigby

Exploration

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

Exploration

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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Exploration

Ray Zahab

Episode 1

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab discusses his 2019 Trans-Kamchatka expedition and other extreme marathon adventures.

  • 52 minutes

Exploration

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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Exploration

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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Exploration

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

Exploration

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

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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Exploration

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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Exploration

Canadian Mark Pathy headed to space on private mission

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

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Exploration

No boundaries for young explorers

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

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Exploration

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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Jameel Janjua Virgin Galactic pilot

Exploration

First Canadian joins the next frontier in space exploration

Commercial space flight company Virgin Galactic adds former Royal Canadian Air Force member Jameel Janjua to its pilot roster 

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Exploration

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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Exploration

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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Exploration

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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Exploration

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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Exploration

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)

Exploration

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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roberta bondar attwater prairie chicken wildlife refuge

Exploration

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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moon lunar space

Exploration

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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Bill Lishman

Exploration

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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Louie Kamookak by Robert Carter

Exploration

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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Exploration

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

Exploration

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

Exploration

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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Samuel de Champlain

Exploration

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

Exploration

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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Man on cliff with mountain view.

Exploration

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

Exploration

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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