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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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Cavers squeeze through a narrow passage inside Bisaro Anima cave

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How Canada’s deepest cave, Bisaro Anima, got its name

Taking a cue from nearby Mount Bisaro, the cave and its passages pay tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers

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Upper Wind River

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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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Canadian ultrarunner Ray Zahab, with his beard full of ice, against a snowy mountain backdrop

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Canadian ultrarunner embarks on expedition across Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

Ray Zahab, an Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Italian ultrarunner Stefano Gregoretti will traverse an unpredictable landscape of volcanoes and snow 

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Laval St. Germain with RCGS flag on Mount Vinson

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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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Man carries canoe near river on Labrador Peninsula

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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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The wreck of Endurance at the bottom of the ocean

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Shackleton’s lost ship Endurance found in remarkable condition below Antarctic ice

On the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s funeral, the Endurance22 Expedition has located the iconic ship

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Matt Maddaloni, David Steele, and Adam Walker at the Dieppe Sump with the RCGS flag (Robin Munshaw/Pegleg Films)

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New insights from Canada’s deepest cave, Bisaro Anima

Resilience pays off during a challenging effort to explore new leads in Canada’s deepest cave

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

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cavers on the plateau near Fernie, B.C.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jameel Janjua Virgin Galactic pilot

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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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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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Mario Rigby

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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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Buzz Aldrin Apollo 11 moon landing

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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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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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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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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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