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Follow Canada’s greatest explorers and adventurers as they travel to the remote corners of the country, deep beneath the Earth’s surface and across oceans, to the tops of mountains and into space.

Cavers squeeze through a narrow passage inside Bisaro Anima cave

Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project expedition team squeeze through a passage inside Bisaro Anima, Canada’s deepest cave. (Photo: Jared Habiak/Bisaro Plateau Caves Project)

Photo: Jared Habiak/Bisaro Plateau Caves Project
Taking a cue from nearby Mount Bisaro, the cave and its passages pay tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers
Map of Churchill Harbour by Jens Munk, 1624

A map of Churchill Harbour by Jens Munk, 1624. In 1619-20, the Danish explorer led an expedition into the Canadian Arctic and overwintered near what is today Churchill, Man. (Photo: CC BY 2.0)

Photo: Munk, Jens. [Map of Churchill Harbour 1624] CC BY 2.0
Two hundred years before Franklin and 300 years before Amundsen, a daring Dane came closer to finding the Northwest Passage than anyone had before
Upper Wind River

A stretch of the upper Wind River, at the northern reach of the Mackenzie Mountains. David McGuffin, Graham McGuffin and Terry Camsell paddled this route during their voyage through the Peel River watershed. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Photo: David McGuffin
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. 
Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project hold the Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag

From left: Katie Graham, Christian Stenner, Stephen Gladieux and Daniel Weinberg hold the Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag at Camp I in the Bisaro Anima Cave. (Photo: Bisaro Plateau Caves Project)

Photo: Bisaro Plateau Caves Project
Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project review the MEC gear that accompanied them into Canada’s deepest cave near Fernie, B.C.
David Saint-Jacques International Space Station

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques looks through a window in the cupola of the International Space Station. (Photo: Canadian Space Agency/NASA)

Photo: Canadian Space Agency/NASA
The Canadian astronaut shares insights into life in zero-gravity as he orbits the planet aboard the International Space Station
Mountaineers Lonnie Dupre, left, and Pascale Marceau on the summit of Mt. Wood in the Yukon

Mountaineering duo Lonnie Dupre, left, and Pascale Marceau pose for a quick selfie on the summit of Yukon’s Mt. Wood on March 11. (Photo: Lonnie Dupre)

Photo: Lonnie Dupre
Canadian climber Pascale Marceau is believed to be the first woman to climb a major subarctic peak in winter
RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab in Kamchatka

Ray Zahab and Stefano Gregoretti traversed challenging and dangerous terrain as they attempted to cross Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula west to east. (Photo: Ray Zahab)

Photo: Ray Zahab
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 
Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

An aerial view of the Wind River, the headwaters of the Peel River watershed in the Yukon. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River
David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River
An amazing view of the full moon rising above a bed of clouds, as seen from the International Space Station

An amazing view of the full moon rising above a bed of clouds, as seen from the International Space Station. (Photo: NASA)

Photo: NASA
The federal government has announced a $2 billion investment in Canada’s space program, including a role in NASA’s Lunar Gateway project
Canadian ultrarunner Ray Zahab, with his beard full of ice, against a snowy mountain backdrop

Canadian ultrarunner and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab is departing on his latest expedition, a winter traverse of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. (Photo: Ray Zahab)

Photo: Ray Zahab
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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