About "Explore Podcast"

Explore: A Canadian Geographic podcast, hosted by David McGuffin.

David McGuffin interviews author Wade Davis.

In this interview, author Wade Davis discusses the five years of travels he took along the Magdelena River
Items donated to HBC Collection by Julian Camsell

Three items donated to the HBC Collection at the Manitoba Museum by Julian Camsell, HBC Chief Factor for the MacKenzie District. Left to right: An ulu, antler-handle scissors from the western Arctic, and a muskox blubber pounder. (Photos courtesy the Manitoba Museum)

Photos courtesy the Manitoba Museum
As a way of illustrating the importance of company fur traders to the 100-year-old HBC collection, curator Amelia Fay pulls out three items donated by Julian Camsell, HBC Chief Factor for the MacKenzie District in Canada’s Arctic 
Moccasins on a Hudson Bay Company point blanket

Moccasins from the Manitoba Museum’s Hudson’s Bay Company archive laid out on one of the company’s iconic wool point blankets. (Photo courtesy Manitoba Museum)

Photo courtesy Manitoba Museum
Continuing our deep dive into the Hudson’s Bay Company archives at the Manitoba Museum, this week we look at some of the items that figured prominently in trade, including the iconic point blanket
The signing of the HBC Royal Charter by Britain's King Charles II on May 2, 1670.

The signing of the HBC Royal Charter by Britain's King Charles II on May 2, 1670. (Image courtesy HBC Heritage)

(image courtesy HBC Heritage)
Written on animal skin 350 years ago, the Royal Charter that created the Hudson’s Bay Company is both an incredible and problematic document
Charles Camsell Tazin and Talston rivers expedition

Charles Camsell, second from right, leading a 1914 mapping expedition of the Tazin and Talston Rivers in the Northwest Territories.

In a 1938 radio recording, Charles Camsell, the founding president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, details what it was like growing up at an HBC fur trading post
The Battle of Seven Oaks

The Fight at Seven Oaks, 1816, by CW Jefferys (Image: Library and Archives Canada)

Image: Library and Archives Canada
Indigenous rights lawyer and author Jean Teillet reveals how the struggle to dominate the fur trade led to the rise of a distinct people in Canada: the Métis
Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall by Frances Anne Hopkins

Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall (Canada), by Frances Anne Hopkins, 1869. (Image: Library and Archives Canada)

Image: Library and Archives Canada
In this special bonus episode of Explore, canoe expert James Raffan introduces listeners to HBC Governor George Simpson and his unique style of “management by canoe”

Left: A 1927 painting by Charles W. Jefferys of Henry Kelsey’s journey to the Canadian prairies. Right: A drawing of Samuel Hearne’s journey to the Coppermine, also by Jefferys. (Images: Library and Archives Canada)

Host David McGuffin and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts reveal some of the compelling figures of the early fur trade in Canada: Henry Kelsey, Samuel Hearne, and the great Dene leader Matonabbee
Waskaganish HBC trading post chief factor's house

The remains of the old HBC Chief Factor’s house at the Cree Nation of Waskaganish, located in the Eeyou Istchee territory in northern Quebec. (Photo: David McGuffin/Can Geo)

Photo: David McGuffin/Can Geo
The Explore podcast delves into the 350-year history of the Hudson’s Bay Company. In this, the first of a four-part series, we visit the James Bay Cree Nation of Waskaganish, site of the first ever HBC trading post. 
David Saint-Jacques and David McGuffin

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques records an episode of Explore with host David McGuffin.

The Canadian Space Agency astronaut on the Zen-like experience of living in orbit, his groundbreaking spacewalk, and the low-tech way he knew he’d made it to space
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