About "Explore Podcast"

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

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
Charlotte Gray David McGuffin podcast recording RCGS

Author and historian Charlotte Gray chats with Explore podcast host David McGuffin in the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Reading Room at 50 Sussex in Ottawa. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic
The bestselling author and historian on why exploration is essential to understanding Canada’s history 
Writer Alanna Mitchell

Alanna Mitchell on Beechey Island in the Canadian Arctic in 2017.

Photo: Alanna Mitchell
Ten years after the release of her bestselling book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, the acclaimed science writer doubles down on her call for action on climate change
Man wearing snorkel mask under water

James Raffan snorkelling in the Marshall Islands. This spring, Raffan was part of an expedition to map the western Pacific islands while exploring the cultural significance of the canoe.

Photo courtesy James Raffan
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 
George Kourounis

George Kourounis spins tales of his adventures in the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Reading Room at 50 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. (Photo: Javier Frutos/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Javier Frutos/Canadian Geographic
The stormchaser and Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society spins tales of his extreme adventures
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