INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE CANADIAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
(published in May 1930)
Dr. Charles Camsell, the first president of the Canadian Geographical Society, and guests
of honour at the Society's first inaugural meeting. Seated from left to right: Dr. Camsell,
Viscount Willingdon, Honorary Patron of the Society; Viscountess Willingdon; Sir Francis
Younghusband. Behind, from left to right: Lieut.-Col. H. Willis O’Connor, D.S.O., Aide-de-Camp
to His Excellency; Dr. Isaiah Bowman, Director, American Geographical Society.
ONCE IN A LONG WHILE the sons of men manage to build better than they know, and it generally leaves them with a certain feeling of bewilderment.
That pretty well describes the sensation of the little group of men who assisted in bringing The Canadian Geographical Society into the world. It was rather
as if they had been hopefully, but not too optimistically, watching the labours of a mountain — and discovered that what it had given birth to was not a mouse but a mastadon.
That was how readers of the first issue of Canadian Geographical Journal
were introduced to the new society. Here’s a rundown of where the society
went from there:
1930 — April 20th marked the first issue of the
Canadian Geographical Journal with the objective ‘to publish articles … that will be popular in character,
easily read, well illustrated, and educational to the young as well as informative to the aduct.’
Annual membership was $3.00.
Sir Francis Younghusband gives the Society’s first public
1959 — The
Massey Medal is inaugurated by the Right Honourable Vincent Massey to honour outstanding personal achievement
in the exploration or description of the geography of Canada.
1972 — The
Gold Medal is established to recognize a particular achievement in the field of geography.
1992 — The
Camsell Award is created to recognize outstanding service to the Society. To celebrate Canada’s 125th Birthday, the
Society collaborates on the Mt. Logan Expedition to accurately measure Canada's highest mountain (5,959 m).
1993 — Canadian Geographic Education (formerly The
Canadian Council for Geographic Education) is founded and six years later, over 4,700 teachers receive free geography
resource materials for the classroom.
1995 — The
Great Canadian Geography Challenge for students is launched and each year, more than 200,000 students participate.
Canada: A land of Superlatives, the first poster map, is produced in English and French