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2018

November 12, 2018

Canada’s modern-day explorer Adam Shoalts will be speaking at the sold-out Tastes and Sights of Canada dinner, hosted by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) at Calgary’s McDougall Centre on Tuesday night. Shoalts will recount tales and insights from his monumental 4,000-kilometre solo canoe journey across Canada’s remote Arctic mainland, from Old Crow in the Yukon to Baker Lake, Nunavut.

November 12, 2018

Since August, Canadians have been searching the 24,000-kilometre length of The Great Trail — the world’s longest network of recreational multi-use trails — for hidden treasure boxes for their chance to win amazing prizes. With the contest now closed, Dartmouth’s Janet Shellnutt has won the biggest treasure of all: a trip for two onboard a One Ocean Expeditions vessel for a truly once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Labrador and Torngat Mountains National Park.

November 1, 2018

The annual Royal Canadian Geographical Society medal ceremony will honour outstanding Canadians for their contributions to the field of geography. The ceremony will precede the Society’s sold-out Fellows Dinner, where more than 550 people will gather to celebrate achievements in exploration, scientific discovery, and increased public awareness of Canada’s history and geography, and making the country better known to Canadians and to the world.

October 25, 2018

While Breanna Heels was studying in East Africa, she saw the powerful role education was playing to improve people’s lives. She wanted to be part of that change and made the decision to become a teacher. Today, this K to 12 Experiential Learning Teacher at the Bluewater District School Board inspires her students to be curious about the world and how all living things on our planet are interconnected. Her goal is simply to make the world a better place for all. For her dedication and ingenuity in geographical teaching, Breanna Heels is being awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s (RCGS) highest award in teaching, its Innovation in Geography Teaching Award.

October 17, 2018

Rob Langston is a teacher on a mission. Whether he is training students how to use the latest cutting edge technologies to solve geography problems, facilitating geo-technology workshops for Manitoba teachers, providing advice on geographic texts, this Geography teacher at École secondaire Neelin High School in Brandon, Manitoba does all this and more simply to advance geographic literacy in Canada.

September 27, 2018

Through wind, rain and scorching temperatures, nothing has stopped George Kourounis, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Explorer-in-Residence, from travelling on The Great Trail to stash treasure boxes in what has been called Canada’s biggest treasure hunt.

September 26, 2018

Arctic Kingdom and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) have teamed up to attract more Canadians to Canada’s North. Under the new partnership, the RCGS will work with Arctic Kingdom to bring travellers to experience Nunavut through a unique Arctic safari.

September 26, 2018

Over the short span of three months, droves of Canadians submitted their best shots to the “Show Us Your Canada” photo competition. Launched by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada in collaboration with Canadian Geographic, the contest’s objective was to show the people of China the places and people that make Canada a unique and must-see destination to visit.

September 11, 2018

After years of studying Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s journals, it became clear to Mr Kløver that Amundsen was different to most other European explorers of his time. His success firmly rests on the knowledge he gained from his strong relationship with Nunavut’s Netsilik Inuit — a friendship he valued deeply.

September 6, 2018

Two Canadian researchers have found evidence of a Scottish whaling wreck in the High Arctic, thought to be the first discovery of its kind in the world. Michael Moloney and Mathew Ayre, post-doctoral fellows with the University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America, made the find last week. The wreckage is from Nova Zembla, a whaling vessel that sank in a fjord near Baffin Bay in September 1902. The discovery is significant because the British fleet lost over 200 vessels and none have ever been found until now.

August 23, 2018

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is joining forces with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) to launch The Great Trail Treasure Hunt, starting August 26th to celebrate the one-year anniversary of when the Trail became fully connected across all of Canada. “What better way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the cross-Canada connection of The Great Trail than by launching one of the world’s biggest treasure hunts,” says Danielle St-Aubin of TCT. “It’s everyone’s chance to have fun exploring the Trail and be rewarded with really great prizes.”

June 26, 2018

The Royal Norwegian Embassy and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of the RCGS’s Summer Exhibits Series. Two of the exhibits celebrate titans of exploration and great geographers, and the third exhibit invites the public to walk around the contemplative ceramic art installation on the front lawn of 50 Sussex Drive.

June 19, 2018

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Indspire, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Assembly of First Nations, The Métis National Council and The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation are pleased to invite the media to the celebration of Canada’s first collaboratively produced atlas about Indigenous lands, languages, history and cultures. The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada and its associated educational resources aim to provide an entry point for all Canadians to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and to provide Indigenous students with a resource that reflects our shared history in Canada.

May 28, 2018

William Chapman, in grade 9 at Bell High School in Ottawa, is the new Canadian Geographic Challenge Champion, recognized as Canada’s most prestigious student geography award. Just after accepting his award, Chapman said, “I’m really, really surprised I won. I didn’t expect it. Chapman may have been surprised, but he dominated the competition from beginning to end.

May 9, 2018

Adam Shoalts could be described as a renaissance man gone wild. He’s the author of two national bestselling books, Alone Against the North: An Expedition Into the Unknown and A History of Canada in Ten Maps. Shoalts is also a trained cartographer, an archaeologist and a historian. Beyond his academic accomplishments, Shoalts is best known for his solo expeditions into Canada's wilderness, garnering international headlines and inspiring awe and excitement about Canada’s most remote places.

May 7, 2018

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) are partnering to provide concrete support for high-level Canadian adventure expeditions. John Geiger, CEO of the RCGS, considers the partnership with MEC a perfect match. “We’re thrilled to have MEC, a name synonymous with quality, adventure and a passion for the outdoors, working with us as we fulfill our mission to connect Canadians with their natural and cultural heritage.”

May 2, 2018

After months of grueling skill-testing questions and fieldwork, the Canadian Geographic Olympiad has yielded its top four senior geography students, who will represent Canada on the world stage at the celebrated International Geography Olympiad (iGeo). The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) is proud to announce Team Canada.

April 11, 2018

Canada’s Jill Heinerth is one of the world’s top marine explorers and holds the record for going farther into deep underwater caves than any woman in history. Heinerth, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s inaugural Explorer-in-Residence, will be visiting schools in the national capital region to share what it takes to become a modern-day explorer. Heinerth’s curiosity, technical prowess and fearlessness have taken her inside Antarctic icebergs and led her to venture into underwater caves and shipwrecks the world over.

March 21, 2018

Canada’s Jill Heinerth is a modern-day explorer who ventures deep into Earth’s uncharted, underwater caves, places where no humans have gone before. To celebrate World Water Day, Canadian Geographic Education (Can Geo Education) is launching Dive Into the Planet with Jill Heinerth, a Google Earth Voyager story about her expeditions and water conservation work.

March 14, 2018

Great photography has been a cornerstone of the Canadian Geographic brand throughout its nearly 90-year history. Today, the magazine is announcing that Daisy Gilardini, an internationally celebrated conservation photographer specializing in the polar regions, will be joining Canadian Geographic's Photographer-in-Residence program.

March 14, 2018

Canada's Jill Heinerth is one of the world's top marine explorers and holds the record for going farther into deep underwater caves than any woman in history. Heinerth, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Explorer-in-Residence (EIR), will be visiting Ghuch Tla Community School in Carcross to share what it takes to become a modern-day explorer. Heinerth's curiosity, technical prowess and fearlessness have taken her inside Antarctic icebergs and led her to venture into underwater caves and shipwrecks the world over.

March 6, 2018

Want to feel better about the world we live in? The March/April issue of Canadian Geographic is packed with inspiring stories about environmental comebacks, citizen science discoveries and Canadians having a positive impact both at home and on the world stage.

March 2, 2018

Grade 4 students from Topsail Elementary School will have the opportunity to try a teaching tool that encourages them — quite literally — to think on their feet. They will be the first school to explore the new giant floor map of Newfoundland and Labrador at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.

February 28, 2018

At the Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada gala in Toronto's Distillery Historic District, John Geiger, CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), announced the addition of three new explorers to the Society's highly successful Explorer-in-Residence program.

January 22, 2018

Is summer already on your mind? Canadian Geographic has a few ideas in its January/ February issue to get you outdoors and onto The Great Trail! Inside this issue, you'll find stories and photographs that perfectly capture the essence of what makes this 24,000-kilometre trail a national treasure. The magazine provides great examples of how any Canadian can take advantage of it to explore our country, no matter their capabilities or interests.

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