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Two new Explorers-in-Residence announced
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is expanding its Explorer-in-Residence program. At the first annual Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada gala, held at Airship 37 in Toronto’s historic Distillery District Feb. 28, RCGS CEO John Geiger announced that Fellows George Kourounis and Adam Shoalts have been appointed Explorers-in-Residence. They join underwater cave diver Jill Heinerth, who for the past two years, with the support of The W. Garfield ... Full story »

Giant floor map of Newfoundland and Labrador unveiled
Students in Newfoundland and Labrador will now be able to explore their province’s unique geography and geological history right in their schools thanks to a first-of-its-kind teaching tool unveiled March 2 in Conception Bay South. A Giant Floor Map of the province joins Canadian Geographic Education’s suite of gymnasium-sized maps and is the first provincial map in the popular collection. One map will tour schools free of charge for teachers, ... Full story »

Featured Fellow: Meric Gertler
University of Toronto president Meric Gertler is a world leader in urban theory, focusing on the geography of innovation, creativity and culture in city centres as economic drivers. Besides authoring, editing and co-editing several influential books and dozens of academic publications, he has been an advisor to North American and European governments, to the Euro­pean Union and the Orga­nisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in Paris. ... Full story »

The Great Trail: Stories celebrating the world’s longest, most diverse path
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. Full story »

Duo to attempt first-ever winter ascent of Yukon’s Mount Lucania
They’re calling it a frigid first, and it’s hard to imagine a better name for an expedition that will see two Canadians attempt the first winter ascent of Mount Lucania, Canada’s third-highest peak at 5,226 metres. Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau plan to depart on their Lucania — A Frigid First expedition from Whitehorse this week, weather permitting, heading first to Yukon’s Burwash Landing airport. From there, they’ll be flown to icefields ... Full story »

Adam Shoalts on his epic Trans-Canadian Arctic Expedition
When Adam Shoalts talks about travelling solo, he doesn’t mean in the “I backpacked across Europe to find myself” sense. The modern-day explorer and author of the bestselling book Alone Against the North: An Expedition into the Unknown (about a previous expedition into the Hudson Bay lowlands) just crossed 4,000 kilometres of remote, Arctic mainland Canada with no one to keep him company but the wolves and bears bold enough to investigate him and ... Full story »

RCGS-supported expedition discovers deepest cave in Canada
Eleven regulation hockey rinks stacked end to end. That’s how deep caver Kathleen Graham descended into the Bisaro Anima Cave on January 1, 2018, establishing a new record for the deepest cave in the country. The discovery was made during the latest expedition of the multi-year Bisaro Plateau Caves Project, which is supported by the Alberta Speleological Society and this year received funding from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. At ... Full story »

Explore the tastes, sights and sounds of Canada
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society invites you to enjoy an immersive culinary experience in Toronto’s historic Distillery District at a gala in support of Canada's Centre for Geography and Exploration, February 28, 2018. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception featuring a live performance by rising Toronto artist Jessie Jean, followed by a three-course meal and a private concert from world-renowned Québecoise singer Coeur de pirate. ... Full story »

Remembering Bill Lishman
Like most Canadians, I knew of the one and only Bill Lishman long before I ever met him, largely through the success of the 1996 Oscar-nominated film Fly Away Home, which was based on his exploits imprinting migratory birds to fly with a man on an ultralight aircraft. It’s an amazing story, to be sure, but in the flesh, the man himself made the character in the Hollywood film seem pale and one-dimensional by comparison—and seriously lacking in pyrotechnics. Although ... Full story »

RCGS, Royal Scottish Geographical Society sign trans-Atlantic MOU
“Today, over 15 per cent of the Canadian population identify themselves as having Scottish roots, and our economic, academic and cultural ties are growing ever stronger,” said Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, in a video message to guests at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s annual College of Fellows Dinner in November 2017. “That is reflected in the relationship between our two royal geographical societies … I know our countries ... Full story »

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