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Expeditions Program

For many, the terms “geography” and “expedition” are synonymous. In fact, most Canadians are introduced to the discipline of geography through exposure to “geographic expeditions”, as presented in popular and academic publications. Through expeditions, geographic appreciation, understanding and knowledge expand. To promote this tradition, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) supports an Expeditions Program to encourage and support geographic expeditions taking place largely within Canada, by Canadians.

Extending our current knowledge of Canada’s geography through exploration and scientific expeditions, the RCGS has funded some major expeditions across the country.

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Sarah McNair-Landry, Eric McNair-Landry, Erik Boomer and Katherine Breen are putting their craftsmanship to the test. They’ll travel from Qikiqtarjuaq to Cape Dorset, Nunavut, using only traditional-style Inuit kayaks they’ve built themselves.

Powered by dogs and muscle, a four-man international team comprised of Hugh Dale-Harris, John Huston, Kyle O’Donoghue, Toby Thorleifsson will trek 1,000 kilometres across Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, following in the footsteps — and ski tracks — of Norwegian explorer Otto Sverdrup

Nicholaus Vieira will lead a team of eight adventurers as they descend into the depths of the Mount Tupper cave system in British Columbia’s Glacier National Park, through a spring known as Raspberry Rising. Over the next two years, the team will do whatever it takes — from cave diving to climbing active waterfalls — to map this barely explored part of the Rocky Mountains.

Last year Adam Shoalts discovered an unmapped waterfall on Quebec’s nearly 100-kilometre-long Again River, when he was swept over its edge in his canoe. This August he’s returning to survey it and six other previously unknown waterfalls.


RCGS expedition support is awarded to individuals and teams undertaking expeditions in Canada that complement the mandate of the RCGS to “make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.”

Information on application guidelines and procedures are available online.

Deadline for applications: January 21st of each year


Expeditions listed by year
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The Summits of Canada – an expedition to climb the highest peaks in all provinces and territories. “Welcome to an historic expedition to tell Canadians and the world about Canada. The legacy of this quest is not the footprints we will leave on the mountains, but the impact on people’s lives. Together we can make a difference, one step at a time.”

— James Coleridge, Expedition Leader,
Summits of Canada

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