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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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Award-winning cave diver Jill Heinerth will lead a team of experienced technical divers to explore over 110 kilomters of the Bell Island mine’s flooded passages that lie beneath the seabed of Conception Bay. Few Canadians realize that this was the site of a German attack that sunk three Allied ships. The team will document any artifacts found on the sunken ships and the submerged mine where 70 men lost their lives.

To celebrate the historic Conrad Cain-led Alpine Club of Canada conquest of the Bugaboo Spire in 1916, a group of Canadian climber plan on repeating their success. The team plans on tackling the Spire in much the same way the original team did by using the Cain-era gear and clothing for much of the climb.

The 418 kilometer stretch of Québec’s Lower North Shore region is as beautiful as it is remote. The eleven communities are only connected to the rest of Quebec by a snowmobile trail in winter. The Route Blanche expedition team will explore the region by snowshoe to get up close and personal with the land and it’s people.

This 40-day expedition will travel 1600 kilometers by canoe from the Cree community of Lac La Ronge, SK and end their journey in the Inuit community of Arviat, NU on the western shore of Hudson Bay. The team’s amazing trek through some of Canada’s most remote geography will be made into a documentary film to share with Canadians.

An eight-member team of educators, outdoor enthusiasts and friends will paddle 1,400 kilometers of whitewater and countless portages from Northern Saskatchewan to the Hudson Bay. This expedition aims to inspire Canadian youth to get outdoors and explore, appreciate why our environment needs protection, and last but not least, celebrate the wonders of Canada’s northern geography.

Famed Inuit historian Louie Kamookak heard his great-grandmother’s tale of finding artifacts and a grave that she was sure had something to do with the Franklin expedition. Kamookak’s expedition will explore King William Island with the goal of finding the grave and perhaps another clue to the mystery of John Franklin’s lost expedition.

At 5,959 meters, Mount Logan is Canada’s highest peak and continues to be compelling lure for many climbers. This summer a two-woman team plans on becoming the first women to traverse Mount Logan using a route that features two exciting knife-edge ridges, a high level of exposure, and never a dull moment.


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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