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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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Dana Meise has hiked the entire length of the Trans Canada Trail from Cape Spear, N.L., to Clover Point, B.C. 16,500 kilometres. Starting in April 2014, he will complete the northern leg of the trail from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., to Inuvik, N.W.T. The 3,800-kilometre hike will take six months.

An all-woman team will mount a 15-day proof-of-concept expedition in July 2014, traveling on a 116-foot expedition vessel from Labrador to Baffin Island, and then across Davis Strait to Disko Bay, Greenland in preparation for the proposed main expedition, an ambitious and challenging snorkel relay of the Northwest Passage during the summer of 2016. During the 2014 reconnaissance expedition, Team Sedna, will conduct sea trials of the equipment needed to snorkel the Northwest Passage, demonstrating that snorkelers — using diver propulsion vehicles — can travel great distances in often ice-infested waters.

The four members of this expedition will cross-country ski 2,300 kilometres north through Quebec, from Montreal to Kuujjuaq, the administrative capital of Nunavik. The team will pass through the Laurentides region and by Lac Mistassini and the Otish Mountains as they retrace the route of another cross-province expedition taken in 1980. Through the resulting documentary, Projet-Karibu will revive the stories of the people who have travelled this territory and pay tribute to early explorers.


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


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