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Jacob Verhoef receives Gold medal for mapping oceans

Posted by Thomas Hall in The RCGS on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent approaches the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean on Sept. 5, 2009. The two ships were helping to define the North American continental shelf something that Jacob Verhoef was working on for many years, and for which he was recently awarded a Gold medal from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. (Photo: Patrick Kelley/Wikimedia Commons)

The dust had barely settled on Jacob Verhoef’s retirement when he and a friend hopped in a car in Halifax and drove across the country before returning to the east coast, where, years before, he’d mapped the continental shelf. It was that work, along with his mapping of the Arctic Ocean, which helped Canada win its claim to the waters that stretch from the southern part of Nova Scotia to the northern tip of Labrador.

It also won Verhoef this year’s Gold Medal from The Royal Canadian Geographical ...

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Cross-Canada paddling expedition approaches Inuvik

Posted by Thomas Hall in The RCGS on Monday, October 5, 2015

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag with the Les chemins de lor bleu paddling expedition (Photo: Les chemins de lor bleu/Facebook)

If you were to hop into a canoe in Lake of Two Mountains at the western tip of Montreal, point northwest and start paddling, you could eventually find yourself in Inuvik in the Northwest Territories.

The six Quebeckers who set out to canoe the route — which passes along the Ottawa River into Lake Nipissing, down the French River, through the north end of Georgian Bay, past Sault Ste. Marie into Lake Superior and on and on, moving ever northwest — dubbed it Les chemins de l’or bleu (the blue ...

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Adam Shoalts on new book Alone Against the North

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in The RCGS on Monday, October 5, 2015

Explorer Adam Shoalts, mid-adventure. (Photo: Adam Shoalts)

Click to enlarge book cover (Photo courtesy of: Penguin Random House Canada)

A couple of years ago Adam Shoalts set out to explore the little known Again River. With the help of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, he was going to canoe the river, mapping it as he went. The expedition spawned global media coverage, inclusion in Canadian Geographic’s greatest 100 modern-day explorers, and a book about his adventures called Alone Against the North, which is due out October 6, 2015. Here, the ...

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Teens trek into Rockies in search of caribou

Posted by Thomas Hall in Nature on Friday, October 2, 2015

“The trail is around here somewhere. It has to be, but let’s keep heading towards the highway.”

We weren’t lost, exactly. All we had to do was walk downhill and we’d eventually hit the highway, but we weren’t on a trail either. We were misplaced, a mere four kilometres or so from our pickup point, but between us and our ride home lay thick underbrush and a series of cold muddy creeks.

What better place to search for an elusive herd of 12 woodland caribou? The White Goat Wilderness Area is ...

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10 RCGS updates from September

Posted by Sabrina Doyle in The RCGS on Thursday, October 1, 2015

Louie Kamookak stands with the students and elders participating in the 2015 Malerualik Expedition, which successfully returned in September. (Photo: Jason Fulford/Canadian Geographic)

There's a lot of ways to make Canada better known to Canadians. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is trying as many ways as possible.

While best known for its iconic magazine, Canadian Geographic, the Society also supports expeditions across the country, provides grants and scholarships for geography research, and promotes geographic literacy through a variety of free teacher resources.

Here's a bit of what the Society got up to in September.

Malerualik Expedition
RCGS Fellow ...

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