About "RCGS"

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration, and one of the largest non-profit educational organizations in the nation.

Charles Camsell Tazin and Talston rivers expedition

Charles Camsell, second from right, leading a 1914 mapping expedition of the Tazin and Talston Rivers in the Northwest Territories.

In a 1938 radio recording, Charles Camsell, the founding president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, details what it was like growing up at an HBC fur trading post

Three of the four members of the British Trans-Arctic Expedition (left to right): Roy 'Fritz' Koerner, glaciologist, Major Ken Hedges, Regimental Medical Officer, seconded from 22 Special Air Service, Allan Gill, navigator. Not pictured: Sir Wally Herbert, expedition leader. (Photo: Mick Rowsell)

Photo: Mick Rowsell
Dr. Ken Hedges, Honourary Colonel and RCGS Fellow, recounts his amazing experience traversing the top of the world on the expedition’s anniversary

Selma Barkham in 1982.

The historian and geographer filled in “a great gap” in Canadian history, from the time of Cartier to the arrival of Champlain

Julie Payette is the 29th Governor General of Canada. She was sworn in on Oct. 2, 2017. (Painting: Chris Cran)

Painting: Chris Cran
The tradition of viceregal patronage with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society dates back to 1929

Julie Payette est la 29 e personne à occuper le poste de gouverneur général du Canada. Elle a été assermentée le 2 octobre 2017. (Peinture de Chris Cran)

(Painting: Chris Cran)
La tradition du patronage vice-royal avec la Société géographique royale du Canada remonte à 1929

Commodore Josée Kurtz arrives on board Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Toronto in June 2019. (Photo: Ho. MCpl Manuela Berger/Canadian Armed Forces)

Photo: Ho. MCpl Manuela Berger/Canadian Armed Forces
The Royal Canadian Navy commodore came from humble beginnings in Joliette, Que. to command a standing NATO group
A message to our readers, Fellows, members and supporters

Canadian historian and Oxford professor Margaret MacMillan's new book comes out in October. (Photo: Terrence McEachern/The Guardian)

Photo: Terrence McEachern/The Guardian
Margaret MacMillan's new book, The Mark of Cain: War and Humanity, comes out this October
roberta bondar attwater prairie chicken wildlife refuge

RCGS Honorary Vice-President Roberta Bondar’s Society-supported expedition on the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge aimed to bring awareness to the dangers faced by migratory birds. (Photo: Roberta Bondar Foundation)

Photo: Roberta Bondar Foundation
Since 1966, the number of Sprague’s pipits in the wild has declined by almost 80 per cent
Bill Lishman
The final instalment in our roundup of Canada’s 90 greatest explorers, these seven explorers harnessed the power of technology — or invented their own — to break new ground
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