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Follow Canada’s greatest explorers and adventurers as they travel to the remote corners of the country, deep beneath the Earth’s surface and across oceans, to the tops of mountains and into space.

A female scuba diver holds a light up to anemones during a night dive

2019 North American Rolex Scholar Neha Acharya-Patel, the first Canadian to hold the scholarship, dives at night near Catalina Island off the coast of California while working with the Pennington Marine Science Center. (Photo: Shaun Wolfe)

Photo: Shaun Wolfe
Meet Neha Acharya-Patel, the first Canadian recipient of the prestigious Rolex scholarship from the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society
DSV Limiting Factor in Pacific Ocean, Five deeps

The DSV Limiting Factor in the Pacific Ocean. The world’s deepest-diving operational submarine, it completed several trips to the bottom of the Mariana Trench earlier this month. (Photo: Reeve Jolliffe)

Photo: Reeve Jolliffe
Ottawa-born explorer and submarine builder Patrick Lahey is now the second Canadian to reach the deepest point on Earth
Woodcut of Pierre-Esprit Radisson next to cover of Mark Bourrie's book "Bush Runner"

Images courtesy Biblioasis

Images courtesy Biblioasis
In his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Mark Bourrie examines the larger-than-life legacy of the French-Canadian fur trader 
Cavers squeeze through a narrow passage inside Bisaro Anima cave

Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project expedition team squeeze through a passage inside Bisaro Anima, Canada’s deepest cave. (Photo: Jared Habiak/Bisaro Plateau Caves Project)

Photo: Jared Habiak/Bisaro Plateau Caves Project
Taking a cue from nearby Mount Bisaro, the cave and its passages pay tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers
Map of Churchill Harbour by Jens Munk, 1624

A map of Churchill Harbour by Jens Munk, 1624. In 1619-20, the Danish explorer led an expedition into the Canadian Arctic and overwintered near what is today Churchill, Man. (Photo: CC BY 2.0)

Photo: Munk, Jens. [Map of Churchill Harbour 1624] CC BY 2.0
Two hundred years before Franklin and 300 years before Amundsen, a daring Dane came closer to finding the Northwest Passage than anyone had before
Upper Wind River

A stretch of the upper Wind River, at the northern reach of the Mackenzie Mountains. David McGuffin, Graham McGuffin and Terry Camsell paddled this route during their voyage through the Peel River watershed. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Photo: David McGuffin
We came to retrace an ancestor’s 1905 map-making expedition of the Peel River watershed. We left with a new-found appreciation of what this ancient land means to the people who live there. 
Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project hold the Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag

From left: Katie Graham, Christian Stenner, Stephen Gladieux and Daniel Weinberg hold the Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag at Camp I in the Bisaro Anima Cave. (Photo: Bisaro Plateau Caves Project)

Photo: Bisaro Plateau Caves Project
Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project review the MEC gear that accompanied them into Canada’s deepest cave near Fernie, B.C.
David Saint-Jacques International Space Station

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques looks through a window in the cupola of the International Space Station. (Photo: Canadian Space Agency/NASA)

Photo: Canadian Space Agency/NASA
The Canadian astronaut shares insights into life in zero-gravity as he orbits the planet aboard the International Space Station
Mountaineers Lonnie Dupre, left, and Pascale Marceau on the summit of Mt. Wood in the Yukon

Mountaineering duo Lonnie Dupre, left, and Pascale Marceau pose for a quick selfie on the summit of Yukon’s Mt. Wood on March 11. (Photo: Lonnie Dupre)

Photo: Lonnie Dupre
Canadian climber Pascale Marceau is believed to be the first woman to climb a major subarctic peak in winter
RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab in Kamchatka

Ray Zahab and Stefano Gregoretti traversed challenging and dangerous terrain as they attempted to cross Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula west to east. (Photo: Ray Zahab)

Photo: Ray Zahab
RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab and Italian ultrarunner Stefano Gregoretti cut short their expedition across Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula after learning the rivers they planned to traverse were no longer frozen 
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