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.

The glass-paned front of 50 Sussex Drive reflects the last rays of sunset

The iconic building that stands beside Ottawa’s Rideau Falls is now Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration and the new home of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic
The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is transforming the way the 90-year-old organization carries out its mandate
Canadian ultrarunner Ray Zahab, with his beard full of ice, against a snowy mountain backdrop

Canadian ultrarunner and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Ray Zahab is departing on his latest expedition, a winter traverse of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. (Photo: Ray Zahab)

Photo: Ray Zahab
Ray Zahab, an Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Italian ultrarunner Stefano Gregoretti will traverse an unpredictable landscape of volcanoes and snow 
Denise Clarke of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

Denise Clarke is an Associate Artist with Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and the director of its Summer Lab Intensive for emerging artists. (Photo: Trudie Lee)

Photo: Trudie Lee
The Calgary-based dancer, choreographer and recently-published author is ready for her next act
Alberta ministers and leaders stand together holding copies of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

RCGS CEO John Geiger (far left) presents new copies of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada to (from left to right) AFN Alberta Regional Chief Marlene Poitras, Trustee Carla Smiley of Edmonton Catholic School District, Elder Betty Letendre, Métis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras, Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan, Education Minister David Eggen and Transportation Minister Brian Mason. (Photo: Amol Dhillon)

Photo: Amol Dhillon
The Alberta government has announced a plan to provide every junior and high school with a copy of the atlas
Justin Barbour pulls his canoe upstream with his dog Saku in it

Justin Barbour drags his canoe up the Red Wine River in Labrador wearing his PFD. (Photo: Justin Barbour)

Photo: Justin Barbour
The adventurer behind the Man and Dog expedition puts a life jacket through its paces in the Labrador and northern Quebec wilderness
George Kourounis inside the Marum crater of Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu

George Kourounis stands beside a lava lake inside the Marum crater on Ambrym, a volcanic island in the Vanuatu archipelago, in 2014. To get to the lake, Kourounis and his film crew had to rappel down the side of the crater, which is deeper than the Empire State Building is tall. (Photo courtesy George Kourounis)

Photo courtesy George Kourounis
Whether outrunning a tornado, dodging lava bombs or hunkering down in a hurricane, explorer George Kourounis is most comfortable living on the edge
Man carries canoe near river on Labrador Peninsula

Justin Barbour carries his trusty canoe on the Upper McPhadyen River in mid-September during the final leg of his expedition. (Photo: Justin Barbour)

Photo: Justin Barbour
Justin Barbour and his canine pal, Saku, traversed 1,000 kilometres across the Labrador Peninsula through harsh snow storms and sub-zero temperatures, but were stopped just shy of their end goal 
RCGS, Fellows, explore, Arctic, environment, mapping

Gordon Osinski, a planetary geologist at Western University in London, Ont., led a 2018 expedition to map parts of Devon Island’s exposed Precambrian Shield — Arctic coastlines that have never been surveyed by on-the-ground teams. (Photo: Gordon Osinski)

Photo: Gordon Osinski
From a solo ski and mountain-climbing expedition to the South Pole to a project that mapped portions of Devon Island’s coasts for the first time, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in late 2018
50 Sussex Drive

There’s more to this building than a pragmatic modernist arrangement of stone, glass and steel overlooking a waterfall, three rivers and two provinces. (Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic
Get a bird’s-eye view of the iconic new home of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and its capital surroundings 
cavers on the plateau near Fernie, B.C.

Cavers on the Bisaro Plateau near Fernie, B.C. (Photo: Jérôme Genairon)

Photo: Jérôme Genairon
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2018 Expedition of the Year returns to the Bisaro Anima Cave near Fernie, B.C.
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