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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.

Flight of the Highlanders, settlement, Canada, Scotland, Scottish, Manitoba, Metis

Ken McGoogan’s new book encompasses both the eviction of Scots from their homelands and their efforts to settle in pre-Confederation Canada. “Summer View in the environs of the Company Fort Douglas on the Red River,” by artist Peter Rindisbacher, depicts the early years of the Manitoba settlement, but cannot evoke the extreme hardship and conflict that defined the experience. (Left: HarperCollins; right: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-250-37)

Left: HarperCollins; right: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-250-37
A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada
Phil Lind headshot with book cover of "right hand man"

Phil Lind was the “abominable no man” to Canadian business legend Ted Rogers, but together they built a multi-billion-dollar telecommunications empire — a story Lind recounts in his 2018 memoir. (Photos courtesy Rogers Communications)

Photos courtesy Rogers Communications
The vice-chairman of Rogers Communications on his memoir, the changing telecom landscape and his relationship with a Canadian business legend
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.
George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal, San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, climate change, ocean conservation

George Jacob, President and CEO of San Francisco’s Bay Ecotarium, has been awarded the Louie Kamookak Medal of the RCGS. (Left: Bay Ecotarium; right: RCGS)

Photos: (left) RCGS; (right) Bay Ecotarium
Museum expert recognized for transformative work in cultural institutions and leadership on the ambitious Bay Ecotarium project in San Francisco
portrait of Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson received the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Gold Medal March 26 at Massey College in Toronto. (Photo: Andrew Tolson)

Photo: Andrew Tolson
The former governor general of Canada recieved the award at a ceremony in Toronto March 26
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
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