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.

mylene paquette holding a paddle

Mylène Paquette is the RCGS’ newest Explorer-in-Residence. (Photo: Patrick Mével)

Photo: Patrick Mével
The first North American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean discusses her new passion for ice canoeing and why protecting Canada's waterways is important
Coeur de Pirate illustration by Kerry Hodgson

Illustration: Kerry Hodgson/Canadian Geographic

Illustration: Kerry Hodgson/Canadian Geographic
Béatrice Martin, the Québécoise singer-songwriter known by her stage name, reminisces about a special park in Montreal
George Kourounis rappels into the Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan

Dressed in a protective suit and attached to fire-resistant ropes, explorer George Kourounis prepares to descend into the burning Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan in October 2013. (Photo courtesy George Kourounis)

Photo courtesy George Kourounis
George Kourounis has been officially recognized as the first person to reach the bottom of the Darvaza gas crater in Turkmenistan

Photo: Francois Leger-Savard

Photo: Francois Leger-Savard
Two names synonymous with adventure are joining forces to support Canadian exploration
Franklin, RCGS, Arctic, painting

RCGS Fellow and artist Christopher Walker painted “Expedition,” of Sir John Franklin's HMS Erebus and Terror, to depict the determination and hopeful spirit that carried the explorers into the Arctic in the first place. Read on to see what a few of the Society’s other Fellows are working on this year. (Image: Christopher Walker)

Painting: Christopher Walker
From painting a new side of the Franklin expedition to documenting shipwrecks along Ontario’s Hudson Bay Coast, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018
Ground fog in the Great Bear Rainforest

Fog blankets trees in the Great Bear Rainforest. The rainforest is one of nearly 50 forest conservation projects included in the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), an ambitious legacy project aimed at creating a global network of protected forests in the Commonwealth nations. (Photo: Jenny Stevens/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Jenny Stevens/Can Geo Photo Club
An ambitious legacy project called the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy unites forest conservation projects in the Commonwealth countries 
Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, where he has been studying traditional Christian churches cut into the sandstone landscape

Michael Gervers in Ethiopia, where he has been studying traditional Christian churches cut into the sandstone landscape. (Photo: Michael Gervers)

Photo: Michael Gervers
The University of Toronto professor and expert on Ethiopian history is documenting the centuries-old craft of rock-hewn churches 
Members of the Enduring Ice Project jump from ice floe to ice floe in Nares Strait during their expedition in the summer of 2017.

Members of the Enduring Ice Project jump from ice floe to ice floe in Nares Strait during their expedition in the summer of 2017. (Photo: Enduring Ice Project)

Photo: Enduring Ice Project
An account of Enduring Ice, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 2017 Expedition of the Year 
Gala event will feature a keynote talk from RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts
Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre celebrate on the summit of Jeannette Peak in eastern B.C.

Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre celebrate with the flag of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on the summit of Jeannette Peak in eastern B.C. on April 2. (Photo: Vern Stice)

Photo: Vern Stice
Pascale Marceau, Lonnie Dupre and Vern Stice reached the summit of Jeannette Peak, the highest peak in the Selwyn Range of the Canadian Rockies, on April 2
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