Photo: Northern Scavenger

For many, the terms “geography” and “expedition” are synonymous.

Expanding knowledge of Canada’s geography through exploration and scientific expeditions, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has a long history of funding both major and modest expeditions across the country.

To continue this tradition, the Society has two funding streams that support geographic expeditions taking place largely within Canada, by Canadians: its Expeditions Program and The Trekbek Initiative, a collaboration with the National Geographic Society.

Photo: Michael Schmidt

Featured expedition

Mt. Lucania, funded as a women’s expedition

Canadians Pascale Marceau and Eva Capozzola are the first all-women team to reach the summit of Mount Lucania, Canada’s third tallest peak.

The team made it to the summit on April 26, 2021, at 3:34 p.m. PDT after beginning their attempt less than two weeks prior.

Notoriously windy and cold, Mount Lucania is nestled deep in the Yukon’s Kluane National Park and Reserve and is just 65 kilometres north of the more well-known Mount Logan — Canada’s tallest peak. Mount Lucania’s 5,226 metres has only been climbed by a handful of women.

Expeditions Program

The goal of the RCGS Expedition Program is to enhance the appreciation, understanding and knowledge of the physical, environmental and cultural geography of Canada by recognizing and encouraging the spirit of discovery and adventure through expeditions taking place largely within Canada.

Committee members: 

John Pollack (Chair), Zac Robinson, Jean-Marie Beaulieu, Lisel Currie, Jill Heinerth, Priidu Juurand, TA Loeffler

In 2021, MEC is donating $1 million to Canadian outdoor organizations to:

  • Teach outdoor skills
  • Protect wild spaces
  • Grow the communities of people getting active outside

Funding from MEC is supporting groups across Canada with avalanche safety training, outdoor programs for youth, conserving wilderness, and lots more.

Society-funded expeditions will take MEC gear with them on their trips. Learn more about their Outdoor Impact program here.


Society has an urgent need for brave exploration, discovery and outreach. In the face of pressing challenges, the next generation will need to use their curiosity and global connectivity to collaborate, engage and chart a better future for humanity.
Jill Heinerth, Explorer-in-Residence