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Yellowknife Team’s Royal Canadian Geographical Society Polar Plunge a Success

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Our team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous explorers from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories included four intrepid gals and one guy. Together we plunged into Great Slave Lake to raise funds for the 2024 The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) Polar Plunge.

Our polar plunge fundraiser has closed. Northern Canadians plunged (in -30°C air temperature as the sun was setting) into the deepest lake in North American and the 10th largest lake in the world to raise $3,104.00. This group surpassed their initial goal to raise $3,000.00

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Funds raised go to support the RCGS’s Canadian Geographic EXPLORER podcast which presents stories that help reshape our understanding of geography, the natural world—and Canada.

On Monday, March 4, we drove on an ice road to our plunge site. Not all of us successfully navigated the ice road—one of our team members got stuck in a snow bank and her vehicle was recovered the following day…

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CBC News covered the #RCGSPolarPlunge. We hope that you enjoy CBC North’s footage of the event and their interviews of our team members:

We’d like to thank our friends and family who turned out to cheer us on, mixing hot drinks and taking photos and videos of the third annual RCGS Polar Plunge.

We’d also like to thank Jake Olson of Arctic Duchess Adventures who partnered with us to make the 2024 #RCGSPolarPlunge possible in Yellowknife.

We salute all the individuals and teams who braved the bracing waters of the North Saskatchewan River, Bow River, Lake Ontario, Meech Lake, and the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans in support of making Canada better known to Canadians and the world.

And we’re thankful to everyone who donated to our Team NWT polar plunge campaign in support of thoughtful, independent journalism about our country.

Article Submitted by Susan R. Eaton, Sea Women Exhibitions



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