Adventure Canada - Into The Northwest Passage - August/September 2017
Expedition cruise East to West through the famous Northwest Passage
The Northwest Passage represents the pinnacle of Arctic exploration. On this trip, like the explorers before us, we’ll experience the quaint villages, dramatic fjords, and calving glaciers of Greenland, working our way north to spectacular Kap York. Then, crossing Smith Sound, we’ll visit Aujuittuq (Grise Fiord), Canada’s northernmost community, and pay respects at the Franklin Expedition graves at Beechey Island. Melville, Banks, and Devon Islands offer opportunities to spot Peary caribou, polar bear, walrus and musk ox—and visits to ghostly RCMP and Hudson’s Bay Company posts. Prince of Wales Strait affords a striking passage to Amundsen Gulf and our destination: Kugluktuk (Coppermine), the end of our epic journey above the Arctic Circle.
To sail the Northwest Passage is to sail living history; join the ranks of the fearless adventurers who have been lured by its spirit. Half the world away is closer than you think.
The price shown is for the cruise only, and will vary with the fluctuating rate of exchange.
Charter flights are required from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq outbound, and Kugluktuk (Coppermine) to Edmonton inbound. These can be arranged as part of the package by Adventure Canada at additional cost.
The expertise and company of our expedition staff, onboard educational presentations, interactive workshops, evening entertainment, 24-hour documentary and film programming, fully stocked library
All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks, hors d’oeuvres & snacks during evening recaps
Introductions to local people and customs, sightseeing, museum entries, park accesses, port taxes, access to pristine wilderness areas, Zodiac tours and cruises, on-site archaeology workshops, community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations
Proposed itinerary, subject to alteration
Day 1 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2 Sisimiut
Day 3 Ilulissat
Day 4 Karrat Fjord
Day 5 Melville Bay
Day 6 Kap York
Day 7 Smith Sound
Day 8 Aujuittuq (Grise Fjord), Nunavut
Day 9 Coburg Island
Day 10 Devon Island
Day 11 Beechey Island
Day 12 Bathurst Island
Day 13 Melville Island
Day 14 Banks Island, Northwest Territories
Day 15 Prince of Wales Strait
Day 16 Ulukhaktok (Holman)
Day 17 Kugluktuk (Coppermine), Nunavut
Sail this legendary route aboard a small ice-class expedition vessel
Photograph birds and wildlife in their stunning natural habitat
Marvel at the Ilulissat Icefjord, home to the world's fastest-moving glacier
Travel to Greenland, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories within one sailing
Learn about Inuit communities, culture, and worldview first-hand
See haunting artifacts of the northern explorers, HBC, and RCMP
Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.
Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue. The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft). Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and manoeuvrability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek.
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