Adventure Canada Cruise Into the Northwest Passage
What better way to see a place so shaped by sea than by ship?
You'll encounter rich colours, imposing skies and majestic cliffs aboard the Ocean Endeavour, a 198-passenger expedition vessel. Experience a monumental voyage along one of Greenland's longest fjords, encounter colourful houses set on the treeless tundra, meet the friendly Greenlanders and share in their culture, marvel at the vast icefields, cruise among the icebergs in the shadow of a glacier and visit the vibrant fishing community there, hike through the tundra and reach the farthest north the Vikings are known to have travelled. All in all an amazing adventure!
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Kangerlussuaq, which means 'The Big Fjord' in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it's 168km...
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands and complex...
Venturing 250km north of the Arctic Circle you will find the stunning coastal community...
In Karrat Fjord you will cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice break...
Upernavik means 'springtime place'. This was where people came in spring, when the ice broke up,...
You will sail through Milne Inlet, a narwhal breeding ground, enroute to Pond Inlet. This bustlin...
In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel...
Fort Ross was the last trading post built by the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada's Arctic. Establi...
During the first navigation of the Northwest Passage by the St. Roch, between 1940 and 1942, she...
In 1903, explorer Roald Amundsen, while looking for the Northwest Passage, sailed through the Jam...
The Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary contains the largest v...
Before there were any permanent buildings at Bathurst Inlet, the area was home to the Kingaunmiut...
Located between Victoria Island and the Arctic coast of mainland Canada, the Coronation Gulf is a...
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine river to southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gu...
Kangerlussuaq, which means 'The Big Fjord' in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it's 168km long and is where your journey will begin. Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in summer.Close
The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands and complex coastal waterways. You will be making an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.Close
Venturing 250km north of the Arctic Circle you will find the stunning coastal community of Ilulissat. Ilulissat translates literally into "iceberg", and there couldn't be a more fitting name. Your visit will include time in the colourful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where you can observe the great fields of ice. You will also cruise in the fleet of zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where you will find the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at 19m per day and calving more than 35 square kilometers of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years and, because of its relative ease of accessibility, has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change and related geomorphic processes.Close
In Karrat Fjord you will cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice breakup, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjord. The cliffs within the fjord should give good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities.Close
Upernavik means 'springtime place'. This was where people came in spring, when the ice broke up, to trade, fish and to drive the catch out to the open sea. Qaarsorsuaq Mountain, the town's landmark, can be seen up to 10km away.Close
You will sail through Milne Inlet, a narwhal breeding ground, enroute to Pond Inlet. This bustling Arctic community is surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Eastern Arctic. You will have a chance to explore the town, as well as take in a cultural presentation at the Nattinnak Centre.Close
In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. Until recently, the three graves had left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. Such is the interest in this story, the Canadian government recently announced a new initiative to locate the missing Franklin vessels.Close
Fort Ross was the last trading post built by the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada's Arctic. Established in 1937 it was meant to bridge the eastern and western Arctic fur trading districts through the Bellot Strait, a narrow 32-kilometre passage separating the northernmost tip of North America from Somerset Island. Rising out of the vast Arctic wilderness, Fort Ross had two buildings, a manager's house and a store, and was also home to a number of Inuit families. It was operated for some 11 years, but eventually abandoned because ice constantly choked the strait. When Fort Ross was finally closed in 1948, everything was moved some 250 kilometres south to Stanners Harbour, establishing the town of Spence Bay, now known as Taloyoak. Bellot Strait marks the first meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific tides north of Magellan Strait. Suprisingly, the strait was missed by John Ross and wasn't discovered until 1852 by William Kennedy, who named the strait after his second-in-command, Joseph-Rene Bellot.Close
During the first navigation of the Northwest Passage by the St. Roch, between 1940 and 1942, she sheltered in Pasley Bay in the winter of 1941. Here, Constable Albert Chartrand died suddenly from a heart attack. Captain Larsen and Corporal Hunt travelled 1300km by dogsled to find a Roman Catholic priest to deliver a service for him. There is an expedition stop here where you'll have a chance to explore this sheltered landscape of the Boothia Peninsula.Close
In 1903, explorer Roald Amundsen, while looking for the Northwest Passage, sailed through the James Ross Strait and stopped at a natural harbour on the island's south coast. Unable to proceed due to sea ice, he spent the winters of 1903-04 and 1904-05. There he learned Arctic living skills from the local Netsilik Inuit, skills that would later prove invaluable in his Antarctic explorations. He used his ship Gjøa as a base for explorations in the summer of 1904, sledding the Boothia Peninsula and travelling to the magnetic North Pole. Amundsen finally left, after 22 months on the island, in August 1905. The harbour where he lived is now the island's only settlement, Gjøa Haven, which he called 'the finest little harbour in the world.' Today the population has blossomed from 110 in 1961 to 1,064 in 2006.Close
The Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary contains the largest variety of geese of any nesting area in North America. The Sanctuary is one of the few nesting areas for both the Atlantic Brant (Brant bernicla hrota) and Pacific Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans). Almost the entire population of Ross' Goose (Chen rossii) nests here. It was named by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1905 for Maud of Wales, the Queen of Norway. The Ahiak Caribou calve along the Queen Maud Gulf coast in Nunavut and spend the summers here. Here you may also find bald eagles, muskox and grizzly bears.Close
Before there were any permanent buildings at Bathurst Inlet, the area was home to the Kingaunmiut, the "people of Nose Mountain". They constructed stone tent rings, meat caches, fox traps and drying racks, as well as hunting hides (taluit) and inuksuit (stone figures, "in the likeness of a man"). Few explorers reached this area - the first Franklin Expedition (1819-1821) came into Bathurst Inlet in the summer of 1821, travelling by large birchbark canoes, mapping the arctic coast and seeking the Northwest Passage. They were also seeking the local Inuit but found no one; everyone had gone inland for the summer. In 1936, the Hudson's Bay Company moved their trading post from the Western River area to Bathurst Inlet; the same year a Roman Catholic Church opened a mission. Both the trading post and mission operated until the mid 1960s.Close
Located between Victoria Island and the Arctic coast of mainland Canada, the Coronation Gulf is an extensive body of water that is linked to the Arctic Ocean via the Dolphin and Union Strait on the west and by the Dease Strait and Queen Maud Gulf on the east. Inside Coronation Gulf lies the Duke of York Archipelago. Rivers that flow into the gulf include the Rae, Richardson, Coppermine, and Tree. The mainland south of the gulf may have substantial diamond and uranium deposits. The small settlement of Kugluktuk lies at the mouth of the Coppermine River. The gulf was named in 1821 by John Franklin in honour of the coronation of King George IV. The environment and Native culture of the gulf was studied by Rudolph Anderson and Diamond Jenness in 1916 as part of the Canadian Arctic Expedition.Close
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine river to southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gulf, Kugluktuk is the western most community in Nunavut. Originally named Coppermine, it was renamed Kugluktuk according to its Inuinnaqtun name meaning "place of moving waters", on January 1st, 1996.
The Coppermine River itself is designated a Canadian Heritage River for the important role it played as an exploration and fur trade route. Copper deposits along the river attracted the first explorers to the area.
Because the tundra is close to the tree line, a variety of wildlife can be viewed in the area, including grizzly bears, wolverines and moose, as well as tundra wildlife, such as muskoxen, caribou, foxes and wolves.
Your cruise comes to an end here and we can arrange a flight back to a city.Close
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The Ocean Endeavour
The 198-passenger Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition voyages; with 20 zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room. She was launched in 1982, with upgrades in 2010 and 2014 and is 450ft in length. With a swimming pool, sauna and hot tub, as well as
cabins with private bathrooms and plenty of exterior and interior space, she is a very comfortable ship.
The Ocean Endeavour's crew is experienced and friendly and she offers the comfort and class of a boutique hotel. Her shallow draft and manoeuvrability allow her to access isolated fjords, bays and secluded communities, perfect for exploring one of the world's last great frontiers.
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