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Canada's Northwest Passage

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Celebrate Canada’s 150th on our iconic Northwest Passage Expedition, designed exclusively for the Canadian University Alumni community and friends.
  • New High Arctic route for our iconic voyage!
  • Community visit to Grise Fjord – the northernmost civilian settlement in Canada
  • Visit Professor Greg Henry’s research site at Alexandra Fjord, east central Ellesmere Island
  • Franklin Expedition grave sites at Beechey Island
  • Community visit to Pond Inlet
  • Isabella Bay National Wildlife area
  • Outstanding wildlife: Polar Bear, Musk Ox, Walrus, Whales
  • Spectacular scenery on Baffin Island’s East Coast
From a 2015 participant:
"It truly was perhaps the most memorable trip I have ever taken. The magnificent landscape , a sense of arctic life , the challenges of the Inuit and the importance of this region globally means so much more to me now that I have had a brief glimpse of the this part of Canada . I characterize the trip as being transformative for me, a term i have never used before. The contribution of the resources you provided were, in a large measure, what made the journey so meaningful. Again thanks for making me a much wiser Canadian based on the experience of a lifetime."
Expedition Cruise Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC

Arctic | 14 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Aug 22 - Sep 04, 2017
Cost:
From C$9995 - C$19995 per person + GST
Group Size:
Limited to 84 participants

Includes:
Accommodation for one night pre-expedition in Edmonton, based on double occupancy, accommodation in selected cabin, based on double occupancy, all meals , all excursions and landings, all community visits, all on board activities, full program of on board presentations by our Study Leaders, port dues and taxes, transfers: Hotel/Airport in Edmonton and Ship/Airport in Iqaluit, complimentary use of “All Weather Gear”: gumboots, waterproof jacket and pants

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Edmonton
Day 2: Charter flight to Resolute and embark the ship
Day 3: Franklin grave site at Beechey Island and the bird sanctuary at Prince Leopold Island
Day 4: Croker Bay and Dundas Harbour
Day 5: Grise Fjord - Canada's Northernmost settlement
Day 6: Alexandra Fjord Research Station
Day 7: Coburg Island, Niriutiqavvik National Wildlife Area
Day 8: Community visit at Pond Inlet
Day 9: Whale watching t Scott Inlet and Gibbs Fjord
Day 10: Isabella Bay
Day 11: Sunshine fjord on the Arctic Circle (great hiking!)
Day 12: Pangnirtung
Day 13: Monumental Island, Polar Bear sighting and walrus haul out
Day 14: Disembark in Iqaluit
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Ship Information

The M/V Akademik Sergey Vavilov is a Russian-flagged vessel built in 1989 in Finland. She is 117 metres long and travels at a maximum speed of 14.5 knots. She carries 92 passengers and 63 crew. An extremely experienced captain and crew and an ice-strengthened hull provides an exceptionally safe combination for expedition cruising.

Designed as a scientific research vessel, she has undergone extensive refitting and refurbishment over the last five years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel. This small number of passengers, matched with 10 Zodiacs and an equal number of experienced expedition staff, means that excursions are in depth and up close.

Your Tour Leaders

Martyn Obbard is an emeritus research scientist and the former resident bear biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and adjunct professor at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). His field work focused on Polar Bears and Black Bears, and he has published many papers detailing the demographics, genetics, and movements of these species.

Laurielle is one of the principals of Worldwide Quest, managing director, designer of new programs and planner of Signature Moments. She works principally with our Cultural Explorations portfolio and with customized travel programs for cultural institutions and affinity groups.

A past president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and retired school principal, Jean Iron is active writing for nature publications and participating in Wildlife Surveys for the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.

Page Burt is the staff naturalist at Bathurst Inlet Lodge. She has worked with the Inuit of Bathurst Inlet since 1972. She has also lived in Rankin Inlet and Yellowknife where she worked as an environmental scientist.

Professor Greg Henry, University of British Columbia is a geographer whose research focusses on the impacts of rapid climate change in Canada’s North. He is the Editor of Arctic Science, a Member of the Science and Technology Management Committee for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, and past Chair of the International Tundra Experiment (2003-2012).

Professor Mark Nuttall is a social anthropologist and holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. His work in the Arctic, North Atlantic and western and northern Canada is concerned with environmental change and resource use issue.

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You can request a detailed itinerary for this tour or call 1.800.387.1483 or email us with any questions or to reserve your booking!
Expedition Cruise Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC

Arctic | 14 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Aug 22 - Sep 04, 2017
Cost:
From C$9995 - C$19995 per person + GST
Group Size:
Limited to 84 participants

Includes:
Accommodation for one night pre-expedition in Edmonton, based on double occupancy, accommodation in selected cabin, based on double occupancy, all meals , all excursions and landings, all community visits, all on board activities, full program of on board presentations by our Study Leaders, port dues and taxes, transfers: Hotel/Airport in Edmonton and Ship/Airport in Iqaluit, complimentary use of “All Weather Gear”: gumboots, waterproof jacket and pants

WHAT THEY SAY:

"The experience of a lifetime."

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