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Canadian Arctic Expedition Cruise

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Canada’s 150th anniversary kicks off in July, 2017, and we present to you the thrilling opportunity to recognize Canada’s sesquicentennial by sailing in Canada’s Arctic. This expedition cruise combines the quest for wildlife with the exploration history of the famed Northwest Passage.

Be prepared to set foot at historical sites previously visited by the likes of Franklin, Parry and Amundsen in their pursuits of the Northwest Passage. This voyage takes us to Peel Sound, considered the crux of the Northwest Passage, to Pasely Bay where the RCMP vessel St. Roch was frozen in 1942, and through Victoria Strait, very near the actual location of the HMS Erebus.

Stark tundra, gigantic ice bergs and towering fiords serve as a stunning backdrop. All the while, be on the lookout for hearty Arctic wildlife like Atlantic Walrus, Belugas, Narwhals, Gyrfalcons and Polar Bears. Frequent shore landings in the company of expert guides allow us to explore on foot, observing wildlife, Arctic flora, and points of historical interest.

The ice-strengthened Akademik Sergey Vavilov is the floating lodge for our group of university alumni and friends from across Canada. Take in special on-board presentations by two of Canada’s top northern researchers and a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow where you can consider and discuss the challenges and opportunities for Inuit communities, landscapes, and wildlife in today’s Arctic.

This expedition has been added to our roster due to the overwhelming response to the now sold-out Canada’s Northwest Passage 2017 expedition.

The magnetism of the North calls and there is no better year in which to answer.
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Arctic | 11 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Aug 13-23, 2017
Cost:
From C$7995 - C$16495 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: Fury Beach
Day 5: Prince Regent Inlet, Fort Ross historic site
Day 6: Prince of Wales Island
Day 7: Victory Point
Day 8: Pasely Bay
Day 9: Peel Sound
Day 10: Aston Bay
Day 11: Disembark in Resolute
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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

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.

Ian Shanahan guides throughout Canada and internationally from the Tropics to the Arctic. Over 13 seasons as an interpretive naturalist in Ontario’s Presqu’ile and Algonquin Parks, his initial passion for birds spread to all life forms. Now, Ian captures his nature explorations through writing, sketching and photography.

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.

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.

Dr. Russell Potter is a Royal Canadian Geographical Society fellow and academic recognized globally for his work on 19th century Arctic exploration. He was an historical consultant and contributor to the companion website for “Arctic Passage: Prisoners of the Ice."

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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 Quest Nature Tours Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC

Arctic | 11 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Aug 13-23, 2017
Cost:
From C$7995 - C$16495 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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