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Transiting the sea ice en route to the floe edge
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Watching for Narwhal and Polar Bears in the cracks
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Photographing sea ducks as they return to the north
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Exploring the edges of Naujaat
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Searching for Arctic wildlife on the vast tundra

June at the Floe Edge with Katsu Sakuma

Jun 12-19, 2021

8 days | Arctic | Travel with Katsu Sakuma

June is a month of great change in the Arctic as the long days usher in a flurry of activity. Life returns to the land as wildflowers begin to blossom and tundra birds set up nesting territories. Life at sea also changes as the thick ice which has beset the waters for months yields to the sun’s warm rays and begins to break up. The Polar Bear remains as long as it can upon the ice along the breaks, while the break-up allows whales and seabirds to return to summer feeding grounds. The edge of ice and open sea – the floe edge – becomes a wildlife highway.

On this unique tour for wilderness lovers, we travel to the boundaries of ice and open sea at the very top of Hudson Bay. Starting at the village of Naujaat on the Arctic Circle (formerly called Repulse Bay), we make our way over the ice by snowmobile to the floe edge where we will set up camp and spend the coming days in a wonderful setting. Polar Bears may course atop the ice’s edges nearby. Narwhal, Beluga, and Bowhead Whales, pushing their boundaries into the thawing sea, may pass before us and stunning Arctic birds such as the gorgeous King Eider also push forth. We’ll feel the pulse of the Arctic spring as it takes place around us in serene surroundings. Photographic opportunities will be numerous. Our expert local guides will monitor the changing conditions, always on the lookout for all wildlife, and we’ll move about accordingly.

If you particularly enjoy the prospect of discovering Canada’s remote regions, then consider joining us for this tour of discovery at ‘the edge’.



Quest Tour Leader Tony Beck recently hosted a webinar featuring his photos and stories from the floe edge! Click here to watch (29 min. with Q&A)
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Tour Cost (per person):
C$7195 (incl. taxes & gratuities, internal flights) + 5% GST
Group Size:
7 - 12 participants

What’s included: Hotel accommodation in Winnipeg for one night based on double occupancy; hotel accommodation in Winnipeg for one night based on double occupancy; roundtrip airfare from Winnipeg to Naujaat (Repulse Bay); shared accommodations in floe-edge tents near Naujaat; transportation in Naujaat; meals as described in the itinerary; services of naturalist leader Katsu Sakuma; taxes and gratuities of C$200 are included. Tour cost above based on 7 travellers.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Winnipeg
2Fly to Naujaat, to the floe edge
3-5The floe edge
6Head to Naujaat, explore the town
7Return to Winnipeg, farewell dinner
8Depart Winnipeg
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Your Tour Leader

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Katsu Sakuma had already established himself in the paddling business before moving to Canada with his family in 1999. It was therefore a natural move to begin his career in Canada as a canoe guide in Algonquin Park. With an active interest in natural history and wild spaces, he expanded his activities to Vancouver Island as well as the Yukon River. Since 2007, Katsu has worked as a Seasonal Park Naturalist in Algonquin Park during each fall colour season. He is passionate about connecting Canadians and visitors to our country’s vast wild spaces!

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Travel with Katsu Sakuma
Tour Cost (per person):
C$7195 (incl. taxes & gratuities, internal flights) + 5% GST
Group Size:
7 - 12 participants

What’s included: Hotel accommodation in Winnipeg for one night based on double occupancy; hotel accommodation in Winnipeg for one night based on double occupancy; roundtrip airfare from Winnipeg to Naujaat (Repulse Bay); shared accommodations in floe-edge tents near Naujaat; transportation in Naujaat; meals as described in the itinerary; services of naturalist leader Katsu Sakuma; taxes and gratuities of C$200 are included. Tour cost above based on 7 travellers.

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