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Epic Northwest Passage

Explore the best of the Arctic on this remarkable expedition cruise: sail from the stark, icy landscapes and colourful fishing villages of West Greenland; cross the Davis Strait to the stunning fjords of Baffin Island; and voyage into the remote Northwest Passage.

Follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen, and Larsen, penetrating the archipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s High Arctic region. Become immersed in the history of exploration as you visit defining sites, hear stories depicting contemporary life, and learn about the consequences of those adventures.

This region is home to the legendary polar bear, muskox, bowhead whale, and walrus, all of we will search for. All the while, you will be surrounded by fascinating geology and glacial history.

Since 2011, close to 500 Canadian university alumni association travellers have explored Canada’s
North on this biennial, exclusively chartered voyage. Travelling in the company of some of the very best study leaders from Canadian universities, participants have enjoyed an experience of unprecendented richness. In 2019, we are aboard the RCGS Resolute, a purpose-built polar expedition vessel perfectly equipped to guide you on your quest to explore and discover one of the world’s most remote and awe-inspiring regions, in comfort and safety.

Some say that Canada’s Arctic is our country’s best part. Discover these fantastic landscapes and their many layers of meaning, along with a rare chance to visit Greenland too!
Special Offer

Book by October 1, 2018 to earn a C$500 per person charter flight credit!


Expedition Cruise Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC Travel Club

Arctic | 13 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Aug 18-31, 2019
Cost:
From C$13495 - $23595, depending on cabin type
Group Size:
Limited to 100 participants

Includes:
Accommodation for one pre-expedition night in Ottawa, based on double occupancy; accommodation in selected cabin, based on double occupancy; all meals; complimentary soft drinks, house wine, house beer, and house spirits; 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 from hotel to airport in Ottawa; complimentary use of “All Weather Gear” (gumboots, waterproof jacket and pants, dry bag).

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Ottawa
Day 2: Fly to Kangerlussuaq, embark
Day 3: Sisimiut
Day 4: Ilulissat and the Jacobshavn Icefjord
Days 5 - 6: Baffin Bay
Day 7: Pond Inlet
Days 8 - 9: Lancaster Sound and Devon Island
Day 10: Beechey Island and Prince Leopold Island
Day 11: Fort Ross and Bellot Strait
Day 12: Coningham Bay
Day 13: Victory Point, King William Island
Day 14: Cambridge Bay, disembark, fly to Edmonton
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Ship Information

With an unsurpassed ice classification, a proven track record for stability and safety, large indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, and exceptional maneuverability, RCGS Resolute is ideally equipped to guide guests through the world’s most pristine regions while carrying a maximum of 146 passengers in unparalleled comfort, with an array of amenities, educational opportunities and all the well-known OOE activities tailored to guests’ particular interests, as well as personalized service.

Your Tour Leaders

Catherine LaFarge is director and curator of the Cryptogamic Herbarium at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Her research in the Arctic has focused on bryophytes (ecological building blocks like mosses and other non-vascular plants), which her team has revived after 400 years in the ice leading to suggestions that they may be ideal as trial balloons for researchers exploring the prospect of survival beyond earth.

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 Christoph Richter is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Biology at University of Toronto Mississauga. His research focused on the influence of human activities on the behaviour of cetaceans. Currently, he is leading undergraduate research on the ecological impact of invasive species around Mississauga and on the Galápagos Islands. He has taught field courses in the Bay of Fundy, Gulf of Maine, and Ecuador, and has been a study leader on cruises to the Arctic, Haida Gwaii and the Antarctic.

John Smol is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and a professor in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. He studies how ecosystems change over long periods in response to natural and human-induced environmental change with a particular focus on Arctic and alpine ecosystems. For about three decades, he has been leading research in the high Arctic, studying the ecology of polar lakes and ponds and how they have changed.

John England is Professor Emeritus of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. His research spans 53 field seasons and has focused on glacial geology, sea level change, permafrost landscapes and processes, sea ice, and glaciology. A passionate advocate for the protection of the northern environment and for northern science, Dr. England was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s northernmost national park, Quttinirpaaq, on Ellesmere Island.

Professor Lee Groat has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia since 1989. His main research interests are the geology of gem deposits, pegmatites, the crystal chemistry of minerals, and economic geology. Many of his projects have entailed fieldwork in remote parts of northern Canada. In 2003 Dr. Groat was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and in 2009 the new mineral, groatite was named in his honour.

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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!
Special Offer

Book by October 1, 2018 to earn a C$500 per person charter flight credit!


Expedition Cruise Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC Travel Club

Arctic | 13 days
Expedition Cruise

Dates:
Aug 18-31, 2019
Cost:
From C$13495 - $23595, depending on cabin type
Group Size:
Limited to 100 participants

Includes:
Accommodation for one pre-expedition night in Ottawa, based on double occupancy; accommodation in selected cabin, based on double occupancy; all meals; complimentary soft drinks, house wine, house beer, and house spirits; 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 from hotel to airport in Ottawa; complimentary use of “All Weather Gear” (gumboots, waterproof jacket and pants, dry bag).

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Amazing views, great company and efficient organization." - NWP'17

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