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2012-2013 Canada and the North

2012-2013 Canada and the North

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Adventure Canada's 2012 and 2013 departures into Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Scotland and others! Polar bear and Narwhal voyages, Queen Charlotte Islands and the Northwest Passage are featured.
Adventure Canada's 2012 and 2013 departures into Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Scotland and others! Polar bear and Narwhal voyages, Queen Charlotte Islands and the Northwest Passage are featured.

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My mother says that the reason
why I spent three years in
Ushuaia, Argentina, was because
it was the furthest that I could
get from home. Well, half of that
is true; it was the furthest that
I could get - but the goal was
never to distance myself from
home, specifcally. Adventure,
exploration, these are things
that have become synonymous
with our species and it was very
difcult for me as a child to
contend with the fact that I could
not just pick up and go of on my
own. For several years now, home
has been my big black canvas
bag that can, miraculously and
without explanation, contract and expand between 18 and 23 kg depending upon weight restrictions. I am a
wanderer, a person without a fxed address.

Every destination I am lucky enough to visit inspires me to continue to explore and the list of unseen
destinations seem endless. Tough this lifestyle gives me the freedom to wander aimlessly, there is one part of
this tiny planet that keeps me coming back as though it was home: Te Canadian Arctic - My Arctic, Eh!

2001 marked the frst time that I ventured up North to work on a scientifc expedition on a remote bird colony
near Resolute Bay and since then I have returned North every summer. It is my sense of home that many
wanderers often seek but never fnd. It is familiar and wondrous, spooky and exciting, harsh and inviting; a
land of delightful contradictions that make you care for it as you would a loved one. It is the place that gave me
glimpses into the secret lives of arctic fox, seal and muskox.  It is place that causes my heart to pound with close
encounters of polar bears and it is the one that delights me when stories are shared with local friends. It is the
most difcult place I have ever travelled but it has brought out the best in me and my companions, it challenges
us, it teases us, and then it compliments us with its beauty and wilderness. Our Arctic is one of culture, of nature,
and of vast landscape. It is my home, and one that I invite all to explore.

-Shoshanah Jacobs, Expedition Leader

Shoshanah became a sailor when she
was 6 years old and her parents bought
a 12 metre motor yacht. Until that time,
her frst dive, though technically in a
swimming pool at the age of 4, was by
far the most exciting moment of her life.
Tat experience created a path towards
becoming a marine biologist from which
she would never divert. Originally from
Ottawa, Shoshanah moved to the east
coast of Canada, where she earned a BSc
in Marine Biology. Her MSc dissertation
focussed on the acoustic ecology of seals
and the efects of aquaculture on their
population distribution. She returned to
Ottawa in 2001 to complete her Doctoral
dissertation on the energy dynamics
of Arctic seabirds. Her feldwork led
her to some of the most isolated areas
of Canada, sparking a passion for
expeditions and travel. In 2005, she began
taking tourists on ship-based expeditions
to Canada’s North. She has worked in
pretty much every onboard job from
deck hand to Expedition Leader while
maintaining an active scientifc career and
publishing record.

Join Shoshanah on our 2012 Arctic Safari
Epic High Arctic, Into the Northwest
Passage, Greenland & Wild Labrador and
Newfoundland Circumnavigation.

Shoshanah Jacobs

Expedition Leader

©
M
ichelle Valberg

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Arctic Safari

July 30 – August 9, 2012
July 17 -27, 2013
aboard the Clipper Adventurer

© Michelle Valberg

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The timeless lure of the North has drawn many to the upward
reaches of our planet. Te Aurora Borealis, the ice, the
marvelous creatures, the midnight sun, the endless landscape are
all a part of the magnetism that beckon us and calls us forward on
our journey. Tousands of years of human history lies behind us on
our journey of exploration. Northern people, attune to the harsh
realities of their natural environment, have cultivated ingenious
adaptations to thrive in Arctic. Only a few hundred years ago
early European explorers navigated the icy waters of Bafn Bay in
search of whales, gold, a route to the Orient and, in the case of the
Vikings, a new home. Our classic Arctic expedition, Arctic Safari,
connects areas of great cultural, historical and natural signifcance.

Beginning in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland we set sail down one of
the country’s longest fords, crossing the Arctic Circle. Striking
North past pretty colourful houses that dot the Greenlandic coast,
we’ll call in at the splendid town of Ilulissat, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. A Zodiac cruise into the ice-ford, where towering
icebergs calve from the massive Greenland icecap as it tumbles
down to meet the sea, will surely leave you breathless and refreshed.

Crossing Davis Strait, we will encounter the east side of Bafn
Island, one of the world’s dramatic coastlines. We will visit the
vibrant Inuit communities of Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) and
Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) making new friends along the way.
We’ll meet with local hosts; elders, school kids, community leaders
- all eager to showcase their home. We’ll learn about centuries
of traditions, the impact of modernity in the north and how
communities are searching for a balance of old and new.

Join us as we have a look at some of the wilder places in this
untamed land: the sheer bird clifs of Bylot and Prince Leopold
Islands, the ocean trench paralleling Isabella Bay - home to
bowhead whales, and the winding fords of Northeast Bafn.

With such a variety of excursions and peak summer weather – long
days, blooming tundra fowers and (usually) calm, warm weather
– we recommend this trip as the best way to experience the Arctic
for the frst time.

© M

ichelle Valberg

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“I cannot overstate how much I loved the
scenery and the wildlife. Having said that,
the highlight of the trip was meeting
the wonderful people- onboard, both
staf and passengers, and the community
people. What a wonderful gathering of
like-minded people, kind, gracious, funny,
bright and talented. I truly felt like I was
among friends and family”

– Judy, Arctic Safari 2011

Our Intended Itinerary

Highlights

• Marvel at the Ilulissat icefeld, where 90%
of the North Atlantic’s icebergs are born
• Tousands of birds on the clifs of Prince
Leopold Island
• Visit the largest uninhabited island on
earth during our stop at Devon Island
• Cross the Arctic circle while sailing in
the shadow of the longest ford in West
Greenland
• Visit the historic graves of the ill-fated
Franklin Expedition
• Enjoy the town of Pond Inlet, with
breathtaking peaks of Bylot Island and
the hospitality of the townspeople
• Have tea with locals in a traditional
Greenlandic home
• Opportunity to view the highly
threatened bowhead whale in Isabella Bay

Day 1: Kangerlussuaq
Day 2: Itilleq
Day 3: Ilulissat
Day 4: Isabella Bay
Day 5: Kanngiqtugaapik (Clyde River)
Day 6: Buchan Gulf

Day 7: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Day 8: Bylot Island
Day 9: Prince Leopold
Day 10: Devon Island & Beechey Island
Day 11: Qausuittuq (Resolute)

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Our charter fight departs from Toronto and returns to Ottawa, the cost is $1,667 USD pp. Please call us for details.

© Michelle Valberg

© Michelle Valberg

Arctic Safari: Resource Staf

Tis is just a sampling of the outstanding staf on this voyage.
Please visit our website for a full list of staf members.

Matthew Swan, Matthew James Swan, Heidi Langille, Lynda Brown, Pierre Richard, Shoshanah Jacobs and Cedar Swan will also be on this voyage. Please fnd their biographies within this brochure and online.

Dave grew up on the edge
of a vast forest in North
Vancouver. His teenage
working life consisted mostly
of outdoor education and
wilderness travel with the
YMCA, which lead him to a
career as a backcountry guide
and water based adventure
specialist. With a fair for the
unusual and a high degree
of risk tolerance, he decided
to start a business with
Matthew Swan in 1987. Te
transition from a carefree
guide loving his time in the
outdoors to an ofce based
environment, while perhaps
the natural evolution of the
maturing species, did not
go well. Seven years later
he took a fork in the trail to
seek new adventures. Today
Dave splits his time between
training guides for Tompson
Rivers University’s
Adventure Guide Program
and his business RippleRock
Consulting.

Danny is an internationally
published photographer
and biologist, with close to
30 years of experience in
the feld of environmental
education. He has a diploma
in Fisheries & Wildlife
management, a BSc in
Biology and an MSc in
Wildlife Ecology . His
career with Parks Canada
spanned 13 before he
shifted to teaching at the
post-secondary level in BC.
Danny has explored over
60 countries around the
world. His photographs have
appeared in a broad range
of publications including
the Globe & Mail, New
York Daily News, Chinese
Geographic, Macleans and
TIME. When not seeking
adventures in exotic places,
Danny is a faculty member
in the Fish, Wildlife and
Recreation program at the
British Columbia Institute of
Technology.

Jane writes and lectures in
cultural history, archaeology
and art history to museum,
university and avocational
groups. Until recently she
was professor of Inuit and
native art and culture at the
University of Calgary, and
is a former curator for the
Glenbow, Newfoundland and
Red Deer College Museums.
She is a Research Associate
and was appointed a Life
Member with the Arctic
Institute of North America.
Jane has worked as lecturer,
Zodiac driver and cruise
director for the past ten years.
With husband Callum she
operates a consulting business
in the feld of environmental
and heritage conservation,
interpretation and planning
and has had a key role in
planning new heritage and
tourism facilities throughout
Canada.

Paul cannot recall a time
when he was not birding,
and his passion has always
been for migrant songbirds.
Paul’s passion for birds
has taken him to passerine
monitoring / banding
stations in Israel, Costa
Rica, northern Ontario and
northern British Columbia
and Arctic Canada. In more
recent years his attentions
have steered more to
work with Ontario’s
endangered breeding
species, specifcally with
Bald Eagles, Loggerhead
Shrikes and Prothonotary
Warblers. However, he
still fnds time to indulge
in grass-roots migration
monitoring with the
Toronto Bird Observatory,
where as a certifed banding
trainer with the North
American Banding Council
he continues to pass on his
experience from 15 years of
banding on 3 continents.

Paul Prior

Ornithologist

Eight days aboard Canada’s
largest icebreaker measuring
satellite signals cemented
Allister’s love of Arctic travel.
Another similar trip involved a
“very cool”1370 km drive from
Whitehorse to Inuvik and then
along the MacKenzie Ice Road
to Tuktoyaktuk. After 34-years in
radio-communications, Allister
turned his background and
experience towards Search &
Rescue (SAR). Allister volunteers
with Cranbrook Ground SAR
and Air SAR. He is a certifed
civilian spotter, military spotter
and navigator. As Air SAR
Training Ofcer he teaches
courses in spotting, navigation,
radio-communications, radio
direction-fnding and GPS.
In 2011 he participated in 6
searches looking for hunters,
an elderly diabetic, an early-
onset Alzheimer subject and an
abducted 3-year old boy. Allister
will ofer navigation workshops
and insight on Arctic shipping
technology.

Allister Pedersen

Telecommunications Technologist

Past President of the Royal
Canadian Geographical
Society, Denis is a
geomorphologist who has
worked with the Geological
Survey of Canada and on
the Polar Continental Shelf
Project, Denis has been
fascinated by the Arctic
since 1959 when he started
studying the evolution of
landforms of Ellef Ringnes
Island. He is an Ofcer
of the Order of Canada, a
past Chair of Geography at
the University of Ottawa, a
fellow of the Arctic Institute
of North America and
recipient of the Scottish
Geographical Medal. Te
Canadian Association of
Geographers has presented
Dr. St-Onge its Award for
Service and the Geological
Association of Canada its
Ambrose Medal and in
2002 he was presented with
Queen Elizabeth II Golden
Jubilee Medal.

Denis St-Onge

Geologist

Dave Freeze

Expedition Team

Danny Catt

Photographer & Naturalist

Jane Sproull-Tomson

Archaeologist & Art Historian

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“Tis was a trip that far exceeded my expectations
and I had high expectations. I fell in love with
the arctic. I would love to return many times. Te
staf and passengers became so much more than
travel partners, they became friends; or at least
it felt like this. Te group of us developed into
family/community over the 11 days. Te staf
are exceptional. I can’t believe you got so many
quality people to come on one trip. I felt very
lucky. Tank you for making me feel so at home.”

– Pam, Arctic Safari 2011

© Michelle Valberg

© Dennis Minty

© Daniel J. Catt

© Daniel J. Catt

© Andrew Stewart

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