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Dear seekers of transformational journeys, There is no better way to describe how you approach travel. You lead busy lives nourished by relationships, family, community and professional endeavours. Your travel choices are inspired by the quest for special meaning, for ways to “refuel” and seek greater immersion in the simple pleasures of the human adventure. Our Canada and the North brochure features trips that will resonate with Canadians and other travellers fascinated by Canada‘s North. We are also introducing trips to other continents this year — across Central and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. The lens through which Great Excursions looks at the world is merely an extension of our own journey as a Canada specialist. Please visit www.greatexcursions.travel to find out all about our new Great Excursions abroad. It will be a pleasure to welcome you on next time you travel. On behalf of the Great Excursions team, thank you for helping us make a difference. All the best,
Claude-Jean Harel, Founder & Manager, Great Excursions
Southeast Alaska Community Tourism Development Mission
Rafting on the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park
Guest ranch adventure at Lake Diefenbaker in Saskatchewan
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Cruise Southeast Alaska!
Experience Southeast Alaska as few can ever do! Watch humpback whales in Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait, see brown bears, float among icebergs as a glacier tumbles into the sea and see totem poles from ancient cultures. These 9 to 11day adventures aboard our small-ships in Alaska are comparable to no other Alaskan experience.
July 1-9, 1-7, 13-20, 18-25, 2011 from $4,080
Kayaking Adventure in Portugal
This trip combines fun and exercise between stays in one fabulous wine farm (quinta) after another. There are also plenty of opportunities for long hikes in addition to low-key paddling. The vistas from the high hills, with the sun glinting gold on the river and the vineyards rolling down like a green blanket to the water’s edge, are nothing short of breathtaking!
September 10-19, 2011 & September 20-29, 2011 From $4,390
Grizzly Viewing at Knight Inlet
We view the bears differently in the different seasons. In the spring, we set out in boats so that we can get close to the shore (50 metres) and give our guests a good view of the bears feeding. We still remain far enough away as to not disturb them.
June 10-12, 2011 4 days from $1,605
Grizzly Viewing on Horseback in BC
Grizzlies are truly a symbol of the wilderness. This horseback riding grizzly viewing pack tour coincides with the beginning of the grizzly mating season in Canada. Catch yourself holding your breath in anticipation of the female finally obliging to the male Grizzly, after a week-long courting ritual.
June 19-25, 2011 From $3,059
Mountain Guest Ranch Adventure
Ride along well-defined horse trails, once used by explorers,pioneers and gold miners on this guest ranch horseback riding vacation in British Columbia. This is Western hospitality with all the activities of a true western lifestyle, and reliable Cayuse horses matched to your abilities. Vancouver shuttle is included.
4 days from $1,252
Ocean Kayaking, Rafting and Canoeing in Belize
Belize is a kayaker’s tropical wonderland of turquoise blues, emerald greens and coral whites. Two of nature’s most productive and diverse habitats—the magical tropical rain forest and abundant coral reef—are waiting to reveal their interconnected wonders. We’ve been looking forward to launching in this dynamic area for years and are excited to finally share the experience with our fellow explorers.
December 19 - 26, January 23 - 30, February 13 - 20, March 13 – 20, 2011
8 days from $3,090
Dog Mushing Holiday in Yukon
This dog mushing holiday in Yukon is an adventure for the beginner musher. We will teach you all the important aspects of mushing. You will experience the untouched beauty of the Yukon wilderness while mushing on historical trails.
November 13 - April 9, 2011 5, 8, 11 or 15 days from $1,325
Baja California Mountain Bike Tours
Tour the desert back country roads of central Baja California, with spectacular views, rugged rides and the perfect climate for your winter vacation! Our multi-day mountain bike tours begin on the picturesque waterfront of Loreto, and then turn inland through low foothills to the dramatic spine of the central desert mountains.
Dec. 11 – 18, Jan. 9 – 16, Apr. 16 – 23, 2011
8 or 9 days from $995
Celtic Quest: A Voyage Through the Scottish Isles
Table of Contents
Celtic Quest: Voyage through the Scottish Isles The Canadian-Scottish Connection Gardens Great & Small: Pre-tour Iceland & Greenland Four Billion Years of Earth History Into the Northwest Passage Walking in Ancient Footsteps Out of the Northwest Passage Heart of the Arctic Some Thoughts on Inuit Art Greenland & Wild Labrador The Land God Gave to Cain About the Arts Float Newfoundland Circumnavigation Exploring Rural Newfoundland
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Art on the Rock with Kevin Major The Clipper Adventurer The Ocean Nova The Clipper Odyssey The Trans-Siberian Express Explore Eastern Newfoundland Newfoundland Close-Up British Columbia’s Coast Mountains Haida Gwaii: The Queen Charlotte Islands Pond Inlet: Floe Edge 2011 Rates 2012 Rates Coming Attractions Registration Form Terms & Conditions
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Iceland & Greenland Into the Northwest Passage Out of the Northwest Passage Heart of the Arctic Greenland & Wild Labrador
Adventure Canada specializes in soft adventure programs, where you can experience the best of the natural world while enjoying the comforts of a friendly hotel. Our program features outdoor activities such as walking, wildlife viewing and Zodiac cruising in addition to a full lecture and entertainment schedule onboard our ship. Every day we offer a combination of lively shipboard activities and interesting shore excursions. Our guests choose what elements of the program they want to participate in, with nothing compulsory. It’s up to you! How fit do you need to be? Our excursions onshore will involve a relatively low level of exertion, but you will need a reasonable level of mobility. For example,you will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs (assistance is provided) for excursions onshore, and some of our landings will be ‘wet’, requiring waterproof boots. All of our participants must complete a medical form verified by their physician. Once you have left the Zodiac, you’ll find that we have designed our shore excursions to accommodate both those who wish to enjoy gentle strolls and those who prefer more active hikes. A few of the excursions may involve rough terrain, with rocky beaches leading to steep or rocky or marshy ground. In the seasons we travel, temperatures will vary, according to our altitude on land, or our ship’s position at sea. Itineraries are subject to change, and landings may depend on tides or weather, so, as with all outdoor activities, a flexible approach works best. When you register we will provide you with a complete list of recommended clothing, essentials to bring, and a suggested reading list. You will also receive a detailed booklet to help prepare you for your adventure. It includes information on the ship and a brief history of your destination, along with news about its people, its landscape, its wildlife, and its distinctive culture. Meals in the ship’s dining room are a great opportunity to meet new friends and to plan or recount the day’s adventures, and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. Many of our guests form life-long friendships, and we are delighted to find that reunion events often involve people travelling great distances to renew these important ties. We know, of course, that everyone travels for different reasons. Over the years, however, we have found one common element among the guests who choose to travel with us — a thirst for knowledge and authentic experience. Knowing this drives us to ensure the highest quality learning experience on our trips, by taking the time to design in careful detail each trip we offer.
Celtic Quest: A Voyage Through the Scottish Isles
May 31- June 10, 2011 aboard the Clipper Odyssey
Both photos © Larry Frank
cotland’s western and northern isles offer a rich supply of culture, heritage and natural history. In medieval times an already archaic society in the Hebrides evolved into the Lordship of the Isles, a sea-kingdom blending Gael and Viking under the powerful domination of Clan Donald. In the north, Orkney and Shetland were welded into a formidable Scandinavian earldom, and were in fact held by the kings of Norway. The naturally-occurring slabs of flat stone and the shortage of wood for buildings mean that both island groups today preserve some of the oldest monuments in Europe, dating back to the Stone Age. The miraculously preserved buildings of Orkney’s Skara Brae “the most complete Neolithic settlement in Europe featuring superbly preserved domestic interiors with stone cupboards, dressers and box beds, cooking utensils and jewellerylike beads” (according to Rosemary Goring in Scotland: The Autobiography) provide a Pompeii-like intimate visit to the past. Today both islands exploit the latest computer technologies to place them at the forefront of modern developments, and the distinctive jewellery of Orkney is justly famous, like the traditional Harris tweed of the outer Hebrides. Kinship and community are two of the constants in this story; Gaelic-speaking clans retained their independence despite acknowledging the Lords of the Isles, while free Norse landholders battled the forces of feudalism in the Northern Isles. As our ship, Clipper Odyssey, winds its way through the western isles and the Pentland Firth to Orkney and Shetland, history will illuminate the present, while tradition will enhance our understanding of the past. An ever-present part of that past will be the tides of history that swept so many thousands of people from these islands to the shores of Canada, from the days that The Hector in 1773 brought the first Highland settlers to Nova Scotia. Today, more than 4 million Canadians boast of their Scottish descent, and the names of the people we encounter will be very familiar to students of Canadian leaders. On our cruise, the abundant bird and mammal population of the area will be observed, studied and surely enjoyed. June is an ideal month to visit Scotland in search of birds. With breeding well under way, watchers will be rewarded with excellent opportunities to see new types of birds. Photographers will have time to focus their attentions on improving technique, and will enjoy learning in small group tutorials. Island folk have always been extremely conscious of the natural environment, as the riches of the sea have sustained them for many centuries. We’ll experience a bit of island life, too, with music and laughter in community halls and local pubs. After sailing down the east coast of the Scottish mainland, a highlight of our program will surely be our visit to the University of St. Andrews, which will be celebrating the 600th anniversary of its foundation in 1410-12. As the ruins of the massive Cathedral show, St. Andrews was the seat of the greatest bishopric in Scotland and a natural location for a centre for learning, a role that has continued with distinction down through the centuries. The recent engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who met as students at St. Andrews, has led the mischievous University to proclaim itself “Britain’s leading matchmaking University.” We will have a chance to test this claim as we make a behind the scenes visit to the University. This charming little mediaeval town on the Fife coast is also known to golfers around the world, and arrangements can be made (with plenty of notice, as described elsewhere) to help golfers fulfil their dreams.
“This trip was nothing short of magical. The way to see the Scottish Isles is by ship. The landscapes, the special light, the island communities, the birds...it was almost overwhelming. .” -Jean, Celtic Quest 2007
© Larry Frank
Our Intended Itinerary
Day 1: Glasgow, Loch Lomond & Oban Day 2: Islay & Jura Day 3: Staffa, Iona & Lunga Day 4: Mingulay & Barra Day 5: St. Kilda Day 6: Orkney Islands Day 7: Foula & Papa Stour Day 8: Mousa & Fair Isle Day 9: Stonehaven & Aberdeenshire Day 10: Dundee & St. Andrews Day 11: Edinburgh
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Relish single malts on the distillery isles of Islay and Jura Explore St. Kilda, an island community five hours west of the outer Hebrides, abandoned by the last 38 inhabitants in 1930 : very few people ever get to go there! Experience island life on Foula and Papa Stour in the Shetlands Marvel at the largest collection of prehistoric megalithic structures in western Europe Glory in the spring wildflowers and the abundant birdlife throughout the western and northern islands Climb Mousa broch, a stone age fortification almost perfectly intact on the Shetlands Visit the Highlands, followed by a trip to the old Arctic whaling city of Dundee Celebrate St. Andrews University’s 600th anniversary, and stroll the streets of the old grey medieval town Finally, marvel at Edinburgh, where you may wish to extend your tour
Celtic Quest: Resource Staff
This is just a sampling of the outstanding staff on this voyage. Please visit our website for a full list of staff members.
Ted Cowan Historian
Educated at Edinburgh University, Ted taught for 13 years in the Scottish History Department there. In 1979, he became Professor of History and Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, Ontario, returning to Scotland in 1993 as Professor of Scottish History and Literature at the University of Glasgow. He has written several books, and is interested in the Vikings, medieval Scotland, the Covenants, Scottish Popular Culture and Scottish Emigration. Ted has a keen interest in Arctic Canada’s exploration era. Ted lives across from a pub in New Galloway outside Dumfries in the Scottish borders.
Bill Lishman Special Guest
Nicknamed Father Goose, Bill is a world renowned artist. His works include award-winning films and numerous works of public art, a self designed energy efficient earth integrated dome home and a best selling autobiography. He was a pioneer in microlight aviation and is the first human to fly with, and lead birds in the air with an aircraft. He pioneered the use of aircraft in establishing new migration routes for endangered species of birds. His work has been documented numerous times, including the feature film, Fly Away Home. He is the recipient of the The Canadian Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal and the US National Wildlife Federation 2002 Conservation award.
Brent Stephenson Ornithologist
Brent was born in New Zealand and has been a birder since childhood. In 2005 he completed a Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. In 2003, he rediscovered the “extinct” New Zealand storm-petrel, a bird known only from three museum specimens collected during the 1800s. With support from National Geographic, he has been leading a team conducting further research on this enigmatic seabird. His passion for travel, birds, and the ocean has led him to many corners of the world working on small expedition ships. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it! His passion and knack for wildlife photography has led to increasing publication of photos and articles in books and magazines, both within New Zealand and overseas.
Douglas Gibson Publisher
Doug was born and raised in Scotland, where he went to the University of St. Andrews. Besides having a great time there, he boxed for the Scottish Universities team (it won, he lost) became President of the Students’ Union, and won a scholarship to Yale. He came to Canada in 1967, and became a book editor and publisher. As the Publisher at McClelland & Stewart for many years, he worked closely with authors such as Pierre Trudeau, Alice Munro, James Houston, Robertson Davies, and Alistair MacLeod. He was the first Canadian with his own editorial imprint, Douglas Gibson Books, and has won every industry award from Editor of the Year to Publisher of the Year. In 2011 his memoirs of publishing so many of our country’s leading authors, entitled Stories About Storytellers, will appear.
Lizanne Henderson Historian & Folklorist
Lizanne has a B.A. in History and Fine Art, from the University of Guelph, ON, and an M.A. in Folklore, from Memorial University, NL. She completed her PhD at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Currently, she runs the history program at the University of Glasgow. One of her main research areas is the Scottish diaspora in North America, Australasia, Africa and the Caribbean. Her books include Scottish Fairy Belief: A History, editor of Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture and co-editor of A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland. She is currently editing The Routledge Companion to British and Irish Folklore (2013), and writing a monograph Witchcraft and Witch Belief at the Dawn of Enlightenment: Scotland c. 1670-1740. She has been working on expedition ships for fifteen years.
Graeme Gibson Author
Graeme who is the author of four novels and the recently published Bedside Book of Beasts, is currently joint Honourary President, with Margaret Atwood, of BirdLife International’s Rare Bird Club. For almost ten years (in the guise of “The Great Auk”), Graeme organized, and frequently led, birding trips to Cuba and Ecuador. A long time conservationist he has been a council member of WWF-Canada and is currently Chairman of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Graeme was an initial organizer and a founding member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and has been president of the Canadian Centre of International PEN. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992. He lives with writer Margaret Atwood in Toronto.
Matthew Swan, Ian Tamblyn, Mike Beedell, Aaron Russ and others will also be on this voyage, find their biographies within this brochure or online.
© Michelle Valberg, 2009
“I had to write to tell you about how special it was to travel with that amazing group of Adventure Canada resource people. The knowledge, sense of humour and approachability of your team bumped the trip up to a whole new level. Well done again!” -Betty, Celtic Quest 2007
© Daniel J. Catt, 2009
©Daniel J. Catt
The Canadian-Scottish Connection
As you might expect from its title, my book How The Scots Invented Canada focuses mainly on Canada. But while preparing to write it, I felt the need to do research in Scotland – partly to understand those Scottish inventors and where they came from, and partly, let’s be honest, for the fun of it. With my wife, Sheena Fraser McGoogan, I devoted ten weeks to two separate road trips. We visited Robbie Burns Country and sat in the poet’s old favourite chair. We poked around Abbotsford, the fantastical house that Sir Walter Scott (the man who invented the historical novel) built in the Borders. In St. Andrews, we explored the ruins of the cathedral in which the preacher John Knox made his first stand. But mostly we explored more direct connections. In the Ettrick Valley, we visited the graves of the ancestors of Alice Munro. North of Inverness, we drove down a dirt road to the ancestral cairn of John A. MacDonald, a cairn built of the stones salvaged from the croft of his grandfather. In Avoch, on Black Isle, we admired the walled memorial that honours Alexander Mackenzie, the first explorer to travel overland (and by river) from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
Ken McGoogan Author & Historian
In my book, I summarize the road trips in a prologue. But I gloss over two key moments. The first came when we stood in the wind at the Mull of Kintyre in the south of Scotland. We had arrived in a morning fog, but as we stood gazing over the water, the fog lifted and, sure enough, we could see it, not twenty kilometres away: the north coast of Ireland. We could almost touch it. The second moment occurred on that coast. Having deked over to Ireland, we were staying at a B&B just outside Ballycastle. One evening, we chased a rugged, cliffside path along the rocky coast until, as promised, we came to the ruins of a magnificent castle. I found myself wondering: why would anyone build such a glorious edifice in a location so hard to reach? To the north, looking out across the water, we could see Scotland: not just Kintyre but Islay and a few other islands. Then it struck me: this castle, almost inaccessible by land, could easily be approached by sea. It belonged to a maritime world in which it overlooked a bustling thoroughfare. For hundreds of years, people had explored this water-world by boat. They had sailed regularly between northern Ireland and Scotland, and south to Dublin and beyond, and north to the islands of St. Kilda, Orkney and Shetland. And at that point I realized that I would never appreciate the Scotland of my ancestors unless I experienced the world the way they did. I would have to explore that world by boat. And if, to some, that rationale seemed inadequate, I would make no apologies: I would sail the Scottish Isles for the fun of it.
Ken McGoogan is the author of an Arctic Discovery Quartet of biographical narratives: Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Race to the Polar Sea. Hailed as “one of the finest contemporary Canadian writers of Arctic exploration history,” Ken has won the Writers’ Trust of Canada Biography Prize, the Canadian Authors’ Association History Award, the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, and the Pierre Berton Award for History. He has chased the ghost of Lady Franklin around Tasmania, lugged a memorial plaque honoring John Rae into the High Arctic, and made a cameo appearance in the BBC docudrama based on his book Fatal Passage. He writes a column for Canada’s History magazine, serves as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, sails as a resource historian with Adventure Canada and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Ken will be joining us on our Celtic Quest & Out of the Northwest Passage.
What’s Different about this Sailing About Our Partnership with The Walrus Foundation
In 2011 we are delighted once again to partner with the award-winning magazine The Walrus. The Walrus is published by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation, which is dedicated to debate on matters vital to Canadians. The magazine – winner of more awards in its seven years of publication than any other Canadian title – is the principal means by which the foundation achieves its mandate, supporting Canadian writers, artists, ideas, and conversations.
Along with publishing The Walrus, The Walrus Foundation strives to take the content of the magazine off the page and bring it to life, creating a public square for debate and discussion and an opportunity for Canadians to continue the conversations started by the pieces in the magazine. Through its partnership with Adventure Canada, The Walrus Foundation has created a floating forum of its engaged, curious, intelligent, spirited friends—and this is your chance to become a Friend of The Walrus, just by coming aboard! You’ll receive a year’s subscription to The Walrus, and other Walrus-y treats onboard. And you’ll have a walrus of a time with celebrated authors Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson and Ken McGoogan. With the help of The Walrus Foundation, our joint Celtic Quest: A Voyage Through The Scottish Isles program will feature special guests, smart talk, and a Walrus Foundation Embarkation package. Don’t miss this unique floating salon! In the meantime, why not give The Walrus a try? Visit www.walrusmagazine.com/bestdeal for a free trial issue, and start enjoying one of Canada’s top magazines.
Margaret Atwood Author
Margaret Atwood is keen birder, ardent conservationist and one of Canada’s most celebrated authors. Throughout her thirty years of writing, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and several honorary degrees and currently serves as joint president of the Rare Bird Club. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels. The Blind Assassin, won the 2000 Booker Prize, and in April 2003, her eleventh novel, the Man Booker Prize nominated Oryx and Crake was released to great acclaim. Her latest book is The Year of the Flood. Visit www.theyearoftheflood.com. Margaret will be joining us on our Celtic Quest & Out of the Northwest Passage.
© Matthew Swan, 2007
Visit www.walrusmagazine.com/bestdeal for a free issue
Our focus is on the beauty, creativity, learning and fun inherent to gardens great and small in this Scottish Isles Pre-trip. Here we bring together our love of gardens, our ancient human relationships with plants, and the contemporary challenges of conserving this threatened part of our global biological heritage. The exploration begins at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London – widely considered the world’s premier botanic garden – which has developed through centuries of scientific and cultural evolution. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kew Gardens encompass 300 acres of stunning themed gardens and collections. Kew illustrates key periods in garden design from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and is recognized as a global center of excellence in the study of plant diversity and economic botany. Our Pre-trip program moves around the city of London and the countryside of England to include the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley, the Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea Physic Garden. Of special interest in our explorations this year will be the gardens at Sissinghurst, Kent. “The Garden of England”, will enhance our understanding and appreciation for the magic of gardens, and their impact on our lives.
Gardens Great & Small
May 26 - 30, 2011
Cost: $2,995 Single supplement available upon request Max: 16 adventurers Tour cost includes: • Most meals • Accommodations • Admissions & entry fees • Ground transportation from morning day 1 to morning day 5 • Services of Guide Tour cost does not include: • All flights (from your home to London, London to Glasgow, Edinburgh to home) • Insurance • Gratuities • Independent meals • Items of a personal nature Fitness Level: Easy 13
Golfing St. Andrews
Your hosts and guides are delighted to bring several unique elements and personal contacts in this program. Gardens Great and Small is a botanical adventure like no other, which we trust will inspire, inform and entertain you for years to come.
Like to try your hand at a round of Golf in St. Andrews following your Voyage Through the Scottish Isles? We have some green fee and accommodation options that may assist you in doing just that. Contact our office for details about this and other golfing opportunities.
Iceland & Greenland
August 7 - 18, 2011 aboard the Clipper Adventurer
© Andrew Stewart,2009
ourney with us to the land of fire & ice! We’ll travel in the path of the Vikings who arrived in Iceland more than 1,100 years ago as we make our way from Iceland to Greenland. Much of Iceland is still taking shape before your very eyes — raw, dramatic landscapes born of volcanic eruptions and the merciless scour of glaciers. Today’s inhabitants proudly speak the ancient language of the Vikings but are trendsetters in modern culture, most notably in music and art, and are famous for their almost universal level of literacy. We’ll explore Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, before making our way to the Westman Islands where we will find ourselves surrounded by mountains, volcanoes and seabirds. After crossing the Denmark Strait, we arrive on the shores of Greenland. East Greenland is one of the most isolated parts of the world, with over 2,600 kilometres of coastline and very few people. Situated between the polar sea ice and the Greenlandic Icecap, this region is primarily accessible by ship. We begin our journey at Angmagsalik,at the very heart of East Greenland, and one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas in the Arctic. It will become evident as we sail towards the tip of Southern Greenland, that Greenland has earned its name – the region is filled with shades of green. Southern Greenland has a well-developed farming industry, with extensive grazing pastures for sheep and horses. As we sail along the fjords we may see isolated sheep farms, many accessible only by boat, dotted along the coastline. Here we will seek out ruins from the Norse settlers as we wind our way through the dramatic fjords. Our journey from Eastern to Western Greenland will highlight the many contrasts found throughout this vast Arctic island: from the traditions of the Inuit and the impacts of modernity, from barren landscapes of blue and gray to the lush greens of fertile farms and flowering plains, to icefilled fjords, glaciers and mineral-rich mountain vistas. Throughout the trip we’ll explore a region with breath-taking landscapes, majestic wilderness, cold ice, and warm-hearted people.
© Andrew Stewart 2009
“I was expecting the ice bergs, but I was not expecting such a rich cultural experience. I particularly enjoyed the resource staff. They were knowledgeable, always helpful, and fun!” -Bob, High Arctic 2008
Our Intended Itinerary
Day 1: Reykjavik Day 2: Westman Islands Day 3: At Sea Day 4: Angmagsalik
Day 5 & 6: Prince Christian Sound Day 7: Sydproven Day 8: Hvalso Day 9: Qaqortuk
Day 10: Ivittuut Day 11: Nuuk Day 12: Kangerlussuaq
• Seek out Puffins at the Westman Islands • Visit the one of the smallest capitals in the world, Nuuk (pop 15,000) • Spend two days in stunning Prince Christian Sound, Greenland’s large southern inland waterway • Explore the unique Arctic flora of Angmagsalik • Seek out sperm, humpback, minke and sei Whales as we cross the icy Denmark Strait • Walk through the best preserved Norse stone church in Greenland at Hvalso • A new exhibit of the Greenland Mummies at the National Museum in Nuuk
Our southbound charter flight returns to Toronto, priced at $958. Group fights will be available for the northbound leg. Please call us for details.
Iceland & Greenland: Resource Staff
This is just a sampling of the outstanding staff on this voyage. Please visit our website for a full list of staff members.
Danny Catt Photographer
Danny is a internationally published photographer and biologist, with over 25 years of experience in environmental education. He completed studies in wildlife ecology and worked in the Canadian Rockies for Parks Canada. He carried out post graduate studies in East Africa and also taught in Asia for the Canadian International Development Agency before shifting to teaching at the post-secondary level. Danny has travelled the world, and leads a number of Adventure Canada’s natural history and photography trips. His images have appeared in publications all over the world including the Globe & Mail, 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.
Steve Smith Naturalist
Steve has been involved in 20 seasons of field research in the Arctic, primarily studying seabirds. Over the past two decades Steve has led more than fifty journeys in the High Arctic. In 2004 he was Director of Operations for Abandoned in the Arctic a documentary film project that retraced a 500km historic retreat route of Adolphus Greely at 82° North on Ellesmere Island. An accomplished landscape and nature photographer, Steve’s photographs have been published in Natural History, Outside, National Geographic and National Geographic Adventure magazines. He is the co-founder of the Canmore, Alberta-based independent film production company, Meltwater Media. He recently coproduced and co-directed Arctic Cliffhangers, an award-winning one-hour documentary on Arctic seabirds.
Gunna Pálmadóttir Environmental Scientist Gunna is an environmental scientist working as a Nature Reserve Officer in the National Park Snæfellsjökull in Iceland. She has a broad spectrum of work experience in the environmental and agricultural fields, and has worked for the Soil Conservation Service, Forestry Service and the Nature Conservation Council in Iceland. She has also taken on jobs in other areas, as a horse breeding judge, web developer, store manager, and has worked in theatre and music. Her hobbies include singing and songwriting, photographing and wool art.
Jack Seigel Naturalist
Jack has spent a lifetime pursuing a passion for nature, both professionally and at leisure. After more than 30 years as a professor of environmental studies, his commitment to conservation and education remain strong. A well-rounded naturalist, Jack has an extensive knowledge of plants and animals, and the ecological principles that bind them. As comfortable in the field as in the classroom, his ability to interpret “the big picture” in a relaxed and humorous style is sure to entertain as well as educate. In 1978 he began his explorations of the eastern and western Arctic and first joined Adventure Canada’s resource team in 1994.
Jane Sproull-Thompson Cultural Historian
Jane has worked as lecturer, zodiac driver and cruise director on expedition ships around the Arctic for the past ten years. 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. With husband Callum she operates a consulting business in the field of environmental and heritage conservation, interpretation and planning and has had a key role in planning new heritage and tourism facilities throughout Canada.
James Raffan Author & Adventurer
James studied at Queen’s University and holds a doctorate in cultural geography based on cross-cultural Arctic research. James has been an expedition leader, writer, and consultant for organizations including The Canadian Canoe Museum. Winner of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2000) and the Camsell Medal (2009), he is a Fellow and past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, past Chair of The Arctic Institute of North America and a Fellow International of the Explorer’s Club. Author/ editor of 15 books including, Emperor of the North, his writing and photography have been published by publications including Canadian Geographic and National Geographic. His next book, on the future of the Arctic, is taking him around the world at the Arctic Circle in 2010-2011.
Callum Thompson, Jerry Kobalenko, Julia Szucs, Ted Cowan, Aaju Peter and others will also be on this voyage, find their biographies within this brochure or online. 17
“It is very hard to say that anything was less than excellent, the Clipper Adventurer and her crew, Adventure Canada staff, Resource staff, food, adventures, guests were all second to none. We had the best vacation ever! “ -Randolph, Arctic Quest 2010
© Mike Beedell
© Daniel J. Catt, 2010
© Michelle Valberg, 2009
Four billion years of Earth history….
And not a day less.
From the Beaufort Sea to the south-eastern shore of Iceland, the Arctic’s geological past is not only remarkably rich and turbulent, but it is unique on this planet. No other place on Earth can claim the full planetary rock record as documented in the Arctic, with the polar record including the oldest rocks in the world – ranging in age between 3.8 and 4.03 billion years old, with the age of the Earth being only a bit more, at 4.55 billion years. It’s a unique rock record that includes some of the earliest traces of life itself, specifically circular, dinner plate-size mounds called “stromatolites” (see inset field photograph from Port Epworth, Nunavut) formed by bacterial colonies of blue-green algae once living at the bottom of shallow warm equatorial seas, and now to be found, dated at 2.9 billion years old, in Arctic Canada.
It’s a unique geological record that includes planet Earth’s first Himalayan-scale mountain belt with the ancient, now eroded mountains extending beneath Hudson Bay, through northern Quebec and southern Baffin Island into West Greenland. These mountains formed 1.8 billion years ago with the collision of two ancient continents, Ontario & Quebec’s landmass colliding with that of Nunavut, the NWT, and Greenland. The resulting ranges were similar in every way (height, length, and width) to the modern Himalayas of south-central Asia. At the young end of the geological time scale, the unique Arctic record includes the most compelling evidence for what is known as the “Little Ice Age”, a period of long, cold winters, and short, cool summers that characterized the climate of the northern hemisphere from the late 14th Century to the end of the 19th Century. Inconveniently, the Little Ice Age was also the historical period when polar explorers ventured into Arctic Canada, beginning with Sir Martin Frobisher and continuing with Sir John Franklin, Sir John Ross, and Sir Robert McClure, among many others. (Geologically speaking, this was definitely a case of not checking the weather prior to departure!) Four billion years of Earth history, full of violent volcanic eruptions, great floods that would have impressed Noah (there were several), colliding continents, and wandering supercontinents, yet with life persisting through most of it, somehow. The rock record is a gripping tale open to those who learn its alphabet, then study it closely. Like any really good book, it leaves those who peruse it totally awe-struck. -Marc St-Onge, Geologist
Marc St-Onge Geologist Marc is an internationally distinguished researcher and lecturer who studies how the Arctic region has evolved. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada, Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University (UK), Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University, and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Marc has led seven multi-year integrated field research projects in the Canadian Arctic and has participated in a number of expeditions. He has earned many honours for his contributions to research and education, including Teaching Merit Awards from Queen’s University, Earth Sciences Merit Awards from Natural Resources Canada, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Marc is co-leader of the international compilation project led by Canada that produced a new international Geological Map of the Arctic and underlying GIS-enabled database (final release in February 2011). Currently he is contributing to the assembly of a Tectonic Map of the Arctic with colleagues from the other circumpolar Arctic nations. Marc will be joining us on the Out of the Northwest Passage.
© Marc St-Onge, 2010
Into the Northwest Passage
August 18 - September 1, 2011/ August 10-24, 2012 aboard the Clipper Adventurer
© Andrew Stewart, 2009
enture with us through the famed Northwest Passage! The epic quest for a northern route west to silk and spice producing Asia occupied some of the best minds of European civilization for half a millennium, and it still remains an elusive route that few have had the privilege of travelling. Our journey begins in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, as we make our way through one of Greenland’s longest fjords, crossing the Arctic Circle in the process. As we make our way north along Greenland’s shore, we’ll have the opportunity to sail the pretty Sisimiut coast, dotted with the colourful houses typical of Greenlandic communities. Next we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord, where we will cruise amongst the icebergs, and marvel at the ice fields. At Karrat Fjord we will sail amid the ice and enjoy a hike through the tundra. Our last stop in Greenland is at the tiny community of Upernavik – the farthest north the Vikings are known to have travelled. Crossing Davis Strait to the Canadian Arctic, we’ll have time to catch up with our new friends aboard the ship, learn about the region through our onboard lecture series, and keep our eyes out for the birds, whales and seals that frequent the area.
Our first stop in Nunavut is at the picturesque community of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). We’ll be treated to a cultural presentation there, including throat singing and traditional Inuit games, before exploring the town. From here we’ll sail into the famed Northwest Passage itself. In Navy Board Inlet we’ll keep a keen eye out for narwhal and bowhead whales before landing on Devon Island, where we’ll find spectacular Croker Bay and the Dundas Harbour RCMP historical site. Arriving at Beechey Island, we’ll visit the chilling site of the lost Franklin Expedition, and see the signs of their losing fight against the harsh Arctic winter. Sailing down the coast of Somerset Island, we’ll set our sights on Fort Ross. Making landfall in Gjøa Haven, we’ll have the chance to visit the historic Northwest Passage Museum. Voyaging from here into Queen Maud Gulf, we’ll seek out marine wildlife, the © Dennis Minty, 2009 impressive summer birdlife, and make an expedition stop at the mouth of Bathurst Inlet before arriving in Kugluktuk for a community visit and, our flights home. Join us in tracing the passage that conjures a history at once tragic and inspiring, a history encompassing hardship and death, but also courage, determination, and superhuman endurance.
“I loved the expedition format which was reinforced by the breadth of information provided by the resource staff. I learnt an amazing amount and had a wonderful wilderness experience as well.” -Mary, Into the Northwest Passage 2009
© Michelle Valberg 2009 © Andrew Stewart, 2009
Day 1: Kangerlussuaq Day 2: Sisimiut Coast Day 3: Ilulissat Day 4: Karrat Fjord Day 5: Upernavik Day 6: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) Day 7: Dundas Harbour & Croker Bay Day 8: Beechey and Prince Leopold Island
Our Intended Itinerary
Day 9: Bellot Strait and Fort Ross Day 10: Pasley Bay Day 11: Gjøa Haven Day 12: Jenny Lind Peninsula Day 13: Bathurst Inlet Day 14: Coronation Gulf Day 15: Kugluktuk (Coppermine)
• Explore the beautiful Greenlandic communities of Ilulissat & Upernavik • Marvel at the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Enjoy the breathaking experience of sailing down Karrat Fjord as we approach the glacier • Experience throat singing and traditional Inuit games at Pond Inlet • Contemplate the historic graves of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition • Enjoy hikes on the open tundra at Bathurst Inlet • Visit the last trading post built by the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Ross • Follow in the footsteps of Roald Amundsen as we explore the town of Gjøa Haven • Sail the Northwest Passage
Our charter flight departs from Toronto and returns to Edmonton, priced at $1,879. Please call us for details.
Into the Northwest Passage: Staff
This is just a sampling of the outstanding staff on this voyage. Please visit our website for a full list of staff members.
Jon has been reading the rocks and sharing their stories both as a career and as his passion for over 40 years. He first worked in the Canadian Arctic while still in high school and became enthralled with the land and its people. Having obtained degrees in geology in Toronto and Calgary, he pursued a career as a professional geologist, which included fieldwork and excursions across Canada. Both independently and as a member of a number of geological organizations, Jon continues to be very active in helping youth, teachers, the general public, and other geologists appreciate some of the marvels of our planet and how all life is connected to, and shaped by, the ever-changing geological landscape.
Jon Dudley Geologist
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. In more recent years his attentions have steered more to work with Ontario’s endangered breeding species, specifically with Bald Eagles, Loggerhead Shrikes and Prothonotary Warblers. However, he still finds time to indulge in grass-roots migration monitoring with the Toronto Bird Observatory, where as a certified 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
Bob is an archaeologist who has carried out field research in most of Arctic Canada, and occasionally in other regions of the northern world. He has investigated questions related to the earliest pre-lnuit occupations of Arctic North America: the development of Inuit culture, and the nature of relationships between the Inuit and early European travellers to Arctic regions. His most recent work is The Last Imaginary Place: A Human History of the Arctic World (2004). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Arctic Institute of North America, and past-president of the Canadian Archaeological Association. In 2000, he was awarded the Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is Curator Emeritus at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Robert McGhee Archaeologist
Barry Lopez is the author of thirteen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Arctic Dreams - a milestone that we will celebrate onboard. His most recent collection of stories is Resistance. In 2006 he edited Home Ground with Debra Gwartney, a dictionary of brief essays defining 850 landscape terms. He has travelled extensively in populated and remote parts of the world and his work has been widely translated. He is an elected Fellow of the Explorers Club and was recently chosen by the Association of American Geographers as their Honorary Geographer for 2011.
Barry Lopez Author
Michelle Valberg is an award-winning Canadian photographer, renowned for her soulful portraiture and stunning landscapes. She possesses a magical combination of artistic creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and community commitment with a diverse career and excellent reputation. Valberg’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and has been the subject of her two selfpublished books—Look Beyond: The Faces & Stories of People with HIV/AIDS and Dare to Dream: A Celebration of Canadian Women, which became a national bestseller. Each of her book projects has raised money for Ottawabased charities. Valberg is currently at work on her third book — The Land & Life of the Inuit: Through the Generations – due to be released in 2011.
Michelle Valberg Photographer
Born in Arkisserniaq, a northern Greenland community in 1960, Aaju has lived up and down the west coast of her native country as a result of her father’s teaching and preaching career. In 1981, Aaju moved to Iqaluit, in Nunavut, Canada where she has taken up residence. Here, Aaju worked as an interpreter, and she has done volunteer work with various women’s and interpretation organizations. Aaju has a homebased sealskin garment business, translates, volunteers for the music society, collects traditional law from Nunavut’s elders, raises her five children, and is currently involved in promoting the Inuit right to make a living on hunting seal. Inuit and others have challenged the European Parliament on their legislation which bans the import of seal products into Europe.
Aaju Peter Culturalist
Ted Cowan, Ree Brennin, Matthew Nuquingaq, John Houston, Jack Seigel, Thomas Kovacs and David Reid will also be on this voyage.
© Daniel J. Catt, 2010
“This was a life-transforming experience. I will never forget the magic of the Arctic, and hope to be able to return! Adventure Canada did a marvellous job throughout.”
- Lisa, Into the Northwest Passage 2010
© Andre Gallant
© Daniel J. Catt, 2010
© Robert Poulton, 2009
Walking in Ancient Footsteps
As I move across the Arctic landscape in search of the past, one thought is forever in my mind—I am walking in ancient footsteps. No matter where I tread in this majestic land, it is apparent that even its remotest corners contain signs of life once lived, as well as the signs of ongoing life. At times, evidence of by-gone days is difficult to detect. But sometimes, if we know where to look, we will find ourselves almost overwhelmed by the evidence of ancient human effort, in the form of caribou drive lanes, polar bear traps, or whalebone houses. With Adventure Canada, we’ll work to unravel the story of an ancient world, right there, on site. Like everyone, everywhere, past northerners lived, loved, played and struggled daily, but with the added challenge of doing these things in one of the most extreme environments on earth. As we travel on this Arctic odyssey through the Northwest Passage we will witness the ingenuity of their survival tactics, which reveal both the beauty and the difficulty of life in the north.
Latonia Hartery Archaeologist
When I reflect on the five thousand year human history of the Arctic, I believe it was characterized by miraculous journeys made over days, years, and generations, as people moved from Siberia or Alaska to Greenland. As we sail across the vast Arctic Archipelago, we pass through waterways that may well have seen these early journeys. I consider the ability to do this with Adventure Canada not only a fantastic opportunity, but also a great gift. This epic experience of covering enormous distances in a relatively short period of time, while living life to the fullest, is nearly impossible to achieve on our own. In fact, I must tell you that this two week voyage through the Northwest Passage is the highlight of my year. What makes it even better is travelling with people who are encountering archaeological sites for the first time and seeing their awe-struck faces. As we embrace the moments of silence that naturally settle upon us at these locations, we absorb the spirit of past people, which magically remains long after they have moved on. In this moment of solitude, our lives, and our souls, are forever changed. – Latonia Hartery, Archaeologist
Latonia has a PhD in circumpolar archaeology from the University of Calgary. Her exploration of this topic has taken her to the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and Scandinavia. For the past decade she has conducted excavations on Paleoeskimo sites in Bird Cove-Pond Cove, northern Newfoundland. At this location she integrates research, tourism and public education. She is also the president of AARA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Arctic and sub-Arctic studies. An emerging filmmaker, she has worked on independent and commercial projects for a wide range of broadcasters including APTN and the CBC. For her community efforts, and for preserving and promoting Arctic and sub-Arctic culture, she has been nominated for the JCI’s national Outstanding Young Person’s award. Join Latonia on our Out of the Northwest Passage and our Newfoundland Circumnavigation
© Michelle Valberg
Out of the Northwest Passage
September 1 - 17, 2011/ August 24 - September 9, 2012 aboard the Clipper Adventurer
© Dennis Minty
xperience the spirit of adventure and exploration as we sail Out of the Northwest Passage! On this itinerary we’ll explore some of the least travelled regions in the Canadian Arctic. The presence of ice will dictate our precise route as we poke our way through the pack ice, exploring as we go. Our journey begins in Kugluktuk (Coppermine) where we’ll board The Clipper Adventurer and sail west to reach the waters of the Beaufort Sea. Entering Canada’s Northwest Territories we will, ice conditions permitting, head through Prince of Wales Strait, making expeditionary stops on both Banks and Victoria Islands. We also plan to visit the community of Ulukhatok (Holman) on the shores of the Amundsen Gulf. As we continue to make our way North-east, we’ll visit Winter Harbour and Neil Griffiths Point on Melville Island and delve into the rich waters of Lancaster Sound, famous for its abundance of beluga whales and other marine mammals. Then it’s on to Beechey Island, where History buffs will be struck by the eerie shores that house the lonely graves of the ill-fated Franklin expedition. After cruising among the icebergs and seeking out Walrus, we make our way to Ellesmere Island, following the route to the North Pole. Here we pay a visit to Canada’s northernmost community Grise Fiord or Aujuittuq “the place that never thaws”. We will continue our journey into Smith Sound as far as time and ice conditions permit, before crossing into Greenland. There, as we arrive at the world’s largest island, we’ll marvel at the large icebergs and vast fjords. Our journey along the Greenlandic coast will include stops at historic Melville Bay, and time to enjoy the natural beauty of Kap York and the quaint town of Upernavik. A highlight will be our time spent in Ilulissat, the largest town in Disko Bay and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll cruise among the massive icebergs, where North America’s biggest bergs calve from the Greenland icecap as it tumbles down to meet the sea. Heading south we’ll enjoy one more excursion, before ending the voyage with a passage up the stunning Sondre Stromfjord, 185km to Kangerlussuaq. Onboard our team of resource staff will help us comprehend this vast land, its geography, history, mythology and people. Daily lectures will complement our onshore activities, preparing us for experiences and adventures on land and sea.
© Andrew Stewart, 2009
“I loved the variety - something for virtually every interest. I was most impressed by the expertise and accessibility of the resource staff. What multi-talented people! It was refreshing to meet experts who do not take themselves too seriously and can have a roaring good time.” -John, Out of the Northwest Passage 2009
©Daniel J. Catt, 2010
Our Intended Itinerary
© Andrew Stewart, 2009
Day 1: Kugluktuk (Coppermine) Day 2: Ulukhatok (Holman) & Prince Albert Sound Day 3: Banks Island Day 4: Prince of Wales Strait Day 5: Banks Island Day 6: Winter Harbour, Melville Island
Day 7: Bathurst Island Day 8: Beechey Island & Radstock Bay Day 9: Devon Island Day 10: Grise Fiord Day 11: Smith Sound Day 12: Kap Alexander
Day 13: Kap York Day 14: Upernavik Day 15: Ilulissat Day 16: Itilleq Day 17: Kangerlussuaq
• Sail some of the most remote waterways and least explored areas in Canada • Marvel at the Ilulissat icefield, where 90% of the north Atlantic’s icebergs are born • Seek out Walrus at Croker Bay • Enjoy a cultural presentation at Canada’s northernmost community, in Grise Fiord • Follow in the footsteps of Sir William Parry at Winter Harbour • Trace the route to the North Pole as we venture up Smith Sound
Our charter flight departs from Edmonton and returns to Toronto, priced at $1,950. Please call us for details.
Out of the Northwest Passage: Staff
Pierre Richard Marine Biologist As a long-time Arctic marine mammal researcher, Pierre has focused on the population biology of belugas and narwhals of the Canadian Arctic, developing recommendations for the sustainable use and conservation of their populations. He is known in Nunavut as “Pieri, angutikutaq qilalugalerei” (the tall man who knows about belugas and narwhals). Over the years he has studied those species in almost every corner of the Canadian Arctic and has collaborated in studies with other whale scientists from Greenland, Alaska and Russia. He is the author of a Nunavut school book on Marine Mammals of Nunavut and several french language books on whales and mammals of Eastern Canada and the Arctic.
David Reid Adventurer The last Scottish recruit for the Hudson’s Bay Company - David moved from Glasgow to the Canadian Arctic in 1989 and made the move to Pond Inlet in 1991. For the past 15 years, he has been involved in the adventure travel business and has since led, organized or participated in more than 260 Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, trips and projects. In that time, he has travelled thousands of miles by dog sled, ski, snowmobile and on foot. Experienced and comfortable exploring the polar regions; from penguins to polar bears, David’s passion and enthusiasm for sharing everything to do with ice and snow with clients from all over the world, helps people understand just how unique and precious our polar regions are.
Matthew Swan Adventure Canada Matthew’s parents emigrated from Scotland to Canada in 1959 and, to their son’s good fortune, they decided to bring Matthew with them. Matthew has recognized opportunities that present themselves ever since that big move. He graduated with a degree in English from the University of St. Andrew’s, Scotland. He encountered the outdoor training and adventure field while undertaking an outdoor instructor’s apprenticeship program at Strathcona Park Lodge on Vancouver Island. Returning east, Matthew shifted focus and worked in the emerging white water rafting industry on the Ottawa River. Strathcona and the Ottawa were the catalysts for Adventure Canada, created in 1988 with his brother Bill and friend David Freeze.
Carolyn Mallory is a writer who is expecting her current book about insects in Nunavut to be published in 2010. It is a follow up to her popular Common Plants of Nunavut, co-written with Susan Aiken. As well as writing, Carolyn is a librarian and chair of the French school board. Carolyn can always be recognized on activities off of the ship, as she is usually looking down at the amazing Arctic world a few centimetres above the permafrost. She has three children, two dogs, five cats, and four birds and lives in Iqaluit with her husband Mark, in their house overlooking Frobisher Bay. She has always wanted to live by the ocean but did not expect the Arctic Ocean to steal her heart.
Carolyn Mallory Field Botanist
Mark Mallory Seabird Biologist Since 1999, Mark has lived in Iqaluit with his wife Carolyn, three children, and a bevy of pets. After spending more than a decade studying the effects of acid rain on waterfowl and loons in Ontario, Mark now studies Arctic seabirds, particularly the effects of climate change and pollution on their ecology. Most of that work takes place in the High Arctic, where there are few mosquitoes, little warmth, and lots of pesky bears. He and his colleagues recently found dramatic declines in Ivory Gull populations in Canada, which led to the species being listed as Endangered in 2006. As penance for this sad finding, Mark is Chair of two National Recovery Teams for rare species, Ross’s Gulls and Ivory Gulls. However, if you ask him, he will go on at length on how the most remarkable Arctic bird is the northern fulmar.
Bernadette Miqqusaaq Dean Culturalist Bernadette grew up in Coral Harbour on Southampton Island where the spring and summer seasons were spent on the land hunting, fishing and harvesting. Bernadette has lived in different communities in Nunavut, working very closely with elders and youth on cultural program development and culture camps for Inuit youth and women. Her work on Inuktitut language preservation produced several albums consisting of traditional Inuit and contemporary songs, stories and legends. She has been a cultural advisor to various museum exhibits in the US and on documentary films about Inuit and arctic history. She produced and co-directed Inuit Piqutingit: What belongs to Inuit with famed Inuk film maker Zacharias Kunuk.
Aaju Peter, Latonia Hartery, Marc St-Onge, Ken McGoogan, Dennis Minty, Ian Tamblyn, Jim Halfpenny, Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson will also be on this voyage.
Heart of the Arctic
September 12 - 24, 2011 aboard the Ocean Nova
© Robert Poulton
oin us as we are welcomed into the land of the Inuit. Our friends in the North live a life that is shaped from start to finish by the harsh climate and the unforgiving Arctic landscape. Traditional knowledge of the thousands of years of Inuit history, along with knowledge of the land, and the plants and the wildlife it supports, has been passed down through an oral tradition that is just beginning to be recorded. We will celebrate this legacy through an enriching program of exploration, cultural immersion, art and archaeology with a host of outstanding resource guides and exceptional guests. Our journey begins as we sail down Kangerlussuaq Fjord, West Greenland’s longest and most captivating. We’ll no doubt marvel at the colourful houses that dot the tiny community of Kangamiut before making our way to Nuuk, Greenland’s capital. After crossing the Davis Strait we enter the picturesque community of Pangnirtung or ‘Pang’. Pangnirtung is situated at the foot of Mount Duval, one of the most spectacular backdrops in the Canadian Arctic. During our time in this world-renowned printmaking community, we’ll visit both the printshop and the tapestry studio at the Uqqurmiut Art Centre. As we continue south, we’ll seek out walrus during our Zodiac cruise at Monumental Island before enjoying a hike on the tundra during our expedition stop along Baffin Island’s coast. As we arrive at the tiny community of Kimmirut (Lake Harbour) we’ll have the chance to purchase world-renowned carvings and to explore the south Baffin coastal town. Perhaps the highlight of this trip will be the next two days, which are spent in Kinngait (Cape Dorset). We have allocated extra time here to allow us to experience the Inuit Art Capital of the World to a fuller extent as we visit with local artists, enjoy a community welcome and of course, have the chance to purchase some highly-coveted Inuit Art. From here we’ll indulge our sense of adventure and exploration as we enjoy expeditionary stops at Markham Bay and the Savage Islands. Our journey ends in Iqaluit, the Capital of Nunavut. This itinerary has been specifically chosen to highlight the best of Inuit art and culture, but also to provide us with the opportunity to compare and contrast Greenlandic communities with the Canadian territories of Nunavut. Our Adventurers will be able to engage in onboard forums focusing on the many challenges that face the North. The arts of the Inuit have informed southern audiences for the last 60 years with visual imagery that has fired our imaginations. Even the very best sculpted forms, prints and drawings and weavings, however, only allow us to glimpse this spectacular landscape and culture. We now have the privilege of experiencing their reality first hand.
© Andrew Stewart 2009
“All the activities that were planned on the ship so we could benefit from the amazing group of people as part of the staff, learn more about the communities where we were going and the interaction with local people when we were in the town visits.” -Michelle, Heart of the Arctic 2009
Our Intended Itinerary
Day 1: Kangerlussuaq Day 2: Kangamiut Day 3: Nuuk Day 4: At Sea
©Daniel J. Catt, 2010
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Day 5: Pangnirtung Day 6: Monumental Island Day 7: South Baffin Coast Day 8: Kimmirut (Lake Harbour)
Day 9 & 10: Kinngait (Cape Dorset) Day 10: Markham Bay Day 11: Savage Islands Day 12: Iqaluit
Explore quaint Kangamiut, Greenland Visit the one of the smallest capitals in the world, Nuuk Explore the printshop and tapestry studio at the Uqqurmiut Art Centre in Pangnirtung First Hudson Bay Company trading post in the Baffin Region at Kimmirut Spend time in the Inuit Art Capital of the World, Kinngait Seek out Walrus at Monumental Island Explore Nunavut’s Capital city, Iqaluit Take part in onboard printmaking workshops with Andrew Qappik Meet elders, artists and community leaders in each hamlet on our route
Our charter flight departs from Toronto and returns to Ottawa, priced at $1,612. Please call us for details.
Heart of the Arctic Resource Staff
Ree Brennin Marine Biologist Ree is a zoologist specializing in marine life. She studied beluga population genetics across the Canadian Arctic and in 2007 she helped to organize an international workshop on belugas that brought together Inuit hunters, wildlife managers and aquarium professionals to collaborate on conservation initiatives. Ree spent nine years working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and taught Environmental Science and Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Since moving back to Ontario in 2004, Ree has worked as a consultant, combining her expertise in science, education and public policy. She has worked with Environment Canada and also developed and taught a course in Marine Environmental Issues at Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa.
John Houston Filmmaker, Curator,Culturalist A member of the wellknown Houston family, John spent the first eight years of his life in Cape Dorset. He studied art in Paris and graduated from Yale University in 1975; that same year, he took up the position of Art Advisor to the Pangnirtung Co-operative’s printmaking project. In 1998, John co-wrote and directed his first film. His 2007 film: Kiviuq, was recently awarded ‘Best Documentary Film’ at Dreamspeakers 12th annual International Aboriginal Film & Television Festival in Edmonton. His latest film, The White Archer is based on James Houston’s children’s novel of the same name. The novel is written from an Inuit legend and deals with revenge and the beginnings of resolution Inuit and Innu, who traditionally viewed one another with fear and mistrust.
Mike Beedell Photographer & Adventurer Mike is one of Canada’s leading photographers and explorers with over 30 years of journeys to his credit. Mike has been part of a number of fascinating expeditions which have been the subject of several documentaries and books. His photographic and video work has illustrated subjects ranging from sovereignty, culture, environment, youth, conservation and tourism. Mike has been compelled to spend part of every year for three decades in the North to travel slowly and thoughtfully “to feel the pulse of the land” and live with the unique cultures of the Arctic realm. He is the author of the book The Magnetic North. Mike lives with his wife, Bonnie and their dog/child, Laird in Chelsea, Quebec.
Gerald McMaster Curator, Author, Artist
For the past 30 years, Dr. Gerald McMaster has worked as a visual artist, curator, and scholar to increase the knowledge and understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit art, both nationally and internationally. He began his career with the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Ottawa; then with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. He is currently the Fredrik S. Eaton curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto. This past year he edited Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection along with presenting the groundbreaking exhibition at the AGO. He is currently co-Artistic Director of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, the prestigious international festival of contemporary art.
Callum Thompson Archaeologist
Callum was brought up in the British Isles before emigrating to Canada in 1968. He was educated at the University of Calgary, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Bryn Mawr College, obtaining degrees in archaeology and anthropology. His principal research focus during more than thirty years of fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic has been on the history and archaeological evidence for maritime adaptations of cultural groups living in extreme and marginal environments, including aboriginal people, whalers, settlers and explorers. He has spent the last 30 years as an archaeologist with museums, government, aboriginal groups and industry undertaking environmental and archaeological inventories and assessments and conducting his own field research projects.
Andrew Qappik Artist & Culturalist Andrew is a master printmaker from Pangnirtung, Baffin Island in Nunavut. Originally inspired by images in the comic books he read as a child, Andrew now finds his subjects in the stories, traditions and day-to-day events of his world. His images describe the local landscape, the animals, the people as well as family activities and camp life. As a printmaker, Andrew uses relief printing, etching and lithography. He is most widely recognized for the subtle layering of colours in his stencil prints. As a designer, Andrew uses symbolic colours and imagery to communicate ideas. He is best known for his contribution to the design of the Nunavut flag, logo and coat of arms. He conducts workshops for people of all ages and often travels to the south to demonstrate and promote Inuit printmaking.
Annie Qappik, Jane Sproull-Thompson and others will also be on this voyage, find their biographies within this brochure or online.
© Daniel J. Catt, 2010
“The most memorable part of this trip for me was waltzing with Kenojuak at the Cape Dorset community hall. People, you can’t beat that!”
© Larry Frank, 2009
- Paul, Heart the of the Arctic 2009
©Matthew James Bradley-Swan. 2009
©Michelle Valberg, 2009
Some thoughts on Inuit Art
“Art can never be understood, but can only be seen as a kind of magic, the most profound and mysterious of all human activities.” - Bill Reid The phenomena that we know collectively as Inuit Art, has enjoyed a presence in the art world for over 50 years. While curators, dealers and government funding agencies struggle with the definitions and parameters of these exciting visual forms, those of us who encounter works by Inuit artists are immediately touched by their honesty, intimacy and power to communicate. The art of any cultural group is a window of opportunity for insight and understanding. What better way to experience Canada’s last frontier, and its most exotic landscape, than through the artistic outpourings of it’s people. The art of the Inuit, Canada’s Arctic people, has a history of some 4,000 years. Its means of expression took the form of highly decorated material culture. Whether these objects were used for hunting or personal adornment, their significance is unquestionable. The aesthetic appeal beyond western understanding underlies the amazing collections to be found in the world’s great museums and galleries. For the Inuit, this rich artistic outpouring created a spiritual bond, a means of communicating with the world around them and the spiritual forces that controlled that world. For a non-literate people, art was a means by which they translated isumasi (our thoughts). That they have a rich oral history which complements this tradition has only come to light within the last century. Today’s Inuit artist continues the role of communicator. This voice honours the land and its people and initiates a dialogue with those who encounter the works of art. To confront a stone carving of a polar bear dancing to its own music or a mother nursing
“Roaming Walruses” ©Andrew Qappik
her newborn is to experience a glimpse of the Arctic rich with both the familiar and the exotic. Realizing the distance the artist must travel just to quarry the stone and the dangers inherent in this exercise raises the level of motivation beyond the challenges of artists elsewhere. The raw materials of stone, bone and antler emerge from the Arctic landscape. When we hold a beautifully carved piece we are in touch with this landscape. Paper for limited edition prints and drawings and textiles used for weaving and wall hangings are newer materials for these artists. Both these mediums afford a narrative means of sharing information. Prints that illustrate life in the communities, often contrasting then and now, bring us closer to their way of life. Sprinkled with humour and imagination, prints have become sought after by collectors. The excellence with which they are produced is a tribute both to the many artistic advisors who come north to share their expertise and the talent of the artist to capture the idea on paper, translate it in the print medium and produce the print. Weavings and wall hangings expand the traditional sewing skills of women and are a richly decorative and highly personalized art form. As the Inuit artist gains recognition, a more personal vision may inform his or her work. We often see signature pieces that characterize the work of a particular artist. Personal thoughts and ideas are translated into stone or on paper, or an artist may choose to work in a new medium such as film, video or precious metals. At times we are challenged by notions of what is traditional, what is art? These questions are not limited to art made by Inuit or anyone else. Suffice to say that as we encounter the art of the Inuit we experience what Reid calls a kind of magic, a gift of seeing and knowing another.
Carol Heppenstall Arts & Culture
Carol has been leading tours for Adventure Canada for seventeen years. Her love of Inuit Art that she showcased in her Philadelphia gallery first led her north in 1992. Her continuing passion for Inuit Art and her belief in the power of communication through the arts, has drawn her back repeatedly to the Arctic. Designing smaller tours with an art/culture focus and working as a Resource Guide on the Arctic cruises has allowed her to keep in touch with artists and community leaders in an ever- changing artistic and cultural landscape that is the Canadian north. She graduated Cum Laude in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Masters in Museum Education while running her gallery, ArtSpace. Join Carol on Heart of the Arctic.
– Carol Heppenstall, Arts & Culture
About Our Partnership with Canadian Geographic
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. The Society is one of Canada’s largest non-profit educational organizations and is funded primarily by its members and generous donations. The Society’s Board of Governors and its program committees are comprised entirely of volunteers.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society was founded in 1929 with a mandate “to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.” Celebrating its 82nd anniversary in 2011, its mandate is fulfilled mainly through the publication of Canadian Geographic in English and Géographica in French, and through the Society’s geographic education program, speaker series, research grants and expeditions programs.
About the Society
Published by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Canadian Geographic is one of the most widely read magazines in Canada. Each issue of the magazine allows readers to explore, discover and learn about their country. The Canadian Geographic Photo Club, Canada’s largest online photographic community, is the home of the annual Canadian Geographic Photo Contest and the Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest. This year, the Society and Canadian Geographic are proud to partner with Adventure Canada to offer their Heart of the Arctic expedition. Those on the Adventure Canada mailing lists are entitled to a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic magazine at the special price of $24.95. Phone 1-800-267-0824 to subscribe. All 2011 travellers will receive a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic, compliments of Adventure Canada.
About Canadian Geographic
© Mike Beedell, 2009
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©Larry Frank, 2010
“The combination of time for interacting with nature and time for interaction between resource staff and Inuit was a great thing. Well done!” - Julie, Heart of the Arctic 2009
© Daniel J. Catt, 2010
© Andre Gallant
© Daniel J. Catt, 2010
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Greenland & Wild Labrador
September 17 - 30, 2011/ September 9 - 22, 2012 aboard the Clipper Adventurer
oin us as we discover the divine landscape and sublime natural wonders of Southwest Greenland and the wild coast of Labrador.
Beginning in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland we cross the Arctic circle as we journey to the Davis Strait. Heading south, we’ll enjoy a Zodiac cruise through the icebergs at Evighshedfjord before visiting the community of Kangamiut. Here we’ll wander past the pretty colourful houses that dot this tiny Greenlandic town. Before crossing the Davis Strait into Canada, we’ll visit Nuuk, one of the smallest capitals in the world and the political and cultural centre of Greenland. Here we can see the famous mummies, explore the markets, and sample local cuisine. Making our way to Canada we’ll watch for the whales known to frequent the waters of Baffin Bay and we’ll seek out walrus during our Zodiac cruise around Monumental Island. Our first port of call in Canada will be Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik nestled on the bank of the George River. We’ll explore the town on foot, learning about the land and community from local residents. Entering Nunatsiavut, the home of the Labrador Inuit, we’ll spend the next three days sailing south, the view dominated by the awe-inspiring scenery of the Torngat Mountains National Park. Towering peaks, immense fjords, fall foliage and grand skies await us. Everything is on a massive scale, with even the modest crags that overhang the fjords topping 3,000 ft. On our zodiac cruises and hikes we hope to spot a number of species that call the area home; polar bear, black bear, caribou, wolves, whales and more than a dozen bird species. We’ll visit the abandoned settlements of Hebron and Okak, founded by the Moravian Church in 1776, as well as the lively community of Hopedale. From here we’ll call in at the proposed site of Labrador’s second national park, the Mealy Mountains. Steeped in the traditional history of the first peoples of the land, these mountains are also home to threatened woodland caribou herd, along with moose, black bear, osprey, bald eagles and a species of special concern, the eastern population of the harlequin duck. Our first stop in Newfoundland is at L’Anse aux Meadows, the earliest known European settlement in the New World, with Viking reminders everywhere. From here we’ll visit the communities of Conche and Botwood, where we will have a chance to partake in a traditional kitchen party! Our adventure ends in St. John’s, North America’s oldest city, and an unforgettable end point to a remarkable trip.
© Andrew Stewart, 2009
“This trip was a first for us but definitely not a last. The breathtaking geography of northern Labrador was wonderful enough for any trip’s success, but it was only the context for the community of fascinating travel companions who made the trip absolutely unique and unforgettable.” -Carol, Atlantic Arts Float 2009
© Clayton Anderson, 2009
Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Day 6/7:
Kangerlussuaq Evighshedfjord & Kangamiut Nuuk Monumental Island Kangiqsualujjuaq Torngat Mountains National Park Day 8: Torngat Mountains National Park & Hebron Day 9: Okak Day 10: Hopedale Day 11: Mealy Mountains Day 12: L’Anse aux Meadows & Conche Day 13: Botwood Day 14: St. John’s
Our Intended Itinerary
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Visit Greenland’s capital city, Nuuk Purchase some highly prized qiviut product (muskox wool) Seek out walrus at Monumental Island A chance to experience the Northern Lights Spend three memorable days among the spirits in the Torngat National Park as you sail down the Labrador Coast Call in at the proposed site for the Mealy Mountains National Park Explore the community of Hopedale Marvel at the magnificent fjords and inland lakes at Saglek & Hebron Take part in a traditional Newfoundland kitchen party Explore the earliest known European settlement in the New World at L’Anse aux Meadows
Our charter flight departs from Toronto, priced at $958. Commercial airfare must be arranged from St. John’s. Please call us for details.
Greenland & Wild Labrador: Resource Staff
Zippora Nochasak Culturalist
Zippora is a long-time promoter of Inuktitut language and Inuit culture. In her career, she has been Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and Status of Women for the Nunatsiavut Government, Executive Board Member for the Nunatsiavut Government for Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and Assembly Member for Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the Labrador Inuit Association. In her travels as a volunteer and civil servant over many years, Zippora worked on issues of shared concern with a range of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies, including other Inuit regional governments, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), and the Inuit Tapiritt of Kanatami (ITK). She is an accomplished Inuktitut speaker, and possesses knowledge and familiarity of all four Inuit regions in Canada.
Denis St-Onge Geologist
Past President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Denis has had a long and distinguished career as a scientist and educator. 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 Officer 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. The Canadian Association of Geographers has presented Dr. St-Onge its Award for Service and the Geological Association of Canada its Ambrose Medal for “sustained distinguished service to the earth sciences in Canada”. In 2002 he was presented with Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.
Dennis Minty Photographer & Naturalist
Born in Twillingate, Newfoundland, Dennis has followed a varied path to arrive at his current profession as a photographer. Through 30 years of both local and international work, Dennis has served as an award winning wildlife biologist and environmental educator. One of his environmental education projects, “Finding the Balance, Environmental Issues on a Global Scale” was officially endorsed by the United Nations. Dennis has also received the Canadian Governor General’s Medal for his work in environmental education. As a photographer/biologist/educator, he has travelled extensively to the many countries of Africa, the Seychelles, the Caribbean, Europe and North America. But his favourite place is his home, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hamilton White Culturalist
Hamilton was born in North West River, Labrador but moved to Happy Valley, Labrador at a very young age. After graduating high school, Hamilton joined the Canadian Army where he spent ten years with the airborne Signal Corps. Hamilton spend a great deal of his career working with the department of Natural Resources in Labrador, as a Water Bomber Dispatcher. Over the last five years, he has worked at several locations on Baffin Island as a Polar Bear Monitor. In the summer of 2010 Hamilton worked out of a tugboat refuelling over twenty North Warning System sites from Herschel Island in the Yukon Territories to Shepherd Bay in the Northwest Territories. Hamilton is equally at home on land or sea and can never get enough of the beautiful scenery the North has to offer and is looking forward to seeing you in 2011.
Shelagh Rogers CBC Host
Shelagh is a veteran broadcastjournalist. She’s hosted flagship programs with CBC Radio, including This Morning and Sounds Like Canada. In 2000, she won the John Drainie Award, Canada’s highest broadcasting honour. Two years ago, she received a Transforming Lives Award from CAM-H for speaking publicly about depression. In 2010, the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario gave her their Hero Award. She has been honoured for her work in reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. Currently, she is the host of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio One, a program devoted to Canadian writers and songwriters. She is passionate about the north and northerners and feels Adventure Canada trips to the north change you at a cellular level.
Others will also be on this voyage, find their biographies within this brochure or online.
©Michelle Valberg, 2009
© Michelle Valberg, 2009
“Meeting an incredible group of people, both onboard the ship and ashore. I love travelling with Canadians! We were in some unbelievable scenery and I feel so fortunate to have been able to see the Torngat Mountains. The visit to Hopedale was so special. The wildlife sightings were amazing, especially the polar bears and the whale who kept swimming round the ship!” -Joan, Atlantic Arts Float 2009
© Daniel J. Catt, 2009
©Andrew Stewart, 2009
© Michelle Valberg
© Andre Gallant
The Land God Gave to Cain...
Torngats: They call this place the land of the spirits, the place where Torngat, the spiritual entity of the Inuit people rests. Along the shores you will see evidence of people before us, spanning thousands of years, and you cannot help but feel their presence. In Nachvak Fjord we tread lightly on the remains of a five hundred year old village, where the remnants of sod houses overlay the even older Paleo Eskimo settlement. Millennia of human history lie here, outlasted only by the creatures that call this land home, and by the ancient rocks that tower above it all. To the south is Ramah, where the beautiful translucent chert received its name. This material was traded throughout the eastern seaboard, down into Maryland, to Ontario, and north to Nunavut. Shaped into magnificent tools used to hunt the animals and seek out survival, the precious chert accompanied the burials of our ancestors. At Hebron, the history dates back thousands of years, with the most recent inhabitants being the Moravian Missionaries in the early 1800’s. The community thrived with the German missionaries and Inuit living in harmony until 1959. When the Newfoundland Government made the decision to close the only store, the missionaries decided to pull out of Hebron. That same year, the Inuit were forced out of their homes and faced a devastating relocation to the south. To this day, the atrocities endured by the Inuit of Labrador are present in the lives they live. Looking over the landscape, and visiting the memorable graveyard with its German inscriptions, we will find the Mission and Church buildings still standing, and the newly erected Apology plaques recognizing and remembering those who were removed from their home. Although there are no
human inhabitants anymore, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut still hunt and fish in this area. The spirits of our ancestors still walk the land, watching over us, and will walk among us as we embrace this beautiful place. This place is for the curious. Okak is a beautiful abandoned village that thrived until the arrival of the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918. Here, we are at the beginning of the tree line. All that remains of this once thriving community are the foundation stones of the Moravian Church, and the succulent tartness of the vast Rhubarb garden left behind, still frequented by descendants of those who once occupied this land. At Hopedale (Agvituk), we find the striking coastal community of about 600 people that serves as Nunatsiavut’s capital. The original Moravian Mission Church and Museum still stand on the bare rocks of its rugged landscape. Upon arrival, we are likely to be greeted by the many smiling children who bring life to this community. When asked to join the Adventure Canada team on the Greenland & Wild Labrador expedition, my reaction was nothing short of ecstatic. To visit the beautiful shores of Greenland was thrilling enough, but to share the home of my ancestors with curious minds is a great honour. On this journey of discovery I will share a special moment, travelling to the birth place of my dearest friend, my late grandmother (Kangidsualujjuak). The spiritual presence of the Torngat Mountain’s is one that beckons you back again and again. All along the beautiful coastline there is a story to tell. One such story is that of Jacques Cartier who named this place, “the land God gave to Cain”.
Lena Onalik Archaeologist
Lena Onalik grew up in Makkovik, Labrador. She spent her summers during childhood fishing in Island Harbour with her father’s family, the McNeill clan, who also fished with Bob Bartlett’s family. Lena is an archaeologist, the first Labrador Inuk to obtain this title. She also held the position of Chief Archaeologist for the Nunatsiavut Government. Lena’s primary interest is Inuit archaeology. Through her knowledge and experience working in coastal Labrador, she has strengthened her interest in her own culture, which includes preserving her Inuit language. Lena is also a descendent of the Hebron and Nutak relocations that took place is 1957-59. Lena shares her culture through storytelling, crafts, singing and Inuit drum dancing and throat singing. Lena still enjoys hunting and fishing when she can, especially ice fishing. She is the mother to two rambunctious boys and her little sister. Join Lena on Greenland & Wild Labrador.
– Lena Onalik, Archaeologist
Greenland & Wild Labrador: Artistic Accompaniment
Tom Barlow Musician Tom has been a writer and performer on the Canadian music scene for 20 years. During that time he has garnered three Juno Award nominations, a Canadian Radio Music Award nomination and won the Canadian Independent Rising Star Award. Tom has toured across Canada and around the world in such disparate places as China, Europe, The United States and Nicaragua. With a new record deal Barlow is now back working on his much anticipated sophomore album. The new album sees Barlow reconnecting with co-writer/ producer Mladen and producer Tawgs, the same production team that helped create his debut work. Once again Barlow is singing songs about the social realities of our planet and our communities, infusing pop melodies with keen lyrical observations.
Washboard Hank Musician If you ever get a chance to see him, Washboard Hank is an entertainer you will never forget. He started on the streets of North America where he developed his unique blend of medicine show/vaudeville/hillbilly style. Folks of all ages from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have given themselves sore faces from laughing at Hank’s show. Besides his patented “Stradivarious Washboard”, Hank plays a wide variety of instruments, including the “Perfected Twin Membrane Kazoo” the “Mark IV One Man Band” and the “Kitchen Sink Tuba”. Through the years Hank has played many major folk festivals, exhibitions and concerts and in 1992 he was awarded the Confederation Medal for contributions to Canadian culture.
Kevin Major Author Kevin Major has published 16 books, ranging from novels to non-fiction, from poetry and plays to works for young people. He has won numerous awards, including a Governor General’s Award for his first book (soon to be a film), Hold Fast. The best-selling As Near to Heaven by Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador traces the story of his homeland from continental drift to modern political upheaval. His novel (and longrunning stage play) No Man’s Land tells a tragic tale of the Newfoundland Regiment in WWI. His most recent novel New Under the Sun, dealing with the myriad of cultures to inhabit southern Labrador and the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, promises to be one of his most acclaimed works yet. All that and he writes a wine blog, too.
Barney Bentall Musician
During the 1990s, Barney’s music was a staple on the radio with hits that included Life Could Be Worse. With two platinum and four gold CDs, a Juno Award and a string of top ten singles to his credit, Barney and his band The Legendary Hearts were renowned for their take-noprisoners standing-room-only live shows. By 1997, seeking a change in perspective, he did a “one-eighty,” bought a cattle ranch and walked away. He continued playing but felt the pull back to a simpler, stripped-down acoustic approach to songwriting. Over time, Bentall assembled the songs for a new CD, Gift Horse, released in 2007. September 2009 saw the release of the much anticipated CD The Inside Passage, a country-folk-roots sound that is resonating with listeners from coast to coast to coast.
Kathleen Winter Author
Kathleen Winter grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador after emigrating from the northeast of England as a child. She has written dramatic and documentary scripts for Sesame Street and CBC Television. Her novel Annabel, about a mysterious child of a trapping family in the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador, has been translated internationally and was a finalist for the 2010 Governor General’s Award, the Rogers Writer’s Trust Award, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her story collection boYs won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and the Winterset Award. Kathleen fools around on the concertina and has learned the words to a few Newfoundland and Labrador songs, and has written a few of her own.
A composer, songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, playwright, environmentalist, explorer and producer, Ian has captured the spirit of many remote & beautiful parts of the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Through 32 albums of original music, his work has become known & respected around the world & he has played a significant role in the folk music scene in Canada & internationally. His newest album, Gyre, is a collection of 12 new songs. He is now is working on the third of his four coast project -The Darkened Light about the Arctic coast. He was recently awarded 2010 Songwriter of Year Award by the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his CD Gyre. Ian has been travelling and guiding in the Arctic and Antarctic since 1984.
Ian Tamblyn Singer, Songwriter, Adventurer
About the Arts Float...
Adventure Canada’s educational programs have always been a combination of science and art, which has produced some really interesting and rewarding collaborations. Take a group of bright, interested explorers, add days full of breathtaking first hand experiences in the natural world, throw in a series of lectures by distinguished fellow-travellers who are becoming friends, and add to the mix the artistic expression of enthusiastic songwriters, musicians, photographers, painters, sculptors, authors and poets. The recipe is unbeatable. It makes Adventure Canada what we are. In 2009 we extended our collaborative vision of arts and science with the launch of our Arts Float series. A troupe of visual artists, musicians and authors joined forces with our team of anthropologists, botanists and naturalists to explore the landscape in a multi-disciplinary fashion. As a result, through the collective experience, a great deal of fine artistic work emerged, while songwriting, sketching, painting, sculpting and creative writing workshops heightened the adventure for everyone. In 2011 Adventure Canada is launching the second Arts Float on a voyage to The Land God Gave To Cain – the wilds of Labrador. Untamed and gigantic, Labrador is a land of inspiration. The team of expert staff will not only help you to understand and experience the land and people we visit. Our group of creative artists but help you write your own soundtrack to what you see, and express your reactions. We invite you to join us and participate in all elements of our program. Everyone is a learner here. Sample new creative techniques and hone your skills. Seek new horizons. Have fun learning things you never thought you could do. Surprise yourself. Penny whistle, anyone? A gang of old and new faces join us on this fall’s adventure. Singer, songwriter and playwright Ian Tamblyn leads our award-winning team of musicians in educating, challenging and entertaining you through song. Ian is joined by Newfoundland’s Daniel Payne, collector of traditional jigs, reels and stories and esteemed fiddler and accordion player (and demon on the penny whistle!). Songwriter, cattle rancher and founding member of the Legendary Hearts, Barney Bentall will delight guests and locals alike. Zany Wash-board Hank brings out the fun with his entertaining showmanship, while Port Credit’s own singer & songwriter Tom Barlow will anchor our evening get-togethers and keep you entertained well into the early hours of the morning. Bring your own instruments, sing along, and write your own score. CBC’s own gracious host, Shelagh Rogers, will use all her skills as she helps us get to know the prized Newfoundland authors Kevin Major and Kathleen Winter. In their much-praised work both authors deal extensively with the province, people and land we will travel through. Last but not least we’ll be joined by members of the Canadian art sensation Drawnonward, today’s answer to the Group of Seven (though they hate that line). Whether you’re looking for basic or advanced instruction, or just to set your canvass down with a group of like-minded individuals, the opportunities for painting, drawing and sketching in memorable settings are available at every landing. 45
September 30 - October 10, 2011/September 22 - October 2, 2012 aboard the Clipper Adventurer
© Dennis Minty
hat better way to see a place so shaped by sea than by ship? In 2011, we are pleased to once again be returning to one of our favourite destinations, Newfoundland and Labrador. The warmth, wit and hospitality of her people, the soul stirring music and the rough beauty of her shores draw us here year after year, each time with new surprises and delights to greet us along the way. Setting out from historic St. John’s, North America’s oldest port, we sail for Bonavista – home of Newfoundland’s first school. Here we will meet the first of our community hosts. The next three days will have an emphasis on archaeology beginning with L’Anse aux Meadows, at the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the only authenticated Viking site in North America, and is widely regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites globally. At Red Bay, on the Labrador coast, we’ll explore the remains of the ancient Basque whaling station, where three 16th century Basque whaling galleons and four small chalupas haunt the deep waters, making it an important historical site and earning it a well-deserved UNESCO nomination. Continuing on to L’Anse-Amour, we visit the oldest burial mound in North America at about 7,500 years old. This important site, located on the Strait of Belle Isle, was occupied between at least 5500 and 2000 BC by the Maritime Archaic people who used the area for fishing and for hunting harp seals and walrus. As for Gros Morne, mid-way down Newfoundland’s west coast, it has been said that, “Gros Morne is to geology what the Galapagos are to biology.” Spectacular scenery including Precambrian cliffs, deep inland fjords and volcanic “pillow” rocks formed as lava cooled underwater — is just one of the reasons we stop here year after year, to see where the ancient ocean bed lies on top of high hills, establishing the truth of the “Tectonic plate” theory. For the next four days we will be the guests of countless Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, all keen to welcome us to their homes with the kindness of a long lost friend. Our community visits will allow for us to meet locals throughout the province, presenting a slice of regional cultures. At Miawpukek (Conne River) we’ll be treated to a special cultural presentation, including a performance by the world-renowned the Se’t A’newey Choir. Before disembarking the Clipper Adventurer at St. John’s we’ll pay a visit to France during our stop at Miquelon — the sole remaining vestige of France’s once vast North American possessions. Autumn is a delightful time to visit Newfoundland and Labrador, with warmer weather and rich fall colours. Our fall itinerary is designed specifically to showcase Newfoundland’s great natural wonders with a focus on archaeology, geology, history, music and culture. Come, and discover Newfoundland the way it was meant to be seen – by sea.
© Dennis Minty
“I would like to thank Adventure Canada and all those involved with the circumnavigation of Newfoundland for such a wonderful and unique cruise. One I will never forget and will highly recommend to my fellow Aussies and I hope to be sailing with you again in the not too distant future.” -Diane, Newfoundland, 2010
Our Intended Itinerary
Day 1: St. John’s Day 2: Bonavista Day 3: L’Anse aux Meadows Day 4: Red Bay & L’Anse Amour Day 5: Gros Morne National Park Day 6: St. George’s Bay
Day 7: Garria Bay & Ramea Day 8: Francois Day 9: Miawpukek (Conne River) Day 10: Miquelon, France Day 11: St. John’s
• Visit the earliest known European settlement in the New World at L’Anse aux Meadows • Investigate the remains of a 16th century Basque whaling station at Red Bay • Visit the “Galapagos” of geology hiking the tablelands in Gros Morne National Park • Pay a visit to France during our stop at Miquelon • Experience a piece of the Miawpukek culture during our community visit in Conne River • Take part in a traditional Newfoundland kitchen party and sample traditional Newfoundland cuisine • Enjoy the warm weather and rich fall colours as we sail “round the rock” • Roam the magical streets of St. John’s, the oldest city in North America
Newfoundland Circumnavigation: Staff
Daniel Payne Musician / Culturalist
Daniel Payne comes from a long line of traditional accordion and fiddle players from Cow Head on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. He is a wellknown singer, actor and multiinstrumentalist who teaches at the Vinland Music Camp in Gros Morne National Park. Daniel has performed both as a musician and actor throughout North America, Australia and Europe. He is a recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Emerging Artist Award and played a leading role in the Newfoundland-Ireland production of the TV miniseries, Random Passage, a portrayal of life in early Newfoundland. In 2004 Daniel started DOP Productions, which has since released four titles, an album of accordion music entitled The Four Stops, two button accordion instructional DVDs, and his first solo album, released in spring 2008 entitled Chain.
Robert Poulton Photographer
Robert Poulton is an awardwinning editorial and travel photographer based in Toronto. An obsessed traveller and Anthropology keener, Robert’s portfolio quickly developed as a documentation of the human condition and cultural exploration. Multiple trips to Morocco quickly built a vast collection of images of the iconic Berbers & west African Muslim culture, which was followed by another successful series based on the Incas of Peru and South America. Robert’s newest series of the Inuit in Canada’s North, photographed on Adventure Canada’s High Arctic 2009, received an Applied Arts 2010 Photo Annual nod for “Best Editorial Series”. Robert is looking forward to capturing Newfoundland with you.
Holly Hogan Wildlife Biologist
Holly’s fascination with birds began in her teens when she first discovered that they could be identified by sound. As a person with strong musical affinities, she found this particularly intriguing. Putting this new-found interest to work, she did her graduate degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland on songbird community ecology. Ultimately drawn to the marine environment, she has worked primarily on seabirds for the last 25 years, and has worked on seabird colonies on both sides of the continent, including British Columbia, Alaska, Newfoundland and Labrador. Holly currently manages two seabird ecological reserves for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. When the birds leave their breeding colonies for the winter, Holly is singing the blues. Her husband and three children put up with it most of the time.
Matthew James Bradley-Swan Assistant Expedition Leader
An adventurer at heart, Matthew James grew up sailing Canada’s beautiful coastlines. He returns annually to Canada’s northern territories and Maritime provinces as assistant expedition leader aboard Clipper Adventurer. With a passion for the outdoors, wild places and photography Matthew is thrilled to share the treasures of the East coast with you. When not in the field leading hikes, driving zodiacs and coordinating the onboard program Matthew joins the Adventure Canada team at brain central in Port Credit, the place he calls home. Matthew James has been involved in the family business for longer than he can remember and enjoys the process of getting to know Adventure Canada guests - right from the time when you first call to get your brochure to sending you home after a fantastic expedition in his favourite place in the world Canada.
Michael Crummey Author / Culturalist
Michael was born in Buchans, a mining town in central Newfoundland. He was raised there and in Labrador West. His first book, Arguments with Gravity, appeared in 1996. Since then he has published half a dozen others, including Hard Light and Salvage (poetry), Flesh and Blood (short stories) and three novels. His first novel, River Thieves, was published internationally and appeared on half a dozen award shortlists, including the Giller Prize. The Wreckage (2005), was a national bestseller, shortlisted for the Rogers’ Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize and long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. His latest novel, Galore, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Canadian Authors’ Association Fiction Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award. After 14 years in Kingston, ON he came home to Newfoundland for good in 2000. He lives in St. John’s with his wife and three children.
Latonia Hartery and others will also be on this voyage, please find their biographies within this brochure or online.
“Please extend our sincere thanks to the staff and resource staff at Adventure Canada on the 2010 Newfoundland Circumnavigation. The expedition was truly wonderful: well planned, well organized and well executed. As we had not previously had the opportunity for similar travel, we did not know what to expect, but were surprised and delighted at every turn. Many many thanks! “ - Janet & Roger, Newfoundland Circumnavigation 2010
©Daniel J. Catt
Exploring Rural Newfoundland...
They’d been coming to settle here for thousands of years; the Maritime Archaic Indians, the Paleoeskimo people, the Beothuk, the Norse and finally the Europeans. The landscape is rugged and remote, the ocean is often furious and inhospitable; but the abundance of cod made it all worthwhile. The settlements were not organized by proximity to services, transportation hubs, or good soil conditions; they were built wherever there were good fishing grounds and shelter from the winds. A lot has changed over the years, but a lot remains constant here. The fishing grounds no longer matter; the fish are gone. The sheltered harbours, fishing premises and drying flakes are no longer needed; technology has taken over. There’s no longer need to live in isolated villages because the employment opportunities are almost all centralized in urban areas. So are medical facilities. But the people remain! They hold on to their rural roots and a way of life that’s endured for generations. I’ve visited nearly all the outports, especially the tiniest and most isolated. It’s always a total delight. In the face of economic hardship and uncertainty the spirit and resiliency of our people is as strong and unwavering as ever. The two standard opening conversation questions invariably have to do with where you’re from and if you’d like a lunch. We’ve got our own words and definitions for nearly everything and “stranger” seems more to do with a good friend you didn’t know until now.
Tony Oxford Musician & Culturalist
Stay a day or two and you’ll discover other layers of spirit. The social fabric is tight and woven around charity and a need to organize for the public good. We get together a lot to celebrate, usually in support of some social group or person who’s in need. Feasting and music are at the core of most gatherings. The music is not mainstream Canadian but it’s hard for your feet to stay still when it’s going good, and there’s no shortage of players and singers. I’ve been asked numerous times in the most fervent of tones if everybody in Newfoundland can play and sing! One of our provincial tourism ads suggests we’re about as far away from Disney World as one can get. Well, we’re about the same distance from WalMart! It’s amazing how the skills of self-sufficiency have been so well preserved. It’s now referred to as craftsmanship, but a lot of household and clothing items are made in the homes of rural Newfoundland and are adorned with artistic pride. Mittens and quilts are standard conversation pieces. And if there was a world record for Mason jars per capita, we’d probably hold it!! Human warmth is a wonderful feeling and I consider myself blessed for being immersed in it around the tiny villages of Newfoundland and Labrador. May children live in our outports forever and may the fresh ocean breeze absorb the sounds of their laughter for just as long! -Tony Oxford, Musician & Culturalist
Born in a tiny rural Newfoundland fishing village, Tony Oxford has lived and learned the charm and splendour of outport living. Although at the insistence of his father he choose a career path other than fishing, he has kept a close eye on the fishery’s evolution from the last days of drying cod to this the nineteenth year of a cod moratorium. In many of his provincial, regional and local volunteer roles he has been a strong and outspoken advocate for rural Newfoundland. Since his retirement from educational administration Tony has dedicated even more time to advocating for outport Newfoundland and immersing himself more and more in local folklore. Since 2005 he has enjoyed the opportunity to present the music, language and culture of his province to the friends of Adventure Canada who choose to visit. Delighted with AC’s preference for visiting tiny and sometimes remote communities, he’s quite eager to help present “the essence of who we are”. Join Tony on our Newfoundland Circumnavigation.
Literature, music, visual art, theatre—Newfoundland has it all, and in abundance far beyond anything you might expect of half a million people. Join celebrated Newfoundland writer Kevin Major for an insider’s look at the culture of his Island, three art-filled days at the edge of the North Atlantic. Let him take you through the multi-hued streets and back lanes of St. John’s, to his favourite galleries and music haunts. Meet artists and poets and musicians (sometimes all three in one). Spend time in their studios. Hear them explain their art. Listen as they read from their award-winning books, and relax and chat with them over wine. From the intimacy of an ornate nineteenth century reading room to the sweeping views of the city from the ultramodern galleries of The Rooms (what The Globe and Mail has called ‘one of the world’s great small museums’), you’ll know you’re in the midst of a culture like no other in North America. Aesthetically, you might think yourself in Europe. Whether walking the stage of the LSPU Hall (where Mary Walsh and Rick Mercer honed their skills) or enjoying a pint and a song at The Ship or The Crow’s Nest, you’ll know for sure you’ve fallen into the arms of a spirited arts scene. Food? Of course. Whether your preference is fine international cuisine or fish ‘n chips at Chess’, St. John’s doesn’t disappoint. Shopping? That, too. From books personally autographed, to paintings and prints, to fine and funky crafts. You’ll take the scenic route to the historic settlements of Cupids and Brigus, along Conception Bay, an hour outside the city. In Cupids, discover the landscape that became home to the first English settlement in Canada, established by John Guy in 1610. Take lunch in what was once St. Augustine’s Church, now Cupid Haven’s Tearoom. That afternoon we’ll venture to Brigus, one of the most beautiful of Newfoundland’s outport communities, and one thoroughly steeped in history. Here is to be found the home of the famous Arctic explorer Bob Bartlett, as well as a cottage that in 1914 was the residence of American artist Rockwell Kent (before he was forced out by locals who suspected he was a German spy!). Through the centuries there have sailed from Brigus countless fishing vessels, often bringing salted codfish directly to the markets of Europe and South America.
Art on the Rock With Kevin Major
October 10-13, 2011
Cost: $999 USD + HST Single supplement please add $375 + HST Max: 18 Adventurers Tour cost includes: • All meals • Four nights accommodations • All transportation • Your guide, Kevin Major • Special guest appearances • Admission to galleries, museums and special events
Tour cost does not include: • Transportation to/from St. John’s • Alcoholic beverages • Items of a personal nature • Any expenses incurred due to itinerary changes beyond our control Fitness Level: Easy
Then it’s back to St. John’s for the evening meal together in one of the city’s finer restaurants. There’ll be chance to relive the three delightful days, before offering a final rousing toast to Newfoundland’s culture and people.
The Clipper Adventurer
The 118-passenger Clipper Adventurer, is among the very few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to the far reaches of remote lands. She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. With extensive renovations, the Clipper Adventurer is a handsome expedition vessel, done in the style of great ocean liners. With lots of varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks, the ship has all new outside cabins, with private showers & facilities. You will enjoy relaxing in the Main Lounge, Clipper Club, library/card room, sauna or beauty salon, keeping trim in the gymnasium, or picking up souvenirs in the gift shop. Meals include International and Continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows the Clipper Adventurer to go to places that larger cruise ships can only dream of, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.
Category 1 2 3 4 Amenities
Quad Lower Forward, 2 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window. Triple Lower Deck, 1 upper 2 lower berths, porthole window. Junior Double, two lower berths, porthole window Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole window. Main Double, two lower berths, porthole window. Deluxe Double, two lower berths, midship, porthole or picture window. Superior Double, two lower berths, picture window. Junior Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window. Suite, two lower berths, sitting area, picture window. Owner’s Suite, two lower berths, shower & bathtub, picture window.
Technical Specifications: Registry Bahamas Gross Tonnage 4,376 Built 1975 - Russia Refurbished 2010 - Scandinavia Ice Class A-1
Length Beam Draft Capacity Electricity
101m 16.5m 4.72m 118 passengers 220 V.
5 6 7 8 9 10
The Ocean Nova
Ocean Nova (formerly called Sarpik Ittuk) made its debut operating as an expedition ship in Antarctic waters in 2006. Built in 1992 in Denmark, Ocean Nova was commissioned as one of three “sister ships” to navigate Greenland’s icy waters as a coastal passenger ferry connecting the isolated villages of West Greenland. The ship’s captain and bridge crew have extensive experience in navigating polar waters, and the Greenlandic hotel and dining room staff are first-rate. She is a very quiet ship, with bow and stern thrusters providing excellent maneuverability, and a shallow draught that allows anchorage closer to landing sites than ships with a deeper hull. Being positioned closer to shore, makes for shorter transfer times during landings. Ocean Nova is fitted with sophisticated navigation and communication equipment, and telephone and email access is available to passengers. All cabins have private facilities and outside views.
Category 1 2
Lower Quad, 2 upper 2 lower berths, private facilities, desk/chair, 2 wardrobes, porthole window. Lower Triple, 1 upper 2 lower berths, private facilities, desk/chair, 2 wardrobes, porthole window. Lower Double Bunks, 1 upper, 1 lower berths, private facilities, desk/chair, wardrobe, porthole window. Lower Double, two lower berths, private facilities, desk/chair, wardrobe, porthole window. Main Double, two lower berths, private facilities, desk/chair, wardrobe, picture window. Superior Double, two lower berths, private facilities, desk/chair, wardrobe, picture window
Technical Specifications: Registry Bahamas Gross Tonnage 2,183 Built 1992 - Denmark Refurbished 2006 Ice Class A-1
Length Beam Draft Capacity Electricity
73 m 11 m 3.7 m 90 passengers 220 V.
3 4 5 6
The Clipper Odyssey
The Clipper Odyssey is a small luxury ship, ideally suited for expedition cruising - equipped with state-of-the-art navigational and communication equipment. While travelling in comfort and style, this 110-passenger vessel allows us to reach remote corners of the map and offer an indepth look at the destinations we visit. All cabins are spacious and comfortable with an ocean view (either portholes or windows) and en suite facilities that include a shower and small bath tub. All cabins have a safe, minibar, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, in-room music system, North American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts, and sitting area with sofa.
Category 1 2 3 4 5 Amenities
A-Deck Triple, two lower berths, one sofa bed, private facilities, porthole windows. A-Deck Double, two lower berths, private facilities, 2 porthole windows. Main Deck Forward, two lower berths, private facilities, window. Main Deck Double, two lower berths, midship, private facilities, window Lido Deck Double, two lower berths, midship, private facilities, window. Superior, two lower berths, private facilities, large window. Junior Suite, two lower berths, midship, private facilities, private veranda. Suite, two lower berths, separate sitting area, private facilities, private veranda
Technical Specifications: Registry Bahamas Gross Tonnage 5,218 Built 1989 Refurbished 1998 Length 102 m
Beam Draft Capacity Electricity
15 m 4m 110 passengers 110 V.
6 7 8
The Trans-Siberian Express
July 1 – 13, 2011 aboard the Golden Eagle Train
Providing one of the world’s greatest railway journeys, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon connecting east and west from Moscow, over the Urals, across the magnificent Russian steppes and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake to Ulaan Bataar in Mongolia. The Imperial State Budget spent 1.455 billion rubles from 1891 to 1913 on the railway’s construction all the way to the Pacific, an expenditure record which was surpassed only by the military budget in World War I. Opened in stages between 1891 and 1916, this extraordinary engineering achievement is a vital national asset - and by far the best way to experience the grandeur of Russia’s rarely visited interior. This is Russia as it was meant to be seen. We travel aboard our private train - the luxurious Golden Eagle - on a voyage of over 5,000 kilometres, from Moscow to Ulaan Baatar as we discover the mystery and majesty of Russia and Mongolia. Onboard, we’ll have a lecture series, meals inspired by the regions we visit and world-class service. Almost everything is included, from gratuities to local beers and international wines. Equally important, this journey offers plenty of time off the train to explore the many cities and towns along the way. Along this monumental journey, we will have the chance to experience everything from the rich architecture of Moscow, the “Paris of Siberia” at Irkutsk and the natural beauty of Lake Baikal. We will be treated to private concerts, and will be able to sample local vodkas and caviar, besides delving into the fascinating history of the Czars. Entering into Mongolia, we arrive in the capital, Ulaan Baatar just in time to be part of the spectacular Naadam Festival. We attend the festival, staying in traditional Mongolian yurts before making our way home or onward to Beijing.
Our Intended Itinerary
Day 1-2: Moscow Day 3: Kazan Day 4: Yekaterinburg Day 5: Novosibirsk Day 6: On Board Day 7: Irkutsk
Day 8: Day 9: Day 10: Day 11: Day 12: Day 13:
Lake Baikal Ulan Ude Ulaan Baatar Ulaan Baatar Ulaan Baatar - Naadam Festival Ulaan Baatar - Naadam Festival
• Immerse yourself in Moscow’s rich architectural heritage • Travel on one of the world’s most luxurious and exclusive trains • Visit the Kremlin Fortress at Kazan • Explore a stunning mosque and Russian Orthodox Cathedral at the UNESCO World Heritage Site • Visit Yekaterinburg and the spot where the Russian Royal Family were executed by the Bolsheviks • Wander in Irkutsk – The Paris of Siberia • Attend the vibrant Naadaam Festival in Mongolia • Stand on the shores of Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake. • Experience the capital of Mongolia and the home of Genghis Khan, Ulaan Baatar • Stay two nights in a Mongolian Yurt
All photos © Dennis Minty, 2008
Listen to the explosive spout of a humpback whale as it breaks the surface of a clear blue ocean. See the comical flight of a full-bellied puffin as it tries to get airborne. Smell the salty landwash where the sea touches North America’s eastern-most land and where First Light really is first.
Explore Eastern Newfoundland: Photographic Adventure
Cost: $2,995 USD + HST, Single supplement please add $495 USD + HST Max: 6 adventurers Tour cost includes: • All accommodations • All meals • Ground transportation • Your instructor/guide(s) • All park/tour fees Tour cost does not include: • Insurance • Alcoholic beverages • Flights to/from St. John’s • Items of a personal nature • Any expenses incurred due to itinerary changes beyond our control Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate
July 17 - 23, 2011
Dennis Minty & Antje Springmann
With camera in hand we will take you to the heart of the most easterly corner of North America, still largely undiscovered by the vast majority of travellers. This is a tour for photographers of all levels, their companions and the artisticallyminded. Your particular needs and interests are addressed in a multi-dimensional tour that mixes group instruction, experiential learning and one-on-one coaching in the midst of cultural and ecological wonders. Presentations are interactive, inspiring and informative; the hikes are filled with vistas and natural beauty that invite hours of artistic contemplation; the traditional home-cooked meals and accommodations celebrate the best of Newfoundland hospitality. We will amble through charming historic communities like Brigus, Trinity and St. John’s; experience gannets, puffins and whales closer than almost anywhere on earth, hike trails that take us along towering cliffs, and through gentle meadows and that explore Newfoundland’s famous rocky beaches. Your guides have deep roots here and will open doors to places and experiences undiscovered by the casual tourist. So pack your camera and join celebrated nature photographer, Dennis Minty, and his partner Antje Springmann, for Explore Eastern Newfoundland: Photographic Adventure, an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired and more adept at capturing the natural world with your camera.
Dennis has a long history with Adventure Canada as naturalist and photographer. He is an award winning environmental educator, wildlife biologist, park manager and author of several books. Antje Springmann has called Newfoundland home since coming there from Germany when she was twelve. She guided her first cultural tours of St. John’s 20 years ago. She has a varied background in educational design, arts and culture, tourism, marketing, event organization and partnership development. A budding photographer in her own right, she recently joined her husband, Dennis Minty, in developing workshops that bring people closer to the natural world.
Newfoundland Close-Up: A Photographic Adventure
Join us on a photographic adventure featuring two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites and many delightful gems along the path that connects them. This is a tour for photographers ready to move beyond the basics and immerse themselves in an inspiring, rugged landscape as they hone their skills. We mix group instruction, experiential learning and professional one-on-one coaching for a custom tailored experience in the midst of cultural and ecological wonders.
June 26 - July 3, 2011
Cost: $3,495 USD + HST Single supplement please add $495 + HST Max: 6 Tour cost includes: • All accommodations • All meals • Ground transportation • Your instructor/guide(s) • All park/tour fees Tour cost does not include: • Insurance • Alcoholic beverages • Flights to/from Deer Lake • Items of a personal nature • Any expenses incurred due to itinerary changes beyond our control Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate 59
Gros Morne National Park is a spectacular natural phenomenon filled with sparkling bays, ancient fjords, and the awe-inspiring Tablelands. Rich in wildlife and magnificent vistas, it is also the place where geology commands centre stage. Our home base is the luxurious Neddies Harbour Inn, nestled in serene Bonne Bay where the North Atlantic laps at the shore outside our window. From here we explore the heart of Gros Morne with plenty of time to capture the landscape with our cameras. From Gros Morne we travel north, traversing primal, barren landscapes dotted with tiny, isolated communities where local Newfoundlanders still follow the traditional way of life. There are many hidden treasures along our way, from graveyards with stories to tell, to lighthouses and dune-strewn sandy beaches, even a glimpse of Labrador across the straight. Our destination is the very tip of Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula, a finger that reaches high into the North Atlantic. Here we walk in the footsteps of the Vikings who wintered in this place over a thousand years ago in defiance of the barren land. On our return to Gros Morne we keep a look-out for icebergs that are often plentiful here. So pack your camera and join celebrated nature photographer, Dennis Minty, and his partner Antje Springmann, in this ancient, rugged place. Your guides are Newfoundlanders who will open doors to places and experiences undiscovered by the casual tourist. Don’t miss this extra-ordinary photographic journey that will leave you inspired and refreshed, and your photography portfolio brimming.
Both photos ©Mike Wigle
British Columbia’s Coast Mountains: Birding Sea to Summit
Join us for an adventure in BC’s dramatic coast mountains! We explore this fascinating area looking for the birds and other wildlife by boat, foot, van, and helicopter! We begin in the coastal community of Bella Coola and base ourselves at the very comfortable Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. A helicopter flight into the high alpine county will give us chance to go for a hike and look for some specialized alpine birds, including Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches. A boat trip on the inlet should produce scoters, murrelets and, with luck, one or more of the local cetaceans, perhaps even killer whales. During a river float we’ll enjoy watching American Dippers foraging (they flit from branch to rock then disappear under water,true to their name). Heading east, we keep our eyes open for grizzly bears and moose. Then we hike into the Rainbow range, looking for both Willow and White-tailed Ptarmigan. This area also holds several other surprises, including nesting Arctic Terns and Yellow Rail. We’ll finish with an optional flight over BC’s highest peak, Mt. Waddington. Cost: $3,795 USD + HST Single supplement available upon request Max: 12 adventurers Fitness Level: Moderate: one full day hike and several half day hikes Tour Price Includes: • Your guide, Steve Ogle • Accommodation • All meals during the tour • Transportation during the tour • Helicopter flight • River and inlet boat trips Tour Price Does Not include: • Flights from your home to Bella Coola and home from Anahim Lake • Optional fixed wing flight over Mt. Waddington • Personal expenses • Insurance
June 4 – 10, 2011
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Heli-hiking in the alpine amid stunning scenery Drifting on the Atanarko River A boat trip on Bella Coola inlet for birds and possibly whales The towering forests and fjords of this very wild area Staying at the wonderful Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Flying over Mt. Waddington, BC’s highest peak
Haida Gwaii: The Queen Charlotte Islands
Join Carol Heppenstall on a journey to Haida Gwaii: the Queen Charlotte Islands and home of the Haida - one of the most culturally rich and developed groups of people to inhabit early North America. Among the southern islands are many ancient villages - K’uuna (Skedans), Cumshewa, T’annu and SGaang Gwaii (Ninstints). These sites contain the remains of the great longhouses and the best remaining examples of original totem poles in the world. Now is a particularly good time to visit these islands, since every year nature ages and slowly deteriorates the magnificent totem poles which are slowly deteriorating. SGaang Gwaii is recognized as a World Heritage Site, and though the old villages are now uninhabited, the Haida have watchmen to protect their heritage and to greet visitors appropriately.
©Daniel J. Catt
Cost: $5,295 USD + HST Max: 14 adventurers Tour cost includes: • Most meals • Hotel night in Vancouver • Accommodations • Museum and park fees • Passage onboard Island Roamer • All ground transportation • Tips to the ship’s crew Tour cost does not include: • Flights: your home to Vancouver and Vancouver to Sandspit return • Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance • Items of a personal nature • Any expenses incurred due to changes beyond our control Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate Please call us to receive additional information on this departure. • • • • • • •
The chance to listen to a Haida story, to learn about the traditional and modern Haida life, is for many people a highlight of the trip. A unique opportunity found almost nowhere else on the coast. We find that our encounters with the Haida teach us about their art, legends, customs and food gathering methods. As a result, we gain an understanding of how the Haida related intimately to their environment to produce a unique and highly evolved art form. With over one hundred islands, forested creek walks, rugged headlands and towering mountains, our excursions will provide ample scenery. Bird watching is excellent, with puffins, auklets and eagles; hundreds of thousands of seabirds nest on the islands. We hope to see Stellar sea lions and spot a variety of whales from our vessel, the Island Roamer. Bring your camera, journals and sketchpads and be seduced by one of Canada’s most noble destinations.
Visit to the Haida Gwaii Museum and new Qay’llnagaay Heritage Centre A fabulous traditional Haida meal hosted at the home of a Haida elder Village stops in old growth forests Visit to Nan Sdins (Ninstints), the oldest recorded village on the island Refreshing outdoor pools of healing waters A chance to chat with Haida elders and watch age-old cedar bark craft demonstrations Quiet moorings afford the luxuries to sketch or photograph. 61
July 15 - 24, 2011
All photos © Michelle Valberg
Rugged mountains, stunning glaciers, flocks of northern seabirds, the wonderful Narwhal, and traditional Inuit culture – this is what awaits us on a truly amazing tour to the wilderness of northern Baffin Island. We experience this dramatic Arctic landscape at a time of year when the sun never sets and wildlife is returning to this very rich area of the Arctic. There are northern birds in abundance, including Thick-billed Murre, Blacklegged Kittiwake, and King and Common Eiders. Other highlights include Sabine’s and Thayer’s gulls, Red-throated Loon and we may even see the all white Ivory Gull! In addition, the mixing of ocean currents from Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound makes the marine life very rich! At this time of year, the sea ice is melting back and marine mammals are traveling north along the ice floe edge where food is concentrated. As a result,this is the perfect spot to see Arctic wildlife of all sorts, including several species of seals and the amazing spiral-tusked Narwhal. With luck we will also see polar bear or the endangered bowhead whale. Remote wilderness, striking Arctic landscapes, rich northern wildlife, and fascinating culture – this promises to be the experience of a lifetime!
Pond Inlet: Floe Edge
Cost: $5,295 USD + HST Max: 12 adventurers Tour cost includes: • 4 hotel nights, 5 nights camping (equipment provided) • Most meals • Travel by komatik (sled) to floe edge • Services of guide(s) Tour cost does not include: • Roundtrip airfare to Pond Inlet • Mandatory emergency medical insurance • Items of a personal nature • Any expenses incurred due to itinerary changes beyond our control • Gratuities to local guides Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate walking
Day 1: Arrival in Ottawa The tour begins in the evening in Ottawa, Ontario. We meet over a welcome dinner to discuss the coming adventure. Those arriving early may enjoy a visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature before dinner. Night at our hotel in Ottawa. Day 2: Travel to Pond Inlet We leave Ottawa in the morning for our flights to Pond Inlet at the northern tip of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. After a plane change in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, we should arrive in Pond Inlet in the afternoon. After dinner we will have plenty of time for a short walk around town because the sun does not set at this time of year. Hotel night in Pond Inlet. Day 3: Travel to the floe edge In the morning we will explore the shoreline, tundra and ponds close to Pond Inlet. We will encounter some of the more common species such as Lapland Longspur, Horned Lark and Snow Bunting, and we will be looking for Common Ringed Plover here and elsewhere. This mostly Palearctic species has a very small breeding range in North America, restricted to the eastern Arctic of Canada. After lunch, we will depart for the floe edge. We travel by komatik, which is a wooden sled lashed together and pulled behind a snowmobile. This is the traditional means of travel for the Inuit. The difference today is that snowmobiles have replaced dog teams.
June 13 – 21, 2011
Enroute we may have the opportunity to get up close and personal with several icebergs that have spent the winter frozen in place. These can be both beautiful and enormous as they await break up of the ice before they continue to drift southward. The floe edge is where the winter ice meets the open waters of Baffin Bay and it is where the wildlife is concentrated on their northward migration. We should have wonderful opportunities to photograph and enjoy the wildlife. The birding at the floe edge should be superb! Hundreds of Northern Fulmars, Brant, Common and King Eiders, and all three species of Jaegers will be a treat. We will see hundreds or even thousands of Thick-billed Murres, many Black Guillemots, and with luck, several Dovekie in their very sharp breeding plumage! We will also see a collection of northern gulls: Glaucous, Thayer’s, Sabine’s, Black-legged Kittiwake, and with much luck, Ivory Gull. You have to travel very far north to find this beautiful all white arctic gull, but here we will be in the heart of its range. Unfortunately, they have become quite scarce in the last several years and are now an endangered species. We will have the opportunity to watch as these and possibly other species move northward along the floe edge. Days 4–7: Floe edge and Bylot Island Our daily activities will depend on the location of the floe edge and weather conditions, but will likely include these highlights. We will use a camp near the floe edge for these nights. Bylot Island Bylot Island is part of the recently declared Sirmilik National Park and is one of the largest bird refuges in the world. We plan to go for a walk near our camp to see the remains of several traditional sod and whalebone houses, used until recently by the Inuit. On the tundra, we look for many of the common northern species that are returning from the south at this time of year. Shorebirds are sparsely distributed, but we hope to find several species nesting including American Golden-Plover, Baird’s Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper and Red Phalarope. On the cliffs, we will look closely for Gyrfalcon, including white-morph individuals, and Peregrine Falcon. In the ponds on Bylot Island and around Pond Inlet, we will search for Red-throated Loon, Greater Snow Goose, and Long-tailed Duck. It should be a spectacular setting on the tundra surrounded by the rugged snow-covered mountains that rim the eastern Arctic. Visit to Seabird Colony From our camp, if ice conditions permit, we will travel to the seabird colony on Bylot Island. North of Cape Graham Moore, cliffs rise thousands of feet and host over 40,000 Thick-billed Murres and 6,500 Black-legged Kittiwakes. Hundreds of them will be coming and going from their precarious ledges as they head east to feed at the floe edge, the region’s great buffet table. At the Floe Edge We will likely spend most of our time at the floe edge with the hope of seeing some of the more elusive species that will be moving by, including the marine mammals. Waiting patiently right at the floe edge should improve our chances of seeing that amazing northern whale, the Narwhal. We will be watching for groups of these bizarre creatures, with their long spiraled tusks – the male’s tusk can be up to 7 feet long! This will surely be a highlight! It is also possible to see Bowhead Whales, Walrus, and that creature of legend, Nanook, the Polar Bear, but we will need some luck for these. The floe edge will also give us the chance to see Ringed seals, and possibly Bearded and Harp Seals as well. Day 8: Return to Pond Inlet After a final morning at the floe edge, we leave our camp to return to Pond Inlet. On our journey we may view the towering hoodoos of Bylot Island plus the spectacular landscape of mountains and massive glaciers. Hotel night in Pond Inlet. Day 9: Travel to Ottawa and onward We reluctantly leave this magical northern hamlet and fly south to Iqaluit and on to Ottawa, arriving in the afternoon, usually with time to catch connecting flights home. We will head home with many fond memories from this amazing adventure in the land of the midnight sun.
May 31 - June 10, 2011 Vessel Clipper Odyssey Category 1 $3,895 2 $4,695 3 $5,250
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Discovery Fund
Celtic Quest Trans-Siberian Express
July 1 - 13, 2011 Golden Eagle Heritage - $8,695 Silver - $12,295 Gold - $15,295 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
All rates are in USD. Prices are cash/cheque discounted; please find credit card prices on the back cover.
Iceland & Greenland
Aug. 7 - 18, 2011 Clipper Adventurer $3,495 $4,395 $5,295 $6,295 $6,995 $7,750 $8,295 $8,995 $9,495 $9,995
Into the Out of the Heart of the Arctic Northwest Passage Northwest Passage
Aug. 18 - Sept. 1, 2011 Clipper Adventurer $6,595 $7,895 $8,895 $9,895 $11,395 $12,395 $13,295 $13,895 $14,695 $15,295 Sept. 1 -17, 2011 Clipper Adventurer $6,795 $8,395 $9,395 $10,595 $11,895 $13,295 $14,195 $14,795 $15,395 $15,995 $250 Sept. 12- 24, 2011 Ocean Nova $3,995 $4,955 $6,795 $7,995 $9,295 $9,995 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Greenland & Wild Labrador
Sept. 17 - 30, 2011 Clipper Adventurer $3,995 $4,895 $5,995 $6,595 $8,195 $8,750 $8,995 $9,595 $10,195 $10,995
Sept. 30 - Oct. 10, 2011 Clipper Adventurer $3,495 $4,195 $4,795 $5,295 $6,195 $6,795 $7,595 $8,195 $8,595 $8,995
$5,950 $6,595 $6,995 $7,495 $8,295 N/A N/A N/A
Gardens Great & Small
May 26 - 30, 2011 $2,995
British Columbia’s Coast Mountains
June 4 - 10. 2011 $3,795 + HST
Explore Eastern Newfoundland
July 17 -23, 2011 $2,995 + HST
June 26 - July 3, 2011 $3,495 + HST
Art on the Rock
October 10 - 13, 2011 $999 + HST
Haida Gwaii: The Queen Charlotte Islands
July 15 - 24, 2011 $5,295 + HST
Pond Inlet: Floe Edge
June 13 -21, 2011 $5,295 + HST
Single travellers not requiring private accommodation on shipboard programs can be matched with another single traveller at no extra charge. Single-occupancy cabins are also available. Please call us for pricing & availability 64
Family is important! In order to promote multi-generational travel, we are offering a 30% discount to travellers under 30 years of age. Please call us for details!
30 UNDER 30 SPECIAL!
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No problem! We’ll cover your cancellation fees with a credit of up to $500 if you chose to travel with us instead. Call us for details!
Dates Vessel Category 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Discovery Fund
All rates are in USD. Prices are cash/cheque discounted; please find credit card prices on the back cover.
Into the Out of the Greenland & Wild Northwest Passage Northwest Passage Labrador
Aug. 10 - 24, 2012 Clipper Adventurer $6,995 $8,395 $9,495 $10,495 $12,195 $13,195 $14,195 $14,795 $15,595 $16,195 Aug. 24 - Sept. 9, 2012 Clipper Adventurer $7,195 $8,995 $9,995 $11,295 $12,595 $14,095 $15,095 $15,695 $16,295 $16,995 $250 Sept. 9 - 22, 2012 Clipper Adventurer $3,995 $5,095 $6,195 $6,795 $8,495 $8,995 $9,295 $9,895 $10,495 $11,395
Sept. 22 - Oct. 2, 2012 Clipper Adventurer $3,595 $4,395 $4,995 $5,495 $6,395 $6,995 $7,895 $8,495 $8,895 $9,295
Your Voyage Includes:
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All entry & park fees Your complete itinerary Team of resource specialists Educational program and pre-departure materials All shipboard meals All Zodiac excursions Service charges and port fees
Your Voyage Does Not Include:
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Commercial & charter flights Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance Personal expenses Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes Discretionary gratuities to ship’s crew (approx. $10 - 14 per passenger per day) Visas, or inoculations, if required Physician’s fees confirming you are fit to travel Possible fuel surcharges
About our Discovery Fund
Each area we visit has rich cultural experiences and wild treasures to offer. As guests, we have made a point to source and support local projects in the areas through which we travel. A contribution from each passenger represents a portion of the money we donate to ensure the longevity and success of educational, environmental and cultural initiatives in these regions. In 2010 the following programs were supported: Amina Anthropological Resources Association, Amos Comenius Memorial School, Atlantic Whales.com, Avanersuaq Cultural Qaannaaq, Greenland, Battle Harbour Historic Trust, Blueprint for Life, Hobbema RCMP Cadet Program, Killinik School Foundation, Kugluktuk Association, MLC – making life count, National Inuit Youth Council, Nattinnak Centre Pond Inlet, Northern Youth Abroad Living Works, Project North, Pulaarvik Kablu Spousal Abuse Counselling, ROM, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, The Sibley Family of Ramea, Skills Canada, The Walrus Foundation, West Parry Sound Health Centre, Woody Point Historical Theatre and Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention.
Book and pay in full on any 2011 shipboard departure by January 31, 2011 and save 5%. *Our 2011 Northwest Passage expeditions and Celtic Quest are excluded.
Early Booking Bonus!
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Rock Art Riding Holiday in Baja California
This rock art riding holiday in Baja California takes us to Rancho San Gregorio, Cueva La Palma, Cueva El Borrego, plus Cueva Pintada (Gardener Cave), Cueva de las Flechas, and more in Santa Teresa canyon. Highlights include World Heritage Sites of prime mural rock art, cultural and natural history taught by local guides.
November 19 - 28, February 19 – 28, April 16 - 26 9-11 days from $1,495
Kayak Trip in Baja California
This kayak trip is one of North America’s favourite winter sea-kayaking trips. And deservedly so! It offers the adventurer seven glorious days voyaging around one of the most appealing islands anywhere, in state of the art expedition sea-kayaks.
Dec. 11 - 19, 19 - 27, Dec. 26- Jan. 3, Jan. 1 – 9, 8 - 16, 29 - Feb. 6, 12 - 20, 19 – 27, Mar. 5 - 13, 13 - 21, 19 – 27.
9 days from $990
Small Ship Cruise in the Sea of Cortez
By luxury yacht,kayak,motorized inflatable boat and on foot, encounter flora and fauna that are found nowhere else in the world. In this World Heritage biosphere reserve, experience pods of dolphins numbering in the thousands and view many whale species including the largest living being on earth — the blue whale.
Departures from December to April 8 days from $3,995
North Coast/Khutzeymateen Valley
Starting and ending in Prince Rupert, BC you will see amazing wildlife and get to spend two days in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. A milestone conservation area for grizzly bears and their habitat, its protects a major undisturbed estuary along the north coast of BC.
June 11 – 14, 15 - 21 4 or 7 days from $2,185
Sail Northern Vancouver Island
See orcas, totems, wildlife, rich waters and native culture along the British Columbia Coastline. Meet the Kwakwaka’wakw in Alert Bay, who preserve their heritage in wonderful carvings, canoes and masks. Explore Johnstone Strait by small ship and see how diverse the wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island can be.
August 21 - 27 7 days from $3,225
Sail the Great Bear Rainforest....See the Kermode!
We will take you to the largest intact area of temperate rainforest in the world. We will explore remote islands and inlets, see magnificent waterfalls, view ancient Petroglyphs, witness whales as they frolic in the waters and watch grizzly bears fish for salmon in the estuaries.
August 27 - September 3, 7 – 14, 23 – 29 7 or 8 days from $3,650
Explore the BC Coast by Small Ship
These unique coastal adventures are the real way to see the Inside Passage. Aboard our small ships, we can take you to remote destinations and get up close with ancient native culture, wildlife and spectacular coastal scenery.
May 23 - June 1, October 7 – 15 9 or 10 days from $3,500
Sail Haida Gwaii: the Queen Charlotte Islands
Sail the Queen Charlotte Islands and tour the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Now known as “Haida Gwaii”, these islands are not to be missed. Sailing Haida Gwaii was voted “One of the 50 things to do before you die” in British Columbia Magazine in 2009.
May 23 – 31, June 1 – 9, 26 July 3, 17 – 24, August 1 – 8 8 or 9 days from $4,200
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Release, Terms and Conditions Please read this important information carefully. The delivery by the passenger of the deposit together with a signed copy of this document to Adventure Canada shall constitute the passenger’s consent and agreement to all of the provisions contained herein. Please note that fuel surcharges may be levied to offset rising oil prices. Payment Schedule and Rates A deposit of $1,000 USD per passenger is required to reserve a position for a tour. The balance of payment for the tour must be received by Adventure Canada at least 120 days prior to the scheduled departure date. Adventure Canada will only issue pre-departure boarding documents to a passenger once it has received full payment together with all required documents duly completed by the passenger. Tour fees quoted are based on (i) prices in effect at the time of printing (July 2010) and as such are subject to change without notice prior to departure and (ii) group participation. Prices are cash/cheque discounted, and in US dollars. Credit Card pricing is as follows: 2011 Celtic Quest: C1 $5,051, C2 $4,883, C3 $5,461, C4 $6,188, C5 $6,859, C6 $7,275, C7 $7,795, C8 $8,627 - 2011 Trans-Siberian Express: Heritage $9,043, Silver $12,787, Gold $15,907 -2011 Iceland & Greenland: C1 $3,635, C2 $4,570, C3 $5,507, C4 $6,547, C5 $7,275, C6 $8,060, C7 $8,627, C8 $9,355, C9 $9,875, C10 $10,395 -2011 Into the Northwest Passage: C1 $6,859, C2 $8,211, C3 $9,250, C4 $10,291, C5 $11,851, C6 $12,891, C7 $13,827, C8 $14,451, C9 $15,283, C10 $15,907 – 2011 Out of the Northwest Passage: C1 $7,067, C2 $8,731, C3 $9,771, C4 $11,019, C5 $12,371, C6 $13,827, C7 $14,763, C8 $15,387, C9 $16,011, C10 $16,635 – 2011 Heart of the Arctic: C1 $4,155, C2 $5,153, C3 $7,067, C4 $8,315, C5 $9,667, C6 $10,395 –2011 Greenland & Wild Labrador: C1 $4,155, C2 $5,090, C3 $6,235, C4 $6,859, C5 $8,523, C6 $9,100, C7 $9,355, C8 $9,980, C9 10,603, C10 $11,435 –2011 Newfoundland Circumnavigation: C1 $3,635, C2 $4,363, C3 $4,987, C4 $5,507, C5 $6,443, C6 $7,067, C7 $7,899, C8 $8,523, C9 $8,939, C10 $9,355 -Gardens Great & Small $3,115 -British Columbia’s Coast Mountains $3,947 + HST, Explore Eastern Newfoundland $3,115 + HST, Newfoundland Close-Up $3,635 + HST -Art on the Rock $1039 + HST, Haida Gwaii: The Queen Charlotte Islands $5,507 + HST, Pond Inlet: Floe Edge $5,507 + HST -2012 Into the Northwest Passage: C1 $7,275, C2 $8,731, C3 $9,875, C4 $10,915, C5 $12,683, C6 $13,723, C7 $14,763, C8 $15,387, C9 $16,219, C10 $16,843 – 2011 Out of the Northwest Passage: C1 $7,483, C2 $9,355, C3 $10,395, C4 $11,747, C5 $13,099, C6 $14,659, C7 $15,699, C8 $16,323, C9 $16,947, C10 $17,675 –2012 Greenland & Wild Labrador: C1 $4,155, C2 $5,299, C3 $6,443, C4 $7,067, C5 $8,835, C6 $9,355, C7 $9,667, C8 $10,291, C9 10,915, C10 $11,851 – 2012 Newfoundland Circumnavigation: C1 $3,739, C2 $4,571, C3 $5,195, C4 $5,715, C5 $6,651, C6 $7,275, C7 $8,211, C8 $8,835, C9 $9,251, C10 $9,667. For wire transfers, passengers should note that the transferring financial institution may charge a service fee, which shall be at the passenger’s expense. Returned cheques, credit card changes and refunds are subject to a $25 USD fee. Adventure Canada is a member in good standing of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (“TICO”) which administers the Ontario Travel Compensation Fund, a fund established by registered travel agents and travel wholesalers in Ontario to insure payments such as those made to Adventure Canada in connection herewith. For more information on TICO, visit www.tico.on.ca. Cancellations and Refunds All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Upon Adventure Canada receiving a written notice of cancellation at least 120 days prior to the scheduled date of departure, the passenger shall receive a full refund of its tour fees, less an administrative penalty of $500 per person. If a written notice of cancellation is received by Adventure Canada between 91 and 120 days prior to the scheduled date of departure, the passenger shall receive a refund of 35% of its tour fees. Please note that within the 90-day limit, all fees, deposits and tariffs received by Adventure Canada are forfeited. For these and other reasons mentioned below, passengers are strongly advised to obtain trip cancellation insurance. No refunds shall be made to passengers who do not participate in any part of, or otherwise do not complete, the tour for any reason whatsoever.
Delays In the event of a delay, passengers will be responsible for all costs and expenses associated therewith, including, without limitation, any additional food, lodging or transportation costs resulting from such delay. We recommend you purchase refundable air tickets. Baggage Baggage is solely at the passenger’s risk and expense. Baggage is limited to a maximum weight of 20 KG in most cases. Also, airline luggage allowance is typically two pieces per passenger and one piece of carry-on luggage, subject to weight restrictions, but please check with your airline for current standards. Excess baggage is not permitted on charter flights. Any excess baggage charges for commercial flights are the responsibility of the passenger. Land-Based Group Size and Trip Costs In keeping with our philosophy of small group travel, most of our land based programs operate with 10 - 30 participants. If we do not get the required number of people and cancel a tour, you will be notified as soon as possible. In the event of a cancellation, all deposits and tariffs paid will be returned to the passenger in full with no further obligation on the part of Adventure Canada (AC), Eagle-Eye Tours (EE), and The Human Nature Company (HNC). Single rooms, if available, will be provided on request for an additional fee as outlined in program literature. For participants travelling alone, but wishing to share, AC will arrange for a room if possible. If a roommate is not available, a single supplement will be charged. Insurance Due to the nature of the tour in which the passenger will be participating, passengers must have in place prior to departure comprehensive insurance coverage including without limitation medical, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation and interruption, accident and baggage insurance. Emergency medical and evacuation coverage is mandatory for trip participation and policy documentation will be required. Any losses sustained by the undersigned passenger as a result of its failing to obtain proper insurance coverage shall be the sole responsibility of the passenger. For full coverage passengers are recommended to obtain insurance at the time of deposit. Images and Privacy On these trips we take many photos, some of which we use for promotional purposes. If you would not like photos which include you to be used, please let us know in advance. We may also celebrate your birthday onboard, let us know if you would like to abstain. Itinerary The itineraries/programs described are subject to change at the discretion of the ship’s master. These are expeditions to remote parts of the world. AC, reserves the exclusive right, in its sole discretion, to alter or omit any part of the itinerary or change any reservation, staff member, feature and/or means of conveyance without notice and for any reason whatsoever including but not limited to weather conditions, availability of anchorages, force majeure, political conditions and other factors beyond our control and without allowance or refund and with any and all extra costs resulting there from paid by the passengers. AC, expressly reserves the right to cancel, without prior notice to the passengers, any tour prior to departure, in which case tour fees will be refunded without further obligation on the part of AC, including, but not limited to the payment of interest accrued thereon. Decisions to alter the itinerary/program as aforesaid shall be made in the best interest of all passengers aboard the vessel. AC, expressly reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel the reservation of, or remove from the tour, any passenger at any time. Additional Documentation Adventure Canada is a sub-charterer of the Clipper Adventurer, Clipper Odyssey and Ocean Nova. Prior to boarding the vessels, passengers will receive a Passage Contract Ticket, which is the standard passenger contract and liability waiver of the vessels mentioned herein. Passengers are encouraged to read this document upon receipt. In accepting this Passage Contract Ticket, passengers agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.
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