This trip combines the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with a voyage to one of Canada’s most remote regions, the Arctic.
- Sail close to the final resting place of HMS Erebus, one of Franklin's missing ships
- Experience zodiac cruising and landings in search of wildlife: polar bears, walrus, belugas along with ringed, harp and bearded seals
- Encounter hundreds of thousands of nesting thick-billed murres, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes
- Explore Edmonton by Segway and indulge in a food tour
- Spend two nights in Jasper and explore Maligne Lake and the surrounding area with a private guide
Explore Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton by Segway, taking in the highlights of the city and the beautiful scenery of the river valley. Later take a walking tour of Jasper Avenue where you will have the opportunity to sample a mix of sweet and savoury dishes at five of Edmonton’s premier dining establishments. Bison, craft brews and wood fired specialities maybe on offer, all accompanied by the history, art and culture of this former fur trading post.
With private guide, transfer to Jasper, located in the Athabasca valley of the Jasper National Park home to outstanding mountain scenery. Explore the natural treasures of Canada’s largest national park including the Maligne Canyon.
Leaving the Rockies behind, fly to Resolute, a remote outpost above the Arctic circle. The story of Sir John Franklin's expedition in the mid-18th century and the enduring mystery of their fate, has gripped the imagination and intrigue of many for over 150 years. A new chapter in this tale was written when in September 2014, a joint government and private expedition located the final resting place of one Franklin's two 'lost ships' - HMS Erebus, in the frigid waters of the Victoria Strait.
Although the focus is on history and the Inuit that have inhabited the region for over 800 years, wildlife is another major draw card throughout the voyage. Visit one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in Canada and several locations where encounters with polar bears are frequent. Sightings of seals, whales and beluga are also common.
A small expedition vessel such as the Akademik Ioffe is the perfect platform for exploring the remote inlets and fjords of the High Arctic and to navigate the small bays and ice of this remote wilderness. Indeed, much of the High Artic can only be explored by the sea and is simply not accessible without the charter flights provided by the voyage and joining the cruise itself. Landings using zodiacs also allow passengers greater exploration of isolated corners which are completely inaccessible by land. Voyaging on a small expedition boat also maximises the wildlife opportunities, such as observing mega-colonies of seabirds that nest on coastal cliffs, not to mention the possible whale and polar bear encounters which would be significantly limited on land.
To discover the Northwest Passage is to not only follow in the footsteps of Franklin, but to do so in the company of those involved with finding his missing ship, HMS Erebus. There is no other expedition that knows these waters better and this is a fantastic way to experience maritime life and encounter some of the Canadian Arctic’s most notable wildlife.
What is given back?
Travelling to the Arctic with reputable expedition vessels means you are also in part, investing in the research and conservation of these areas. Partnered with the Coastal Ocean Research Institute at Oceanwise, Ioffe and her sister ships, will host researchers on board each summer in the Arctic to conduct water sampling to study the presence of micro plastics in the ocean. Commissioned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, this is a vital research project. The research is carried out alongside passengers during zodiac cruises and when aboard, providing an engaging and educational opportunity on plastic issues.
- Stainless steel water bottles are provided for each passenger, with re-fill stations on the ship
- Recycling bins are available in the bar and restaurant areas
- Refillable soap dispensers are fitted in the showers No plastic bags are provided onboard; passengers must use their own bags for gift shop purchases
- One Ocean has taken the #BePlasticWise pledge and are now part of the United Nation Environment Programmes 'Clean Sea’ working group which aims to drastically reduce the consumption of single-use plastic.
- One Ocean is the industry leader for their support of nationally accredited scientific programmes alongside tourism, providing such projects over 120 days per vessel per year.
The expedition leaders are not only superb naturalist guides, but they can also bring to life the regions they visit with you. Ted Irniq is a native son of the North, an expedition guide and a true ambassador of the Canadian Arctic. He draws on his experiences of growing up in Ranklin Inlet whilst guiding passengers through this remote region of the world.
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