- Follow in the wake of early explorers as you traverse the mythical Northwest Passage
- Visit locations associated with Franklin's tragic search for the Northwest Passage
- Explore the home of the polar bear, musk ox, caribou and walrus
- Travel aboard the RCGS Resolute - one of the most comfortable expedition vessels in the Arctic
This iconic voyage explores the remote Northwest Passage, following the paths of the legendary early Arctic explorers. Sailing west from Ottawa, journey through the archipelago of islands and channels of Canada’s high Arctic on board the luxury expedition ship RCGS Resolute.
It is now possible to undertake a similar journey to that first completed by Roald Amundsen, navigating a course through the Arctic that very few people manage to achieve. These waterways are renowned for tricky navigation, rapidly changing ice conditions and for supporting a diverse population of wildlife, as well as vestiges of former expeditions, including the most notorious of all, the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845.
Register your interest here for our August 2021 cruise to The Northwest Passage with SPRI.
Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)
Established in 1920 as part of the University of Cambridge, the Scott Polar Research Institute is a centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. The mission of the SPRI is to enhance the understanding of these polar regions through scholarly research and its publication, educating new generations of polar researchers, caring for and making accessible its collections (including its library, archives, photographic and object collections), and projecting the history and environmental significance of the polar regions to the wider community for public benefit.
Your Canadian Arctic Vessel
The RCGS Resolute is an ice-strengthened luxury ship. With two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180-degree views, she offers plenty of space and a number of facilities designed to maximise your comfort on board. The cabins are spacious and benefit from comfortable seating areas and ample storage. There is a choice of two dining rooms, one of which offers a popular bistro menu with quick and easy meals so you can maximise your time out on deck. Other facilities include a theatre-style presentation room, gymnasium, wellness centre, hot water spa, sauna, steam room and saltwater pool.
Why is the Northwest Passage such a captivating region to explore?
This is a unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Franklin and visit Beechey Island, or explore the remains of sod houses left by Inuit families. An abundance of local history can be discovered in the 37 remote settlements that are dotted throughout the region.
Wildlife is also a large draw to the area, and despite the lesser abundance than in other parts of the Arctic, the 'Arctic big five' are regularly sighted. Keep your eyes open for bears, musk ox, narwhals, belugas and walruses.
When is the best time to travel to The Northwest Passage?
Most Northwest Passage cruises depart in August and September when late summer ice allows safe passage through the narrow channels.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.