Braving the Northwest Passage with Adventure Canada

March 26, 2019 - 3 minutes read

One of the world’s greatest voyages is calling!

Pristine fjords. Looming glaciers. Jagged icebergs. Grand vistas, historic sites. Marine mammals, bears, and birds. And one of the most notorious sites in the Arctic — Beechey Island is famed as the places where the ill-fated Franklin Expedition overwintered in 1845–1846.

Adventure Canada offers all of that and more on its Northwest Passage expedition cruises between August and September this year.

Every day brings a new adventure in the Northwest Passage: hiking, photography, birding. Learning with our experts. Meeting the people who call the Arctic home. Sailing the passage at the top of the world!

The voyages — between Greenland’s west coast and Canada’s northernmost mainland — include these highlights:

Inuit cultural in a Canadian Nunavut community

Enjoy the warmth of an Inuit welcome as drum dancers, throat singers, and cultural ambassadors share their stories, songs, and connections to the land.

  • Explore the beautiful surroundings of an Arctic hamlet
  • Get to know local residents and learn about their ways of life
  • Purchase carvings and handicrafts to bring back home

Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jacobshavn Glacier — the world’s fastest-calving glacier — spills thousands of enormous icebergs every year into spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord in Disko Bay, Greenland.

View the icebergs from the shore on a hike along the boardwalk in the town of Ilulissat — then board a Zodiac to cruise your way among them.

Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Protected Area

Lancaster Sound — the entrance to the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic archipelago — is home to Canada’s newest national marine protected area. Glacier-fed waters, mountain landscapes, plentiful wildlife, and rugged coastlines define this vast and beautiful place.

  • Visit unique cultural historical sites from the Thule period and the explorer era
  • Seek seabirds, marine mammals, and polar bears in this unique, protected habitat

Beechey Island National Historic Site

Beechey is renowned as the place where the British Franklin Expedition — trying to find a faster route between the Atlantic and Pacific via the fabled Northwest Passage — spent the winter of 1845–1846. The graves of three of Franklin’s men, along with a fourth man from a later Northwest Passage expedition, are a haunting memorial to the heyday of Arctic exploration.


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