Our most in-depth exploration of the Canadian Arctic! If you find abundant wildlife encounters and historic sites appealing, this voyage to some of the most heralded sites in Arctic exploration history has been created for you.
Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our sea-kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea.
Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, multiple times per voyage, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions. We require you to have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.
More information about your kayaking, including physical requirements and cost of each option is available by contacting Peregrine. This activity needs to be needs to be secured upon booking.
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:
One of Canada’s most northern settlements, Resolute has everything from a grocery store and cable TV to an RCMP station and handful of hotels. It also has an airport, which is your gateway back home.
Named after Frederick William Beechey, an explorer of the Royal Navy, this is one of Canada’s most important Arctic sites and has been deemed a Canadian National Historic Site. During the Franklin Expedition of 1845-46, two of Franklin’s ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror anchored here with perilous results. Three of his crew died here and are buried at a marked grave site.
PRINCE LEOPOLD ISLAND
Impressive, near perfectly vertical cliffs, ring part of this small island. This creates an ideal environment for nesting seabirds, and they nest here in numbers – more than 500,000 strong. Thick-billed murres, black guillemots and northern fulmars are most commonly seen here.
Home to a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post, abandoned in 1948. Today, the island is uninhabited but the buildings are still used occasionally by caribou hunters from settlements further south.
FURY AND HECLA STRAIT
This narrow channel south of Baffin Island is an ideal place for cetacean watching and enjoying the icy realm of the Arctic as it is often ice covered. The difficulty in navigating these waters wreaked havoc with many expeditions during the heyday of Arctic exploration and a search for the Northwest Passage.
A National Historic Site of Canada, this area has been inhabited by various cultures for more than 4,000 years. It took until 1822 for Europeans to arrive here, when Captain William Perry and his ships the HMS Fury and HMS Hecla, wintered here. Igloolik is a fairly active community today, with schools, health facilities and a geology and seismology station.
Wildlife abounds in Foxe Basin, a shallow waterway that is home to bearded seals, ringed seals, walrus, polar bear, beluga whales, bowhead whales and narwhals. Birds are also in abundance including Arctic terns and glaucous, ivory, herring and Sabine’s gulls.
A historic hamlet located on Dorset Island, Cape Dorset is where remains of an ancient Thule settlement were found, dating back to 1000BC. Nearby, Mallikjuaq Territorial Park provides great hiking and exploring options, while the Inuit inhabitants of today are known for producing great works of art.
South of Baffin Island and the Hudson Strait, the largest island in Ungava Bay is called Akpatok Island. This limestone island has tall sea cliffs reaching as high as 250m, creating a perfect habitat for nesting seabirds including the Akpat, or thick-billed murre.
Just off the coast of Baffin Island in the Davis Strait, this island belongs to the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. Monumental Island is a place where both polar bears and walruses can be seen. Zodiac cruising here presents great photographic opportunities.
This large inlet in the Labrador Sea, at the southeastern part of Baffin Island is riddled with small islets and islands. It is 230km/140miles long and serves as a home to a wide variety of seabirds and cetaceans. At the end of the bay is Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut.
Located on Baffin Island, with a population around 7,000 people, Iqaluit has all of the essential services you need and has been host to the Arctic Winter Games and the G7 Summit.
IMPORTANT REMINDER Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.