Encounter dramatic glaciated landscapes and Inuit communities in Canada’s frigid north.
Cruise across northern Canada and explore inlets where the Inuit people have lived off the ocean for centuries. More than 36,000 islands make up the archipelago, with several channels so large they’d count as seas in other parts of the world. Here you’ll find the waterways of the fabled Northwest Passage, navigated by the most daring explorers as a possible trade route to Asia. These days, ships comfortably cruise through the corridor that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, allowing you to explore the islands and sight of Arctic wildlife along the coast.
Our Arctic tours in Canada
Highlights of Canada
Sail west on the Northwest Passage
Fly from Canada to the Arctic expanses of Greenland then set sail like the legendary adventurers before you. Search for whales and explore the historical and cultural sides of the country’s capital. Cross the Davis Strait to immerse yourself in the traditions of Inuit communities, hike to hilltops, search for whales and sail through immense fjord systems.
Follow the path of pioneering expeditioners
Trace the route of Sir John Franklin’s fatefulmid-19th century expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Cruise along waters that look like another world and set foot on lands that few have walked. Spot walrus on the shore, visit the hunting grounds of polar bears, and take in the incredible scenery framed by fjords, glaciers and icebergs.
Arctic Watch Lodge
The famous Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is your ideal base to journey into the Canadian Arctic. The world’s most northern lodge, Arctic Watch is situated on the tip of Somerset Island, a world-class beluga whale observation site. Get the full Arctic safari experience, with guided activities and extraordinary wildlife sightings in 24-hour daylight.
Excursions and experiences
Each of our tailored itineraries offer what we call ‘Peregrine Moments’. These experiences are shared yet highly personal, reflecting the candid style of our trips. Here are a few moments from a polar expedition to the Canadian Arctic.
- Discover indigenous art in the hamlet of Pangnirtung, nestled beneath the jagged peaks of Mount Duval.
- Encounter the Arctic’s inimitable wildlife, including narwhal, walrus and muskoxen.
- Explore the traditional Inuit community of Pond Inlet, found at the northern tip of Baffin Island, surrounded by scenic mountains, fjords and icebergs.
- Board a zodiac to explore the seas and get a breathtaking closer look at a breaching whale.
- Travel like an Arctic explorer via snowshoes, discovering alcoves and hiking to impressive lookouts.
The Peregrine difference
We know you want to be as comfortable as possible while onboard, which is why we’ve chosen vessels equipped with modern conveniences like LED televisions and internet connectivity, along with luxurious touches that make each voyage a true pleasure. Each ship boasts onboard chefs to prepare a range of hearty, quality meals, and onboard experts to ensure you spend more time seeing the sights and less time thumbing through a guidebook.
There's only so much you can read in a guidebook, especially when it comes to such rare and extraordinary locations. That's why we have a range of specialists onboard for every polar journey, from historians to marine biologists and hiking guides. With experts at hand, you can be assured that no question will be left unanswered.
Annie – Marine biologist
"I love my job because everyday you don’t quite know what’s going to unfold. For me, a big part of it is about being able to educate and shift people's understanding of wildlife, and to give them an experience that will last in their memories for a lifetime"
Todd – Naturalist
"I’m a firm believer in conservation and creating awareness through education and sharing our experience. I love sharing the polar regions with guests, connecting people to the environment and using my job as a platform to teach people."
Wayne – Expedition guide
"The most important piece of advice I can give is to come here with an open mind and open heart. Take the whole experience in, from the vast landscapes, to the glaciers and the incredible wildlife that lives here."
Each day brings the possibility of new wildlife sightings, including walrus; thousands of nesting birds; land-dwelling musk ox and caribou; humpback, minke, blue, beluga and one-horned narwhal; grey seals and harp seals; and of course, the mighty polar bear.
For in-depth information on our Arctic tours, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
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