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Sail the Canadian Arctic Eastbound

This summer, a small group of adventurers will make the historic voyage to the Canadian Arctic into the Northwest Passage.

The primary aim of the voyage is to study and report on climate change and its effects on summer sea ice, wildlife, and indigenous people. Scientists, students, a film crew, historians and more will make up the crew.

This is the first fully rigged ship to make this sail in over a century. While on board, you’ll be a full crew member.  You’ll take a turn at the helm and all other aspects of sailing working alongside the professional crew.  But it’s not all about life at sea. Many stops will be made in order to observe Arctic wildlife, visit historic places, enjoy long walks on shore, and connect with Inuit communities.

Because of its remoteness, few people have had this experience making this Arctic voyage the trip of a lifetime.

Highlights:

  • Live and learn on board a 200 foot, steel hulled, three masted sailing vessel
  • Visit the graves of the famed Franklin expedition
  • Connect with local Inuit communities
  • See the aurora borealis
  • Spot polar bears on Conningham Island
  • Visit the remnants of the Hudson Bay fur trading industry
  • See the unbelievable cliffs of Caswell Tower
  • Explore the Prince Leopold bird sanctuary
  • Walk amongst 2,000 to 5,000-year-old Dorset and Thule Inuit structures

The eastbound voyage is comprised of two legs.  The first leg is 14 days and you’ll sail from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada to Resolute Bay. The second leg will last ten days and will take you from Resolute Bay to Pond Inlet.

In many ways, the first leg of the eastbound journey follows the footsteps of Sir John Franklin and his men.  You’ll visit Beechey Island and see where Franklin spent his last comfortable winter before disappearing.  There are also a number of crew graves, building remains, and the Belcher monument.

Cambridge Bay, located on Victoria Island, is home to the new Polar Knowledge facility where Arctic scientists are able to conduct research.  It’s also home to Arctic char jerky, muktuk (skin and fat), and Muskox sliders. A local guide will show you around Todd Island, where the remains and graves of the ill-fated Franklin sailing expedition are located.

At Gjoa Have, one of the village elders will share the Inuit oral history and the Inuit’s thoughts on the current climate change.  There will be stops at Conningham, Fort Ross, and Cunningham Inlet, all ideal places to spot incredible Arctic wildlife.

The regions surrounding the Northwest Passage are teeming with remarkable wildlife.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot walrus, polar bear, harp, breaded, and ringed seals, ermine, bowhead, narwhal and more.

Resolute Bay is the midway point of the Northwest Passage. Other stops include Prince Leopold Island, Crocker Bay, Dundas Harbour, Low Point, and Pond Inlet.

You’ll experience open ocean sailing, overnight sailing, and gain valuable leadership skills. This is an opportunity to learn square-rig seamanship from world class sailors and experience a part of the world that few have seen.

Its a life changing expedition that will empower you, educate you, and awaken you to dangers of climate change as well as the beauty of life at sea.

Itinerary

Sail the Canadian Arctic Eastbound: Leg 1 (14 days)

Route: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada – Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada

27 August 2017 – 10 September 2017

Voyage highlights: graves from the famed Franklin expediton, visit local Inuit communities, Arctic wildlife remnants of Hudson Bay fur trading building, Northern Lights (aurora borealis)

 

Sail the Canadian Arctic Eastbound: Leg 2 (10 days)

Route: Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada – Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

10 September 2017 – 20 September 2017

Voyage highlights: remnants of the HMS Braedalbane, Franklin crew graves, steep cliffs of Caswell Tower, 5,000 year old Inuit structures, Prince Leopold bird sanctuary, Arctic wildlife, glaciers, visit Inuit communiites, Northern Lights (aurora borealis).

The ship is also undertaking the following voyages in the Arctic this summer:

Sail the Canadian Arctic northbound

Sail the Canadian Arctic southbound

The Ship

The ship is the largest civilian sailing school vessel in the United States. She is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to built in the U.S. in over 100 years. Her accommodations hold 32 people overnight in addition to her 17 professional crew.

  • 200 FEET
  • 3 MASTS
  • 13 1/2 STORIES TALL
  • DRAFT OF 13 FEET
  • 7 MILES OF RIGGING, 160 BELAYING PINS
  • 20 SAILS & 14,000 SQUARE FEET OF SAIL
  • TWIN 385 HP CAT BIO-DIESEL ENGINES

The vessel will be a US Documented vessel, inspected and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Safety standards for Sailing School Vessels differ from those of passenger vessels on a comparable route, because persons aboard training ships are not passengers but participants who fully share in the ship’s operation. She will meet or exceed all safety requirements for a vessel of her size and class.

Highlights

Cambridge Bay – Resolute Bay

CAMBRIDGE BAY, Victoria Island

Population 1,600. The Community Center hosts the annual Nunavut Arts Festival where sculpture, prints, and art by local artists are for sale.

TODD ISLAND, King William Island

Heading east across Queen Maud Gulf you’ll visit Todd Island with a local Inuit guide, the site of remains and graves from the famed Franklin sailing expedition that ended in tragedy.

GJOA HAVEN, King William Island

Inuit community village elder Louie Kamaakak (whose great grandfather had contact with Franklin’s men) will describe Inuit oral history tradition and the Inuit perspective on a changing Arctic.

CONINGHAM BAY, Prince Edward Island

A known hotspot for polar bears which feast on beached Beluga whales, caught in the rocky shallows at low tide. (from boat only)

FORT ROSS, Bellot Strait, Somerset Island

The remnants of a Hudson Bay Company fur trading building and Inuit remains. Abundant food in Bellot Strait attracts numerous marine mammals such as narwhals, bearded seals, harp seals and polar bears.

CUNNINGHAM INLET, Somerset Island

Up to 2,000 Beluga whales congregate here to moult each year. We’ll also see polar bears (from boat only)

BEECHEY ISLAND

Location of Sir John Franklin’s last comfortable winter in 1845 before disappearing. Remains of ship HMS Braedalbane, three Franklin crew graves, building remains, and the Belcher monument.

RESOLUTE BAY, Cornwallis Island

This town is the midpoint of the Northwest Passage. With a population of about 300 it is the second most northerly community in Canada.

Resolute Bay – Pond Inlet

RESOLUTE BAY, Cornwallis Island

This town is the midpoint of the Northwest Passage. With a population of about 300 it is the second most northerly community in Canada.
From late April to mid-August it enjoys 24-hours of daylight. Its airstrip provides the gateway for North Pole expeditions.

BEECHEY ISLAND

From Resolute Bay you’ll cross Barrow Strait to Beechey Island, encampment of Sir John Franklin’s last comfortable winter in 1845 before disappearing. Remains of ship HMS Braedalbane, three Franklin crew graves, building remains, and the Belcher monument are here.

RADSTOCK BAY, Devon Island

At Radstock Bay you’ll witness the steep cliffs of Caswell Tower, walk among 2-5,000 year old Thule and Dorset Inuit structures, and observe beluga whales, polar bears, and maybe Muskox.

PRINCE LEOPOLD ISLAND (North Spit)

Migratory seabird sanctuary. As many as 500,000 birds can be found around the 1,000 foot limestone cliffs of Prince Leopold Island.

CROCKER BAY

Steep glacier, seals, Muskox, and Arctic wolves.

DUNDAS HARBOUR, Devon Island

At Dundas Harbor you’ll experience an abundance of wildlifeh ere in the rich, biodiverse waters of Lancaster Sound that is sometimes called the wildlife “super highway” of the Arctic. This includes walrus haul-outs, narwhals, seals, Arctic hare, and Muskox.

LOW POINT, Eclipse Sound, Baffin Island

Visiting Low Point on Baffin Island you’ll see “Inuksuk” stone icons, a bird sanctuary, magnificent glaciers, and narwhals birthing in the shallows.

POND INLET, Baffin Island

Population 1,300. Surrounded by mountain ranges and several dozen glaciers. We’ll be greeted with a traditional Inuit tea & bannock welcome and an Inuit cultural show with story telling and strength and agility demonstrations at the Natinnak Visitor Center. Traditional Inuit carvings, crafts and jewelry can also be purchased here.

Getting to/from the ship

EASTBOUND LEG 1: CAMBRIDGE BAY – RESOLUTE BAY

We have chartered a plane from First Air to fly everyone up to Cambridge Bay. The plane departs Edmonton early on August 27 so we have made arrangements to reserve rooms for everyone at Nunastar Hotel for the night of August 26. The flight departs Cambridge Bay at 07:30 on August 27 and arrives in Cambridge Bay at 13:00 (with a stop in Yellowknife). The total cost for the flight from Edmonton to Cambridge Bay and 1 night hotel in Edmonton (based on double occupancy) is $1,400 per person (this can be paid through our online registration program). Please note there is a strict baggage allowance of 50lbs per person on the chartered flight.

We have chartered a plane from First Air to fly everyone back from Resolute Bay. The plane departs Resolute Bay on Sunday September 10 at 18:20 and arrives Iqaluit 23:34 (with a stop in Pond Inlet). Iqaluit is located on Baffin Island and is the capital city of Nunavut. It is the only city in Nunavut and has the lowest population of any capital city in Canada. We have reserved rooms at Nunastar Hotel  in Iqalait for the night of September 10. On September 11 our flight will all depart Iqaluit at 13:45 and arrive in Ottawa at 16:50. The total cost for the return flight to Ottawa and 1 night hotel in Iqaluit is $2,850 per person (this can be paid through our online registration program). Please note there is a strict baggage allowance of 50lbs per person on the chartered flight.

Eastbound Leg 2: Resolute Bay – Pond Inlet

We have chartered a plane from First Air to fly everyone up to Resolute Bay. The plane departs Ottawa at 09:15 on August 27 and arrives in Resolute Bay at 17:48 (with a stop in Iqaluit and Pond Inlet). The total cost for the flight from Ottawa to Resolute Bay is $2,610 per person (this can be paid through our online registration program). Please note there is a strict baggage allowance of 50lbs per person on the chartered flight.

We have chartered a plane from First Air to fly everyone back from Pond Inlet. The plane departs Pond Inlet on Wednesday September 20 at 17:45 and arrives Iqaluit 20:18. Iqaluit is located on Baffin Island and is the capital city of Nunavut. It is the only city in Nunavut and has the lowest population of any capital city in Canada. We have reserved rooms at Nunastar Hotel  in Iqalait for the night of September 20. On September 21 our flight will all depart Iqaluit at 13:45 and arrive in Ottawa at 16:50. The total cost for the return flight to Ottawa and 1 night hotel in Iqaluit is $2,400 per person (this can be paid through our online registration program). Please note there is a strict baggage allowance of 50lbs per person on the chartered flight.

Sail the Canadian Arctic Eastbound: Leg 1 (14 days)

Route: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada – Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Dates: Sunday August 27, 2017 – Sunday September 10, 2017
Cost: 14,520 USD + 2,200 USD to upgrade to a private 2-person cabin with ensuite head (based on double occupancy) (a portion of the total is tax-deductible) 

See ‘Getting to/from the ship’ for travel costs.

Sail the Canadian Arctic Eastbound: Leg 2 (10 days)

Route: Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada – Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Dates: Sunday September 10, 2017 – Wednesday September 20, 2017
Cost: 11,880 USD + 1,650 USD to upgrade to a private 2-person cabin with ensuite head (based on double occupancy) (a portion of the total is tax-deductible)

See ‘Getting to/from the ship’ for travel costs.

Open to all ages. Each participant under 18 must be accompanied by at least one adult

50% of payment is due on registration, and the remainder of the balance in two payments.

Passport required for all voyages.

See ‘Getting to/ from the ship’ for details of how to join the ship including estimated costs.

Operator

This purpose-built non profit tall ship provides innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs to promote personal and professional growth for students and professionals of all ages.

At 200 ft in length her accommodations hold 32 people overnight in addition to her 17 professional crew. Based on the east coast of the USA she has an exciting programme of education and adventure sailing voyages planned for 2017 and 2018.

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