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Baffin island Explorer via Fury and Hecla Overview
- 2014-09-03 - 2014-09-15
Experience the Canadian Arctic in depth from Baffin Island
Delve into the majestic beauty of the Canadian Arctic. As the ship navigates the icy waters around Baffin Island, gain a deep appreciation for life in these frosty lands. From the historic sites of Beechey Island to the thriving Inuit art scene in Cape Dorset, an array of rich cultural experiences await, providing an insight into what it takes to thrive in such extreme conditions. Explore diverse terrains of smooth ice caps, rugged mountain ranges, rocky peninsulas, cliff-lined coasts and broad grasslands. Spot polar bears lumbering across the ice, seals playing on the windswept shores and mesmerising colonies of seabirds. This trip takes you to the forefront of life in the Canadian Arctic.
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Discover the thriving city of Toronto before preparing for the journey ahead. Perhaps arrive early to explore Toronto’s vibrant mix of urban streets and lush parks and gardens, or visit the iconic CN Tower for an astonishing view of the city.
Take a charter flight to Resolute, a small community on Cornwallis Island. Here, just over 200 residents live among the ancient glaciers, gravel roads and mountainous beaches. Climb aboard the ship and get ready for life on the Arctic waters.
The first stop is Beechey Island, a national historic site of Canada. Now home to scientific research stations, the island was once an Arctic exploration centre for expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage. Pay homage at the graves of the crewmen who died on John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition and see the memorial cross that was made from the remains of food tins left behind. Then move on to the rich avian sanctuary of Prince Leopold Island, where more than 500,000 birds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, gulls and fulmars, nest among the imposing sea cliffs.
Rising out of the wilderness at the southern tip of Somerset Island is Fort Ross – the last trading post built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the Canadian Arctic. The two buildings were built in 1937 but were abandoned just 11 years later because of severe ice conditions in the strait.
As the ship navigates the narrow, ice-choked Fury and Hecla Strait, spend some time on the deck looking for wildlife and seabirds, or relax in the lounge with your fellow travellers.
Visit Igloolik, one of the oldest Inuit communities in Nunavut. The community blends traditional ways of living with slivers of the contemporary; it’s home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus troupe in the world. Continue exploring Foxe Basin and have your camera poised to capture the playful antics of bearded and ringed seals. Look to the sky and see flocks of Sabine’s gulls, snow geese and Arctic terns soaring around the basin. If you’re lucky, you may also spy polar bears, beluga whales, or even the majestic narwhal.
Discover an impressive Inuit art scene in this small hamlet at the southern tip of Baffin Island. Browse carvings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings by the finest indigenous artists. Perhaps purchase a special piece to commemorate your trip.
These two days are sure to satisfy your thirst for wildlife. Akpatok Island is the largest island in Ungava Bay and a favourite spot for polar bears. It’s also home to one of the world’s largest colonies of thick-billed murres. Over at Monumental Island, take a zodiac ride close to the shore in search of prowling polar bears and hauled-out walruses.
Spend your last full day exploring the cliffs, streams and narrow inlets of Frobisher Bay at the south-eastern end of Baffin Island. Cruise by zodiac and discover isolated coves or head to the shore for a refreshing hike along the coastline.
Say goodbye to the ship in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, and board your flight to Montreal.
Return to city life with a night in Montreal. Delve into the cosmopolitan eateries and flourishing art and music scene before this exploration comes to an end.
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