Canada's Arctic, Wildlife, and Northern Lights - An exclusive Forward Journey
Capturing the best of Canada's nature, from the sea to the shore to the soaring sky.
CANADA’S ARCTIC, WILDLIFE, and NORTHERN LIGHTS
TELEGRAPH COVE ∙ GRIZZLY BEARS ∙ ORCAS ∙ CANADA’S HIGH ARCTIC ∙ NORTHERN LIGHTS
JUST 6 PLACES LEFT 17 August - 5 September 2018

Come with me to the top of the world.
Experience Canada’s High Arctic, abundant wildlife and dance under the Northern Lights. 

SEE AND EXPERIENCE
Enter the wolrd of killer whales and grizzly bears
Explore the fabled  Northwest Passage
Be entranced  The Arctic kings –  Polar Bears
Gaze in awe at the sky under The Northern Lights

‘I’ll never forget the afternoon spent with mama polar bear and her two cubs. It was simply incredible to see the fiercest creature display the gentlest love. What a thrill and a privilege. Thank you so much.    Suzanne,  Orange. NSW

Canada’s spectacular scenery, wildlife and nature are all found here. I’ve planned this trip to capture the best of it, from the sea to the land to the soaring sky.
Whales of all sizes, loom in the waters, while bears of all colours roam the shore. Birds in their thousands fill the sky, and hopefully we’ll see the Aurora dance above it.
From West to North to high Above, I have personally chosen the best places, best and best guides to give us the best opportunity to capture all we hope to see, with some surprises along the way.
This is a shared journey more than a tour. Think of it as a group of ‘like-minded’ people travelling together.
There’s plenty of leisure time to tailor as you wish, and all the leg work and planning has been done.
I’ll be there too, to ensure this trip is a spectacular journey like no other.

Our 2017 journey was fantastic, so join me in 2018 for more amazing encounters.

See the detailed brochure here

Tour Highlights
  • 10 Day Arctic cruise with wildlife and history focus
  • Full day Bear watching cruise to the iconic Knight Inlet
  • Orca watching cruise in Johnstone Strait
  • 3 nights in delightful Telegraph Cove, one of Canda’s last boardwalk communities
  • 2 nights in historic Victoria, with a guided walk and visit to the famous Butchart Gardens
  • Visit the amazing Conningham Bay where polar bears and Inuits share the spoils of the rich waters
  • Follow the horistic Franklin expedition and visit key sites
  • 3 nights for Aurora viewing  in Yellowknife, one of the world’s best locations.
  • Escorted by Forward Travel Director Rose Toohey

 

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Canada, The Arctic

  • When
    :

    August

  • What
    :

    Nature, Cruise, Wildlife, History, Escorted Journey

MEET YOUR JOURNEY LEADER

Rose Toohey, Co-Founder Forward Travel
I first discovered the magic of Canada and the High Arctic in 2016. I was blown away with the scenery, history,wildlife and wilderness. Seeing polar bears and belugas, and the beauty of the Arctic was amazing, and I still can’t quite believe the incredible experience of seeing the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky above me.
I took 15 travellers back with me in August 2017, and I’d love to take you as well in 2018.

Itinerary

Fly from Vancouver to Port Hardy, on the northern part of Vancouver Island. We will be met and driven to Telegraph Cove, an hour south, and our home for 3 nights.

From July to October, the waters between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia are home to the magnificent Orca (Killer Whales). The protected waters provide an ideal location to view and listen to orcas and other marine mammals as they feed, socialise and raise their young.

Enjoy the majesty of the coastal mountains as we explore spectacular Knight Inlet to find grizzly bears. As the snows melt, both black and grizzly bears emerge from their hibernation dens on the mountain slopes. Hungry bears make their way down to feed on the grasses in the river lowlands. The shallow draught of our flat bottom boats gets us close to the action.

Travel 6hrs south to Victoria. Stop along the way to visit some of the villages and try the local seafood for lunch. This evening enjoy a private, guided walk of Victoria. Learn about the history of this beautiful city and hear some of its darker side and the ghosts that haunt it still.

Morning visit to Butchart Gardens. Enjoy the breathtaking oasis of this 22 ha garden. Return to Victoria and the rest of the day is yours.

Transfer to the airport and fly to Edmonton and be taken to the beautiful Fairmont hotel.

Our charter flight takes us to Resolute, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle, where our fantastic ship will be waiting. Meet our expedition team and start with a zodiac ride to the ship. After a welcome cocktail, we weigh anchor and depart in the early evening.

Beechey Island holds great historic importance in the story of the Northwest Passage. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness, sparking an incredible series of search expeditions. The mystery of what happened to Franklin was partially solvedin September 2014, when a joint expedition found the lead ship, HMS Erebus, with One Ocean Expeditions playing a vital role in the discovery. A visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach is a perfect and chilling start to our own expedition. We visit the towering bird cliffs of Prince Leopold Island, an important migratory bird sanctuary, home to several hundred thousand birds. It is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the whole of the Canadian Arctic and makes for fantastic zodiac cruising. The sea ice around Prince Leopold Island is a great place for spotting seals, which usually means we could find polar bears.

Named for the British naval vessel abandoned in 1825. Her crew unloaded provisions to the beach. Four years later this cache saved the starving Ross expedition on its return from the North Pole in 1829. This is an exciting location for history buffs and for many it will be the defining moment of our expedition.

Company fur trading outpost, and fascinating archaeological sites tell a story of more than a thousand years of habitation by the Inuit and their predecessors. A transit of the narrow Bellot Strait is a thrilling experience as the currents roar through channel. We are now in the heart of the Northwest Passage, and the stirring waters provide abundant food for many marine mammals, including harp and bearded seals, narwhals ad whales. The Captain and Officers skills are on full display during this exciting day of Arctic navigation.

We cross the Franklin Strait and arrive at Conningham Bay on the shore of Prince of Wales Island. This is a known hotspot for polar bears, that come to feast on beluga whales, often caught in the rocky shallows. It’common to find the shoreline littered with whale skeletons – and very healthy looking polar bears!

Enter Franklin territory in Victoria Strait where history surrounds us. On Victory Point a lifeboat left abandoned, pieces of copper and scattered iron tell a story of a desperate race in a search for a rescue that never came. We pass very near the location of the wreck of HMS Erebus.

This bay, on the Boothia Peninsula is where the St. Roch spent a winter in 1942 frozen into the sea ice. The ship was the first Canadian vessel to ever transit the Northwest Passage.

We’ll track north through the Franklin Strait and into Peel Sound, known for its heavy sea ice so all eyes will be looking for bears.

We explore in the zodiacs and hope to go ashore searching for wildlife. This evening, the Captain joins us for dinner and the chance to reflect on what has been a superb 10 days of exploration in this pristine Arctic wilderness.

We make our way ashore by zodiac for the charter flight to return us to Edmonton where we will be transferred to the hotel.

Morning flight to Yellowknife where we will be met upon arrival and taken to the hotel. Dreams of gold began in Yellowknife in 1934 when a couple of prospectors discovered the precious metal. Have a walk around town this afternoon and we’ll have dinner at the famous Bullocks restaurant. After dinner we’ll depart on our first Aurora evening.

After a sleep in, we’ll take a trip to Cameron Falls, where short walk through the forest takes us to the falls. We’ll stop along the way at Giant Mine to hear about the Yellowknife River Legend. Return to town for a rest before another night of Aurora viewing.

Optional activities. Meet local artists, go traditional fishing with locals, cruise the harbour, or just relax and enjoy the town. This evening we’ll take our final Aurora viewing trip.

Transfer to the airport for onward flights, or stay another night.

Pricing and Inclusions
PRICING

    EARLYBIRD AUD PRICES – BOOK BY 30 SEP

    CABIN/SUITE TWIN SHARE TWINGLE SHARE*
    TRIPLE $15,650 $16,880
    SEMI PRIVATE $16,980 $18,280
    TWIN PRIVATE $19,250 $20,480
    SUPERIOR $20,240 $21,480
    SHACKLETON $21,980 NA
    ONE OCEAN $24,270 NA

    INCLUDES CHARTER FLIGHTS TO AND FROM RESOLUTE IF BY 30 OCT 2017.
    ADD $1,350 FOR BOOKINGS AFTER THEN,
    Price is based on USD so may change due to exchange rate
    Kayaking $950

    *TWINGLE – Single room in hotels and twin /triple share with other traveller/s on the cruise

INCLUDED
    • 10 DAY ONE OCEAN ARCTIC EXPEDITION
    • 3 NIGHTS AURORA VIEWING IN YELLOWKIFE,
    • 5 INTERNAL FLIGHTS WITHIN CANADA
    • FULL DAY GRIZZLY BEAR VIEWING IN KNIGHT INLET
    • STUBBS ISLAND ORCA  WATCHING CRUISE
    • 3 NIGHTS IN TELEGRAPH COVE,
    • VISIT TO BUTCHART GARDENS
    • SERVICES OF TOUR ESCORT, ROSE TOOHEY.
    • GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN VICTORIA
    • GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN YELLOWKNIFE
    • 35 MEALS, BREAKFAST DAILY, 8 LUNCHES, 9 DINNERS
    • TRANSFERS FROM AIRPORT – HOTEL VV
    • LIMITED TO JUST 16 TRAVELLERS
HOTELS

    Telegraph Cove – Telegraph Cove
    Victoria – Inn at Laurel Point
    Edmonton – Fairmont Macdonald
    Yellowknife – Explorer
    Ship – Akademik Ioffe

SPECIAL OFFER
    • One Ocean Expeditions’ past passengers receive a further 10% cruise discount, and a bonus cabin upgrade*
    • *subject to availability. Ask us for details
TRAVELLER’S TALES
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