FINDING FRANKLIN AND WILDLIFE FEAST
Follow the footsteps of explorers on our own quest for wildlife
FINDING FRANKLIN AND POLAR BEAR FEAST
BEECHEY ISLAND, PORT LEOPOLD, VICTORY POINT, CONNINGHAM BAY, VICTORIA STRAIT, FURY BEACH, NORTHWEST PASSAGE
10 Days 22 AUG 2018 - 01 SEP 2018

Oh My Gosh – we found Franklin!. Well at least our cruise company Did, and now we can retrace his footsteps.

This voyage will appeal to both lovers of wildlife and the dramatic history of early polar exploration. We will trace the routes of the early explorers who sailed – and perished – in these waters as they sought a way through the fabled Northwest Passage.

Our planned tinerary includes a visit to Prince Leopold Island, one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in the world. We’re also expecting sightings of seals, hopefully beluga whales, and if we have very eager eyes, the elusive narwhal will be spotted.

We hope to encounter polar bears at special locations that we
have discovered over the years. Just don;t say Conningham Bay out loud, as other passengers may not know about it, and we don’t want to jinx things.
But saying that, Rose had hoped to go there in August 2017, but the ice was a barrier even her positivity could not melt.
Our group of Foward Travellers were instead greeted by a mama polar bear and her 2 first year cubs who happily entertained us on a small ice floe for over an hour.

Sometimes you lose, so you can win bigger.

 

Tour Highlights
  • CONNINGHAM BAY POLAR BEARS (MAYBE)
  • HISTORIC FORT ROSS & BEECHEY ISLAND
  • LANCASTER SOUND WILDLIFE SUPER HIGHWAY
  • THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE
  • THE ORIGINAL HUDSON BAY SHOP – THE WORLD’S OLDEST RETAIL SHOP
  • FOLLOW THE PATHS OF THE FAMOUS EXPLORERS

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Arctic, Canada, Canadian Arctic

  • When
    :

    August, September

  • What
    :

    Wildlife, Nature, History, Culture

ADD THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Yellowknife, in  northern Canada, is one of the world’s best Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis viewing areas. And, August and September are two of it’s best months.
it is just 2hrs by plane north of Edmonton, so really is a ‘must do’ if you are in the area.
Prices for a 3 night package start at $990 per person, with a free city tour, accommodation, transfers and 3 nights Aurora chasing with the most amazing tour guide you wil ever meet.
Ask us about adding this to your trip.

Itinerary

Arrive in Edmonton and make your way to
the Fairmont Macdonald for you pre night
accommodation and expedition briefing.

Our charter flight takes us to Resolute, a remote
outpost above the Arctic Circle, and a strategic
post during the Cold War. 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 solved in
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 to 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
11 DAYS
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.

The historic site of Fort Ross is a former
Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading outpost.
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 the 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 and 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 is 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 concentrations. We now know that Franklin
sailed his two expedition ships through Peel
Sound in the summer of 1846.

We explore in the zodiacs and aim to make
a shore landing 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.

By morning we are at anchor in Resolute and
make our way ashore by zodiac for the charter
flight to return us to Edmonton where our
journey comes to an end.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices
    CABIN TYPE PER PERSON
    Triple USD 6,795
    Twin Semi Private USD 7,795
    Twin Private USD 9,395
    Superior USD 10,095
    Shackleton USD 11,395
    One Ocean USD 12,995
    Charter Flight USD 1,995

    Save 50% on your charter flights iwhen you book by 15 October 2017.

Includes

    Extensive pre-departure information package
    Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
    Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer.
    All zodiac and landing excursions
    All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
    One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
    Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
    Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
    Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub
    Experienced doctor on each journey
    Multimedia Room to download images, with Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers

    Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage – valued at US$1,000
    Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants
    Comfortable insulated rubber boots
    Water resistant binoculars
    Waterproof backpack
    Trekking poles available on shore

    Optional

    Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$695 (Arctic) per person.
    Pre-registration required at time of booking.

    GST (Canada): All bookings on voyages that operate domestically within Canada, are subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST). This will be itemised separately to the cruise price on the confirmation invoice.

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