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
    :

    THE ARCTIC, CANADA

  • When
    :

    AUGUST, SEPTEMBER

  • What
    :

    NATURE AND WILDLIFE, CULTURE AND HISTORY

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 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 TYPEPER PERSON
    TripleUSD 6,795
    Twin Semi PrivateUSD 7,795
    Twin PrivateUSD 9,395
    SuperiorUSD 10,095
    ShackletonUSD 11,395
    One OceanUSD 12,995
    Charter FlightUSD 1,995

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

    INCLUSIONS

    • 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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