Cruising the Arctic

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In 2015, Adventure Canada  procured a new ship for the 2015 travel season. The Ocean Endeavour is larger than the ship they’ve used for the majority of their voyages. It  can host 198-passengers, almost twice the number who travelled with them in the past.

The ship was launched in 1982, and has undergone a number of upgrades since,  most recently in 2010 and 2014.  She is 137 metres (450ft) in length, with a 21 metre beam (68 ft) and is 12,907 tonnes.

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The Ocean Endeavour  has six decks, a small swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, and three lounges offer space for workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. The ship is also outfitted with twenty zodiacs, so more people can go ashore at the same time.

Heart of the Arctic, 2015

From July 17 to July 29, I will be aboard the Ocean Endeavour as historian on Adventure Canada’s Heart of the Arctic cruise. The voyage will  take us through Canada’s Subarctic regions of Nunavik and Nunavut, then across to Greenland.

We board the ship in Kuujuaq (old Fort Chimo). Then we’ll weigh anchor and travel west along the south shore of Hudson Strait, visiting Kangiksujuaq (Wakeham Bay), then west to Digges Island at the southern entrance to Hudson Bay where AR Gordon established the Port LaPerriere observation station in 1884. The ship then heads north to Kinngait (Cape Dorset), the Inuit art capital of the world. Charting a course east we’ll travel along the north side of Hudson Strait, stopping at Kimmirut (Lake Harbour). The Ocean Endeavour will then follow the eastern side of Baffin Island up to Pangnirtung in Cumberland Sound, before crossing Davis Strait to Nuuk, Greenland.

The ship will cruise through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. We’ll have the incredible opportunity to meet some of the people who live in communities along the coast,  and learn about their life and the art they create there.

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