TRIP FINDER



 

Is this trip right for me?

 

An Adventure Canada expedition is ideal for anyone with an inquiring mind and easy going attitude who is reasonably fit and in good health. On shore, when possible we break into guided groups depending on interest and physical ability, so you will never be left behind. You will be walking on uneven terrain, and must be able to descend a flight of stairs from the ship into a zodiac. Our expeditions are best suited for people with an adventurous spirit, who still want comfortable accommodations and good food. If itineraries make deviations from the expected route, it’s all part of the adventure! We do not have an age limit. Our passengers have ranged in age from 3 weeks to 90 years old. Due to the nature of the expedition, we cannot always accommodate disabilities. Please discuss your particular needs with our agents.


Do we get off the ship?

 

Of course! The best way to experience the Arctic is by walking the tundra and fiords. Weather permiting, we do get off the ship at least once and sometimes twice a day. However, all of our itineraries will have at least one full day at sea. We may visit Inuit communities, “go exploring” in our zodiacs to look for wildlife, or hike where possibly no one has been before.

 

What is a Zodiac?

 

Zodiacs are the favoured means of transportation in the Arctic for all our expeditions and, indeed, wherever shallow waters and beaches ring the shoreline. They are stable, versatile craft, which cruise at an approximate speed of four knots, and in windy weather can make for rather splashy rides. We therefore recommend wearing wet weather gear for Zodiac transfers. Life preservers are absolutely compulsory. Zodiac landings will generally entail disembarking onto rocky or gravelly beaches. 

 

Am I fit enough to take an Expedition?

 

Our trips do require a certain level of fitness and mobility. Places such as Sable Island can present lengthy hikes over variable terrain, without any rest facilities onshore. Other times our visit may be in a town, where you are free to explore at your own pace. When cruising in Zodiacs, you may be out for an hour or longer in chilly waters while looking for wildlife. There are no elevators on the ship, and you must be able to climb stairs between decks. You must also be able to climb the external gangway stairs to transfer between the ship and the zodiacs. Our guides and ship crew are available to assist you in and out of the Zodiacs, both on shore and at the gangway. Generally speaking, once a few people are ready to return to the ship from shore, the Zodiacs are available to take you back at the time of your choosing.


What temperatures should I expect?

 

In July and August, the regional temperature is an average 50 F (9 C). It is also common to have beautiful sunny days with temperatures reaching the high 60’s F (18 C). When you are on land and walking around it usually gets quite warm and people tend to take off layers. On the other hand, zodiac rides can be quite chilly. Dressing in layers of warm clothes will ensure you are always comfortable. For example, a turtleneck, sweater and waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, scarf and small backpack are a good idea, as you may wish to leave a layer of clothing on the beach with your rubber boots once you have gotten out of the zodiac.


Do I need to bring rubber boots?

 

Absolutely!! They are mandatory in the Arctic. Moving between zodiac and shore often means stepping into shallow water. We suggest carrying your hiking boots in a plastic bag and changing into them once you are on shore. We will leave the rubber boots on the beach near the zodiac. 


Do families take these cruises?

 

Yes, more so every year. Every child is different, but in general we do not encourage children less than 7 years old, because the ship and excursions cannot be guaranteed “childproof”, and we do not have children specific clubs or areas of the ship. Most important, we want parents to relax and enjoy the experience. Adventure Canada offers a "30 Under 30" Program with a 30% discount for younger travellers, whether travelling alone of with someone else. Please enquire directly with our reservation agents for details.


What kind of food will be served?

 

Breakfast and lunch are both served with an a  la carte and buffet component, while dinner is served a la carte. There will always be meat, seafood and vegetarian options. When possible we do try to incorporate local delicacies such as caribou and Arctic Char. For children’s meals and those with food allergies and restrictions, please advise us in writing well in advance so we can best accommodate your needs.


Can I buy local art?

 

Yes. Carvings and handicrafts from local artists are available for purchase in most of the communities we visit. Canadian currency is best for these purchases. Many countries impose restrictions on importing certain items. Please check with your customs department before you depart your home country.


Will we encounter rough seas?

 

The seas in this region in summer are usually calm, though rough weather can be experienced at any time. There are remedies to control the case of seasickness. Please ask your physician for advice.


Is there a doctor on board?

 

Our expedition ship is equipped with a small infirmary, basic emergency supplies, and an emergency doctor. Travel medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more details.


Will there be any mosquitos?

 

Mosquitos and black flies are common in the boreal forest tree-line areas – more numerous in July than August. However, it takes only a slight wind to keep them clear and fortunately, the great majority of our time will be spent along the coast – exposed to breezes, and away from the marshy breeding grounds. Bug spray and/or nets are recommended.


Can I extend my stay?

 

Most flights to our Arctic destinations leave from either Toronto, Kugluktuk (Coppermine River), Edmonton or Ottawa.  Flights usually depart for the Arctic early in the morning and return late in the afternoon or evening. Depending on where your home city is, you are probably best to plan at least one night before and after the trip in the departure of return city. We sometimes have extended preferred rates at the hotels we use, so please speak to your Adventure Specialist  about prices and availability.