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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.