The Northwest Passage remains one of the world’s last true frontiers, and this expedition takes you to its heart. Presented in proud partnership with Parks Canada, this remarkable voyage will feature visits to some of Canada’s most spectacular and remote wilderness areas. As we explore Qausuittuq, Simirlik and Auyuittuq national parks, we will gain a new respect for these protected areas as we experience the landscape, history and wildlife in the company of Parks Canada experts.
Parks Canada has also offered us a rare opportunity to visit the HMS Erebus National Historic Site. Here, we will have the chance to interact with their underwater archaeology team—while they are working! A live feed means we will be witnessing new discoveries and receive interpretation as it unfolds.
This epic voyage also offers visits to remote northern communities, expeditions to seek out Arctic wildlife in their stunning natural habitats, zodiac cruises featuring glaciers calving and icebergs towering in deep fjords. We will spend our time above the Arctic circle in true expedition style, searching for the aurora borealis and magnificent sea ice as we sail the paths of history.
Located at the mouth of the Coppermine River, southwest of Victoria Island on the Coronation Gulf, Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. Coppermine reverted to its original Inuinnaqtun name—Kugluktuk, meaning “place of moving waters”—on January 1st, 1996. The Coppermine River itself is designated a Canadian Heritage River for the important role it played as an exploration and fur trade route. Copper deposits along the river attracted the first explorers to the area.
Because the tundra is close to the tree line, a variety of wildlife can be viewed in the area, including grizzly bears, wolverines and moose, as well as tundra wildlife, such as musk ox, caribou, foxes, and wolves.
All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise, and are cash or cheque discounted.
$8995.00 Deck four. Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath
$10595.00 Deck four. Interior cabin, three lower berths, private bath
$12295.00 Deck five. Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath
$13795.00 Deck four, porthole window, two lower berths, private bath
$15295.00 Deck five, picture window, two lower berths, private bath
$16795.00 Decks four, seven and eight, picture windows (obstructed view), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator
$18295.00 Decks five and eight, large picture window (partial obstruction), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator
$19795.00 Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator
$21295.00 Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath
$22795.00 Deck seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator
Please add Discovery Fund Fee - Out of the Northwest fee of $250.00 to above prices
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- Capacity: 198
- Registry: Marshall Islands
- Length: 137 meters (450ft)
The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges, and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer. Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2016. At 137 metres in length, the Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Ample deck space offers comfortable lounge chairs, a swimming pool, two saunas, and even a hot tub! The spacious interior allows for varied workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. The three lounges aboard the Ocean Endeavour are optimal locations for seminars, events, parties, and conversation. The Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced and friendly. The ship’s shallow draft and manoeuvrability allow her to access isolated fjords, bays, and secluded communities. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour! More
Assistant Expedition Leader
Assistant Expedition Leader
Host / Expedition Team
Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy
Gift Shop Attendant
Author and Historian
Inuit Historian & Franklin Expert
Matthew James Swan
- - Visit the wreck of the HMS Erebus, flagship of the Franklin Expedition
- - Visit some of Canada’s largest and most remote national parks, in the company of representatives of Parks Canada in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial
- - Explore Qausuittuq aboard the first expedition vessel to visit the park
- - Travel the route that has enchanted explorers for centuries
- - Land at the largest uninhabited island on Earth during our stop at Devon Island
- - Cruise the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s fastest-moving glacier
- - See the northern lights in all their majesty
What's Not Included
Edmonton, AB to Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU
September 7, 2017
Early morning departure
$995 USD per person inclusive of all taxes and fees
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Toronto, ON
September 23, 2017
Early evening arrival
$1,400 USD per person inclusive of all taxes and fees
$2,395 USD per person inclusive of taxes and fees
Pre and post hotel nights in Edmonton and Toronto are available upon request
Overnight accommodation in Edmonton and Toronto recommended.
- Visit the wreck of the HMS Erebus, flagship of the Franklin Expedition
- Visit some of Canada’s largest and most remote national parks, in the company of representatives of Parks Canada in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial
- Explore Qausuittuq aboard the first expedition vessel to visit the park
- Travel the route that has enchanted explorers for centuries
- Land at the largest uninhabited island on Earth during our stop at Devon Island
- Cruise the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s fastest-moving glacier
- See the northern lights in all their majesty