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Travel the Northwest Passage

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Travel to the Arctic with Adventure Canada

Cross the Arctic Circle, sail through majestic fjords, and visit vibrant Inuit communities with our accomplished guides on an unforgettable small-ship expedition cruise with Adventure Canada!

Adventure Canada’s Northwest Passage

Experience the lure of the High Arctic aboard a small-ship expedition cruise through the mythical Northwest Passage with Adventure Canada!

Filmed aboard Adventure Canada's voyage "Out of the Northwest Passage" in September 2015.

Transform the Way You See the World with Adventure Canada

Founded in 1987, Adventure Canada is a family-run travel company specializing in small-ship expeditions to the world’s most beautiful and seldom visited coastlines.


Pay homage to adventurers past at historic Beechey Island

Visit one of the most notorious sites in the Arctic: Beechey Island. See the graves of three mariners with the lost Franklin expedition, explore artefacts left by Franklin searchers, and marvel at what it was like for Englishmen to live and die here, so distant from the only world they knew.

Beechey Island Franklin Expedition Graves

Marvel at enormous icebergs in Ilulissat

Ilulissat means “icebergs.” The name says it all. Visit Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), the busiest glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, spewing 20 billion tonnes of ice per year. Tour amongst the skyscraping bergs by Zodiac, peruse the local museums and shops, and dine on distinctive Greenlandic fare.

Ilulissat zodiac cruise iceberg icefjord

© Dennis Minty

Follow the sea lanes of history through the Northwest Passage

Squeak past bleak headlands and islands where Franklin’s men fell in their tracks. Sail near the graveyards of the Arctic’s most infamous shipwrecks, the Erebus and Terror. Learn about the ongoing investigations and marvel at the mysteries of that most tragic expedition.

Ocean endeavour at ilulissat

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Take it easy with local wildlife in Tallurutiup Imanga, a protected Inuit waterway

Sail and Zodiac through Tallurutiup Imanga, a landmark marine sanctuary established through a pact between Inuit and Canada. Here, the greatest Arctic whales, bus-sized bowheads, skim for plankton while belugas and narwhal gobble cod in the fjords. Keep your binoculars at the ready.

Tallurutiup Imanga Lancaster Sound Polar Bears

© Michelle Valberg

Explore the west Greenland coast, where the Arctic is sublime

Inland is the greatest ice sheet in the Northern Hemisphere. Along the coast are a labyrinth of fjords, the product of eons of grinding ice—much of it still sparkling in the cirques. You might just spot bobbing bergs, sailing to who-knows-where. Explore this glittering land and seascape by ship, Zodiac, or on shore.

Karrat Fjord Icebergs 01

Cross the Arctic Circle

Sailing up Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) is a true polar pleasure. A whopping 190 kilometres long but just two klicks wide, this remarkable seaway is flanked all along by frosted peaks and glaciers. En route you’ll cross the Arctic Circle—an achievement few travellers can claim.

Passengers On The Ship Deck

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