Iceberg breaks off from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier

An iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken away from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. Images from a Nasa satellite show the island breaking off a tongue of ice that extends at the end of the glacier.

In 2010 an ice island measuring 250 square km (100 square miles) broke off the same glacier. The process that spawns icebergs – known as calving – is a natural, periodic process affecting all glaciers that terminate at the ocean.

A previous calving event at the same glacier in 2010 created an iceberg twice the size of this one.

Scientists have raised concerns in recent years about the Greenland ice shelf, saying that it is thinning extensively amid warm temperatures.


The calving is not expected have an impact on sea levels as the ice was already floating.

You’re Invited to Join the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Join the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir on Friday October 12, 2012, and step back in time to recall the glamour and tragedy of the Titanic.  Set in Casa Loma, Toronto’s ultimate Edwardian mansion, the evening includes dinner, wine, music, and a multi-media show.  Well-known Canadian actors Christopher Newton and Brigitte Robinson join best-selling author Hugh Brewster and members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in telling the tale of this unfortunate maiden voyage.  Among the Canadian passengers whose stories will be featured are Lady Duff Gordon, the world’s most famous couturiere, who grew up as Lucy Sutherland in Guelph, Ontario, and a fun-loving bachelor named Thomson Beattie who hailed from Fergus, Ontario.  All proceeds go to support the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.  Edwardian attire is optional, but highly encouraged … prizes for best outfits!  Please visit for complete information.

It’s not too late – ONE cabin left on our Circumnavigation of Ireland!

Join us on our inaugural circumnavigation of the Emerald Isle! Ireland is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Our journey will be filled with wild bluff coastlines, rain-laden loughs, inspiring homegrown talent for conversation and, of course, a pint or two of Guinness against the backdrop of irrepressible Irish music.


Our top notch resource team will cover history, archeology, bird and marine life, culture, music and will offer insight and enlightenment both afloat and ashore as we conduct our circumnavigation of Ireland aboard one of our favourite vessels – the 118-passenger Clipper Adventurer.

It’s not too late to join! For more information on our upcoming Circumnavigation of Ireland, please click here or email Sheryl.

Featured Destination: Santa Fe

by Carol Heppenstall

There is never a wrong time to visit the city different – Santa Fe. 2012 however, adds some additional spice to your time here as the State of New Mexico celebrates 100 years of statehood. They have rolled out the red carpet for visitors and Santa Fe, the capital city has outdone itself with cultural events, great food and more.

Most people do not know that Santa Fe was first a Native American pueblo tracing its history back some 2000 years. When the Spanish arrived in 1598 and claimed the territory for Spain, it was ruled from abroad and considered part of the Mexican Territories. When Mexico claimed independence from Spain in 1821it belonged to Mexico until it was claimed as an American territory without incident in 1852. Finally, deemed “respectable” it was granted statehood in 1912.

Just imagine the heritage of such a place – older than the settlements of the Pilgrims and as culturally rich as the Canadian colonies of the New World.

Join me in my chosen terra firma for an insider’s look at this remarkable “small town” where the footsteps of history are still evident and celebrated.

For more information please email Judy at or click here.

Join Aaju Peter for the International Polar Year: Focus on Nunavik

Join Adventure Canada, the National Film Board, IPY and Aaju Peter this Saturday for a discussion of Inuit culture and art in Montreal!
From April 26 to 28, visitors to the NFB’s CineRobotheque will have a chance to discover Inuit culture by taking part in a gamut of free activities and screenings that showcase Nunavik. Each screening will be followed by a discussion with the guest directors and preceded by a presentation by multidisciplinary artist Aaju Peter. Attendees will also have a chance to taste Arctic herbal teas offered by the Avataq Cultural Institute.

When:Saturday, April 28
Where: CineRobotheque
1564 St-Denis Street (Métro Berri-UQAM)
Montreal, Quebec
H2X 3K2
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Unikkausivut – A selection of short Inuit films for the entire family.

Followed by:
Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | Unikaat Studios Inc. | 2010 | 50 min | In English and Inuktitut with English subtitles

The screening will be followed by a meeting with Aaju, who also participated in the film and will share her knowledge of Inuit culture and art.

You can also join Aaju in her hometown of Iqaluit during our upcoming Alianait Arts Festival program, June 28 – July 5, 2012. For more information, please contact Sheryl at

Islands of Ice

by Jack Seigel

In 2011 as we travelled along Devon Island during the Northwest Passage trip last August, participants were fascinated by an unusually large, flat-topped or tabulate ice mass. We speculated that it was an ‘ice island’ resulting from the accelerated break-up of ice shelves on Ellesmere or glacial ice-tongues on Greenland.

I recently discussed our observation with Dr. Derek Mueller of Carleton University and he confirmed that we most likely saw a fragment of the Petermann Ice Island. The Petermann Glacier in NW Greenland has calved several ice islands in recent years and most recently in early August of 2010. The separated piece, 30 km by 14 km in size with an area of about 245 sq km. was the largest iceberg in the northern hemisphere. It subsequently broke into several pieces and one labelled PII-A, made international news as it headed for Newfoundland in August 2011. Another, PII-B, is currently grounded off Baffin Island and the one we observed, PII-Ba is still moving along Devon but has begun to break up and we witnessed many adjacent icebergs.

Tracking beacons were installed and Dr. Mueller was involved in field research on all of these pieces this past summer. Further information is available on the website of the Canadian Ice Service.

If you want to track these ice islands, you can see their positions at: (PII-Ba) (PII-B)

Very few have the privilege of a visit to the Arctic. Our experiences provide graphic reminders of the rapid changes in global climate. Is it not also a reminder of the need to urge our governments into responsible action? With climate events now decades ahead of projections, the rate of change is more rapid than scientists anticipated. This week, April 22-27, more than 2000 scientists are meeting in Montreal for the International Polar year 2012 conference, “From Knowledge to Action”. Adventure Canada is also in attendance. Follow it at:

Jack Seigel

Join us in the Northwest Passage this year! For more information, please email Loretta at or click one of the links below:

Into the Northwest Passage:  August 19 – September 2, 2012

Out of the Northwest Passage: September 2 -18, 2012

Hurry – there are only a few spots remaining!

Walker’s Inuit Art Auction – Bigger and Better

After the spectacular success of its first Inuit sale last November, Walker’s Fine Art & Estate Auctions will hold its second major Inuit art auction in Ottawa on May 3rd. This auction includes over 400 Inuit works from important Canadian and American estates and collections. This sale includes a truly impressive group of Inuit sculptures, prints and drawings, and hangings. Ingo Hessel, Inuit art curator and author of Inuit Art: An Introduction, has once again researched and written the auction catalogue. Ingo has officially joined Walker’s as Head of their Inuit Art Department.

Visitors to the Toronto preview are invited to attend an informal talk and Q&A on Inuit prints presented by Sandra Barz, whose landmark catalogue of Inuit prints, artists and printmakers is now available from the National Gallery of Canada on-line. Adventure Canada will also be in attendance at both previews- make sure to come by our table and say hi!

Toronto preview:      April 28-30, King Edward Hotel, Windsor Ballroom

Sandra Barz talk:     Toronto, Sunday, April 29 at 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Ottawa preview:       May 2-3, Tudor Hall

Live auction:             Tudor Hall, Ottawa, Thursday, May 3rd, at 5:30 p.m.

(Absentee, telephone and Internet bidding available)

Catalogue:                On-line, PDF on-line, or printed copy on request

More information:

1-866-224-5814 (Walker’s); 613-818-2100 (Ingo Hessel)

Join us on our Alianait Arts Festival and gain insight into the Inuit culture, and enjoy a chance to purchase some Inuit art.  For more information, please click here or email Sheryl,


Updates from Ken McGoogan!

After circumnavigating Ireland with Adventure Canada, historian and travel writer Ken McGoogan will sail with us in August Into the Northwest Passage. For the first time since 1999, he hopes to visit — and lead voyagers — to the spot where John Rae discovered the final link in the Northwest Passage.

Before heading north, Ken will participate in the Elora Writers’ Festival (May 27) in Fergus, Ontario, reading from his book How the Scots Invented Canada.  On June 26, he will travel to Ottawa to give a keynote presentation to a meeting of the Sons of Scotland. And from July 16 to 20, he will teach an intensive non-fiction writing course at the University of Toronto Summer Writing School.

Join Ken on our Into the Northwest Passage Expedition, August 19 – September 2, 2012. For more information,please click here or email Loretta,

Danny Catt in Asia in Search of Lions & Tigers & Bears – Oh My!

Adventure Canada photographer and resource staff member Danny Catt, is on the road in Asia on a third educational journey, ‘Catt-Trax 3’.

Danny left for Asia 10 days ago and after a quick stop in Kathmandu he made his way overland to Lhasa.

It has been an amazing week, first crossing a few 5000 metre passes, then visiting Tibetan monasteries (some with more than 900 monks studying, praying and learning the philosophy of Buddhism). Danny visited the Potala Palace a couple of days ago and fulfilled a life long dream to visit the residence of the Dalai Lama.

Danny has just flown to Chengdu in Sichuan province this morning to search for Giant Pandas and later this week he is presenting at the World Congress of Biodiversity in Xian.
Way to go Danny!

Follow the Catt-Trax Journey (March to June 2012)
Twitter: @CattTrax3

Join Danny on our 2012 Arctic Safari! For more information, please click here or email Sheryl Saint.

Hot off the Press – Charting Yellowstone Wolves by Jim Halfpenny!

Track the genealogy of your favorite wolf and pack since the beginning!

Charting Yellowstone wolves: the pictoral record of the greatest wildlife management experiment of the 20th century, Wolf Restoration to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Contained within is the complete collection of all annual laminated wolf charts produced since the beginning.

Now you can trace the genealogy of your favorite wolves and packs with your own complete permanent record of all 46 charts.

Also included are detailed records of the founders and their fates. Supplemental materials include range maps for the Ecosystem through 2011.

To order your copy, please click here.

Join Jim on our 2012 Epic High Arctic Expedition. For more information, please click here or email Matthew James,

The Moravian Church and the Labradorian Inuit – A National Historic Event

Hebron, NLIt’s not a site you can visit, a person you can read about, or a date in history, but the federal government is designating the relationship between the Moravian church and the Inuit in Labrador a national historic event. The Moravian’s put down strong roots here by learning and promoting the Inuktitut language. Much of that relationship is still alive today.

Moravian church member Joan Andersen in Makkovik is proud of the partnership and recognition from Parks Canada and we’ll be visiting her home town on this year’s Greenland and Wild Labrador program.. As the Moravian experience is recognized as a national event, efforts of heritage communities in Nain and Hopedale will certainly heighten.

Explore the former Moravian Mission at Hebron during our Greenland and Wild Labrador Program. For more information, please click here or email Sheryl,

Torngat Base Camp!

Torngat Base Camp at Sunset

Adventure Canada is thrilled to present two intimate experiences on Labrador’s wild and stunningly beautiful Northern coast. This Inuit homeland is also Canada’s newest National Park, the Torngat Mountains. Inuit legend holds that in these mountains everything – the rock, the soil, the air – has a spirit – and we say, it’s where you can find yours.

The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for thousands of years. The spectacular wilderness of this National Park comprises 9,700 km2 of the Northern Labrador Mountains natural region. The park extends from Saglek Fjord in the south, including all islands and islets, to the very northern tip of Labrador; and from the provincial boundary with Quebec in the west, to the iceberg-choked waters of the Labrador Sea in the east. The mountain peaks along the border with Quebec are the highest in mainland Canada east of the Rockies, and are dotted with remnant glaciers. Polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and both the Torngat Mountains and George River caribou herds cross paths as they migrate to and from their calving grounds.

Hosted by Adventure Canada guide extraordinaire, Mike Beedell, and a team of Inuit expedition professionals and scientists from Nunatsiavut and Parks Canada, our two excursions offer exciting opportunities for both the advanced and moderate adventurer and are designed to give you an up-close look into the life, culture and wilderness of this Northern world.

For more info, visit our new site here or email Matthew James.

Arctic Visions by Steve Gorman

As a special offer to the Adventure Canada family–and to get the 2012 season off to a great start– Epic High Arctic photographer Stephen Gorman is making his award winning photo book Arctic Visions -Encounters at the Top of the World available for $22.50 –a 25% discount off of the $30 list price- and also providing free shipping!

To order a signed copy, please contact Stephen directly at 802-649-8789 or

Please join him for the Epic High Arctic adventure August 9-19 aboard the Clipper Adventurer! For more information,please click here or email Matthew James,

Dancing Through History

Some people travel to discover a country’s cuisine, others for the wildlife. Lori Henry travels to learn about a culture through its traditional dances. In Canada, hundreds of ethnicities have made the country their home and Lori crosses the vast terrain to learn how some of their traditions and lifestyles have evolved through dance.

In Nunavut, Lori visits the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit to learn Inuit drum dancing and throat singing. Although her throat singing sounded a bit like Kermit the Frog, she got the hang of drum dancing through the workshops led by Kugluktuk dancer, Dettrick Hala. She also reminisces about her last trip with Adventure Canada along the Eastern Coast of Baffin Island, weaving bits of that adventure into her narrative, and speaks extensively with regular AC leader, John Houston, about growing up in Cape Dorset.

Congrats Lori!

Check out Lori’s book

Join us on our upcoming Alianait Arts Festival program, June 28 – July 5, 2012. For more information, please click here or contact Matthew James at

Updates from Doug Gibson

Doug Gibson has been roaming the country promoting his book, Stories about Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others. He does it through a one-man stage show (with portraits by Tony Jenkins) which he previewed aboard our Adventure Canada cruise around Scotland last May.

So far his 25 on-land performances have taken him around Canada, including Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Banff, Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Montreal, Windsor, Sarnia , London, Guelph, St. Catharines, Kingston, Burlington, Port Colborne  (a standing ovation from 300 wise attendees!) and Edmonton again. After shows in Toronto clubs like the B&R, The York Club, and the Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, he even did a commercial  Toronto gig in an Ossington Street cabaret!

Recent  shows were in Peterborough, Uxbridge, Barrie and Arnprior, with a busy summer coming up involving Saskatchewan and BC’s Sunshine Coast, and a bunch of events in the fall. It’s a whole new career as a performer, and he meets lots of AC friends along the way!

Not everything is great, of course. When he went to chat with a Book Club Group at a distinguished Toronto Club he told Jane that he wouldn’t sell many books, but it would be fun, and of course he would sign the copies of his book that the members brought along. Sure enough, at the end of the evening the lady next to him put the book she was carrying in front of him to sign.
It was a library book!

You’ll be glad to know that it remained unsigned.

Interested in the arts? Join us our floating arts workshop on our Greenland and Wild Labrador Expedition. For more information, please click here or email Sheryl,

Jeff Molloy: Due North

Adventure Canada Adventurers are invited to the opening of Jeff Molloy: Due North. Jeff’s work has its roots in Canadian lore. Old canoe paddles, hockey sweaters, mixed media cabinets that are portrayals of Canadian legends, maple leaf flags hanging from old farm fragments and his infamous Hudson Bay point blanket paintings…they all tell Canada’s rugged northern story in compelling colour and dimensions.

Jeff Molloy’s work has been capturing the spirit of Canada long before the rest of the world caught on during the Olympics. He is one of this country’s leading editorial artists and one of the most original artists at work in Canada today. The Metis poet Gregory Scofield says “Jeff Molloy’s exquisite work is very powerful medicine…his work captures the spirit.”

Due North is open to the public. Reception hosted by Shelagh Rogers:

Friday – June 1st 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

at The Artscape Triangle Gallery 38 Abell St, Toronto.

Show runs May 30th – June 3rd, 2012 W


Save the Date! AC Mini-Expedition and Reunion – November 13

Captain Matthew FlindersIn Adventure Canada’s first annual Mini-Expedition and Reunion, we will be taking to the waters of the Toronto Harbour. Join us on Sunday afternoon, November 13, 2011 aboard the fabulous Captain Matthew Flinders (Swan). 
This Mini-Expedition is open to everyone, please feel free to bring your friends! Boarding time is 2pm, sailing at 2:30, retuning to the dock at Queen’s Quay for 6:30pm – disembark for 7pm. 
Tickets are just $20 for Cabin Category 10 (there are no other categories… nor are there cabins) making this the most affordable Adventure Canada Expedition of all time! 
The 5-hour expedition will include:
  • Daily Program, Reading and Clothing lists
  • Expedition cruising around Toronto Harbour
  • Mini Lectures from AC Expedition staff
  • Live performances from some of AC’s favourite musicians
  • Dancing
  • Fabulous AC-style prizes
  • Dancercise (see below) 
  • Daily recap 
  • Lunch!
For more info on the ship, please click here.
Space is limited to 200 guests, is on a first-come basis, and this is going to be a serious amount of fun!
Please confirm your attendance by calling our office at 1-800-363-7566, 905-271-4000 or email us at

New 2012 International Brochure in the mail featuring New Zealand!


Our new brochure has been released and is in the mail right now, hopefully en route to you! If we don’t have you mailing address and you’d like to receive the new 2012 International Brochure, please do send us an email or give us a call, we’d be happy to get one in the mail to you!


Inside you’ll find our new offerings, including our New Zealand voyage aboard the Oceanic Discoverer, and a new instalment of our Celtic Quest, our Circumnavigation of Ireland aboard the Clipper Adventurer. 


Can’t wait? You can get a look at the brochure right now by clicking here!

Mission: Arctic Clean-Up

Arctic Cleanup

Adventurers on Greenland & Wild Labrador got a first hand look at Adventure Canada’s Arctic Clean-Up Mission along the Torngat Mountains National Park in Northern Labrador. This project, in partnership with Parks Canada, involved identifying over 80 sites within the Torngat Mountains National Park that contained garbage, including hundreds of old fuel drums. Due to the materials found on these sites, extensive testing was conducted for possible contamination and removing the contamination and garbage from the park.


The coast of Labrador is a favourite destination among the Adventure Canada staff, and Adventure Canada jumped at the opportunity to help clean up the park. On September 23, Adventure Canada removed over 150 fuel drums onto the Clipper Adventurer, bringing them south so that they could be responsibly disposed of.

The clean-up mission will continue next year. In total over 40,000 lbs of garbage and fuel drums was removed from the park and surrounding Nunatsiavut through a partnership with Cruise North in 2010 and Adventure Canada in 2011.


Missed out this year? We’re booking our 2012 Greenland and Wild Labrador program now. Click here for more info!

Tom Barlow Releases New Album

Barlow Album Cover

AC Canada staff member Tom Barlow (know in the industry as "Barlow") has just released his new album "Burning Days".  The first single ‘Steal Like A Billionaire’ is a satiric look at the global financial crisis and features a music video shot, in part, on the Clipper Adventurer during the recent AC trip to Greenland and Labrador.  The video features several of the trip’s staff and passengers.  To have a listen to  the album or to purchase it click on this link.


You can check out the video on YouTube by clicking here.

Doug Gibson’s Book Hits Stores and his Show Goes on the Road!

Doug Gibson - Storytellers - Cover


The book, STORIES ABOUT STORYTELLERS: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others, is now available

everywhere, published by ECW Press (ISBN : 978-1-77041-068-8 ), and aided by fine reviews in the National Post ("He has a fine authorial voice, conversational in tone, like the best storytellers") and the Winnipeg Free

Press ("Delightful.") 


Meanwhile his travelling one-man show, with precisely the same title, is hitting the road in October with the following dates:


Vancouver Writers’ Festival, October 18

Victoria, October 19

Toronto Harbourfront I.F.O.A., October 22

Ottawa Writers’ Festival, October Sunday 23.


Precise details of these performances are give at his website,

along with details of his November visits.


More to come! 


All members of the Adventure Canada clan are very welcome at all of these events, when the author’s hand-shaking and book-signing hand will be in fine shape.

Virtual Exhibition Part Two: Realm of the Polar Bear

Houston Bear

Houston North Gallery’s second virtual exhibition presents a selection of 30 recent sculptures from Nunavut inspired by the magnificence of the polar bear.  Do come in and have a look around!  Also visit (or revisit) our first virtual exhibition, "The Spirit World," which will continue through October.


Please click here to visit the Realm of the Polar Bear Exhibition.



Ian Tamblyn Produces CD from Out of the Northwest Passage and Greenland Labrador Voyages

Ian Tamblyn

Ian Tamblyn is busy working on the CD from Out the NWP and the Greenland and Wild Labrador Voyages.  In total there will be 17 songs –  includes all requests by signed up passengers. For those still wishing to purchase this "gem" email Ian here and include your mailing address and a cd will come to you. 

For those who have already ordered, it should be in the mail next week!