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!  


Bowhead Whales United by Climate Change

Adventure Canada travellers are now familiar with the fact that climate change is taking place at a rapid pace in Canadian Arctic waters.  For the past decade, and particularly this year, summer ice cover has been at an all time low in Parry Channel, the northern route of the famed Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic archipelago.  

Up till now, the Beaufort Sea bowhead whale population was thought to be separated by heavy Central Arctic summer ice from the other North American bowhead whale population, which summers around Baffin Island.  Well, the heavy summer ice cover no longer exists and last summer Greenland and Alaskan biologists, using satellite-linked tracking devices, watched in amazement the tracks of two whales, one from the Beaufort Sea, the other from Baffin Island waters, track into Viscount Melville Sound and share that passage for a period of ten days.  

Add to that this summer’s observation of narwhals near Cambridge Bay, a rare occurrence for a species normally summering at least 400 kilometres east of that community.  Both events are unusual and they raise a broader question: are these exceptional or are entire populations of Arctic whales changing their distribution in response to receding summer ice. Continued research is required to establish that.


Experience the Arctic fr yourself next summer, there is still plenty of selection on ourEpic High Arctic program. Click here for more info!


Inuit Art Auction is a First!

Cape Dorest Unknown Artist


Walker’s Fine Art & Estate Auctioneers mounts its first Inuit art auction in Ottawa on November 13th. The auction includes 300 Inuit works from important estates and collections including the estate of John and Mary Robertson, pioneer dealers of Inuit art, and the collection of Norman Hallendy, ethnogeographer and author of two fascinating books on inuksuit. Mr. Hallendy will present an illustrated talk at each of the previews. The auction also presents 100 First Nations, Oceanic and African art works.


The Inuit art includes important sculptures from the 1950s, 1960s and beyond, a fine group of prints and drawings, and a stunning collection of early ivories. All works were researched and catalogued by Ingo Hessel, author of Inuit Art: An Introduction and co-curator of Inuit Modern: Art from the Samuel and Esther Collection at the AGO.


Toronto preview:      November 5-6


Ottawa preview:       November 12-13


Live auction:            Ottawa, Sunday, November 13 at noon

                                  (Absentee, telephone and Internet bidding available)


Hallendy lectures:   Toronto, November 5 and Ottawa, November 12


Catalogue:              On-line, or printed copy on request


More information:    www.walkersauctions.com

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

Reminder: The Pig Roast is April 3! Don’t Miss Your Chance to RSVP

Matt Nose

Low and behold we are holding a Pig Roast and Kitchen Party to celebrate the return of Spring and yet another successful trip around the Sun by our Rear Admiral – Matthew Swan.


When:   Sunday April 3, 2011

Time:     Begins at 1:00 pm

              Special presentations  

              at 3:00pm & 4:00pm  

Where:  Hedgerow Farm, 45 minutes north east of Toronto


What’s Special:           

  • Roast Pig on a spit, looks a lot like Matthew
  • Vegetarian Pig, that also looks a lot like Matthew
  • Lots of other great food offerings on the Potluck Tab 
  • Music, all afternoon from the AC musical family
  • Property Tours (See below)  
  • 32 two storey sauna, largest in the neighbourhood
  • Snooker Room
  • An afternoon of music headed up by Tyler Yarema’s Red Hot Players, Tom Kovacs, Washboard Hank, Dave Marshak and Rebecca Burgum the Karaoke master 
  • You :-) 

RSVP Now! 


RSVP is essential, please call us at (905) 271-4000, toll-free at 1-800-363-7566 or email us at rsvp@adventurecanada.com. Please include in your RSVP if you intend to join one of our travel sessions.  


We will supply a map with your confirmation.


Contributions for salads, dessert and wine pot-luck table welcome, but not required.


Admission is, of course, free.

Only Two Spots Left on our Haida Gwaii Adventure!

Haida Gwaii is an amazing area with over 100 islands, beautiful forested creek walks, rugged exposed headlands, and protected passageways between towering mountains. Theories suggest that parts of Haida Gwaii escaped the last ice age, forming a glacier refuge for certain forms of plant and animal life. How else to explain the presence of plant species found nowhere else in the world, and noticeably different sub-species of bird, fish and mammal? The Queen Charlottes provide a remarkable evolutionary showcase – thus, their description as the "Canadian Galapagos". Guided by Haida Watchmen, we will journey through history as we visit ancient Haida Villages lining the BC Coast. Small ship travel through this unforgettable landscape allows us to voyage to places not reachable by land. We wind our way through the archipelago to enjoy all this beauty…All aboard!


July 15-24, 2011 aboard the 14-passenger sailboat, the Island Roamer. 


For more information, please click here or email Judy, judy.harper@adventurecanada.com

Explore Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula this Summer!

The Avalon Peninsula has been rated by National Geographic Traveler magazine as the world’s number one coastal destination. Come experience it first hand with photographer and naturalist Dennis Minty and his partner Antje Springmann. On this small group tour, they will take you to the heart of the most easterly corner of North America, still largely undiscovered by the vast majority of travellers. It is a tour for photographers of all levels, their companions and the artistically-minded. Book soon, their Gros Morne National Park and western Newfoundland tour is already sold out!


July 17-23, 2011


For more information,  please click here or email Judy, judy.harper@adventurecanada.com

You can also join Dennis in the Arctic this year on our Greenland & Wild Labrador Expedition.  Check out his tribute to Polar Bears by clicking below.

Polar Bear Tribute
Polar Bear Tribute

Upcoming Arctic Nuts & Bolts Sessions!

Have you been thinking about enjoying the splendours of the Arctic?  Join us for an information session on the nuts and bolts of Arctic travel.  How to get there?  What to expect? What to wear? Join us at one of our upcoming events to meet our team, learn about outstanding travel opportunities in Canada and have some fun!


April 18    @ Canmore Public Library, Canmore  (with AC staffer Jerry Kobalenko)- 5:30 pm

April 20    @ University of Calgary, Calgary (with AC staffer Jerry Kobalenko)- 7:00 pm

May 4      @ Atwater Library, Montreal – 6:30 pm

May 5      @ Valberg Imaging, Ottawa – 7:00 pm

May 10    @ Fort Garry Hotel, Edmonton – 7:00 pm

May 12    @ Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver – 7:00 pm

May 14    @ Victoria Central Library, Victoria – 2:00pm

May 24    @ Prince George Hotel, Halifax – 7:00 pm

June 13   @ The Horticultural Society, New York – 7:00 pm


RSVP for each event is necessary.  Please send an email to rsvp@adventurecanada.com (Please put the location in the subject line) or phone 1-800-363-7566. 

Congratulations Michelle Valberg!

In January, Michelle was awarded the "Order of the Good Bear" by the Children’s Hopsital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation for her work and dedication to CHEO over the years. Congrats Michelle!


For those visiting Ottawa over the coming months, don’t forget to visit Michelle’s Arctic Kaleidoscope at the Canadian Museum of Nature.


Check out her promo video below:


Arctic Kaleidoscope - The People, Wildlife & Ever-Changing Landscape
Arctic Kaleidoscope – The People, Wildlife & Ever-Changing Landscape

For more information on the exhibition please click here.


Michelle will be joining us on our sold-out 2011 Into the Northwest Passage Expedition. 

Updates from Ian Tamblyn

Ian Tamblyn

Ian is currently touring Canada’s West Coast; upon his return Ian will continue to work on Part 3 of the Four Coast Project – The Arctic: Walking  the Bones of the Past.

Ian has also just published his first songbook, Voice in the Wilderness. It features fifty songs and chord charts, open tunings and online links to his songs. The collection is published by North Track Records, and is available through www.tamblyn.com or North Track Records, Box 68 Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6C3 .

Ian  will also be a guest at the Kingston Writer’s Festival, in Kingston Ontario on April 10th.

Join Ian aboard the Clipper Adventurer this Summer on our Atlantic Arts Float.  For more information, please click here or email Sheryl Saint at sheryl@adventurecanada.com

Marshall Dane Tour Dates!

AC Musician Marshall Dane touring Ontario over the coming months!  Check out his schedule below:

March 16:  opening for Doc Walker, Ottawa


March 26: Junofest, with Dean Brody El Macombo, Toronto,


March 25 – April 10:

Joining the Rowdy Boys Tour with Gord Bamford and Aaron Pritchett


Aprill 22, 23: The Corral, Oshawa


May 13: Habitat For Humanity, North Bay


Please visit www.marshalldane.com/tour for more details


Remembering Simeonie Amagoalik


Simeonie Amagoalik of Resolute, NU passed away on March 2 at the age of 77 after losing his battle with cancer.

Many of you would remember Simeonie during our stop at Resolute where he would invite us into his house and share his carvings.

One of Simeonie’s last and one of his biggest works is the monument commemorating the High Arctic relocatees – a life-sized granite carving of a man which was unveiled in September 2010.


A new chapter in Arctic polar cruising

For Immediate Release:

February 16, 2011

A New Chapter in Arctic Polar Cruising

Adventure Canada takes majority stake in a new partnership with Cruise North Expeditions

Cruise North Expeditions, a subsidiary of the Inuit-owned Makivik Corporation, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Adventure Canada that will continue to offer polar cruises with the cultural content and Inuit staffing that has become a trademark of Cruise North Expeditions.

In 2011, Cruise North Expeditions departures will be merged with Adventure Canada’s Clipper Adventurer schedule, including dedicated CNE programming. The Clipper Adventurer, a sister ship of Lyubov Orlova has benefited from extensive renovation and offers an ideal blend of safety, comfort and functionality that makes it a leader in the field. Cruise North passengers will enjoy enhanced comfort and programming through the new joint venture.

Beginning in 2012, Adventure Canada and Cruise North Expeditions will each continue their traditional offerings of dedicated sailings with Inuit staff, itineraries and programs specially designed to bring benefit and opportunity to the people who call the Arctic home.

About Cruise North Expeditions

Cruise North Expeditions was founded in 2005 by the Makivik Corporation of Quebec, a highly successful investment corporation born of the first modern-day Aboriginal land claim settlement agreement in Canada (the JBNQA of 1975). Makivik also owns the well-respected First Air and Air Inuit.  Cruise North Expeditions earned a place on Conde Nast Traveller’s prestigious “Green List” for their environmental efforts and commitment to helping preserve Inuit culture through tourism. For more information on Cruise North Expeditions please visit http://www.cruisenorthexpeditions.com or call 1-866-263-3220?

About Makivik Corporation

Makivik Corporation is an Inuit organization mandated to protect the rights, interests and financial compensation provided by the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the first comprehensive Inuit land claim in Canada, and the more recent offshore Nunavik Inuit Land Claim Agreement that came into effect in 2008. Makivik actively promote the preservation of the Inuit culture of Nunavik communities.

For more information on Makivik Corporation please visit http://www.makivik.org

About Adventure Canada

Adventure Canada is an award-winning tour operator based in Mississauga, Ontario that has been providing comfortable and educational voyages to the Arctic, and the world, since 1988. With a special blend of academics, thoughtfully planned itineraries, high quality lecturers and programming and old fashioned fun, Adventure Canada’s innovative style has been recognized by fellow leaders in the travel industry with recent awards from the Travel Industry Association of Canada Business of the Year Award, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cruise Vision Award and the National Geographic Top 100 Tour Company Award. For more information on Adventure Canada please visit http://www.adventurecanada.com or call 1-800-363-7566.

Media & Marketing contacts:

Clayton Anderson                             Rebecca Burgum

clayton@adventurecanada.com          rebecca@adventurecanada.com

clayton@cruisenorthexpeditions.com  rebecca@cruisenorthexpeditions.com
Phone: 905-271-4000 x21                 Phone: 905-271-4000 x28

Clipper Adventurer UPDATE: September 1, 2:13PM EST

September 1, 2010

Guests aboard the grounded M/V Clipper Adventurer all arrived safely back in Edmonton. Shortly after 14:00 on the 30th of August, passengers and staff entered the Edmonton Airport and were brought to the Adventure Canada comfort centre located at the Executive Royal Inn near the Edmonton Airport. Guests lunched and were assisted with travel arrangements home.

Unfortunately, the remainder of the 2010 Clipper Adventurer season is cancelled. We looked forward to sailing aboard her again next year.

  • The Captain and crew of Clipper Adventurer
  • The Canadian Coast Guard
  • The wonderful community of Kugluktuk
  • The charter team at Canadian North Airlines
  • The fabulous team at the Edmonton International Airport
  • Enterprise Car Rentals
  • Jason Pollmeier and the staff at the Executive Royal Inn at Edmonton Airport

We would also like to thank all of our travellers for your incredible compassion, understanding and patience throughout this unexpected adventure.

Clipper Adventure Update

August 28th , 2010, Mississauga, ON, Canada.

At approximately 1910 local time (GMT-7) on August 27th, 2010

MV Clipper Adventurer, en-route from Port Epworth to Kugluktuk NU, was grounded on an uncharted rock at 67 58 N 112 40 W. At the time the seas were calm, sunny conditions and good visibility with no wind or swell.

Efforts of the vessel’s crew to dislodge the vessel during high tide on August 28th were unsuccessful.

The vessel now rests with a slight list. Conditions are stabilized. All passengers and crew are safe and unharmed. Weather remains favourable as passengers continue to enjoy onboard programming and hospitality.

Canadian authorities have been notified and the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Amundsen is en-route set to arrive 0900 August 29th to assist with disembarking passengers.

Flight arrangements have been made to ensure passengers return to Edmonton for the evening of August 29th.

For inquiries please contact the Adventure Canada office 905 271 4000.

Featured Destination: Greenland

Why a visit to the world’s largest island will leave you awestruck!


The Town of Ilulissat – Dennis Minty

  • Despite it’s name, you’ll experience gargantuan icebergs almost everywhere in Greenland 
  • In the Disko Bay, icebergs often rise up to 100 meters above the waterline – keep in mind that 90 percent of an iceberg is hidden below the surface of the sea
  • The breathtaking Arctic scenery is almost endless on the world’s largest island, and with a total population of only 55,000 you are truly on your own as soon as you leave one of the small towns and settlements
  • Human civilization is the exception in this country. The mountains, valleys, rivers and gigantic ice cap are practically virgin land
  • The midnight sun can be encountered north of the Polar Circle. In Ilulissat, for example, the sun never sets from May 25th to July 25th, and during that period "normal" calendar time is
    virtually non-operative
  • The northern lights – white, yellow, green and red they sweep across the dark sky in a state of eternal, rapid flux. They accummulate in intensity and culminate in scenery beyond imagination
  • Northern lights appear all year round in Greenland, but they can only be observed against a clear, dark night sky. They appear at a height of about 100 kilometers (65 miles) and have the shape of a flapping curtain or points radiating from a single dot

Experience Greenland for yourself on one of our summer expeditions:
Arctic Quest: July 23-August 2, 2010
Into the Northwest Passage:  August 14-28, 2010
Greenland & Wild Labrador: September 12-25, 2010

When in Doubt, include Barney Rubble!

Cormier – The Climate Rap
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<p>Congratulations, Chris Cormier, winner of Adventure Canada’s Arctic Apprenticeship Contest! For the past few months young scholars from around the world have been submitting youtube videos highlighting climate change and<br /> its importance to today’s youth. The response was overwhelming, and many thoughtful and entertaining entries were received. The "Climate Rap" however took home the grand prize of a voyage this summer through the Northwest Passage. </p>
<p>Chris is a 15-yr-old student who attends Manchester High School West in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he will be a junior in the fall. Chris is interested in the Science and Medical fields, is a member of his High School’s Environmental and Chemistry clubs as<br /> well as the track, and cross country teams. His hobbies include skiing, travelling, hiking and being outdoors. We look forward to getting to know Chris better as we sail through the Northwest Passage this August.</p>
<p>Check out Chris’ video and  all the other submissions<br /> by <a style=clicking here.

Would you like to join Chris and Claes Nobel in the Arctic this Summer?
There is limited space left on our Into the Northwest Passage Expedition, August 14 -28, 2010. For more information please click here or email Loretta at Loretta@adventurecanada.com

Arctic Nuts & Bolts – Toronto, Saint John, Vancouver & Victoria

Nuts & Bolts – Toronto, Saint John, Vancouver & Victoria
Zodiac cruising

Have you
been thinking about enjoying the splendours of the Arctic?  Join us for
an information session on the nuts and bolts of Arctic travel.  How to get there?  What to expect? What to

When: Thursday, May 27
Time: 7 pm
 Engine Gallery, 37 Mill Street in The Historic Distillery District
Toronto, ON
RSVP necessary

Monday, June 7
Time: 6 pm
Where: The Hilton Saint John, One
Market Square, Saint John NB

Tuesday, June 22
Time: 7 pm
Where: TBD, Vancouver BC
RSVP necessary rsvp@adventurecanada.com

Wednesday, June 23 – Special Session for Travel Agents
Time: 9 am
TBD, Vancouver BC
RSVP necessaryrsvp@adventurecanada.com

Thursday, June 24
Time: 7 pm
Where: TBD, Victoria BC
RSVP necessaryrsvp@adventurecanada.com

you be interested in having an info session in your hometown? Please
send your requests to info@adventurecanada.com.

An evening of Art with DrawnOnward

Nuts & Bolts – Toronto, Saint John, Vancouver & Victoria
Zodiac cruising

Have you
been thinking about enjoying the splendours of the Arctic?  Join us for
an information session on the nuts and bolts of Arctic travel.  How to get there?  What to expect? What to

When: Thursday, May 27
Time: 7 pm
 Engine Gallery, 37 Mill Street in The Historic Distillery District
Toronto, ON
RSVP necessary

Monday, June 7
Time: 6 pm
Where: The Hilton Saint John, One
Market Square, Saint John NB

Tuesday, June 22
Time: 7 pm
Where: TBD, Vancouver BC
RSVP necessary rsvp@adventurecanada.com

Wednesday, June 23 – Special Session for Travel Agents
Time: 9 am
TBD, Vancouver BC
RSVP necessaryrsvp@adventurecanada.com

Thursday, June 24
Time: 7 pm
Where: TBD, Victoria BC
RSVP necessaryrsvp@adventurecanada.com

you be interested in having an info session in your hometown? Please
send your requests to info@adventurecanada.com.

A Little Less Arctic

A Little Less Arctic A
new scientific book has been produced by Springer Publishing, titled
little less Arctic: top predators in the world’s largest northern
inland sea, Hudson Bay.
 It focuses on marine mammals and birds in
Hudson Bay, and the current
and expected effects of climate change on their ecology.  Two AC
resource staff, Mark Mallory and Pierre Richard, have written
chapters in the book, and Mark was one of the three editors.  If
you’re interested in delving into some of the science on climate
change, polar bears, whales and murres, this book is written by
experts on these topics in Canada.  Information on the book is
available by clicking here.

Pierre Richard on our Into the Northwest Passage Expedition, find out
more by clicking here.

Join Mark
Mallory on our Out of the Northwest Passage Expedition, find out more by clicking here.

Ready to
book? Email Loretta by
clicking here.

Evening of Art from Algonquin Park Drawnonward Invitewith Drawnonward

Please join us at the historic
Steamwhistle Roundhouse to help raise some money to send kids to
summer camps across Canada. Drawnonward (and some friends) will be
showing work from Algonquin Park and the North. A portion of the
proceeds will go to the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund. It
should be a fun night of art, camp stories and a few drinks. ONE

Thursday, 27 May 2010 at 18:30
Roundhouse. 255 Bremner Blvd (near the CN tower)
Price: $10 entrance + cash bar

You’re Invited to Andrew Qappik: Pangnirtung Memories

Andrew Qappik

You are invited to attend Andrew Qappik’s solo exhibition at the
Winnipeg Art Gallery! 

Some of you were lucky enough to travel
with Andrew on 2009’s Into the Northwest Passage Expedition.

works have been included in every Pangnirtung print
collection, and he is well-known throughout the North for his design of
the Nunavut flag and the territory’s coat-of-arms and official logo.

exhibiton marks the donation to the Gallery of a complete
collection of 140 of Qappik’s catalogued and uncatalogued ("personal")
prints by Dr. H.G. Jones, a past traveller and long-time friend of
Adventure Canada.

It’s an important first
solo exhibition for this respected artist, and features a selection of
limited-edition prints spanning his graphic career. It is another in a
series of WAG exhibitions of second- and third-generation Inuit artists
who are expressing personal and contemporary concerns.

sponsored by The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation and FirstAir.
more information on the exhibition please click here.

Let the
Arctic take your breath away and leave you with lasting inspiration on
our Arctic Quest.  For more information, please click here or email Matthew
James by clicking here.

Corner: Celebrating Two Cape Dorset Master Carvers

and Grandson
Grandfather and Grandson

Mannumi Shaqu

Perhaps best known for his carvings of large standing
bears, Mannumi Shaqu began carving as a teenager and continued as an
artist to support his family.

In 1951, the Government of Canada
commissioned a Mother and Child by Mannumi as a coronation present for
the Queen to be, Elizabeth II, a sign of the recognition Inuit art would
receive globally.

Mannumi had fond memories of his childhood,
often following his grandfather on hunts to feed the camp. This piece,
‘Grandfather and Grandson’ captures the close bond these family members
share, reflecting on his own memories of his grandfather.  This is among
the last pieces he carved, at the age of 91 and nearly blind, a
testament to the spirit and skill of this remarkable artist.

and Grandson’
Mannumi Shaqu (1917-2000)
Cape Dorset, 1997
16 x L: 8.75 x W: 3 inches
Gallery # A 3401
CDN $ 2,770.00 (before


Eldest son of renowned ca


leaders, Pootoogook and Ningeokuluk, Paulassie Pootoogook began as a
printmaker in the early Cape Dorset studio, following the crucial role
his father played in developing the co-op. His attention soon turned to
carving, and his work is represented in numerous art galleries and
museums around the world. This Muskox, carved in 1993, has significant
presence and is meticulously carved.  Paulassie is survived by his
brother, renowned Cape Dorset graphic artist Kananginak Pootoogook.

Pootoogook (1927-2006)
Cape Dorset, 1993
H 8.5 x L 14 x W 4
Gallery # A 0828
CDN $ 2,265.00 (before discount)

of these beautiful pieces are available for purchase. As a member of
the AC family, you are entitled to a 20% discount AND Houston North
Gallery will contribute an additional 10% to the Adventure Canada
Discovery Fund!

Shipping is extra and will be billed at cost. For
more information or to purchase this piece please contact Houston North
Gallery: inuit@houston-north-gallery.ns.ca or toll free

Join John Houston on our Into the Northwest Passage and Out of the Northwest Passage
Expeditions! For more information, please email Loretta by clicking here.