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!
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
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put the location in the subject line) or phone 1-800-363-7566.
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.
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.
An update for family members and friends of travellers on the Newfoundland Circumnavigation aboard the Ocean Nova. All is well in the wake of Hurricane Igor – it canceled out stop in Red Bay, but the ship arrived safe and sound in the Gros Morne National Park area this morning and the Adventurers are enjoying the park today.
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.
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.
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
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
A new scientific book has been produced by Springer Publishing, titled A 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.
Join 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.
An Evening of Art from Algonquin Park with 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 NIGHT ONLY.
When: Thursday, 27 May 2010 at 18:30 Where:Steamwhistle Roundhouse. 255 Bremner Blvd (near the CN tower) Price: $10 entrance + cash bar
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.
Andrew’s 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.
This 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.
Exhibition sponsored by The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation and FirstAir.
Collector’s Corner: Celebrating Two Cape Dorset Master Carvers
Grandfather and Grandson
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.
‘Grandfather and Grandson’ Mannumi Shaqu (1917-2000) Cape Dorset, 1997 H: 16 x L: 8.75 x W: 3 inches Gallery # A 3401 CDN $ 2,770.00 (before discount)
Paulassie Pootoogook Eldest son of renowned ca
mp 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.
‘Muskox’ Pauloosie Pootoogook (1927-2006) Cape Dorset, 1993 H 8.5 x L 14 x W 4 inches Gallery # A 0828 CDN $ 2,265.00 (before discount)
Both 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: email@example.com or toll free 1-866-634-8869.
Two weeks ago, special guests of the Royal Ontario Museum who are travelling on our Into the Northwest Passage Expedition had an exclusive tour of the museum and of the museum vault, lead by ROM Anthropologist Ken Lister.
In the Anthropology collection of the Royal Ontario Museum is a tin of Ox Cheek Soup dating to the early 1850s that was part of the provisions for one of the Franklin Search Expeditions. The tin was manufactured with the same method and materials as the tins carried in the holds of Franklin’s ships. In 1988 Kenneth Lister removed the soup contents of the tin because the can was failing and the soup was subsequently frozen for future research. Brandi Lee MacDonald at McMaster University has analyzed the soup and found the soup to contain lead at a dangerously high concentration. The tin was also analyzed and as expected the solder used to manufacture the tin has a high lead content.
The soup, however, was in the tin for 136 years and it is not known how quickly the lead would have leached into the soup. Did it happen almost immediately or was it a slow process? This is now the important question and it is being addressed with an 1850 recipe. Together, Kenneth Lister and Brandi Lee MacDonald cooked up a vat of ox cheek soup (Figure 3) and canned the soup in mason jars. Placed within each jar was a length of lead solder and at regular intervals over six months the jars will be opened and tested for lead contamination. And now this summer as we walk along the shore of Beechy Island and pass by the graves of Franklin’s men, we may finally know if in the early months of the expedition preserved food was a significant source of lead and perhaps one of the root causes for the expedition’s failure.