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.

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

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.

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:

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 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.

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 (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. 

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 for more details


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

the First Annual BC Solar Days May 28th and 29th!

BC Solar
Days Poster
BC Solar Days Poster

Across the province events are planned to help you discover
solar energy and opportunities you have to bring solar to your home or

In Invermere BC, Greenman Sustainable Solutions is
conducting two events over two days and we would enjoy the opportunity
to explain the benefits of going solar with you.  On Friday May 28th you
can learn about the solar technologies and other green features of the
Community Greenhouse at David Thompson Secondary School from 10 am to
2pm.  Students and staff at DTSS will be involved in tours and
activities and the public is welcome to attend.  

On Saturday May
29th, also from 10 am to 2pm, join us at Kicking Horse Coffee Cafe to
learn about solar technologies and other green living products and ideas
you can put in your home or business.  The District of Invermere will
be at both events to explain the actions the town has planned and is
undertaking to address greenhouse gas reduction in the fight against
climate change.

A big thanks to supporters of these events –
District of Invermere, Solar BC, David Thompson Secondary School &
School District #6, Kicking Horse Coffee and Wild Voices for Kids.

post and forward the attached poster to anyone you feel would be
interested. Thanks!

Look forward to seeing you at BC Solar Days!

out Solar BC at

You’re Invited to Arctic Landscapes

Invited to Arctic Landscapes!

Arctic Landscapes Invitation

Join Robert Poulton, Michelle Valberg, Sarah Tacoma, Barbara Kraus,
Dennis Minty and Reiner Arnold for the grand opening reception of their
group photography gallery “Arctic Landscapes” at the Engine Gallery.

us for a collection of limited edition photographic prints presentedEngine Gallery by the
artists at the Engine Gallery. The artists have all travelled to the
Arctic in the last year with Adventure Canada and are very excited to
present their newest work. A silent auction will also take place for a
series of limited edition portraits of the Inuit with all proceeds being
donated to “Project North”.


Reception/Opening – Sunday May 16th, 2010 5pm-10pm

Show remains open to public from May 16th to May 31st.


Engine Gallery

37 Mill Street in The Historic Distillery District
Toronto, ON

M5A 3R6
(416) 531-9905
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12-6pm

the invite by clicking here. Please RSVP to

Celebrate Inuit Art at Alianait


Alianait Arts


Celebrate Inuit Art during this 11-day
festival in Iqaluit!

Alianat Arts FestivalOrganizers of the
Arts Festival are gearing up for 11 days (and nights) of celebrating the
from June 21 to July 1, 2010, and Adventure Canada travellers are
joining the
volunteer team!

Executive Director, Heather Daley participated on
High Arctic cruise in 2009 and she made some great new friends through
Two of these AC friends, Rae Wander and Janet Alilovic, are flying to
Iqaluit to volunteer for the Festival.
Heather has promised an
cultural and lifetime experience.  For more info on the hottest, coolest
Festival on top of the world – please click here.

Jerry Kobalenko book launch!

Exclusive Book Launch for AC Passengers!

Arctic Eden CoverAC Staff
Member, photographer, explorer and author Jerry Kobalenko will be
launching his newest book Arctic Eden onboard Adventure Canada’s
Greenland & Wild Labrador Expedition 2010!
Adventurers will be have the first oppourtunity to purchase advanced
copies of Jerry’s book – which he will gladly autograph!

For more
information on how you can join our Greenland & Wild Labrador
, please click here or email Sheryl at

find out more about Jerry Kobalenko, the man of many talents, please click here.

Arctic Landscapes at Engine Gallery

the Date for Arctic Landscapes!

Adventure Canada for an exhibit showcasing breath-taking photography
captured during our expeditions.

Marvel at
the work of Robert Poulton, Dennis Minty, Sarah Tacoma, Michelle
Valberg, Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold!

When:May 16 – May 31, 2010
Where:37 Mill Street, Bldg # 37
District (Distillery Lane)
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3R6

Arctic Landscapes Invitation


Carolyn Mallory’s Insects of Nunavut


Common Insects of Nunavut

Hairy bees and vegetarian
black flies are just a few of the quirky
creepy-crawlies that can be found throughout the North and while insect
lore is a topic that makes many squeamish, Carolyn
Mallory is fascinated by the tiny creatures and the ways which they
adapt to the harsh Nunavut climate.

Carolyn is in the final stages of her book titled "Common
Insects of Nunavut", which will identify bees, butterflies and
everything in between. 

Join Carolyn on our Out of the Northwest Passage Expedition.
For more information please click here.

For our 2010 Arctic
Adventurers – keep your eyes peeled for your Canada and the North
Expedition Guide featuring an excerpt from Carolyn’s first book, "Common
Plants of Nunavut".

Love Golf?

Brag about teeing off on some of the world’s northernmost courses!

Andrew Stewart - Boat

Nuuk is home to a modern, nine-hole golf course located on the cliffs. With a par of 66 (four par three holes, four par four holes and one par five hole), the course offers breathtaking views of the fjord and the surrounding mountains.
Golf Nuuk on our Greenland and Wild Labrador program. Or opt for a more rugged experience, and play the course at Gjoa Haven on our Into the Northwest Passage program.  Here we find an amateur course, frequented by locals. 
No rentals or clubhouses here! But we can organize a loaner set of clubs
for your visit!


For more information on our Greenland & Wild Labrador tour please click here.


For more information on our Into the Northwest
Passage tour
please click here.

Kananginak comes to Toronto!

Join world renonwned Inuit Artisit and AC Staffer at the Museum of Inuit Art!


World renowned Inuit artist and AC staffer Kananginak Pootoogook will be present at the opening of his upcoming solo
exhibition:Kananginak Pootoogook:Celebrating Five Decades of Artistic Achievement.  Currated by the Museum of Inuit Art, the exhibit is a collection of prints and original drawings that commemorate a marvelous career spanning fifty years.


When: Sunday March 28, 2010 6-8 pm

Where: Museum of Inuit Art, Queens Quay W. 1st
floor Toronto

For more information, please click here.

Paul Quarrington Tribute

Celebrating his Life with Music, Theatre, Literature, Magic, and Sport

Paul Quarrington TributeFriends and family celebrate the works of renaissance artist Paul Quarrington, featuring live music and theatrical presentations of his literary works, sprinkled with a touch of Magic and Sport. Host Barbara Budd will introduce featured artists including Joel Quarrington, Tony Quarrington, Porkbelly Futures, BidiniBand, Soul Stew, Baldini the Magician, Dan Hill, Melanie
Doane, Joe Hall, Jim Cuddy, Anne Lindsay, and more!

This event will be focused on the performance of Paul Quarrington’s work, and presentations inspired by his work, as testament to the creative gifts – especially musical gifts — he has given to his audiences, friends and family.

When: Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 pm

Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. Toronto

Please click here to purchase tickets.

Don’t miss your chance to see the rare Ivory & Ross’ Gull

Ivory GullAdventurers, keep your eyes peeled for two rare seabirds when you are on your expeditions this summer.  The Ivory Gull is an iconic, truly Arctic bird that is now listed as endangered in Canada, but is often seen on our cruises.  It is unmistakable with black legs and pure white feathers.  The Ross’s Gull is even less common, although it is listed as threatened, and is a real prize for bird watchers.  It is the rarest breeding gull in North America, and is distinguished by bright, reddish-orange legs and a distinct black scarf around its neck.  Both gulls breed in the High Arctic, but depending on the year, can be observed on any of our cruises in Nunavut.

Our Arctic Quest will be a highlight for birders with numerous stops planned at breeding colonies. Space is filing quickly! Email Matthew James today:

Arctic Art Museum Society Presents: The Houston Period 1948-1962 and beyond…

Bill Lishman Snorkelling in the Galapagos

Join John Houston this month for a presentation at Canada’s Northern House in Vancouver on what is commonly referred to as
the Houston Period in Inuit art. He will share some anecdotes about his family living with the
Canadian Inuit during the formative years of contemporary Inuit art. John’s lecture will also cover the contributions of his parents and his present work as a filmmaker and Arctic guide.

The Arctic Art Society will host its AGM on March 23, 2010 at 19:30, and John’s presentation will follow at roughly 20:15.  All are welcome. 
RSVP necessary

John Houston joins our Into the Northwest Passage and Out of the Northwest Passage programs this summer .

AC Polar Dip in the News…

Polar Dip has poetic spin

Taking the plunge. Sheryl Saint, Adrienne Blaney and Sarah Cosgrove run into the frigid waters of Lake Ontario during Adventure Canada’s Robbie Burns Polar Dip held at Lake Front Promenade in Port Credit. Photo by Claudio Cugliari

Julia Le

January 24, 2010

It was a poetic plunge for many dippers who raced off the shores of Lake Promenade Park today.
About 30 dippers were met with rain and temperatures above 3C as they braved the icy waters of Lake Ontario for the annual Robbie Burns Polar Dip charity fundraiser.
Now, in its second year, the event, hosted by Port Credit travel tour operators Adventure Canada, brought out about 60 local musicians, academics and writer in celebration of the famed Scottish poet’s birthday.
"Canada is a cold country, Scotland is a damp one. What better way to celebrate a fine poet than a Mississauga polar plunge on Robbie Burns’ birthday," said Adventure Canada President Matthew Swan, who was the mastermind behind the event.
This year, proceeds raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders to help with the relief efforts in Haiti.
Adventure Canada announced that they’ll be matching all donations made during the event.  
Last year, it raised about $500 for local charity EcoSource and its environmental education programs for youth, adults and family.

2nd Annual Polar Dip!

Join us in Port Credit as we take a dip in the Credit River in honour of Robert Burns’ Birthday!

Arctic Polar Dip
Sunday Jan 24, 2010

Where:  A.E. Crookes Headland at Lakefront Promenade Park (across from the Port Credit Yacht Club)

2:30 pm
follow by addressing the Haggis, Poetry  and Music at The Harp, 55 Lakeshore Rd. East, Mississauga.

Swimming, Cold water, Madness, Bagpipes, Whiskey, Music, Madness, Poetry and Madness. Celebration of 251 anniversary of Burns the Bard.

Swim Team Captain:  Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio Host

Music: Paul Quarrington, Tom Barlow, players from the Yorktown Ukulele Jam

Dram Dispensers:  Paul Quarrington, historian Ken McGoogan

Please RSVP to or phone 905-271-4000; make sure to let us know whether you’ll be dipping, spectating or joining us at the Harp for the post-dip celebrations. There will be a Special Food Menu for the Adventure Canada group available from the Harp.

We ask that all dippers to contribute a $5 donation to Distress Centre Peel.

When Adventure Canada President Matthew Swan was interviewed about this upcoming event, he got excited, so excited that he provided numerous print-worthy quotations. These quotations were so notable that we’ve included them all:

"Robert Burns never swam in Port Credit, but we wish he had"

"Cold water swimming is madness….but these are mad times"

"7 days of no swimming makes 1 weak"

"Go in hard, come out wet."

"Swimming: From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it."

"75% of our planet is water… can you swim??"

If that isn’t inspiring enough, here are some more reasons for you to take the dip next Sunday:

Bathing in cold water is not new – the Romans adopted the practice as a cure for stomach problems and headaches. It is believed to supercharge the system, improve breathing and muscle tone and decrease fatigue, and has also been claimed by some participants to improve thyroid function and skin tone, and aid constipation.  Other evidence illustrates its benefits as a
performance enhancer.

Join Shelagh Rogers on our Greenland Explorer Expedition. For  more information please click here.

After you’ve conquered the Port Credit Dip, why not take a refreshing dip in the Arctic Ocean? Join us on any of our 2010 Canada and the North shipboard expeditions for your chance to earn your official Adventure Canada swim team patch!

Arctic Nuts & Bolts!

Join Adventure Canada’s VP Cedar Bradley-Swan in Ottawa this February!

Aaju Peter with Denis & Jean St.-OngeHave 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?

When: Thursday, February 11, 2010
Time: 7pm
Where: Valberg Imaging Studio. 322 Richmond Road, Ottawa.  
RSVP necessary

Would you be interested in having an info session in your hometown? Please send your requests to

Announcing the DRAWNONWARD Art show!

All seven members of the DRAWNONWARD artists are hosting a show this February!

Join DRAWNONWARD this February at the Engine Gallery for a display of their recent works.

Drawnonward InviteFebruary 4-21, 2010
Opening reception: February 4 from 6-10pm, artists will be in attendance.

Where: Engine Gallery in the Distillery District
37 Mill St., Bldg 37
Toronto, ON M5A 3R6
For more information, please phone 416-531-9905 or email