A Boatload of Kids

IMG_2212Working at Adventure Canada certainly has its highlights. Every voyage brings new peak experiences—that’s part of what keeps staff, as well as passengers coming back time and time again.

The best part is, you never know what’s in store in a given season, on a given trip, even on given day.

This spring, on my seventh trip with Adventure Canada, I finally had the opportunity to bring my wife and two kids aboard as we travelled the Mighty St. Lawrence from Quebec City to St. John’s. Better yet, it turned out we were not the only family with children on the trip.

In all there were eleven kids, every one of them a pint-sized explorer brimming with enthusiasm for what each new day brought.

The highlight of the trip for me was driving the Zodiac with all eleven of those kids on a morning cruise around Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island. The feeling of excitement and freedom was as fresh and stimulating as the morning breeze. To see kids embrace the fullness of nature’s bounty and the glory of a day at sea made an impression that will last a lifetime for me—and perhaps for them too.

Here’s the best shot we could get, with waves and wind (I got big props for taking a selfie stick along!). Clockwise from left, here are kids Olivia, Julianna, James, Leah, Ethan, Dylan, Jasper, Alexander, Islay, Brian, and Sage, plus parents Tammy, Steve, Cedar, Alana, my wife Meghan, and me—the luckiest Zodiac driver in the world!

It just doesn’t get better than this.

Melanesia: where is it, anyway?

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Melanesia is relatively unknown in the North American travel market—so much so, that people are often surprised to hear Melanesia is a where, not a what.

You’ve probably heard of Polynesia? Ah yes, images of palm trees, over-water bungalows and fruity drinks on the beach are probably coming into focus now. Well, Melanesia isn’t much different in terms of being a bit of paradise in the South Pacific Ocean.

Along with Polynesia and Micronesia, Melanesia makes up one of the south Pacific Ocean’s three cultural areas.

Melanesia is actually significantly closer to Australia and New Zealand—where it’s a well-known adventure destination—and comprises many places you probably have heard of: Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Guinea (including Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua), New Caledonia, Santa Cruz Islands, and the island archipelago, Vanuatu.

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The history of Melanesia actually makes for some great discussions as the ethnicity, wildlife and geography of these islands are quite different from those further east in the Pacific.

Most notably, there are more than 1,300 languages spoken in Melanesia – making it the most diverse land area on Earth in terms of languages and religions.

If birds are more your thing, Melanesia has recorded more than 500 species, with 200+ of those being endemic.

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If you think of Polynesia as a popular beach paradise, then think of Melanesia as its lesser known, more adventurous, little sibling. Just the kind of travel destination we love. See you there in 2014?

Adventure Canada offers two excursions to Melanesia: Secrets of Melanesia and Melanesia Discoverer.
Expedition leader Aaron Russ will present both trips, Tuesday June 25, at Pangaea Restaurant in Toronto.
UPDATE: This presentation has been cancelled due to illness. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Red Hunt has worked in many aspects of the travel industry and is the passionate voice behind redhuntravel.com. Red has just joined our team at Adventure Canada and will be sharing some of his experiences and perspective in this space. Welcome, Red! -ed.

Cruise Nunavut

This gorgeous video from Canada’s North will look familiar to many AC guests: it was shot aboard our beloved ship, Sea Adventurer.

In fact you can see the AC flag flying from the mast!

If you’ve cruised Nunavut before, you’ll know the magic. If you haven’t, well, maybe this is your year.

Join us for one of these amazing Nunavut cruises:
Heart of the Arctic, June 24 – July 6, 2013
Into the Northwest Passage, Aug. 6 – Aug. 20, 2013
Out of the Northwest Passage, Aug. 20 – Sept. 5, 2013