The Northwest Passage!

A legend made real: that’s how the Northwest Passage feels for those who have the rare privilege of travelling there. The mythical sea route between Europe and Asia holds a peculiar fascination. The many failed attempts to find, and later, to traverse the passage through the ice-choked waters of what is now the Canadian Arctic archipelago only increased its lure and its lustre, through the era of exploration to the present day.

The story most associated with the Northwest Passage, that of Sir John Franklin‘s lost expedition, deepened last summer with the discovery of the wreck of his flagship, the HMS Erebus, on the sea floor off King William Island, by the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition.

Yet the great irony of the Northwest Passage is that a route across the North American Arctic had long existed—in the form of the migration and hunting routes of the Inuit and their predecessors. The recent increase in loss of sea ice due to global warming makes all the more poignant the oft-overlooked fact that the Northwest Passage traverses the Inuit homeland.

And of course, even before the ancient human presence in the North, whales, seabirds and other migratory creatures delved the waters of the Passage, while seals, walrus and polar bears depended on its sea ice for food.

All of this is very much on the minds of travellers aboard our Northwest Passage excursions. There is the place, and then there is the sense of place—which is exceedingly difficult to express. This video, by film maker Jason Van Bruggen, with its impressionistic, highly cinematic approach, comes as close as anything we’ve seen to conveying the magic, and the mystery of the Northwest Passage.

Travel the Northwest Passage with Adventure Canada:
Into the Northwest Passage, August 26-September 11, 2016.
Out of the Northwest Passage, September 11-26, 2016.

Petition: offer Bagpiper’s Rebate to ukulele players

What gives?!

What gives?!

Whereas:
Adventure Canada brochures generously advertise a bagpiper’s rebate on cruises to the Arctic, East Coast and select wilderness destinations;

and

Adventure Canada’s Into the Northwest Passage cruise, August 6-20th 2013, will feature ukulele instruction and general hijinks;

and

Adventure Canada employs noted ukulele player and advocate David Newland, in part for the purposes of said instruction and hijinks;

And whereas:
Ukulele players, like bagpipers, are often the target of ridicule and disrespect;

We, the undersigned ask that Adventure Canada expand on its efforts to recognize the joy, goodwill, and humour symoblized by the ukulele and its ongoing revival,

and

extend the Bagpiper’s Rebate to ukulele players.

In this way, ukulele players may share the joy of our instrument with our fellow voyagers on trips to Adventure Canada’s incredible destinations.


Thank you!

Adventure Canada: please extend Bagpiper's Rebate to ukulele players!

To the Powers That Be...

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