Destination Area: Atlantic Coast & Great Lakes of U.S. & Canada
Length: 14 NIGHTS
Vessel: Oliver Hazard Perry


Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada on August 27, 2017


Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada on September 10, 2017

Passage fare is $14,520 per person in berthing compartment.
There are a limited number of 2-person cabins with ensuite heads, with a fare of $16,720 per passenger double occupancy.

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A Sailing Expedition in the Northwest Passage.
This summer America’s newest sail training vessel, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will make an historic voyage north to the Canadian Arctic and into the Northwest Passage. The goal of this expedition is to take students, scientists, a maritime historian and film crew into the Arctic to observe, study, and report on how a changing climate and the loss of summer sea ice is affecting the environment, wildlife, and indigenous people. The expedition is in partnership with the University of Rhode Island and is supported by the National Science Foundation.

This voyage is open to "youth of all ages"; each participant under 18 must be accompanied by at least one adult.

The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is a full-rigged ship, flying 20 sails spreading 14,000 square feet on her three masts. Purpose-built as a sail tra ...

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  • See the remains of the famous Franklin Expedition tragedy
  • Learn about the Inuit Oral History tradition from an Inuit Elder
  • See polar bears (and lots of other Arctic wildlife!) from a safe distance
  • Marvel at Beluga Whales congregating to molt
  • Learn the histories of early Arctic explorers Amundsen and Ross
  • Visit the Nunavut Arts Festival for work by local artists

Sailing in the Northwest Passage you'll see lots of Arctic wildlife, the graves from the Franklin Expedition, the remains of the Hudson Bay Company fur trading post, and you'll visit local Inuit communities. You will be accompanied by a Maritime Historian and Polar Bear Safety Officer.

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada
The community of Cambridge Bay is called 'Iqaluktuuttiaq' by the locals (say that 10 times really fast!), because it is a 'good fishing place.' Cambridge Bay is the largest stop for passenger and research vessels traversing the Northwest Passage. This ancestral region of Nunavut has been inhabited for 4,000 years. It is rich in archaeological history. Wildlife abounds in this area. You will see caribou, muskoxen, seals, and an abundance of fish. In July and August when the tundra is brilliant with wildflowers you can watch many birds, including jaegers, ducks, geese and swans. The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen visited the Cambridge Bay area in his ship the Gjøa in 1905 when he discovered the Northwest Passage. He arrived in Alaska in 1906. In 1918 he traversed the same route back from west to east in his new ship called the Maud. The Hudson Bay Company purchased this vessel as a fur trading supply ship, arriving in Cambridge Bay in 1921. The Maud was used for years before it sank into the harbor. Its exposed hull has been a Cambridge Bay landmark for 80 years. Outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, fishing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing and snowmobile riding are all very popular things to do in Cambridge Bay. To visit the ancient archaeological sites of the Pre-Dorset, Dorset and Thule people, to see how they lived is truly awe-inspiring.

Todd Island, King William Island, Nunavut, Canada
Heading east across Queen Maud Gulf you’ll visit Todd Island with a local Inuit guide, the site of remains and graves from the famed Franklin sailing expedition that ended in tragedy.

Gjoa Haven, King William Island, Nunavut, Canada
Inuit community village elder Louie Kamaakak (whose great grandfather had contact with Franklin’s men) will describe Inuit oral history tradition and the Inuit perspective on a changing Arctic. We’ll learn about the histories of Amundsen, Ross, and Franklin at Gjoa Haven. (pronounced “Joe Haven”)

Coningham Bay, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut
A known hotspot for polar bears which feast on beached Beluga whales, caught in the rocky shallows at low tide. (from boat only).

Fort Ross, Bellot Strait, Somerset Island
The remnants of a Hudson Bay Company fur trading building and Inuit remains. Abundant food in Bellot Strait attracts numerous marine mammals such as narwhals, bearded seals, harp seals and polar bears.

Cunningham Inlet, Somerset Island
Up to 2,000 Beluga whales congregate here to moult each year. We’ll also see polar bears (from boat only).

Beechy Island, Nunavut, Canada
Location of Sir John Franklin’s last comfortable winter in 1845 before disappearing. Remains of ship HMS Braedalbane, three Franklin crew graves, building remains, and the Belcher monument.

Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Resolute is named after the British ship HMS Resolute which became trapped in ice and abandoned here in 1850 while searching for the lost Franklin Expedition and the Northwest Passage. It is known as the 'place with no dawn' because of the long winter nights this far north. It is also the 'place with no sunset' in the summertime! Resolute is the second most northerly community in Nunavut and Canada. The many little islands and big arctic waters nearby are special habitats for numerous nesting birds and large migrating pods of beluga whales. Resolute is home to some of the greatest Inuit hunters in the world. The area around Resolute contains archaeological evidence of being occupied sporadically by Pre-Dorset, Dorset and Thule people from 1500 BC to 1000 AD.

The present Inuit community of Resolute got its hard start in 1953. Efforts to assert strategic sovereignty in the High Arctic during the Cold War led the Government of Canada to forcibly relocate Inuit families from northern Québec to Resolute. The Inuit had been promised homes and game to hunt, but the relocated people found few buildings and very little familiar wildlife. They were also told they would be returned home after a year if they wished, but this offer was later withdrawn. The Inuit were forced to stay, so they learned the beluga migration routes and were able to subsist by hunting over a gigantic range of 7.000 square miles. The Government of Canada conducted hearings in 1993 to investigate the High Arctic Relocation Program and formally apologized to the Inuit in 2008. The relocation experience was arduous. Fortunately, the brave Inuit people of Resolute are excellent hunters, gifted seamstresses and loving providers for their families.

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