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Adventure in Canada with...ADVENTURE CANADA

Updated: Feb 28


A couple kayak while exploring Canada's Polar regions on an Adventure Canada small-ship expedition.
A couple kayak while exploring Canada's Polar regions on an Adventure Canada small-ship expedition.

I don't even know where to start with Adventure Canada as they represent so many YAY-worthy things!

  1. FAMILY OWNED ✔ Adventure Canada is a family-owned and run business. Started by Matthew Swan more than 30 years ago, the second generation of Swans have stepped in to run the business and carry on their father's dream. Can I get an awwww?

  2. CANADIAN OWNED ✔ Shop local, even when it comes to travel, right! And I can tell you, these guys employ some amazing Canadians who will wow you on your trip!

  3. GUIDING PRINCIPLES ✔ that hit all the marks: Just check out their mission statement: "We engage, entertain, and educate by connecting people to each other and the land through innovative travel experiences. We cultivate connection and community. We celebrate culture. We are driven by heart, humanity, and hope."

  4. REGENERATIVE TRAVEL ✔ I honestly didn't know what this meant but I figured I would like it...and I did! “Regenerative tourism requires a fundamental shift in how we view the world. It is a commitment to tourism as a tool to create thriving destination communities and to regenerate and heal damaged resources. This philosophical and practical shift favours collaboration over competition, community over self-interest, culture over commodity, abundance over scarcity, and wellbeing over profit.” — Dr. Pauline Sheldon

And that's just the tip of many icebergs when it comes to Adventure Canada. This is truly a company for those who want to experience remote places in Canada (and beyond), want to get up close and personal with wildlife and remote communities all while adventuring with like-minded individuals! A true small ship expedition company! YAY, YAY, YAY!


The bad news (but it is actually good news). Adventure Canada's 2022 trips are almost FULL! That's right, SOLD OUT! Eek! How is that good news? Well, that means tourism dollars are staying in Canada!


But no worries, they have their 2023 itineraries available for booking and I CAN get you on one of their amazing trips!


I chatted with one of Adventure Canada's spectacular employees Alina and she gave me the inside scoop on Adventure Canada and why you should book your expedition trip with them!

VIDEO: Alina from Adventure Canada talking about where they explore and how to book an expedition with Adventure Canada.


Now, let's take a quick peek at two of their expedition itineraries!


#1 High Arctic Explorer

  • Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

  • Day 2: Sisimiut Coast

  • Day 3: Ilulissat

  • Day 4: Western Greenland

  • Day 5: At Sea — Davis Strait

  • Day 6: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU, Canada

  • Day 7–10: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island

  • Day 11: Beechey Island

  • Day 12: Qausuittuq (Resolute), NU, Canada

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • transfer to the Ocean Endeavour by Zodiac! That's right, your first ride on a zodiac is DAY ONE!

  • cross the Arctic Circle. Check that one off your life list!

  • learn about the Saqqaq, Dorset, Thule, and modern Inuit cultures that have called the Sisimiut region home for the past 4,500 years.

  • view icebergs from shore, then board a Zodiac to cruise your way among them!

  • land on Greenland’s stunning west coast! Whether you prefer hiking, walking, photography, or sitting contemplatively, you’ll be delighted!

  • cross the Davis Strait towards Nunavut, Canada!

  • look for whales, seabirds, and marine wildlife.

  • attend a cultural performance put on by the talented Tununiq Arsarniit Theatre Group, featuring drum dancing, throat singing, and storytelling.

  • Cruise by ship and by Zodiac in search of the narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales that transit and feed in this area.

  • pay your respects at the haunting memorial to Sir John Franklin’s failed expedition.

  • experience the midnight sun—a time of no darkness.

  • say your goodbyes to the Arctic in Qausuittuq (Resolute).

Galley 1: A selection of photos from the High Arctic Explorer trips in past years.

Images 1, 2: Andre Gallant; Image 3: Dennis Minty; Images 4, 5, 6, 7: Martin Lipman; Image 8: Dennis Minty


#2 Greenland and Wild Labrador

  • Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

  • Day 2: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord

  • Day 3: Nuuk

  • Day 4: At Sea — Davis Strait

  • Day 5-7: Torngat Mountains National Park, NL, Canada

  • Day 8: Hebron

  • Day 9: Nain

  • Day 10-12: The Labrador Coast

  • Day 13: L'Anse aux Meadows

  • Day 14: Eastern Newfoundland

  • Day 15: St. John’s, NL, Canada

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • cross the Arctic Circle!

  • spend time on deck watching for aurora borealis.

  • take a Zodiac Cruise at the Foot of a Glacier

  • marvel at complex coastal waterways that includes calving glaciers, sheer bird cliffs, and streams cascading against a towering mountain backdrop.

  • stop in at vibrant Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

  • Visit the Greenland National Museum, one of the city’s many outstanding features, where the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies rest.

  • sail through the Davis Strait towards Labrador

  • keep your binoculars ready to spot whales and seabirds

  • spend three days exploring an area of treeless, mountainous tundra in Torngat Mountains National Park, where some of Canada’s highest peaks east of the Rockies are found.

  • lookout for marine mammals, polar and black bears, caribou, falcons, and eagles.

  • visit thriving Nain, the most northerly community in Labrador and the administrative capital of Nunatsiavut.

  • explore the southern Labrador coast, where you’ll find diverse geography of coastal barrens, high subarctic tundra, high boreal forest, mid-boreal forest, string bog, and islands.

  • wander through the reconstructed Viking habitation at L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America.

  • visit St. John’s—the vibrant capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Gallery 2: A selection of photos from the Greenland and Wild Labrador trips in past years.

Image 1: Jen Derbach; Images 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: Dennis Minty


THE SHIP + MORE

Small ship expedition cruising with Adventure Canada.
Small ship expedition cruising with Adventure Canada.

Along with all the AMAZING ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME experiences (sorry, I had to yell that) that you will get on an Adventure Canada expedition cruise, you will also be treated to some pretty nice amenities onboard their ships!

  • ample indoor seating with views of passing by fjords, icebergs and glaciers

  • gym with rowing machines, stationary bikes and more

  • sauna

  • salt-water pool

  • salt-water hot tub

  • library

  • spa

FOOD

Now you would think being an expedition ship in the arctic that there must be some sacrifices to comfort somewhere but NO! Even the food onboard is amazing! Breakfast and lunch include a wide variety of tasty and healthy choices. Globally inspired a la carte suppers offer options to suit every taste, including fish and vegetarian options. Desserts, made fresh daily, are a highlight! Early-bird breakfast, afternoon tea, late-night snacks, and treats round out the offerings. And tea, coffee, and cookies are always available! YUM!

Food sensitivities, special diets, and personal choices can be accommodated with advance notice.


Adventure Canada expeditions provide opportunities to connect with culture, nature, and wildlife. They engage, entertain and educate by connecting travellers to each other and the land through innovative travel experiences. Doesn't that sound like something you want to be a part of?


Did you know that Yaycations offers exclusive space on a wide variety of expeditions and adventures! We are happy to offer space with Adventure Canada on their Out of the Northwest Passage Expedition departing September 1st, 2023! Click here to learn more!


Now is the time to book your 2023 expedition trip! Send me a message to start planning today!

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