Into the Northwest Passage

Photo: Dennis Minty
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Departing August 27, 2024

Follow in the footsteps of early Arctic explorers on an epic journey through the world’s most famous waterway: the Northwest Passage. There’s no better way to do it than an Adventure Canada small ship expedition cruise.

Begin your journey by crossing the Arctic circle and exploring western Greenland’s mighty mountain-scapes. Take your time enjoying Tallurutiup Imanga Marine Conservation Area and Prince Regent Inlet — spot Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, narwhal, walruses and beluga whales, while knowing tour trip is supporting conservation efforts. 

Sail through one of the world’s most celebrated ocean routes and witness breathtaking icy landscapes alongside knowledgeable Inuit cultural educators and expedition experts.

Travel through Inuit Nunangat — the ice, water, and lands of Inuit — and take the opportunity to learn from Inuit in their homeland, gaining a better understanding of the daily lives of the regions you visit. Visit unique cultural and historical sites, including Beechey Island National Historic Site, where you can pay your respects at this haunting memorial to Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition. 

Every day is a new adventure when sailing through the Northwest Passage — whether it’s engaging in learning, hiking, photography, birding, or exploring archaeology.

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Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2: Sisimiut
Day 3: Ilulissat
Day 4–5: Western Greenland
Day 6: At Sea — Davis Strait
Day 7: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU, Canada
Day 8–10: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) & Devon Island
Day 11: Beechey Island
Day 12–13: Prince Regent Inlet
Day 14–16: Kitikmeot Region
Day 17: Kugluktuk, NU, Canada

Meet your RCGS Tavel Ambassador

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Ken McGoogan

Ken McGoogan is a globe-trotting, history-hunting storyteller who survived shipwreck off Dar es Salaam, chased the ghost of Jane Lady Franklin from Russell Square to Van Diemen’s Land, and placed a John Rae memorial plaque in the High Arctic. Ken has published fifteen books – mostly nonfiction narratives, but also novels and memoirs. His best-selling titles include Dead Reckoning, Celtic Lightning, Fatal Passage, 50 Canadians Who Changed the World, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Flight of the Highlanders.

In 1998, Ken landed a fellowship that took him to the University of Cambridge for three months. There he conceived his biography of John Rae, Fatal Passage, which gave rise to a string of books and a series of prizes, among them the Pierre Berton Award for Popular History, the University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography, the Canadian Authors’ Association History Award, the Writers’ Trust Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, and an American Christopher Award for “a work of artistic excellence that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.” 

Ken has been active with the RCGS since 2008, when he began a four-year stint on the expedition committee. Over the years, he has published numerous pieces in Canadian Geographic. In September 2017, when leading RCGS fellow Joseph Frey had to withdraw from a Northwest Passage assignment, Ken happily jumped into the breach, did the voyage, and wrote a long feature for Britain’s Geographical magazine. In May 2018, with the support of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Ken did a whirlwind four-city tour on behalf of the RCGS. In December 2019, he was thrilled to give a talk at RCGS headquarters in Ottawa, where 200 people turned up and he signed a whack of books.