About the Itinerary:
Every day on board our ice-class expedition vessel will be different. Our approach to expedition learning weaves together exciting shore landings, interpretive hikes, community visits, Zodiac cruises, and ship-based exploration. We will also incorporate presentations, workshops, seminars, small group discussion and research activities into the education program. We also believe that participants need time for personal reflection, such as time alone on deck to soak up some of the most spectacular and inspiring scenery on Earth.

As always, weather, ice, or other conditions may necessitate changes to this expedition itinerary. Flexibility is the key!

Expedition Itinerary:
Our 17-day Arctic expedition will begin in Ottawa with two days of pre-expedition work-shops and a ‘kick-off’ media event where our 79 youth participants will be the guests of honour! The next morning we will board our First Air charter and fly directly to Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, where we will board our floating home, a specially designed ice-class expedition vessel and set sail for the Arctic!



Aug. 4 
Ottawa, Canada: Our team of students, chaperones, scientists and expedition staff will assemble in Canada’s capital for two days of pre-expedition excitement!
Aug. 5
Ottawa, Ontario: Today, we will explore all that Canada’s capital city has to offer, including a special visit to Parliament Hill. In the afternoon, we will be the guests of honour at the Canadian Museum of Nature for our official Arctic Expedition Launch Event! There will be numerous guests of honour, traditional Inuit drumming, a special luncheon, and lots of smiles! After dinner, we will meet for the first time as one big Expedition Team for briefings about tomorrow’s early morning departure – and important details about the Expedition that lies ahead!
Aug 6. 
Kuujjuaq, Nunavik: This morning, we board our First Air charter flight for Kuujjuaq, Nunavik! The community is hosting a special “welcome event” for us – and afterwards, we will explore the community and its surroundings. Around 4 pm, we will take our first zodiac trip across the harbor to board our expedition ship – the Polar Ambassador! Around 6 pm we will set sail into Arctic waters!
Aug. 7  
Diana Island: Our first landing will provide an excellent opportunity for our participants to explore Arctic tundra. We will roam amid fields of Arctic wildflowers and thick beds of soft lichen. This is also an excellent opportunity to view musk ox!
Aug. 8   
Douglas Harbour: Located on the south shore of the Hudson Strait, this spectacular double fjord with steep, rocky walls is home to herds of caribou and breathtaking scenery.
Aug. 9
Cape Wolstenholme & Digges Island: Today, we’ll have a chance to zodiac cruise alongside towering cliffs to view hundreds of thousands of nesting Thick Billed Murres and other seabirds. We will also branch out across the tundra for some more epic hiking!
Aug. 10

Cape Dorset: Cape Dorset is widely known as the Inuit art capital of the world. We’ll take time to enjoy the artists’ creations – scrimshaw, fine soapstone carvings, stone cut printing, lithographic printmaking, etching and sculpting.

Aug. 11
North shore Hudson Strait: Today, we head west along the north shore of Hudson Strait. There are several possible expedition stops along the way. Much of the time, we will be out on deck with our expedition Educators. These waters are a haven for beluga whales, orcas and dozens of seabird species, including Arctic Terns, razorbills, kittiwakes, Black Guillemots and Atlantic Puffins.
Aug. 12
Monumental Island: We will visit the remote and rocky island off the west coast of Baffin Island – home to hundreds of Walrus and usually a good place to view Polar Bears!
Aug. 13

Cumberland Sound and Kingnait Fjord: As we begin to work our way north along the coast of Baffin Island, and west into the Cumberland Sound – we expect to encounter a good deal of ice and icebergs! This will be a great opportunity to view seals, orcas, whales… and we may be lucky enough to encounter some solitary polar bears here, too. Kingnait Fjord is one of our favourite Arctic regions to explore. This rarely visited fjord is home to hundreds of bowhead whales – and once on shore, there will be some great opportunities to hike and explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Arctic.

Aug. 14 
Kekerten & Pangnirtung: Kekerten Island is a reminder of European whaling days of long ago. At one time, many commercial whaling stations dotted this area. Today, we will visit the remains of one such station. In the afternoon we plan to visit the community of Pangnirtung. We will visit with community leaders and Inuit elders to listen to their observations of the impact of climate change on their community and way of life, as well as visit the local artists' cooperative. We will be treated to a big, traditional community feast!
Aug. 15

Auyuittuq National Park: Following a breathtaking journey up the Pangnirtung Fjord, we’ll find  ourselves entering one of Canada’s most spectacular parks. With its glaciers, soaring mountains, and one of the most diverse selections of Arctic mammals and migratory birds, this will be a day of breathtaking grandeur. Lace up your hiking boots for a spectacular all-day trek to the Arctic Circle!

Aug. 16
Expedition Day: Today, we will travel north along Baffin Island’s rocky coast. We expect to encounter a lot of sea ice – and it will be all hands on deck to spot whales, seals and birdlife! Our shipboard education program continues with a variety of presentations, workshops and activities. A ice field zodiac cruise will likely occur at some point during the day!
Aug. 17
Butterfly Bay area: As the expedition winds down, we will stop in Butterfly Bay where there will be icebergs to see, beaches to cruise, wildlife to spot and some fantastic hills and tundra to hike. We will start to wrap up lectures and workshops to help make sense of the experiences of the trip. We will discuss ways to apply the lessons learned on the expedition for when participants return home.
 Aug. 18
Akpatok Island, Nunavut: The largest island in Ungava Bay, it is named for the Akpat, the Thick-Billed Murres that live on its limestone cliffs. Uninhabited Akpatok Island has International Biological Program status, is a Canadian Important Bird Area, as well as a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat site. In addition to the Thick-Billed Murres, other notable bird species that may be on the island include Black Guillemot and Peregrine Falcon. Here we’ll use our zodiacs to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears.
Aug. 19
Kuujjuaq, Nunavik: A final celebration before we board our First Air charter flight for Ottawa. Many of our students will be departing via Kuujjuaq and flying home from here.
Aug. 20
Ottawa: Throughout this day, the team will bid fond farewells and begin their respective journeys home.
   

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