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Australians’ thirst to visit the mighty Canadian Arctic and Atlantic Coast on the rise

October 16, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

The Summer 2017 Arctic cruise season ends on a high note for Canadian expedition cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). With an increased number of international visitors, new cruise itineraries, new vessel and a special Canada 150 program that feature Canada’s culture, history and the beauty of its people, wildlife and wilderness at the forefront, puts OOE in the lead.  

“The success OOE experienced this summer is the result of our dedicated team’s hard work in developing such a comprehensive cruise program for Canada 150. It was an exciting process to gather the talents and influencers line-up we hosted; Olympic athletes, scientists, renowned artists, educators and political figures”, said Andrew Prossin, Managing Director at One Ocean Expeditions.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th celebrities travelled with OOE, amongst them on Canada’s East Coast, Fins and Fiddles departing from Halifax, Nova Scotia was the popular North AmericanTV show Alex Trebek, Honorary President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS). Mr. Trebek hosted a special “Jeopardy style” Canadian geography trivia night onboard, alongside winners of the Canadian Geographic Challenge, an annual educational competition for youth that runs in schools across Canada.

June 2018, OOE will innaugurate a new golf and cruise program, Fiddles and Sticks, where golfers will play some of the world’s best link courses on Cape Breton Island and premier courses in Canada’s top golf province, Prince Edward Island. The voyage is for golfers and non-golfers alike as several soft adventures excursion are included in the spectacular 5-night journey.

The Baffin Island, Jewel of the High Arctic voyage was host to Canadian Olympians Kelly Vanderbeek and David Ford, who participated in a community visit in remote Pond Inlet to meet and engage with local youth to share their inspiring experiences of becoming athletes. Vanderbeek and Ford joined OOE passengers and the community in an Arctic sport demonstration and cultural display. The exchanges OOE guests had locals and community elders was deeply touching, and left a lasting impression on all, particularly the Olympians who are interested in returning in coming years to do further outreach work. Their visit to Northern communities is an integral part of OOE’s philosophy and strategic direction.

The Labrador Coast and Arctic – OOE launched the new the Labrador and Torngats Explorer voyage, July 15th-25th. The cruise itinerary pleased the guests with its geographically stunning and historically enriching landings. Battle Harbour and Parks Canada’s Historic Site at l’Ance aux Meadows  an archeological site of Viking Settlement were amongst the favourites  The visits to the small Inuit community of Hopewell were of great interest and an eye opening to travellers with limited knowledge of Canada’s North history and the Federal Government’s complex relationship with the Inuit people.

The icy conditions experienced in the Arctic this summer presented new exploration opportunities. As the “expedition” nature of the cruise calls it, unpredictable options were explored and new landing sites discovered.

The High Arctic Explorer voyage delivered beyond expectations with its visit to Ellsemere Island- the highest latitude point accessible at 500 nautical miles from the North Pole. Passengers were humbled by the experience and rich history of early polar explorers, particularly the ill-fated Franklin Expeditions. “It was a trip of a lifetime. Being interested in history and Canada’s arctic, words fail to describe how I felt standing at the graves of some of the members of the Franklin Expedition. One Ocean Expositions provided me with an opportunity to fulfill my dream of sailing through the fabled Northwest Passage. There were times when my voyage felt like a dream, every second was enjoyable”, shared Mrs. Laureen Harper when returning from the Pathway to Franklin journey.

Loyal to its commitment OOE operates programs based on five core pillars; small community and socio economic development, education, science, exploration and tourism.

This summer marks the beginning of OOE’s burgeoning partnership with, the Recreation & Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN), furthering community engagement and development efforts in the North. OOE is proud to support RPAN’s commitment to enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities across the Territory through recreation, providing mentorship, training, and resources to youth leaders to manage year-round sport and recreation programs in their communities.

On the scientific front, OOE’s partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium (Van Aqua) is deepening. Vice President of Conservation, Research Education, Eric Salomon, joined OOE in the Northwest Passage to continue the groundbreaking multi-year micro plastic research program involving the collection of oceanographic water samples and analysis of the presence and severity of micro plastics in the ocean, critical insight that can affect worldwide change.

On the exploration and education fronts, OOE continues to expand its alliance with Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM). This week’s launch of the new Northwest Passage Hall of Fame exhibit OOE is sponsoring, elevates their supportive efforts in the historic understanding of Canada’s North and the importance of the discovery and exploration of the fabled Northwest Passage.

Canada has much to offer to travellers in quest of adventures and knowledge. OOE is committed to pursuing its commitments and increased travellers’ desire to visit the Nation’s remote regions and making it accessible and affordable for travellers of all ages and various interests.

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