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Arctic Expedition: Baffin Island and Greenland

Program Number: 21407RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/1/2014 - 8/13/2014; 8/8/2015 - 8/21/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Canada/Greenland
Price starting at: $9,445.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 35; 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners    

Embark on an expedition north of the Arctic Circle in summer, when long days allow for plenty of time to experience incredible environmentss. Beginning in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and ending in Greenland, this voyage takes you into dramatic fjords, close to calving glaciers and through icy waters home to an array of wildlife.




Itinerary At-a-Glance

Ottawa, 1 night; aboard Sea Adventurer, 10 nights, Toronto, 1 night.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-2:
Arrival Ottawa / transfer to Resolute (Canada) / embark Sea Adventurer:

Lodging: Comfortable Ottawa hotel.



Day 3:
Beechey Island & Prince Leopold Island:

Discuss Beechey Island’s importance in the history of Arctic exploration. Continue to Prince Leopold Island, where hungry seabirds hunt waters teeming with fish.



Day 4:
Mittimatalik:

Go ashore to visit this bustling Inuit community on a picturesque coastline of many glaciers. Experience some Inuit games and traditional throat singing.



Day 5:
Northeast Baffin Island:

Continue along the rugged Baffin coastline, making opportunistic landings by Zodiac. Keep an eye out for colorful summer plants.



Day 6:
Kanngiqtugaapik:

In this town surrounded by soaring mountains, see glacial action up close and interact with the Inuit locals who welcome you with “country food.”



Day 7:
Nigingnaniq:

Navigate through this National Wildlife Area, a feeding ground for bowhead whales. Also known as Arctic whales, they can weigh up to 100 tons.



Day 8:
Karrat Fjord (Greenland):

Sail across the Davis Strait to Greenland and enter this spectacular fjord. Scan the icy waters for narwhals and seals and the cliffs for colonies of Little Auks.



Day 9:
Uummannaq:

Explore this Greenlandic town where small, colorful homes perch on rock piles below Uummannaq Mountain, a dramatic hunk of red gneiss.



Day 10:
Ilulissat:

Visit this historic trading post 155 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Board a Zodiac for an up-close look at Ilulissat Icefjord, located at the mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active, most studied glaciers in the world.



Day 11:
Itilleq:

Continue to navigate the west Greenland coastline, a place of myriad islands, undisturbed landscapes and cozy communities of cheerfully painted houses.



Day 12:
Kangerlussuaq / disembark / departure:

Continue to navigate the Greenland coastline, a place of myriad islands, undisturbed landscapes and cozy communities of cheerfully painted houses.





Sea Adventurer

The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer is among the few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to remote reaches. She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. Extensively renovated, Sea Adventurer is a handsome vessel in the style of great ocean liners: varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks. All cabins have an exterior view with private facilities and showers. Relax in the Main Lounge, Clipper Club or Library/Card room; keep trim in the Gymnasium; or shop for souvenirs in the Gift Shop. Meals include International and Continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows Sea Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can’t, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.


Meals and Lodgings
   Fairmont Château Laurier
  Ottawa, Canada 1 night
   Sea Adventurer
  Resolute, Greenland
Beechey Island and Prince Leopold Island, Greenland
Northeast Baffin, Greenland
Mittimatalik, Greenland
Northeast Baffin, Greenland
Nigingnaniq (Isabella Bay), Greenland
Karrat Fjord, Greenland
Uummannaq, Greenland
Ilulissat, Greenland
Itilleq, Greenland
10 nights
   Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto Int'l Airport
  Toronto, Canada 1 night
 Fairmont Château Laurier
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Château Laurier is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. It was built by Charles Melville Hays, the General Manager of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway of Canada, as part of his vision to extend the Grand Trunk Railway all the way to the West Coast and building railway stations and deluxe hotels in the major cities along the way. There are three hotel dining options. Enjoy Zoé's Lounge for afternoon tea, drinks and casual fare or choose Wilfrid's Restaurant for exceptional menu options with unique wine pairings and outstanding service. In the summer, sit outside and enjoy an upscale patio menu, all the while soaking in the sun and the spectacular view of the Ottawa landscape at La Terrasse. Visit one of Ottawa’s National Museums, explore the newly renovated Museum of Nature, learn more about our Canadian coins at the Royal Canadian Mint or visit the new Canadian War Museum. All these options are just minutes away from the hotel.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON K1N8S7 Canada
phone: 866-540-4410
web: www.fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa/
  Room amenities: All guest rooms at Fairmont Château Laurier offer the following amenities: Air conditioning with individual climate control; alarm clock-radio; Bathrobes; Keurig coffee makers with complimentary coffee and tea; Kettle; Hair dryer; Iron & ironing board; In-room refreshment centre (surcharge); Television with “On Command” system which enables guests to watch newly released blockbuster movies (at additional cost), view their account balance and check messages and check-out from their room; wireless high speed internet access available in all guest rooms (surcharge applies).
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers an indoor pool and exercise room open daily. The Concierge Desk is situated in the Lobby, beside the Registration Desk. Concierge will be able to give you further city and restaurant information and help you with anything you require during your stay. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available by contacting the Concierge Desk. They offer same-day and/or overnight services. Safety deposit boxes are available at no charge. They are located off the hotel's Registration Desk.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Sea Adventurer
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer is among the few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to remote reaches. She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. Extensively renovated, Sea Adventurer is a handsome vessel in the style of great ocean liners: varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks. Relax in the Main Lounge, Clipper Club, or Library/Card room; keep trim in the Gymnasium; or shop for souvenirs in the Gift Shop. Meals include international and continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows Sea Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can't, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by vessels her size.
  Contact info: 14 FRONT ST
Adventure Canada
SOUTH MISSISSAUGA, ON  L5H 2C4 Canada
phone: 180-036-3756 x6
  Room amenities: All cabins have an exterior view with private facilities and showers.
  Facility amenities: Main Lounge, Clipper Club, Library/Card room, Gymnasium, Gift Shop
  Smoking allowed: No

 Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto Int'l Airport
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: Terminal 3 · P.O. Box 3000, Toronto Amf
Toronto, ON L5P 1C4 Canada
phone: 905-672-7000
web: www.sheratongatewaytorontoairport.com/
  Room amenities: Work desk; individual climate control; air-conditioned room; complimentary bottled water; room service; mini bar, refrigerator available; coffee maker, wireless high speed internet access at an additional charge.
  Facility amenities: 24-hour fitness center; indoor heated swimming pool; Mahogany Grill Restaurant and Bar; safe deposit boxes.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Please contact hotel directly if you wish to make arrangements for additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:45PM in Ottawa. You will be staying at Fairmont Château Laurier that night.
  End of Program:
9:00AM after breakfast in Toronto. You will be staying at Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto Int'l Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Adventure Canada registration form is included at the end of this mailing and is required by the ship. Please sign and return this page as soon as possible so as not to jeopardize your reservation. Please note that anyone with a criminal record (including a Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants/Alcohol conviction) may be excluded from entering Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more information (http://canada.usembassy.gov/traveling_to_canada/entering-canada.html).
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Please visit http://www.octranspo.com/ to plan a bus route from the airport to the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ottawa
  Transportation to site: Participants who booked their air through Road Scholar Travel Services will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers. Please refer to your Road Scholar Travel Services packet sent 3 weeks prior to program departure for your finalized transfer information.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Toronto
  Transportation from site: The Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto is located in the airport. Participants can walk to the terminal.
Equipment Requirements: 1 pair of mid-calf/high rubber boots
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent arrivals
(Friday, August 1)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive to Ottawa, check in at hotel. Please meet your group leader and other participants in the hotel lobby at 5:45PM .There will be a mandatory orientation at 6:00PM for all Adventure Canada guests regarding the next day's charter flight. After this meeting, your Road Scholar group will meet briefly for an orientation prior to dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at 7:00PM at Wilfred's Restaurant inside the hotel. Enjoy a hearty welcome dinner with your group leader and get to know your fellow participants before embarking on an incredible journey to the Arctic.
 Evening: Relax this evening at the hotel and prepare for an early wake up call for tomorrow's flight to Resolute.
   
Accommodations: Fairmont Château Laurier
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Resolute
(Saturday, August 2)

Note: At each expedition port of call there will be various excursion groups. This may include nature activities (minimal walking), short walks (about .5 - 1.5 miles), longer walks (2-3 miles) and photography sessions led by ship staff who are experts in various fields (history, paleontology, geology, sealife, Arcticic culture) . Participants may choose any of these options or opt for independent exploration. On select days there will be Road Scholar exclusive shore excursions.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on the charter flight.
 Morning: Fly from Ottawa to Resolute via charter flight operated by First Air onboard a 737 aircraft. Estimated departure is 7:00AM followed by a refuelling stop in Iqaluit at 10:10AM and estimated arrival in Resolute at 12:00PM (subject to change).
 Lunch: Served while in transit to Resolute.
 Afternoon: Board the Sea Adventurer. Get to know the ship and the crew before you set sail. Participate in a mandatory safety drill.
 Dinner: On the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Relax and enjoy evening activities on the Sea Adventurer. Each night there will be various events including expert-led discussion, games, live music and movies.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Beechey Island and Prince Leopold Island
(Sunday, August 3)

Note: While we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, please note that unpredictable weather, sea and ice conditions in the Arctic may alter this itinerary and landing schedule.



   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: In 1845 Sir John Franklin took his expedition of 129 men in two ships into the Wellington Channel. Not a soul returned from the fateful expedition. It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. Until recently, the three graves have left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party. Such is the interest in this story, the Canadian government recently announced a new initiative to locate the missing Franklin vessels. The tall cliffs of Prince Leopold Island are one of the top bird sites in the High Arctic both during the breeding and summering seasons. It is a breeding site for Thick-Billed Muure, Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Glaucous Gull, and Black Guillemot. It was beneath these tall cliffs that Sir James Clark Ross, perhaps the greatest polar explorer of the 19th century, was based in 1848-49. Ross's 1848-49 expedition in search of the Franklin expedition was not successful; they spent a frustrating winter locked by ice in Port Leopold on the northeast coast of Somerset Island and returned to England the following summer. It was also from this area that Sir John Ross (James' uncle) escaped in 1833 after abandoning the Victory and spending four harrowing winters in the Arctic.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a Road Scholar exclusive Zodiac excursion to Prince Leopold Island. The ship's orinthologist will join you in order to help identify the multiple species of birds that inhabit this beautiful island.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)
(Monday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Today the ship will call at the seldom visited Tununirusiq (Arctic Bay) community. This remote community of a mere 850 people on the Borden Peninsula is enthusiastically preparing for our visit.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore and learn about life in Tununirusiq (Arctic Bay).
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mittimatalik
(Tuesday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Venturing 250km north of the Arctic, we will sail though Milne Inlet, a narwhal breeding ground, enroute to Pond Inlet. This bustling Arctic community is surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Eastern Arctic. We will have a chance to explore the town, as well as take in a cultural presentation at the Nattinnak Centre.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Pond Inlet. Afterwards get to know your fellow participants at a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party from 4:30-5:30.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Northeast Baffin
(Wednesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: The Arctic coastline provides numerous opportunities for landings; our program will explore the wealth and diversity of this land. Of special interest are always the plants adding color and lushness during the brief summer.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore the Northeast Baffin.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Nigingnaniq (Isabella Bay)
(Thursday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Niginganiq is a 336,000 sq. mi. marine region on Baffin Island that is a crucial feeding area for threatened bowhead whales. The area includes two deep offshore troughs rich in copepods which are a main food source for the bowhead whale.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Niginaniq.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Karrat Fjord
(Friday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: In Karrat Fjord we will cruise one of Greenland's most spectacular fjords. During ice breakup, narwhals and seals use the long leads created by high winds in this region to hunt the rich waters of the fjords. The cliffs within the fjord should give us good opportunities to see colonies of dovekies. Time spent on deck today should result in some good wildlife sightings, not to mention unbeatable photographic opportunities.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the views of the Karrat Fjord.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Uummannaq
(Saturday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Despite being situated in the shadow of a mountain, Uummannaq is the sunniest place in Greenland! It is an impressive and imposing 1,175m hunk of red gneiss called Uummannaq Mountain. This mountain serves as the town's backdrop on which colorful, single-family homes desperately cling, anchored by cables and pipes. The famous Greenlandic mummies dating from the 15th century were found on the shore opposite Uummannaq.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Uummannaq.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activites aboard the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ilulissat
(Sunday, August 10)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Venturing 250km north of the Arctic Circle, we find the stunning coastal community of Illulissat. Illulissat translates literally into "iceberg," and there couldn't be a more fitting name. Join a Road Scholar exclusive zodiac exploration to get an upclose view of the glacier. Our visit will include time in the colorful town and a chance to hike out to an elevated viewpoint where we can observe the great fields of ice. We will also cruise in our fleets of zodiacs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Illulissat Icefjord. The Icefjord is where we find the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most active and fastest moving in the world at 19m per day and calving more than 35 square kilometers of ice annually. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years, and, because of its relative ease of accessibility, has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change, and related geomorphic processes.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Illulissat.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activities on board the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Itilleq
(Monday, August 11)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, myriad islands, and complex coastal waterways. We will be making an expedition stop here to explore the Greenlandic landscape.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Continue to explore Itilleq.
 Dinner: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Evening: Enjoy evening activites on board the Sea Adventurer.
   
Accommodations: Sea Adventurer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Kangerlussuaq
(Tuesday, August 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Morning: Lying at the head of the longest fjord in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has one of the most stable climates in the region, though temperatures can range from -50C in the winter to as high as 28C in the summer. Kangerlussuaq, which means "The Big Fjord" in Greenlandic, is appropriately named, as it's 168km long.
 Lunch: On board the Sea Adventurer.
 Afternoon: Fly to Toronto via charter flight on Miami Air flight # 614 on board a 737 aircraft. Estimated departure is 3:30PM and estimated arrival in Toronto is 6:30PM (times subject to change).
 Dinner: Dinner will be served on the charter flight.
 Evening: Arrive in Toronto and check in to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto Int'l Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Independent departures
(Wednesday, August 13)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: The hotel is located at the Toronto airport. After breakfast, walk to the terminal for your flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A History of Arctic Exploration


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Description: The ancient Inuit, Vikings, Vitus Bering, whalers, explorers and James Cook are all paid tribute in this sumptuously illustrated history, drawing on the unique collections of Helsinki's Nurminen Foundation.



A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic


Author: E.C. Pielou


Description: Our best-selling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the circumpolar north.



Arctic Dreams


Author: Barry Lopez


Description: A dazzling meditation on the Arctic, breathtaking in scope. Lopez draws on his travels throughout the North, including Baffin Island, the Chukchi and Bering seas, Alaska, the Yukon and Greenland, interweaving natural history, accounts of early exploration, anecdote and lore into an indelible portrait of place.



Baffin Island


Author: Al Lee (Photographer)


Description: Photographer and mountaineer Alastair Lee reveals Baffin Island's astonishing landscapes with panoramic photos, accompanied by individual accounts from each member of the eight-man expedition team to Mount Asgard.



Circumpolar North / Greenland Map


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Description: With the North Circumpolar region on one side, including Iceland, and a detailed map of Greenland on the other.



Historical Atlas of the Arctic


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Nunavut Map


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Description: A regional traveler's map at a scale of 1:1,85 million with good topographic relief, showing roads, physical features and nature preserves.



Polar Obsession


Author: Paul Nicklen


Description: Born and raised on Baffin Island, Nicklen has ice in his blood. The National Geographic photographer, wildlife biologist and naturalist presents up-close portraits of the creatures of the high latitudes in 150 dazzling photographs of swimming bears, cavorting seals, penguins, dueling narwhals and all manner of polar life.



The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife


Author: Tony Soper


Description: An essential handbook for the ship-based traveler, this compact guide to the plants, marine mammals and birds of the Circumpolar North features handsome watercolor illustrations and lively text. This new edition includes a section on the Bering Sea.



The Greenlanders


Author: Jane Smiley


Description: This marvelously researched novel recreates life in the Viking settlements in Greenland.



The Ice Finders, How a Poet, a Professor and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age


Author: Edmund Blair Bolles


Description: A wonderfully eccentric history of 19th-century science, focusing on three personalities and their ideas about the role of ice in Earth's history. Each contributed to the Victorian debate among scientists, explorers and the man on the street about the nature of the polar regions.



The Last Gentleman Adventurer


Author: Edward Beauclerk Maurice, Lawrence Millman (Introduction)


Description: Maurice's poignant tale of coming-of-age with the Hudson Bay Company in the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s. Posted to Pangnirtung as a remarkably unlikely 17-year-old recruit, Maurice grew into a man with the fur traders and Inuit of Baffin Island, earning the name of Issumatak (One Who Thinks).



The Last Imaginary Place


Author: Robert McGhee


Description: A curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, McGhee combines a lifetime of field work, ethnography and travel in this illuminating account of the human history of the Arctic.



The Magnetic North


Author: Sara Wheeler


Description: Wheeler writes with zest and insight into the people, nature and future of the Circumpolar North in these marvelously recounted adventures, including tales of her time in Spitsbergen.



The Voyage of the Narwhal


Author: Andrea Barrett


Description: A gripping work of historical imagination in the form of a 19th-century account of Arctic exploration. It's Barrett's evocative tale of a Philadelphia naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells who sets out on a foolhardy mission in search of the Franklin Expedition in the Canadian Arctic.



This Cold Heaven


Author: Gretel Ehrlich


Description: Ehrlich spent seven seasons in Greenland, mostly alone, traveling by boat, helicopter, plane and dogsled. This exhilarating book reflects her insight, knowledge and deep appreciation of the people and barren landscapes of the north.



Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises


Author: Mark Carwardine


Description: In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.



What We Know About Climate Change


Author: Kerry Emanuel


Description: MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate, updated for this second edition to cover the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the lack of will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue.





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