Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to some of the most remote places on earth? What if some of those places were in your own backyard?
For many years, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre has run a travel program – Vancouver Aquarium Expeditions – travelling to some of the most unique places on our planet.
This year is no different. From August 11 to 23, we will be in Canada’s Arctic with our Polar Expeditions Partner, One Ocean. In addition to seeing some of the most beautiful, yet isolated places on Earth, we will be watching out for an incredible diversity of wildlife, including Canada’s iconic polar bears, narwhals and belugas. We will also be exploring the same waters that the ill-fated Franklin Expedition undertook over 170 years ago.
The Aquarium Expeditions Program offers travellers an array of exclusive benefits, for the same price as booking through a travel agent. This year, we will host a private reception at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, before departing the next day to join the ship in Greenland. We will have Aquarium experts on board to complement One Ocean’s naturalists and guides, to educate and further explore the amazing things travellers will see each day. We will be undertaking scientific sampling and meeting with Aquarium Inuit partners, who will share their unique perspective about life in Canada’s North.
We are thrilled to partner with One Ocean for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. They have generously supported the Aquarium through donations for Night at the Aquarium which have helped us raise over $100,000 in support of ocean conservation.
If you have ever wanted to travel to the Arctic, now is the time to do it. The changes that have taken place over the last 10 years are drastic. In another 10 years, the Arctic, as it has been known for thousands of years, may be unrecognizable. Just a decade ago, people could ski to the North Pole. Today it’s no longer possible.
There are a few berths still available for this year’s trip. Please call our travel partners at Lloyds, Deborah or Lesli, at 1.800.800.7252 or [email protected].
If you can’t make it this year, please contact us to get on the list for next year’s trip – the Northwest Passage Wildlife Encounter – from August 13 to 20, 2016.