If you’ve ever dreamed about journeying to the Arctic, Antarctica or Haida Gwaii, 2017 could be your year. Vancouver Aquarium Expeditions is a unique program combining adventure with history, learning, research and exclusive benefits for our travellers.

On our Arctic expedition, we’ll be sailing through the fabled Northwest Passage, learning about the history of early explorers and the fated Franklin Expedition while keeping an eye out for the region’s iconic wildlife. The ever-changing vistas are extraordinary, transforming from desert-like formations to Group of Seven paintings. The Arctic tundra miraculously supports an incredible array of life and colour, and will challenge you to rethink your conception of a tree.

Photo credit: Laurence Turner

Photo credit: Laurence Turner

We will also visit Pond Inlet, a hamlet of about 1,400 people on the northeast coast of Baffin Island who will warmly welcome us to their home and proudly share the uniqueness of Inuit culture. Hearing O Canada sung in Inuktituk is unforgettable. This trip, with our amazing polar travel partner, One Ocean Expeditions, is close to selling out. We depart for Edmonton Aug. 23, board the ship in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut on Aug. 24, and return home via Ottawa on Sept. 5.

Photo credit: Michael Borden

Photo credit: Michael Borden

If you are thinking of an adventure closer to home, consider Haida Gwaii. Often referred to as Canada’s Galapagos, it’s home to towering forests and many species of plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, including 23 species of marine mammals and an abundance of sea birds.

Photo credit: Bluewater Adventures, Haida Gwaii

Photo credit: Bluewater Adventures, Haida Gwaii

As stunning as the scenery is, Haida Gwaii is a magical place steeped in history and culture. Haida villages and totems remain, protected and preserved by the Haida Gwaii Watchmen.

This trip to Haida Gwaii will be as incredible as any of the world’s “bucket list” trips. Travelling with our amazing partner Bluewater Adventures on their new flagship vessel, you will experience the magic of Haida Gwaii with a small group of like-minded passengers. We depart Vancouver June 17 and return June 27. Only three cabins remain – you’ll want to book now.

Observing sea lions in Haida Gwaii. Photo Credit: Lindsay Janes

Observing sea lions in Haida Gwaii. Photo Credit: Lindsay Janes

And finally, our once-in-a-lifetime adventure to South Georgia and Antarctica takes place in February 2018. Also with One Ocean Expeditions, this trip will trace the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the storied Endurance Expedition. Amazing vistas, snow covered mountains, spectacular icebergs and abundant wildlife await.

Photo credit: Laurence Turner

Photo credit: Laurence Turner

Partial proceeds from each booking support our mission to conserve aquatic life and help fund a broad array of conservation, research and education initiatives. To book now, or to learn more about these amazing trips, the onboard research we are doing and the exclusive benefits for travelers, please email andrea.wright@vanaqua.org or call 604-659-3506.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Amer Qureshi

    I knew about National Geographic wildlife expedition, but this is fantastic that a local company from Vancouver is doing this, I would love join or even Volunteer to support this.

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