Cruise in comfort from St. John's, Newfoundland to the shores of Labrador aboard the Sea Adventurer.
Newfoundland & Wild LabradorJune 29 - July 12, 2014 aboard the Sea AdventurerThe charm of Newfoundland meets the splendour of Labrador! Newfoundlands Gros Morne is The Galapagos of Geology, while in Torngat Mountains National Park, the tallest mountains east of the Rockies tower over pristine Labrador coastline. Special guests Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson join us as Honorary Co-Chairs of BirdLife Internationals Rare Bird Club. Breeding and nesting seabirds are among this voyages highlights. Icebergs, whales, polar bears and seals will have us scanning the horizon. Beginning on the French island of Saint Pierre, well journey through Newfoundland history, exploring French, First Nations, Basque, and Viking influences. In Labrador, well visit the Inuit homeland, Nunatsiavut, as we follow the trail of the explorers, northward along Canadas Wild East Coast.
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In remote Arctic waterways, weather, sea and ice conditions, and safety will determine our daily progress. Heavy ice conditions are a possibility throughout this itinerary. An alternate route has been planned.
H I G H L I G H T S Newfoundland & Wild Labrador Explore the remote reaches of Newfoundland & Labrador in spring bloom Visit the reconstructed first European settlement in North America at LAnse aux Meadows Travel with widely respected authors, naturalists and culturalists Sail in heavy ice looking for polar bears, whales and seals Visit the largely inaccessible Torngat Mountains National ParkCANADA
P R O P O S E D I T I N E R A RYDay 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Day 6: Day 7: Day 8: Day 9: Day 10-13: Day 14: Saint Pierre, France Miawpukek (Conne River) Gros Morne National Park Port au Choix Red Bay LAnse aux Meadows & Battle Harbour WonderstrandsRigolet
ALTERNATE ROUTEDay 8: Okak Day 9-10 Torngat Mountains National Park Day 11: Kiglapait Mountains Day 12: Indian Harbour Day 13: Rigolet Day 14: Goose Bay
Okak Torngat Mountains National Park Kuujjuaq, QC
Joining Charter flight St Johns, Newfoundland to Saint Pierre, France Date: June 29, 2014 Mid-morning departure
Southbound Flight Kuujjuaq, Quebec to Ottawa, Ontario - afternoon departure Date July 12, 2014 Late afternoon arrival
Roundtrip: $985 USD per person inclusive of taxes and fees
Pre and post hotel nights are available in St Johns and Ottawa on request. Overnight accommodation in Ottawa recommended.
Charter flights are available for this expedition.
Y O U R S T A F F Newfoundland & Wild Labrador
JON DUDLEY Geologist
SARAH GUTOWSKY Naturalist
DANIEL PAYNE Musician
JASON EDMUNDS Culturalist
MIKE BEEDELL Photographer
DAVE PADDON Expedition Team
LENA ONALIK Culturalist
JAMES RAFFAN Explorer
MATTHEW SWAN Host
TOM BARLOW Musician
GRAEME GIBSON Author
BILL FREEDMAN Biologist
KEVIN MAJOR Historian Kevin has published sixteen books, including novels, non-fiction, poetry, plays and works for young people. He won the Governor Generals Award for his first book, Hold Fast. Best-seller As Near to Heaven by Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador traces the story of his homeland. His most recent novel, New Under the Sun, deals with the myriad of cultures to inhabit southern Labrador and the northernmost tip of Newfoundland. Kevin also writes a whisky blog.
DERRICK POTTLE Culturalist Derrick was born and raised in Rigolet, Labrador. He lives as a hunter and gatherer, hunting and preparing caribou, seal, polar bear, fox and wolf hides in the traditional Inuit way. He is a stone carver and is experienced in the challenges of long-distance travel in and around Nunatsiavut and Nunavik. Derrick teaches stone carving to students and adults and is a bear safety and survival skill instructor.
MARGARET ATWOOD Author Margaret is a keen birder, ardent conservationist, and one of Canadas most celebrated authors. Margaret has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and currently serves as joint president of the Rare Bird Club. She has written more than fifty volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her most recent novel is The Year of the Flood, and her collection In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination was released in the fall of 2011.
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2014 Newfoundland & Wild LabradorI T I N E R A RY D E TA I L SDay 1: Saint Pierre A population of approximately 6,500 resides on the island of St. Pierre, all from various descents includes French, Basque, Breton, and Normand. St. Pierres houses somewhat resemble its history: an eclectic collection of colours and style aligned on picturesque cobblestone streets and alleys. Day 2: Miawpukek (Conne River) A visit to Miawpukek (Conne River) will reveal a First Nations community that has the mandate of turning the community into an economically self-sufficient community guided by traditional values. Miawpukek became a permanent community sometime around 1822. Before 1822 it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by the Mikmaw people who were at the time still nomadic and travelling throughout the east coast Day 3: Gros Morne National Park It has been said, Gros Morne is to geology what the Galapagos are to biology. Spectacular scenery including Precambrian cliffs, deep inland fjords and volcanic pillow rocks formed as lava cooled underwater- is just one of the reasons we stop here year after year. Highlights on this day include time spent exploring the Tablelands, a 600m (1900 ft) high plateau that forms one of the worlds best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earths interior, and exploring the fjord by ship. Day 4: Port au Choix Port au Choix, on the west side of Newfoundlands Great Northern Peninsula, has been populated for thousands of years. The remains of four ancient cultures have been found at Port au Choix to date: Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset and Groswater Paleoeskimo, and Recent Indians. Archaeologists searched many years for a site such as this one, which sheds new light on our understanding of native peoples in this part of the world. Day 5: Red Bay Today we visit Red Bay, the fishing village and former site of several Basque whaling stations, occupied between 1550 and the early 1600s when they hunted right and bowhead whales. Day 6: LAnse aux Meadows & Battle Harbour We call in this morning at one of the worlds most important archaeological sites, North Americas only authenticated Viking settlement, LAnse aux Meadows. Battle Harbour was the fiscal and social centre of SE Labrador for two centuries. The decline and eventual collapse of the fishery thrust the island into a state of disarray. Today the glory of the island has been revived. Well stroll among the beautifully restored buildings learning about the key role of the island in the economic and social sphere of Newfoundland & Labrador. Day 7: Wonderstrands Two long trackless crescents of unoccupied virgin sand, washed by the cold Labrador sea, backed by the Mealy Mountains: Labradors Wonderstrand. Named by sea faring Vikings (the Wunderstrand) but long hunted, traveled and occupied over thousands of years by various peoples, it is still largely unknown and rarely visited by non-Labradorians.
Day 8: Rigolet Rigolet at the mouth of Lake Melville is a centre for rich wildlife in the countless ponds and lakes - migratory birds, such as black ducks and geese, while moose, ptarmigan, rabbits and porcupine can also be found in the wooded areas. Grasswork and moose skins are a feature of the local crafts we are sure to learn about as we explore this community with its notable Net Loft Museum, historic Strathcona House and a boardwalk to challenge any boardwalk as it stretches 4.4kms from Rigolet to Burnt Wood Cove. Day 9: Okak Okak is a former community located on Okak Bay in northern Labrador. Okak was designated a National Historic Site
of Canada in 1978, due to the former Moravian mission and the existence of sixty archaeological sites in the area, dating from 5550 BCE and representing of habitation from Maritime Archaic to Labrador Inuit. Day 10-13: Torngat Mountains National Park From the Inuktitut word Torngait , meaning place of spirits, the Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for thousands of years, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years. The fjords here reach well back into the depths of the Torngats as we are overshadowed by cliffs rising straight up from the sea, peaking at 1,700 m, the highest point of land in Labrador. The Torngat Mountains claim some of
the oldest rocks on the planet and provide some of the best exposure of geological history. The rocky landscape is a challenge to life, and the species that make their home here are a resilient bunch with fascinating survival adaptations. We hope to see a number of species during our time in Northern Labrador. Our intention is to make expeditionary stops in the northern reaches of Labrador, including the Eclipse Bay, Nackvak Fiord and Saglek Bay. Day 14: Kuujjuaq Kuujjuaq previously was known as Fort Chimo, a mispronunciation of the Inuit phrase saimuuq, Lets shake hands! Today Kuujjuaq is a bustling community combining traditional Inuit culture with the conveniences of modern day life.
EXPEDITION COSTS INCLUDE: *Pre-departure materials *Special access permits, entry and park fees *Team of expedition staff *Applicable taxes *Educational program * Interactive workshops *Evening entertainment *Guided activities *Sightseeing and community visits *All Shipboard Meals *All Zodiac excursions *Port