Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage

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  • Polar expeditions and cruise
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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Cruise
  • age requirement 8+ years old
  • max group size 20
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  • Starts Toronto, Canada
  • Ends Toronto, Canada
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Follow the footsteps of polar explorers and experience highlights of the Canadian Arctic
  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife such as polar bears and muskox
  • Enjoy flightseeing and heli landings with Ultramarine’s two onboard helicopters
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more
Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage tour starts and ends in Toronto. Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage is a cruise tour that takes 9 days taking you through Toronto, Canada and other destinations in Canada.

The quest for trade routes to the Far East inspired much of the age of exploration of North America, with the promise of the Northwest Passage its elusive jewel. On Arctic Express Canada, discover the great sea route at the top of the world—that obsessed explorers for centuries—on our game-changing new expedition ship Ultramarine, which allows you a journey no traditional vessel could offer: immersing yourself in the full Arctic experience while getting back home a week and a half later. Nature and wildlife are the guides on this voyage as you explore the region’s diverse treasures. The Arctic’s stark beauty offers an unforgettable backdrop, while Quark Expeditions’ world-class team provides the knowledge and insight to help you connect with the region’s unique history and geography. Ultramarine’s two twin-engine helicopters, 20-quick-launching Zodiacs and unprecedented mix of on-ship amenities and off-ship adventure options will deliver an unrivalled Arctic experience no one else can.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT QUARK EXPEDITIONS
5 - Excellent
Based on 32 reviews
Review for another Quark Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • On Nov 20 2019
“The quality of the ship, our accommodations, the ships crew, the expedition team and all the excursions far exceeded my expectations. Quark leadership should be very proud of the experience you are delivering to your guests. Congratulations. I will be recommending your company to all my traveling friends.”
  • Anonymous
  • From Canada
  • On Feb 19 2020
5 - Excellent
Review for another Quark Expeditions tour
“The ship and staff for the journey provided enthusiastic, effective and patient support, with a well-executed itinerary that I'd trust for future trips. Food and accommodation were excellent. Waters were very calm once reaching Antarctica, to relieve anyone's seasickness. Mountain and Glacier landscapes were great. The wildlife in the area is plentiful, where we saw at least some whales, seals and penguins every day we were in Antarctica and probably 20ish whales overall. The animals aren't afraid of humans and so at worst ignore you as you get fairly close. Extra downtime filled with interesting presentations about history, animals, current antarctic science and recent environmental issue affecting it. If you absolutely must have Emporer penguins, elephant seals or Orca, check the season you're going as we saw just a few but they were unusual and not to be expected at the time/places we went.

I'd recommend this trip to anyone I knew going to Antarctica who hasn't been there before and doesn't have extremely specific desires for wildlife that I didn't mention. It's fun, comprehensive, and the minimum commitment required for the adventure it offers.

This trip took place on the Ocean Endeavor, in early-mid February, on the West side of the Antarctic Peninsula.”
Review for another Quark Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • On Nov 20 2019
“Had a wonderful memorable time , has been on my bucket list as long as I can remember, as I love vast open ruggered Nature made landscape. Really didn't know much about what I was going to see or explore , was totally blown away ,it totally exceeded my expectations. Thankyou to Quark.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Overview
  • Day 1 : Arrive in Toronto, Canada
  • Day 2 : Fly to Resolute and Embark
  • Days 3 to 7 : Exploring Canada’s High Arctic
  • Day 8 : Disembark in Resolute, Canada and Fly to Toronto
  • Day 9 : Depart Toronto
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Meals
  • Beer and house wine during dinner
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Accommodation
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All shore landings per the daily program
Guide
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
Others
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic/Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
Why Book with Bookmundi
What are customers saying about Bookmundi
Excellent
4.68 Average 345 Reviews
SHIPS
Ultramarine
Ultramarine

The newest ship in our fleet, Ultramarine, is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar

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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage tour. You can cancel the tour up to 125 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 124 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 23 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 January 2022, a deposit of 20% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 124 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Arctic Express Canada: The Heart of the Northwest Passage tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Clean and healthy vessels that meet international certifications for infection prevention is ensured.
  • For the duration of the expedition, you will be only interacting with your fellow pre-screened passengers and Quark Expeditions staff.
  • This tour requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before your departure day.
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