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Narwhals & eagles & polar bears, Oh my! Canada's sweeping frigid landscapes extend from the northern border of the USA the way to the Northwest Passage & Baffin Island in the Arctic province of Nunavut,  approaching the North Pole.  From the Atlantic, you can access Newfoundland and Labrador, where you can get to know the windswept landscapes, native people, and Viking history of eastern Canada. Explore Quebec like never before, as you navigate along the Mighty St. Lawrence River, or explore British Colombia in the southwest of Canada which borders Alaska. No matter where you decide to go, contact one of our Canada travel experts for a custom made itinerary of the best of Canada.
 

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Chilko Experience Wilderness Lodge$39504-8RelaxedIf George Vanderbilt, founder of the Biltmore Estate, and John Muir, America’s leading naturalist who inspired the US national park system, collaborated to build the ultimate luxury/nature experience for their friends and family, it would be the Chilko Experience.
Art and Wildlife of the Arctic$1115016RelaxedJoin the Silver Cloud on a spectacular 16-day sailing expedition and experience the cultures, art, and wildlife of the magical Arctic while you explore its breathtaking landscapes. Start at Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and cruise all the way to St.John’s, Canada.
Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands$2599023RelaxedThis 23-day Arctic cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer features Zodiac tours, kayaking, and hiking the tundra. Follow in the wake of legendary explorers and hear their dramatic stories, spot Arctic wildlife, and meet local Inuit communities who inhabit the region.
Greenland, Newfoundland & St. Lawrence$1025015RelaxedCome aboard Le Champlain for an exceptional 15-day circuit from Reykjavik to Quebec. Delight yourself with incredible diversity while you sail between the magical Greenland ice and the sublime forests of Canada. Start in the city of Reykjavik and travel all the way to the charming city of Quebec.
High Arctic Explorer$1540017RelaxedExplore the High Arctic on a glamorous 17-day adventure sailing to Greenland's most breathtaking destinations. Discover the top of the world and admire all the things that make this location unique!
Baffin Bay Secrets$1679014RelaxedCruise with Le Soleal on an incredible itinerary to discover Viking ruins as you follow in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Erik the Red. Voyage from Greenland's west coast with its mountains softened by glaciers to the Arctic mountain range's steep slopes and Thule's high Arctic tundra.

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With 10 diverse provinces and three northern territories, this country on top of the world has fascinating human culture & history and even more fascinating wilderness and wildlife. A trip through the wild and wonderful Canadian countryside might acquaint you with opportunities to:
  • Watch wildlife. As you navigate the ice fields or trek across the landscape, you could see breaching blue whales, beluga whales, snow white polar bears, seals, and a stunning variety of birds. 
  • Dive in the biodiversity of the Baffin Sea, where polar bears, narwhals, jellyfish, and other spooky underwater creatures haunt the submarine icebergs.
  • Explore the vast landscapes on ATVs. 
  • Paddle around beautiful inlets on kayaks and explore magnificent fjords of Newfoundland and Labrador via motorized dinghies. 
Getting to various destinations in Canada:
Our expeditions to Canada visit both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, travel through the glaciated Arctic tundras, and even weather the famed Northwest Passage. So how do you know where to begin your trip? We can help you figure that out, but here are some starters to help you plan... If you are traveling to –
  • Nunavut and ​Baffin Island, you will normally fly to Ottawa and transfer to your final destination on a domestic Canadian flight. 
  • British Columbia, you can either take the train from other destinations in Canada or fly directly into the Victoria International Airport.
  • Newfoundland & Labrador (Sable Island, Torngat Mountains), you can fly directly into St. John's International Airport. If you are already in Nova Scotia on another Canada tour, you can catch a ferry straight to Newfoundland to enjoy a bit more of the scenery.
  • Northwest Passage, you will either start in Greenland, Nunavut, or Ottawa, all of which have international airports.
  • St. Lawrence River, you'll start in Quebec and transfer to your boat for the start of your river cruise of this mighty waterway. 
Cruise Beyond Canada

Many of our cruises visiting Canada visit other coutries as well.

Several Alaskan small ship cruises begin in British Colombia before cruising north to Alaska's Inner Passage such as the "In the Wake of the Pioneers", or  A Remarkable Journey From British Colombia, Alaska & Haida Gwaii.

The Arctic Ocean has been a major international shipping route for centuries connecting the Pacific Ocean with the North Atlantic via the Northwest Passage.

Many cruises include Canada's Baffin Island with Greenland, and some cruises also include Iceland and Norway.

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Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?
US citizens only need a valid US passport to travel to Canada. While a visa is not required for most other countries, you will need to visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization, which costs CA$7. 

Is tipping customary in Canada?
Tipping between 15-20% on restaurant bills and giving taxi drivers and other service workers a small tip is a cultural expectation in Canada. It is a courteous way to show gratitude and helps supplement what are frequently very low wages (which is how Canada keep prices lower). We always leave the decision of how much to tip (if at all) up to the individual travelers, but it is a cultural norm in Canada.

What is the internet access like in Canada?
If you're in cities and towns, you will probably have good access to fast, wireless internet. Many of our Canada expeditions do visit some of the more remote regions of the Arctic, and in these areas and while cruising, it is possible that you will not have internet for several days while we are out of range. Otherwise, Canada's internet is reliable.

Can I use my cell phone while in Canada?
Check with your operator if you have activated mobile roaming  for Canada on your phone before leaving home. You will get good cellular coverage in cities and throughout most of southern Canada. However, since most of our itineraries venture into the depths of Canada's remote wilderness and Arctic regions, far from any cell towers, it's likely that you will not have service for some or most of your trip.

Do I need a power adapter/ converter?
Canada has 110V power with the same sockets as those in the United States. If you are traveling from another part of the world, you will need a power adapter/ converter to use the outlets.

What are the toilets like in Canada?
You will find standard flush toilets throughout most of Canada.
 
Approximately what will it cost for (in USD):
Public transportation - $1.70
Coffee - $1.28
Dinner - $15.00
Takeout food - $4.00

Can I drink the water in Canada?
Yes, you can drink tap water in Canada. Try to be environmentally friendly by re-filling your water bottle rather than buying new plastic ones.

What is the most common way of paying for things in Canada?
Canada has the Canadian Dollar, which normallly trades less than the US dollar. You will be able to pay with your credit card in almost all businesses in the major cities and tourist destinations, and ATM access is pretty easy. You should still have some cash on hand for smaller purchases.

Should I purchase travel insurance for my trip?
You should always purchase travel insurance! We have more information on one of our recommended providers here.

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