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South Baffin Explorer –Art, Wildlife & Culture

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard RCGS Resolute
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All over the world, for countless millennia, indigenous people have expressed their unique cultural heritage through art, keeping precious folklore, stories and traditions alive, so they might be handed down from one generation to the next. Since the mid-1980s with the establishment of numerous art co-operatives in the North, there has been a concerted effort to preserve and promote the beautiful and distinctive sculptures and artwork created by the Inuit people on Baffin Island, many of which are inspired by - and reflect – the wild and craggy environment in which they live and work.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ottawa | Fly to Iqaluit | Embark
Day 2 : Monumental Island
Day 3 : Kimmirut
Days 4-5 : Cape Dorset
Day 6 : Walrus Island | Coral Harbour
Day 7 : Digges Islands
Day 8 : Shaftesbury Inle
Day 9 : Akpatok Island
Day 10 : Lower Savage Islands
Day 11 : Iqaluit | Disembark | Fly to Ottawa


  • Experience the rich artistic output of Canada's indigenous Inuit artists
  • Discover spectacular fjords & fissures of southern Baffin Island
  • Enjoy close-up encounters with sea mammals and many bird species
  • Explore the rocky shorelines and encounter polar bears
  • Hike through rolling hills to secluded waterfalls and lakes


RCGS Resolute

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  • Small Ship

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Day 1 Ottawa | Fly to Iqaluit | Embark

Depart Ottawa this morning on your scheduled flight to Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut, situated on the south-eastern coast of Baffin Island. Upon arrival enjoy a walking tour of this historic settlement before boarding your expedition ship, RCGS Resolute, in the afternoon. After settling into your cabins and exploring the ship, meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote regions on Earth.

Day 2 Monumental Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the Davis Strait, the rocky dome of Monumental Island can be clearly seen as you approach. Travel by zodiac to explore the rocky shoreline and hope to encounter polar bears in this vicinity. In good weather a complete circumnavigation of the island is possible, and you should see your first large icebergs as they drift south towards Labrador and Newfoundland on the currents of the Davis Strait. Walruses have also been encountered in this area, so you keep a close look out on the shoreline for this iconic species. Over the next few days, and throughout the voyage, your onboard experts educate and entertain you with a series of presentations about Inuit culture and traditions, as well as the environment, wildlife and history of Baffin Island.

Day 3 Kimmirut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The tiny community of Kimmirt is home to just 400 people and was once a Hudson’s Bay Company Trading post. A particular focus of our visit is the local art scene and after cruising into a narrow channel travel ashore by zodiac, where you can enjoy a warm welcome from the locals. This community is well known for its arts and crafts including stone carvings, sealskin clothing, jewelry and fine bead work among other items. Many of Kimmirut's residents are renowned carvers whose art is collected worldwide. The small Soper Gallery is housed in an old wooden cottage and run by the Quliruakut Arts and Crafts Society. But it’s not all art: among the animals native to the area are caribou, Arctic wolves, walruses, seals, Arctic hare, and whales, as well as numerous bird species including peregrine falcons, ptarmigan, snow bunting and snowy owls. There are some great sea kayaking opportunities in this area and your guides can be keen to head out for a paddle.

Day 4-5 Cape Dorset

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Cape Dorset offers so much for visitors, no matter what their interest, and two-days allows time for a thorough exploration of the hamlet and surrounding areas. The community is home to more than 1,300 residents and is Baffin Island’s best-known art centre, referred to as the ‘Capital of Inuit Art’, with almost a quarter of the hamlet's residents actively engaged in the visual arts. Much of their artwork reflects the wilderness and environment of Baffin Island, with objects such as whales, narwhals, seals, walruses, bears, wolves, foxes and more providing a focus for artistic expression. These artworks reflect the deep connection the Inuit people have to one another, past generations, the land and nature, as well as a spiritual connection to the Earth. The celebrated Art Co-operative is the best place to view these striking works and observe the artists at work.

Cape Dorset is also blessed with superb Arctic landscapes, home to migratory caribou, seabirds, whales, seals and walruses which can be found in the vicinity. There are some excellent hiking opportunities through rolling hills to secluded waterfalls and lakes, providing great views and chances to observe the local wildlife or watch ice floes drift slowly by.

Day 6 Walrus Island | Coral Harbour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the night we sail into the western reaches of Hudson Strait and today promises some exciting excursions. A zodiac cruise at the small outcrop of Walrus Island allows a close encounter with these fascinating animals. Returning to the ship make your way north to the small hamlet of Coral Harbour, situated on Southampton Island. This area has a fascinating history. 

Day 7 Digges Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located at the north-western tip of the Ungava Peninsula, the Digges Islands mark the juncture of the Hudson Strait and north-eastern Hudson Bay, and their rocky cliffs are ideal for seabirds. Just to the east is the headland at Cape Wolstenholme, located at the most northerly point of the Province of Quebec. Here the cliffs soar to some 300 metres and are home to one of the largest colonies of thick-billed murres on Earth. There are also a number of walrus colonies in the area. Polar bears can be found throughout this region and you can encounter them from a safe distance while cruising in the zodiacs. Continue sailing east, around the northern tip of Quebec, and enter the very remote Erik Cove for an afternoon excursion. The remnants of a Hudson's Bay Company store lie on the southern shore and enjoy a walk with your guides along the waterfront, soaking up the beautiful scenery and learning something of the area’s early history.

Day 8 Shaftesbury Inle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the night sail north-east across the Hudson Strait and this morning, find yourselves once again on the southern shores of Baffin Island. Shaftesbury Inlet is a narrow and strikingly beautiful fjord. This inlet is characterized by steep shorelines and high tides, with tide height changing as much as 10 - 12 meters daily. Plan to visit ashore at the mouth of a small river and hike up the river valley, eventually reaching a lake. This is a wonderful place to get out and stretch our legs as your naturalists and guides share their love of the Arctic with you.

Day 9 Akpatok Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Akpatok Island is a large uninhabited island situated in Ungava Bay, off Quebec's northern coastline. Ringed by steep cliffs, it is home to a staggering abundance of birdlife. Thick-billed murre, black guillemot, glaucous gulls and peregrine falcon all nest here. It's also a well-known location for walruses and polar bears, the latter often observed climbing the steep cliffs. Ice floes often surround parts of the island, and these attract both seal and walruses, making this a popular hunting ground for polar bears. In the late summer the bears retreat to the land, scavenging whatever protein source they can find, until the ice re-forms, and the more abundant food sources return. The island has historically been a traditional hunting ground for Inuit people, also attracted by walruses, polar bears and whales. Cruise along the shore line in zodiacs, allowing close-up views of the huge numbers of birds nesting on the cliffs, and hopefully spot some polar bears scouting the landscape.

Day 10 Lower Savage Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
To the north of Aktapatok, the extraordinary Lower Savage Islands are bisected by narrow channels that provide spectacular zodiac cruising opportunities. The islands are ideally situated between the dynamic flow of the Hudson Strait, and this mixing of nutrient rich waters makes for a diversity of marine life. Rejoin your ship on the other side of the island group and tonight, as you near the end of our journey, enjoy an entertaining voyage recap from the Expedition Leader. Celebrate with a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship and reflect on the culture, art and landscapes of this inimitable region.

Day 11 Iqaluit | Disembark | Fly to Ottawa

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning find yourselve anchored off Iqaluit. Say goodbye to your crew, make your way ashore in zodiacs and are then transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight to Ottawa. On arrival in Ottawa our journey comes to an end. A transfer is provided to a downtown location.

RCGS Resolute

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Main Deck Triple
Deck 3. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, portholes, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
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Twin Private Cabin
Deck 4. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
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Superior Cabin
Deck 5. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom facilities.
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Superior Plus Cabin
Deck 5. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge, large picture windows, writing desk and chair, and private washroom.
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Shackleton Suite
Deck 6. 22 m2. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge convertible to a sofa bed, large picture windows, a large desk, expansive cabinetry, and washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub.
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One Ocean Suite
Deck 6. 44 m2. Double or two single beds. Features a sectional lounge convertible to a sofa bed with matching club chairs, large picture windows, a large desk, expansive cabinetry, and washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub.


- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.  No single supplement will be charged for passengers willing to share.

- Twin Private, Superior and Superior Plus Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a Shackleton or One Ocean Suite is 2 times the shared rate. Single Supplement is not available in triple cabins.

Your Expedition Includes:
- Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
 -Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
- Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
 -High quality, ecofriendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
 -All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
- 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in-cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
 -Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
- Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
 -Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
- Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
- Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
- Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
 -Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
- An emergency trained medical physician onboard every voyage
 -Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
- Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
 -Sea kayaking program available (additional charge of $695pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
- Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
- End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
 -Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
The Expedition does not include:
- Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
- Visa and passport expenses
-5% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
-Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
-Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
-Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
-Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
-Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all One Ocean Expeditions trips)
-A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)

* This voyage operates domestically within Canada and is subject to a compulsory 5% goods and services tax (GST).
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