Parks Canada and Adventure Canada Offer Exciting Opportunities to Explore Canada's North
Out of the Northwest Passage expedition cruise passengers to tour the site of HMS Erebus
January 20, 2017 Ottawa, Ontario Parks Canada Agency
Parks Canada and the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee are partnering with Arctic expedition company Adventure Canada, to welcome visitors to experience the site of HMS Erebus, one of the famed ships of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition of 1845, for the very first time. The HMS Erebus experience will be part of one of two expedition cruises offered in 2017 in collaboration with Adventure Canada to celebrate the 150th birthday of Confederation. Parks Canada experts, including local Inuit guides, will be on board both cruises to interpret some of Canada’s most remote national parks and historic sites, including the wreck site of HMS Erebus.
The unique HMS Erebus opportunity will be part of the Out of the Northwest Passage expedition - a Canadian Signature Experience - which sails from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, September 7th – 23rd, 2017.
A second cruise, Greenland and Wild Labrador, will visit national parks and historic sites in Newfoundland and Labrador including Torngat Mountains National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.
Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural areas in the world. Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team are recognized experts in the documentation and preservation of underwater archaeology sites such as the Franklin ships and Parks Canada conservators work to protect artefacts from the sites, so people in Canada and around the world are able to enjoy this important piece of history. Through partnerships with companies like Adventure Canada, Parks Canada will continue to develop new and innovative opportunities to experience Canada’s most northern national parks and historic sites while supporting local economies and growth in the tourism sector in the north.
“This opportunity to experience the wreck site of HMS Erebus offers a unique and meaningful way for Canadians and international travelers to discover our northern environment and heritage. It’s also a great way for visitors to learn more about Inuit history and culture and the significant contributions of Inuit knowledge to the story of the lost Franklin Expedition. I hope to see more partnerships like this, which will support northern communities through employment opportunities and community development, and showcase the wonders of the Canadian north.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
“We are so excited to be the first to bring guests to see such an important site in Arctic exploration history. We are honoured to be awarded this privilege, and look forward to working alongside Parks Canada to set precedent for sustainable visitation of this and other archaeological wonders.”
Adventure Canada CEO
- In addition to the visit to HMS Erebus, passengers on the Out of the Northwest Passage expedition will visit the country’s most remote national parks, including Qausuittuq, Sirmilik and Auyuittuq. The Greenland and Wild Labrador expedition will visit Torngat Mountains and Terra Nova National Parks, Akami–uapishku - KakKasuak - Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.
- In 1992, the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were designated as a national historic site under the Historic Sites and Monuments Act, despite neither shipwreck having been found at that time. HMS Erebus was discovered in the waters of Nunavut in 2014 and HMS Terror in 2016.
- Founded in 1987, Adventure Canada is a family-owned and operated adventure travel company specializing in land-based and small ship cruise adventures in Canada’s Arctic and east coast regions, Greenland, and select wilderness destinations. Adventure Canada’s trips feature a wide array of special guests, including musicians, authors, biologists, and historians.
- Canada’s national parks and national historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.
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Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Parks Canada Agency
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