Eastbound 2: Resolute Bay - Pond Inlet
A quick summary of the possible destinations we will visit on our return eastbound leg of the Northwest Passage up above the Arctic Circle.
RESOLUTE BAY, Cornwallis Island
This town is the midpoint of the Northwest Passage. With a population of about 300 it is the second most northerly community in Canada.
From late April to mid-August it enjoys 24-hours of daylight. Its airstrip provides the gateway for North Pole expeditions.
From Resolute Bay you’ll cross Barrow Strait to Beechey Island, encampment of Sir John Franklin’s last comfortable winter in 1845 before disappearing. Remains of ship HMS Braedalbane, three Franklin crew graves, building remains, and the Belcher monument are here.
RADSTOCK BAY, Devon Island
At Radstock Bay you’ll witness the steep cliffs of Caswell Tower, walk among 2-5,000 year old Thule and Dorset Inuit structures, and observe beluga whales, polar bears, and maybe Muskox.
PRINCE LEOPOLD ISLAND (North Spit)
Migratory seabird sanctuary. As many as 500,000 birds can be found around the 1,000 foot limestone cliffs of Prince Leopold Island.
Steep glacier, seals, Muskox, and Arctic wolves.
DUNDAS HARBOUR, Devon Island
At Dundas Harbor you’ll experience an abundance of wildlifeh ere in the rich, biodiverse waters of Lancaster Sound that is sometimes called the wildlife “super highway” of the Arctic. This includes walrus haul-outs, narwhals, seals, Arctic hare, and Muskox. Also found here is an abandoned Royal Canadian Mounted Police outpost (originally established to stop whaling in the Northwest Passage) and ancient Thule and Dorset Inuit structures.
LOW POINT, Eclipse Sound, Baffin Island
Visiting Low Point on Baffin Island you’ll see “Inuksuk” stone icons, a bird sanctuary, magnificent glaciers, and narwhals birthing in the shallows.
POND INLET, Baffin Island
Population 1,300. Surrounded by mountain ranges and several dozen glaciers. We’ll be greeted with a traditional Inuit tea & bannock welcome and an Inuit cultural show with story telling and strength and agility demonstrations at the Natinnak Visitor Center. Traditional Inuit carvings, crafts and jewelry can also be purchased here. We’ll meet with Pond students at their school and Pond students will visit OHP. Traditional Inuit carvings, crafts and jewelry can also be purchased here.
The Northwest Passage and the land around it are home to an abundant collection of iconic wildlife. Throughout the voyage our onboard naturalist, Linda NIcklin, will keep a close watch for opportunities to encounter some of the charismatic animals that call this place home.
Polar bear • narwhal • bowhead • walrus • harp, ringed, & bearded seal • beluga • arctic fox • arctic hare • musk ox • lemming • ermine