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Adventure Canada's Newsletter

November, 2012

Saglek Bay- Photo by Jerry Kobalenko


Here at the Adventure Canada office we are wrapping up a great 2012 season.  For those of you who travelled with us thanks for making it so special.  We hope to see you and your friends and family over the next year.

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Great Bear Rainforest  
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Join Adventure Canada host and photographer Mike Beedell for an incredible wildlife trip in September, 2013. 
Many of you may have heard of the Spirit Bear - a white grizzly found on Canada's west coast in a region known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Travelling aboard the 20.7 meter sailboat, Island Odyssey, we'll have the chance to explore this ecologically rich area with hopes of spotting the mysterious Spirit Bear as well as black bears, whales, numerous bird species and the possibility of wolves. The scenery will be spectacular as we travel through the world's largest intact temperate rainforest with beautiful rivers, estuaries and fjords. For more information on our Great Bear Rainforest adventure next fall please visit...Great Bear Rainforest




Our Friends at the Walrus Foundation


Don't miss the premier of The Walrus Talks at the AGO - The Art of the City, this Saturday, December 1 at 5:52pm on Walrus TV only on eqhd. 

Join Matt Galloway as he talks about The Art of Inclusion.


Visit http://eqhd.ca/ subscribe to find out how you can watch WalrusTV, or visit the warlus.ca/tv for more Walrus Talks. 


The Walrus Foundation joins Adventure Canada in 2013 on our Into the Northwest Passage expedition. 


Attention Shutterbugs!!!!

 Photo Credit: The Valberg Family photographer in training...Ben Machennan (he only learns  from the  best!)



Submit your favourite photograph taken on an Adventure Canada trip for a chance to have it featured in our very special 25th Anniversary Brochure.


Contest details: Please send all images to jillian@adventurecanada.com by December 7th, 2012. We'll announce a winner on December 17th. All images submitted to the contest may be used in the future by Adventure Canada, with full image credit to you.  The grand prize winner will receive an Adventure Canada jacket!


Please indicate in your email submission, your name, what trip your joined us on and where the photo was taken.  Thanks everyone! 




Honouring our Adventure Canada Superstars!


canadian geo dinner

Adventure Canada is thrilled the share some exciting news on our Adventure Canada staff.

We have five winners of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in our roster and we couldn't be more proud.  


David Pelly, Lois Suluk-Locke, Johnny Issaluk, Thomas (Anguti) Johnston, Aaju Peter and Josh Qaumariaq are all recent recipients.


The Diamond Jubilee Medal is bestowed upon Canadians to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.


David, Lois and Johnny are all joining our 2013 Out of the Northwest Passage expedition and Anguti joins us on our Heart of the Arctic Expedition. Aaju will host an exceptional 8-day adventure based from Iqaluit, Nunavut. For more details check out our Alianait Arts Festival Adventure.  We are excited to announce Josh's new album release, and his album can be ordered through the  iTunes Store!  We look forward to sailing with him down the road again.


In November, long time team members Ian Tamblyn and Danny Catt were inducted into the fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society! Celebrating onsite with the gents were other Adventure Canada staff, Michelle Valberg, Bill Lishman, Matthew Swan, Jason Edmunds and Cedar Swan. It was a grand evening and we are delighted to commemorate the life long achievements and contributions to the Society of both Ian and Danny.


Ian joins Adventure Canada on our Scotland Slowly and Scotland to Greenland expeditions and Danny onboard our Into the Northwest Passage expedition.


Adventure Canada was again a proud sponsor of the RCGS Gala dinner and contributor to the silent auction. In total the evening raised $110,000 for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and its programs - the most successful Gala evening yet!  Many thanks to all Adventure Canada patrons who came out and supported the Society this year.


The Society's mandate is 'to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world' through its programs including Education, Research, Expeditions and Speaker Series, and the publication of its magazine, Canadian Geographic. Canadian Geographic Education organizes programs to support teachers in the classroom, endeavoring to increase public awareness of the importance of geographic literacy, and manage the Great Canadian Geography Challenge which has had more than two million students to date.


The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is partnering with Adventure Canada on two expeditions in 2013, Scotland to Greenland and Heart of the Arctic. Join us!


If you are interested in further supporting the RCGS please contact the Society at any time and on the Society's website -- RCGS click here!



ben & nuki

Have little ones on your Christmas List?


If you are looking for the perfect gift check out Michelle Valberg's new children's book Ben and Nuki Discover Polar Bears.


A tale of two boys from very different cultures, one from a big city in the south, the other from a remote Arctic village, this children's book chronicles the budding friendship of Ben and Nuki as they learn about polar bears. Ben is surprised to learn there are no roads or highways connecting communities in the north, while Nuki is awestruck when he sees trees for the first time during his visit to the south.


Ben and Nuki embark on several adventures discovering the Arctic landscape, Inuit culture and learn about polar bears. This bookoffers children a unique perspective on what life is like in Canada's Arctic, with stunning photographs portraying the boundless beauty of the north, from its polar bears to the northern lights.


Available on line at:





Michelle joins Adventure Canada in 2013 on our Greenland & Wild Labrador expedition.



A Message for GTA residents from our friend Bill Lishman


Forty years ago my wife Paula and my first home was seized for what was to be Toronto's second airport. However, the airport was cancelled in 1975 so the land remains undeveloped. This past six months Peter Shatalow and I produced this short video, "The Pickering Lands" which reflects the feelings of many residents on what should happen to land in the area. We hope you enjoy and please pass on to those who live in the Toronto Area if you see fit.    


 To watch the video click here!





Nunavut Media Arts Centre: Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut - Building for Dreams



Many travellers over the course of 2012 learned about plans for a media arts centre in Iqaluit. Under the umbrella of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, the prime purpose of the centre will be to help advance Inuit language media production broadcasting in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun. 


The campaign, Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut - Building for Dreams, was launched this past September and aims to raise funds and in-kind donations to complete the construction of the nearly nine million dollar media arts center. For more information on the project and how you can help please visit: www.Building4Dreams.ca





Following the Group of Seven Painters to the Arctic


Canada's most famous painters, the Group of Seven, worked throughout Canada, from sea to sea to sea. Over the past 35 years, we have found about 300 places that inspired their paintings. This past summer we travelled with Adventure Canada to the arctic.


In 1927, A.Y. Jackson and Dr. Frederick Banting spent three months sketching in the far north.Captain John Ross had left his private yacht on Beechey Island in 1850 in case John Franklin and his crew returned. Jackson made three drawings of the wreck of the vessel. We were able to locate the place where this rescue ship had been (see photos). Only a single plank remained on the spot. 


Sue and Jim Waddington           



Adventure Canada Takes Manhattan


AC is front and centre this weekend at the inaugural Polar Film Festival at the Explorers Club in New York City.


No less than nine Adventure Canada regular staffers are involved in the program hosted by Expedition Leader Stefan Kindberg at the esteemed Explorers Club at 46 East 70th Street, New York. 


John Houston, Aaju Peter, Ken McGoogan, Matthew Swan, Ree Brennin, David Reid and Mike Beedell are all involved in the event.  


The Festival, featuring recent films from both the Arctic and Antarctic, runs Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2012.  


A few tickets are still available. If you are in the neighbourhood and would like to attend, contact Matt by clicking here!


Thanks for reading our Newsletter!  
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Clayton Anderson
Adventure Canada 
14 Front St. S.
Mississauga, ON L5H 2C4
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