One Ocean Expeditions’ Circumnavigation of Canada. By Sea, Air and Rail, 56 Days, Summer 2018

Akademik Ioffe

The Akademik Ioffe offers accommodation for 90 passengers to cruise the Canadian Arctic

Starting and ending in Nova Scotia, One Ocean Expeditions has announced a once in a lifetime “circumnavigation of Canada” by sea, air and land, starting on the Akademik Ioffe on July 24, 2018..

The expedition will begin in Louisbourg NS and will join together all of One Ocean Expeditions’ summer 2018 itineraries, including Labrador and the Torngat Mountains, Baffin Island and Lancaster Sound, Exploration of the High Arctic, Pathways to Franklin, and the iconic Northwest Passage.

The Akademik Ioffe will then disembark her circumnavigation guests in Cambridge Bay, from where they will travel by plane to British Colombia and, after exploring the remarkable City of Vancouver, journey from West to East in style, on board Via Rail Canada’s recently introduced “Prestige” Class sleeper trains. The rail tour portion heads to Banff and Jasper National Park, before crossing the prairies and following the lakes of northern Ontario, through the bustling cebtres of Toronto and Montreal. With extended stops at world-class Fairmont hotels along the way, passengers will arrive back in the embarkation province of Nova Scotia 56 nights after beginning their journey.

The Hudson’s Bay Conpany’s Nascopie offered cruises for 22 passengers in the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s

In some ways, this voyage will resemble those that were offered in the 1930s by the Hudson Bay Company supply ship Nascopie, which set aside 22 of her 150 passenger berths for “official tourists.” They paid $650 for the full 95-day round trip, but were also able to book one-way voyages, Montreal to Churchill, about 40 days, being $300, while the longer return voyage from Churchill to Halifax was $350.

The Nascopie took the annual mail, supplies and personnel for the trading posts, police detachments, missions, hospitals and schools of the Canadian Arctic. She departed Montreal around July 1 and called at trading posts of the eastern Arctic, as well as the Manitoba port of Churchill, which was joined to the Canadian railway system in 1929. Churchill was called at first so the Hudson’s Bay Company could take advantage of the additional cargo capacity made available by the tons of fuel that was burned on the way up from Montreal, which allowed her to load more cargo for the Arctic.

Thanks to the Nascopie and the rail connection at Churchill it was possible to cruise in the footsteps of the early explorers on a trip that took guests to within 800 miles of the North Pole. But the 2018 voyage will offer all of that plus the West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, as well as Canada’s greatest cities. This new adventure, designed exclusively by One Ocean Expeditions, and informed by their extensive experience of these regions, will be a voyage like no other.

Canada Circumnavigation Voyage – July 24 to September 17, 2018


OOE Canada Circumnavigation

One Ocean Expeditions’ Plan For Its Circumnavigation of Canada in 2018

For the first time, guests will have the chance to join the most comprehensive circumnavigation of Canada ever offered. This unparalleled journey visits historic sites along Canada’s East Coast, searches for thrilling polar bear and Arctic wildlife sightings, offers immersive visits to Inuit communities, takes guests through the crisp fresh air of the Rocky Mountains, and into the lively culture of Canada’s metropolises all in one voyage.

⚓ Twin-Private cabin on board the Akademik Ioffe
⚓ World-class accommodation at Fairmont Hotels whilst on land
Travelling on land on Via Rail’s newest ‘Prestige’ Class
Extended stays in Jasper National Park, Toronto & Montreal
56 nights / 57 days
Embark in Louisbourg NS, disembark Halifax NS
Price US$55,000 per person

For further details on this exciting itinerary please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email