2023 Best of the Western Arctic

Possible Excursions

COBURG ISLAND A well-known nesting ground, Coburg Island is a wildlife reserve with a diverse avian community. Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres), black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars and black guillemots dominate the cliffs here, while it’s also possible to spot greater snow geese, snowy owls, peregrine falcons and gyrfalcons. CROKER BAY On the south coast of Devon Island is Croker Bay. A glacier here actively calves off chunks of ice, creating a birthplace for icebergs. The bay was a popular stop during the 1800s, when a path to the Pacific (the Northwest Passage) was at the forefront of Arctic exploration.

When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team must consider the sea, ice and weather to guide the route and itinerary details. The following sites are a sample of what you may experience on your expedition, whether by ship, Zodiac cruise, or shore landing. Canada BEECHEY ISLAND Named after Frederick William Beechey, an explorer with the Royal Navy, this is one of Canada’s most important Arctic sites and has been deemed a Canadian National Historic Site. During the Franklin expedition of 1845–46, two of Franklin’s ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, anchored here with perilous results. Three of Franklin’s crew died here and are buried at marked gravesites.

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