The Northwest Passage Trip Log (21 Aug - 13 Sep 2017) - ​Tuesday, Sep 5

Tuesday, September 5
January 2018

This morning, we arrived at a former site of a community near the mouth of the Nakyoktok River on the southern coast of Victoria Island. The abandoned airstrip, deserted Distance Early Warning station and unoccupied buildings were a clear reminder that we had arrived in an uninhabited area. Although, frequented seasonally by Inuit hunters. It is a prime habitat for birds of the high Arctic. Guests had a choice of a zodiac tour along the mouth of the Nayoktok River or a wet landing for a morning hike. Although there was a strong wind, the hike along a rocky outcrop towards an outlook high above the river proved very worthwhile as people passed archaeological sites, late season lichens and blueberries as well as curious Arctic hares. 

Upon returning to ‘Le Boreal,’ there were a variety of programs on offer. An enthusiastic group joined Patricia Silva and Jen Clement to learn more about the art of needle felting. Geologist, Ralph Eshelman, continued to bring Arctic geology to life with his Enrichment lecture covering “Pingos, Permafrost and Patterned Ground: Arctic Landforms.” In the late afternoon, Mike Beedell’s lecture “Wild Rivers Run Through Me,” took his audience on adventure canoe trips down the Coppermine and Nahanni Rivers. What better way to learn about the two Arctic rivers that flow adjacent to the Northwest Passage. As we headed further along the coast of Victoria Island, we now entered Canada’s North West Territory. To encapsulate the day’s experience, it was time for another Expedition Recap starring Brent Houston with his “Tracks and Scat” presentation followed by Ralph Eshelman revisiting the geology of our morning in Nakyoktok River. As the sun set, ‘Le Boreal’ was pressing ahead toward Ulukhaktok or Holman Village, located on the west coast of Victoria Island at the entrance to Prince Albert Sound.

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