Collaborative study and learning in Canada's polar ocean.

Between 2013 and 2018, Arctic Tern I will be on expedition in the Canadian eastern Arctic, working with our Inuit and other partners to complete a biodiversity assessment of critical and changing Arctic environments.

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CWS Loon (Bilingual)

Canadian Wildlife Service

Environment Canada

Environment Canada

World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Federation

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Tern Financial Group

The Airline of the North

First Air

Canada Goose Arctic Program

Canada Goose Arctic Program

Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

Knox Insurance

Knox Insurance

Fondation Prince Albert II

Fondation Prince Albert II

SOI Foundation

Students on Ice

  • Dramatic Bylot Island

  • Elegant berg in the Davis Strait.

  • Lines ashore, Kullorsuaq Greenland.

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Elegant berg in the Davis Strait.

The Arctic is a deeply essential part of Canada and Canadians. It is embedded in our psyche and character. It illuminates our history, and is a cornerstone of our future. It is a homeland, wilderness, frontier, laboratory, and classroom. It is on the frontlines of global climate change and as a result is a new…

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  • August 19th – Going home…

    We had been with Ocean’s North for a week. We had seen wildlife, gone on hikes and visited many camps where local Inuit hunt during the short Arctic Summer. The days were becoming shorter. Fall was coming. We could feel it in the air. It was now time to head back home. Grant and Sam...

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  • August 9th – 8 on a 47-foot sailboat

    After less than 24 hours to refuel, fill up with water, go grocery shopping and squeeze in a visit at the hospital to resupply our antibiotics, it was time to welcome onboard our next group from Ocean’s North. We hadn’t had time to do laundry or have a shower, nor really prepare to set a...

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  • July 23rd – Puking and catching birds (all in the name of science)…

    After hopping our way along the Greenland coast for a few weeks, we crossed over to Bylot Island to continue our journey in the Canadian Arctic onboard the Arctic Tern. Being on a sailboat, we usually stay away from vertical walls of endless rocky cliffs where we can’t anchor or find shelter… but this is...

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