Three Decades in the Making
Founded in 1987, Adventure Canada was created to bring travellers to Canada's "blank spaces", those areas whose remoteness alone made them special. Over the last thirty years we have discovered that there is so much that is extraordinary about the places we travel, from the landscape, wildlife and culture to the history, art and archeology that is unique to every destination. It is our belief that there is so much to see beyond the binoculars that drives us to delve deeper into our favourite places with every expedition and continually seek out new destinations. Over the last several years our Voyages of Discovery have become increasingly popular, taking us to polar opposites in the Canadian Arctic and the Antarctic, Greenland and Labrador, and exploring the east coast wonders of Newfoundland and Sable Island.
We travel by small expedition ship, the best suited mode of transportation for remote exploration. The number of passengers on our voyages varies between 20 and 198, depending on the ship we choose. We believe that these small vessels are superior, as they not only allow us to gain access to places not accessible by larger vessels, but our fleet of Zodiac landing craft permit us to visit some of the most remote places imaginable—the key to expeditionary travel. It is our desire to bring to you a top-notch team of resource and expeditionary staff. We regularly travel with resource teams of 20 or more on a 198-passenger ship, meaning you get more time and personal interaction with the specialists. This also allows us to cover a wider range of subjects, which makes for a more complete understanding of the areas we travel through.
In addition to our voyages each year, we offer a series of specialized departures that focus on the art and culture or the natural history and photography of an area. These programs are specifically crafted to allow time for in-depth exploration and discovery with the guides selected for each. We hope to see you in these "blank spaces" as we travel Canada and increasingly, the world, looking beyond the binoculars whenever we can.
What makes Adventure Canada special?
1. Small Ship — Big Adventure
Small ships can navigate narrow rivers, secluded coves, and ice-strewn fjords with ease—the places where wildlife thrives and local culture is at its best. A small ship means a small onboard community of likeminded travellers, and our legendary, informal shipboard programming encourages lively exchanges and fun.
2. Local Culture — the Heart of Adventure
We build our expedition team around the knowledge and experience of a team of culturalists, many of whom call the regions to which we travel their homes. With their guidance, we gain locals’ perspective while giving back to communities.
3. Regional Experts — A World-Class Team
Our onboard staff are flown in specially for each expedition. This means that your expedition team is composed of specialists who are excited to be there as you are! Celebrated artists and field-leading scientists are all at home aboard the ship—with Adventure Canada you’re not a passenger, you’re one of the team.
4. Giving Back — Shaping the Future
We embrace and encourage traditional knowledge and future innovation, fostering a new generation of polar stewards through work with organizations like Students on Ice, the Inuit Heritage Trust, and Project North, and the Explorers Club. Our Discovery Fund strengthens environmental, cultural, and sustainable initiatives in the regions to which we travel.
5. Working With the Best
Our award-winning expeditions are enhanced by outstanding partnerships with organizations like Parks Canada, WWF-Canada, and Nikon Canada. Through our partners, we have unprecedented access to our country’s most remote places, aided by their expert interpreters and complimented with industry-leading photographic equipment.
6. Family-Owned and Operated — For Thirty Years!
Adventure Canada always has been and always will be a family operation and a close-knit team. Now in our second generation of management, we still abide by the strictures established by our founder, Matthew Swan. We believe in the transformative power of nature, and fostering a sense of fun and wonder. We value meaningful cultural exchange. And we put quality above quantity—always.