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What it takes to find Franklin: Gear for this summer's Victoria Strait Expedition

Posted by Tyrone Burke in Product reviews on Thursday, October 23, 2014

(Photo: Tyrone Burke)

Seven weeks in the Arctic. Starting out with the ceaseless sunshine and warmish days of early August and concluding with a brutal winter weather setting itself upon a fast darkening Arctic landscape. For these months I would live in a tiny bunkroom for eight in the bow of the 62-foot long Arctic Research Foundation Vessel the Martin Bergmann. Space being limited, I could only take three bags with me, one and a half of which were given over to camera equipment. 

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How to choose the right photo tour for you

Posted by Jessica Finn in Photography on Thursday, October 23, 2014

How do you choose the right photo tour for you? (Photo: Mike Baird/Wikimedia Commons).

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking photos like the pros, or simply want the opportunity to see the sort of things the pros do, a photo vacation may be for you. But before you embark on any phototourism adventure, you’ll want to do some serious research. As a wildlife and photo specialist tour guide in Canada’s subarctic, I’ve seen my share of “unhappy campers”: people who had no idea what they’d signed up for. Here are seven questions to ask yourself and the tour company to ensure the right fit for ...

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The importance of maritime archaeology in Canada

Posted by Joseph Frey in Franklin Expedition on Thursday, October 23, 2014

The remains of Gleaner, a sternwheeler from 1899, lay exposed at low water near Carcross, Yukon. (Photo: John Pollack)

When the HMS Erebus was discovered, the world took notice. And rightly so; we stand to learn much about what happened to Sir John Franklin and his men. But while the 2014 Franklin search made headlines, John Pollack and I assert that Franklin isn't the only stunning shipwreck discovery being investigated in Canada.

Read our story here.

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Yukon vs. Yukon: driving the Klondike highway

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Product reviews on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali in the Yukon territory. (Photo: Aaron Kylie)

I’d like to say the brakes screeched to a halt, but brakes don’t really do that anymore. Instead, as I came upon a black bear about to cross the Klondike Highway in front of me, the anti-lock brake system in the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali sports utility vehicle brought the truck to a quick, shuddering stop. The bear limped across the road — it appeared to have an injured leg — and snuck largely out of sight into the brush on the opposite side of the road.

The encounter occurred about halfway between ...

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Advanced Canadian sonar technology takes crystal-clear pictures of arctic sea floor during the 2014 Franklin search

Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Monday, October 20, 2014

The Arctic Explorer autonomous underwater vehicle, which produces high-resolution sonar images, was successfully tested during this year’s Franklin hunt. (Photo: Nick Walker)


Harsh arctic conditions, such as those that defeated Sir John Franklin, are exactly what David Hopkin needed this summer to test some sophisticated Canadian undersea technology. Hopkin, a scientist with Defence Research and Development Canada, tried out some cutting-edge sonar imaging equipment in Nunavut as part of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition. His experiments met with resounding success.

With more ships going to the North every year, accurate maps are needed for Canada’s mostly uncharted ...

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