Bird Banding at Cape Graham Moore

It was an early morning start, as usual. But this morning was particularly exciting: we had good weather to head to shore at Cape Graham Moore, Bylot Island. Our mission was to band twenty thick-billed murres (Uria lomvia). But before we could achieve the day’s goal, we first had to find a good landing spot…

Following the Orcas!

Following the orcas… Once we got to Pond Inlet and managed to get our film crew back on board (they come with a lot of gear!), as well as the refueling/groceries done and the boat all ready, we waited to hear from the orcas… In fact, earlier in the month, a scientific team managed to…

Pourquoi sommes-nous ici?

Les voiliers ne passent pas par hasard dans les regions arctiques. Plusieurs raisons peuvent nous conduire par ici : faire du charter avec des touristes, tenter un passage du Nord-Ouest, mener des projets de recherche ou juste aimer particulièrement naviguer dans ces eaux essaysdigital.com polaires. Cela prend du temps et des moyens de préparer un…

Larguez les amarres!

Une expédition en voilier a toujours une date de départ… le jour où on est supposé être prêt et où on largue les amarres. On pense à l’avance à ce jour, se demandant ce qu’on va ressentir, quitter Gananoque, le port, penser à chaque mile que nous allons naviguer jusqu’à notre retour. Cette année, nous…

Anchors aweigh!

A sailing expedition always has an ETD, an estimated time of departure. The day the adventure begins. The day you cast lines and leave terra firma for the open seas. We were well ready, precisely on schedule, when that day arrived in Gananoque, Ontario. We sailed safely and quickly to Québec City. But then, as…

Skippers Log: The Challenges & Beauty of Sea Ice

For polar sailors sea ice is one thing that draws us to these latitudes, but it is also something that constantly occupies a mariners mind – ice is solid, and unlike land it moves position, you can’t always see it on the radar, and a certain ill-fated large ship always comes to mind (think Di…

We forgot to tell the whales ..

So, the first plan was simple. We’d been in Milne Inlet awaiting (and hoping for) the arrival of Orcas that will be the subject of the Wild Canada film-makers aboard Arctic Tern I, but had run short on provisions. So, we decided to spend a quick two days in Pond Inlet for refueling, groceries, repairing, cleaning,…

Narwhal, finally!

After communicating with all the summer camps in Milne Inlet, scoping from the top of Bruce Head hill, scanning from the drifting boat for several days, we finally found big ponds of narwhals in Tremblay Sound today! What a tough-to-spot animal: you can barely see the spout at the surface, the skin is more or less grey and the…