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Stephen R. Branfman
First Air
Earth Rangers
Canadian Geographic
The Royal Canadian Geographic Society

Arctic “Floe Edge” Expedition 2006


June 15-25, 2006

Thursday, June 15

Group meets in Ottawa, Canada. Students and staff will arrive in Ottawa at different times throughout the morning (some the night before). After settling in and meeting the other participants, we will head to the Museum of Nature’s Natural Heritage Building for lunch, a private tour, and to meet with Dr. Paul Hamilton, a leading Museum climate change scientist. Paul will prepare us for an action research project that we will be carrying out while living at the floe edge.

The Natural Heritage Building

Northern People, Northern Knowledge © CMC WEB PRESENTATION

After leaving the Museum of Nature we will return to Chelsea and stop in the old village for Homemade Ice Cream! Then we'll continue back to SOI Headquarters for a swim and relax time on the Gatineau River.

BBQ Dinner tonight! Following dinner we will have an introductory briefing about the days ahead and meet the education team members. As well, Eric Loring, from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, will give us a presentation about his work in the Arctic. Everyone will have a chance to pack up and get ready to leave first thing in the morning!

Friday, June 16

5:00am - Wake-up!

Showers/swims in the river to start our day!! Breakfast will be from 5:30-6:30 am.
We will depart for the Ottawa Airport at 6:30 am.

First Air9:05am -- Our flight departs for the Arctic! We will be flying with First Air, the number one airline of the North and a generous supporter of the Students on Ice program.

Flight details are as follows:

Date Flight Times
16 JUN OTTAWA - IQALUIT 0905 1215

Pond Inlet from airWe arrive to Pond Inlet, Nunavut at 5:10 pm! Upon arrival we will transfer our luggage to a storage location, and then go off on a walking tour of the village followed by dinner.

After dinner, we'll meet our local guides and staff, make final preparations for our morning departure to the Floe Edge, and then walk down to our "village" camp along the beach.

Saturday, June 17

After breakfast we will begin packing up our gear and the Komatiks (sleds). We will then have a briefing from the Parks Canada warden about our visit to the Sirmilik National Park. KomatikWe will depart Pond Inlet late morning by snowmobile and Komatiks and begin travelling across the sea-ice to the Floe Edge.  It is never a direct journey, as we have to dodge around the open leads in the ice. Upon arrival to the floe edge we will set up camp! Our campsite will model sustainable living, as only a few short weeks after we leave, it will have melted and disappeared without trace and impact!

June 18-23

The next 6 days at our base-camp will be filled with exploring the floe-edge, kayaking, hiking, wildlife sightings, education program activities, learning traditional skills, science activities, learning about Inuit culture, camping and expedition skills, and much more. We may encounter whales surfacing and blowing near the Floe Edge. We may encounter some Inuit hunters out looking for seals. Everyday will be filled with adventure and learning!

Friday, June 23

This afternoon we will pack up our camp and begin our return trip by Komatiks to Pond Inlet. Our dinner and accommodation this evening will be in Pond Inlet.

Saturday, June 24

This morning we will have some time to visit the Pond Inlet Cultural Centre before we have to say farewell to the North and some of our new friends and begin our journey south! Here are our flight details:

Dates Flight Times
24 JUN IQALUIT - OTTAWA 1930 2235

Upon our arrival in Ottawa at 10:35pm, we will return to SOI headquarters for the evening.

Sunday, June 25

After breakfast this morning the remaining members of our group will be escorted to their connecting flights, trains, buses or picked up by family members at SOI headquarters to complete the final legs of their respective journeys home.


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