Squamish-based One Ocean Expeditions is joining forces with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to research and explore one of the coldest places on earth.
Their work focuses on Canada’s Arctic, a vast area that makes up 40 per cent of the country’s landmass and is home to around 100,000 people.
Together, they will also be promoting education about the Arctic and social and economic development in the local communities.
“We are excited for a new way of looking at the North,” said Andrew Prossin, managing director of One Ocean Expeditions, from his office in downtown Squamish. “We’ll bring a quarter century of experience in supporting these initiatives with some of the world’s most effective vessels and together with the resources of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, create a whole new portal for scientific and educational discovery.
“We’ll also be collaborating on the introduction of a whole new range of innovative educational and adventure travel programs.”
The expedition cruise company operates voyages to the Atlantic Coast, the Antarctic and the Arctic onboard ice-class vessels specifically designed for scientific research and polar exploration with the chance to see wildlife, towering glaciers and snow-covered landscapes by hiking, camping and Zodiac boat excursions while off the main ship.
The partnership means One Ocean Expeditions can draw on the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s scientific and educational work to add to the travel experience with the team of photographers, naturalists, geographers, historians and other explorers.
The alliance also helps equip Canadian Geographic Education’s 18,000 classroom educators with new resources and will support field research by geographers and other specialists.