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Welcome aboard Christine's Canadian adventure tour!

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"EXPERIENCE CANADA THE WAY IT WAS MENT TO BE..." Welcome aboard Christine's Canadian adventure tour! Our tour begins in the capital city of the Yukon Territory: Whitehorse. Once leaving Whitehorse on our tour, we will be visiting the four extremities of Canada, the area of highest elevation, paddling the longest river, fishing in the largest lake, discovering the largest island and ending up flying over the geographical center of Canada. Once in these areas, we will be educated of the physical regions, of the people and of the history of our destinations. Hold on to your seats, we are about to take off on an exploration of the most beautiful country in the world! Day 1 Our first destination: Mt. Logan in the Yukon Territory. We will be departing by bus from Whitehorse taking the Alaska Highway to Kluane Lake. From there we will meet our helicopter that will take us to the Quinto Sella Glacier at an elevation of 10,000ft. We will be standing next to Mt. Logan the Westernmost point in Canada as well as its highest mountain with an elevation of approximately 5,959m or 19,551ft. Mt. Logan is geographically located in the Territorial North of Canada or more specifically in the Cordillera, where you will find the most spectacular and varied topography in the country. Mt. Logan exactly located at 140�23'W, 60�34'N is part of the St-Elias Mountain Range situated on the Alaskan-Yukon border. Due to geological movement within the earth, the mountain is actually growing and getting higher. The base of Mt. Logan covers more than any other massif, making it one of the largest mountains in the world. It has many cliff faces over 10,000ft which rise to an immense ten-mile summit crest of high peaks and saddles. Glaciers break off from the summit spilling into nearby valleys partially caused by the fact that Mt. Logan happens to be located in one of the most tectonically active areas in Canada. ...read more.

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On our walk from the ice fields to the base of Mount Barbeau, we will pass the ocean coastline which has been engraved by glacial valleys and fiords. As we travel south east of the mountain (back to our starting point), we will explore the regions of the largest lake north of the Artic Circle, Lake Hazen, with a surface area of 542km2. Quittinirpaaq is a polar desert, with an annual precipitation of only 6cm, one of the driest areas in the northern hemisphere. This combined with its cold climate, makes the area virtually inhabited by humans. The nearest inhabited areas are Alert, Eureka and Resolute Bay, Nunavut, which are located east and south of the park. The total area population is a mere few hundred Inuit. The main habitants of the area are the Arctic wolves, musk ox, the Peary caribou and the Arctic hares. Back at the Park headquarters we will be spectators to a film documenting the areas history. We will learn that the Ellesmere Island National Reserve was established on September 16, 1988 when the government set aside 37,775 sq.km of northern Ellesmere Island for the creation of the National Park. The park has the most peaceful views and sites of Canada's northerly land which protects a representative part of the Eastern High Arctic Glacier Natural Region. The signing of an agreement between the Inuit of the Nunavut settlement Area and the Queen in right of Canada, now allows Parks Canada to co-manage the Park with the Inuit settlement and work together in exploring and discovering new areas of the National Park. To learn more, you will have to join us on our explorations because we are off to our fifth destination... Back on our Twin Otter plane we make it back to Resolute Bay where we will camp for the night at South Camp Inn, "...on oasis in the Arctic...". ...read more.

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Day 12 On our last day of the tour, we make our way back to Whitehorse by plane, but not before showing our tourists our final region of the tour: the geographical center of Canada... From the airport in Windsor, Ontario, we will be making our way back to Whitehorse by a scenic tour of the Canadian Shield and the Hudson Bay Lowlands. Leaving Windsor, we will fly over the Great Lakes composed of the largest lakes in North America located on the Canadian-American border. Past the Great lakes we will view the vast regions of the Canadian Shield, the Hudson Bay Lowlands and be able to sea parts of the Hudson Bay. The Canadian Shield is the largest physiographic region in Canada. This area formed over 3 billion years ago by solidified molten rock, is composed of rugged rolling uplands with drumlins, eskers and depositional landforms. In the Labrador, on Baffin Island and on the shorelines of the Hudson Bay is where you will find the highest and the lowest elevation of the regions, as well as the most scenic and rugged landforms of the Canadian Shield. Passing northerly over the flat prairie lands of Manitoba we will be flying over the Territory of Nunavut where just south of Yathkyed Lake, at exactly 62�24'N, 96�28'W we will pass over the geographical center of Canada. Where the northernmost, westernmost, southernmost and easternmost parts of Canada meet is completely inhabited by man. The nearest centers to the geographical point are Arviat and Whale Cove on the coastline of the Hudson Bay. Winding down and relaxing, we will now fly westerly over some of our previous destination before landing back in Whitehorse. As everybody grabs there luggage and makes there way back home we wave good-bye to the new friends we made on the tour and think back that we have just experienced, discovered, viewed the most beautiful and scenic parts of Canada and quite possibly the most beautiful in the world! Hope to see you soon... ...read more.

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