Most of the Arctic
adventure trips available give you less than the intimate up close
contact with the Arctic that our trip will provide.
The small cruise ship offerings give you a few hours each day
ashore. Much of the nature watching takes place from the deck of
the ship. That type of experience is better than a walk in the
park back home, but it is not the best Arctic Nature Adventure you can
have. Your chances of seeing a narwhal, even in the distance are
Many other land tours take you to
locations closer to developed area, where the wildlife and the
surrounding countryside is less pristine. Other Arctic tours take
you in the winter or spring when travel is over rugged ice, using
sleds. The sled trips will put you close to wild animals and
nature, but at an extremely cold time of the year. The weather
for the floe edge trips can be really intense dropping to -20 degrees
or lower and with 20 to 40 mile an hour winds not unusual.
type of Arctic trip, closest to our trip, but vastly
different, is the Arctic trek. Usually done in July, August
or September these trips require you to hike to the destination.
That puts you in close contact with the countryside. Sometimes
too close. In the summer there are many streams and patches of
flowing water to cross. When traveling on foot you will be
splashing or wading through this ice cold water. Plus hiking
limits just where you can get to in the time available. By
traveling to our base camp over the water using a motor boat we can
reach the best location for our nature viewing in a very short
time. You cannot hike to our location from any regular airfield.
Last year the researchers whose camp is just a half kilometer from our
campsite were weather bound for about 4 days, because of low cloud
cover. We were able to safely travel by our boat back to Pond
Inlet, but the researchers ended up missing their flights. I'm
pretty well convinced the boat is the very best transportation for our
purposes on this trip.
Curious why Baja Jones is going to Canada? The truth is
Baja Jones Adventures was founded by Keith Jones who has always been an
adventurer obsessed by his interest in marine wildlife. This
obsession led him first to Baja, Mexico and to the operation of an
adventure travel service designed to bring people up close and personal
with marine mammals. Our Gray Whale trips are non-stop from
January through the end of March. Keith is on the water with the
gray whales and tour groups nearly every day during this time.
Once the Gray whales leave Baja, Keith goes off in search of other "up
close and personal" marine mammal encounters. This is his life
and this is why you will find Baja Jones in Canada, South America, Asia
and wherever there are whales.