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Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

Upping your Antarctic Vocabulary

By: Laurielle Penny
Getting your sea legs on board an Antarctic Expedition Cruise includes learning the right vocabulary for the voyage. Here’s a short primer of the essentials with thanks to our friends at One Ocean Expeditions. Iceberg Vocabulary:A fantastic variety of shapes result from both the formation and deterioration processes of icebergs. Like snowflakes, no two icebergs are exactly the same. But the...

A Small Penguin's Close Encounter with a Big Leopard Seal

By: Ian Shanahan
This story ends well for the penguin. Based on this photo (below, recently taken by Laurielle Penny), however, it looks like things could have been a heck of a lot different. In the foreground is a Chinstrap – a mid-sized penguin of about 10 pounds; in the background is a Leopard Seal – a marine behemoth (up to 1300 pounds) that has a particular affinity for mid-sized penguins like Chi...

Quest will be at the Festival of Birds 2017!

By: Justin Peter
It’s my great pleasure to announce that Quest will be at this year’s Festival of Birds! This event takes place each May at Point Pelee National Park, which is the most southerly point of mainland Canada and rightly considered one of the world’s best locations to watch birds during spring migration. It’s a special year for Festival participants as Parks Canada is availing th...

Monarchs of Mexico: The Highlights

By: Jessica Linton
In February I had the immense pleasure of leading my first Quest tour to the famed overwintering grounds of Monarch butterflies in Mexico. During the tour we visited four of the five butterfly sanctuaries that are open to the public. These sanctuaries are located within the high-altitude pine and fir forests of the Reserva de Biosfera de la Mariposa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve). ...

Laurielle's Big Night Out in Antarctica

By: Laurielle Penny
After an amazing day exploring at Orne Harbour and Neko Harbour along the Antarctic Peninsula, I was ready for a big night out – of camping under the stars in the most beautiful place in the world.Our expedition leaders had explained the previous day how the event would work so we could carefully consider what’s involved. ‘Managing my ballast’ – as Expedition Leader, ...

P.E.I. with Chef Michael Smith

By: Ian Shanahan
Meeting local fishers and farmers is part of the experience when you visit Chef Michael Smith's The Inn at Bay Fortune with us this June. In this short clip from 'Far and Wide', two master chefs do a whirlwind culinary tour of the gentle island to meet the key faces and places that make Chef Michael's P.E.I. kitchen one of a kind. Learn more about our tour of P.E.I. here. Watch it now:...