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Notes from the Field: Justin's Scouting Trip to Borneo

By: Justin Peter
Last August, I had the distinct privilege of travelling to Borneo on a recce tour. Borneo isn’t completely unknown to our community of Quest travellers. Besides being famous as the home of the Bornean Orangutan, the island is renowned as a hotbed of biodiversity since the days of 19th Century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace: a contemporary of Charles Darwin and fellow proponent of the theo...

Newfoundland History 101

By: Ann Kirkland
[We invite you to join us for a literary adventure very close to Ann’s heart: In Search of the Newfoundland Soul, in August 2017. What’s in store for you in Newfoundland? Read on to find out!]What do you think of when you think of Newfoundland? Because of the musical Come From Away, a current smash on Broadway after a wildly successful run in Canada, you may heard something about the ...

See History, Live History: Two very special hotels on our Siena & Florence tour this fall

By: Ian Shanahan
As we look forward to our Siena & Florence tour with Michael Treschow this October, we thought we'd share the two medieval hotels featured in our itinerary:Albergo Alma Domus, SienaWe decided that if you’re going to stay in Siena, it’s best to be right in the historic centre amid the Medieval buildings. We then decided to do one better and put you up in a Medieval building. Not man...

Will you support our Justin Peter in the Great Canadian Birdathon?

By: Laurielle Penny
There are many organizations working steadfastly towards conservation goals and that rely on our support for their continued work. Bird Studies Canada – Canada's premiere bird science and conservation organization – promotes the Great Canadian Birdathon annually as fundraising event. I’m proud to announce that our very own Justin Peter (Director of Programs of Quest Nature Tours)...

Professor Christoph Richter and the Great Whales

By: Ian Shanahan
Humpback and Sperm Whales are two of the largest whales found in the waters around Antarctica. They are also two species with which Christoph Richter is intimately familiar on both personal and scientific levels. Professor Richter will be joining us as an onboard study leader next February on our exclusive chartered expedition to the Antarctic Circle and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Now bas...

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...