Arctic Awe 2023
Rekindling a Sense of Wonder in Canada’s Far North
A 650km, 7-week ski journey in Canada’s High Arctic from Ellesmere Island to Devon Island raising awareness on the benefits of experiencing awe.
Our society lives in a state of overstimulation. We are bombarded with so much information that it has become a full-time job to sift through the noise. As we become more reliant on gadgets and apps, we find ourselves increasingly disconnected from our bodies, our communities, and our surroundings. Our modern lives have cut us off from something important…nature. Periodically, one must disconnect, seek out nature, and surrender to a childlike sense of wonder. We aim to experience and share awe in some of Canada’s most breathtaking topography, teeming with incredible wildlife and rich culture.
This expedition will commence in Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord) on Ellesmere Island and ski south toward Devon Island. The finish depends on ice conditions this year – Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), or Qausuittuq (Resolute) – the uncertainty is part of the package. With climate change now undeniably present, we need to be adaptable and focus on the journey rather than the destination.
UPDATE!!! The ice in Lancaster Sound has not formed very well at all this year. We are rerouting to do a loop of Devon Island's east coast and ice cap - finishing back in Grise Fiord.
If we don’t have awe, wonder, feel passion inside – then what do we have?