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Beechey Island Barrow Strait Canada Cruise Port Guide

Location:

You will tendered ashore.

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Sightseeing:

It is the site of several very significant events in the history of Arctic exploration. In 1845, the British explorer Sir John Franklin, commanding a new search for the Northwest Passage aboard HMS Erebus and Terror, chose the protected harbor of Beechey Island for his first winter encampment. The site was not discovered until 1851 when British and American search vessels anchored nearby. They found a large stone cairn, along with the graves of three of Franklin's crew -- Petty Officer John Torrington, Royal Marine Private William Braine, and Able Seaman John Hartnell -- but no written record or indication of where Franklin planned to sail the next season.

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Shopping and Food

It's considered normal to tip 10-15% of a restaurant bill. Tips are also usually given to bellhops, concierges, room cleaners, cab drivers, hairdressers, hotel attendants and, by savvy drinkers, bar staff.

Currency:

Canadian dollar

You will find ATMs in many grocery stores, malls, airports and so on, and most are linked to the international networks, the most common being Cirrus, Plus, Star and Maestro. You can also grab cash from an ATM if you use a major credit card although this method tends to be more expensive because, in addition to a service fee, you'll be charged interest immediately.

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Communication:

In Canada the main languages are English 59.3%, French 23.2% (both official); other 17.5%. Quebec and New Brunswick being the most "French" The rest of the country is English speaking.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Labour Day

First Monday in September; last holiday weekend of summer; honoring working men and women.

Thanksgiving Day

Second Monday in October; celebration of harvest.

Remembrance Day

November 11; Memorial Services are held for those who served their country in the Armed Forces.

Christmas Day

December 25

Boxing Day

December 26

New Year's Day

January 1st; most celebrations occur on the evening of the 31st day of December, as Canadians celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year.

Good Friday

Late March or early April

Easter Sunday

Late March or early April

Victoria Day

Third Monday in May; first holiday of summer, commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria.

Canada Day

July 1, Canada's birthday

New Brunswick Day

First Monday in August; general public holiday

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