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Peel Sound Canada Cruise Port Guide


As cruise ships are not able to dock here you will be tendered ashore.




The waters of Peel Sound run between Somerset and Prince of Wales Islands. The names evoke the European exploration tradition in this area. John Barrow, Second Secretary to the British Admiralty sent explorers in the early 1800s to the farthest reaches of the world, including northern Canada. His most famous explorer was almost certainly John Franklin whose ill-fated expedition in 1845 aboard the Erebus and the Terror ventured into Peel Sound and beyond, but never returned.
Explore this area, which is known for rapidly-moving ice, while keeping a lookout for narwhal and beluga, which feed in Peel Sound during summer.

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Continue down Peel Sound and into Franklin Strait, were you will view Bellot Strait, and if conditions permit, stop to explore the western end of this narrow channel that separates the Boothia Peninsula from somerset Island. The strait was discovered in 1852 and named after the French naval officer who was part of Captain William Kennedy's search for the Franklin expedition.
Bellot Strait is narrow (3-13 km wide and only 48 km long), so narrow in fact that it was missed by explorer John Ross when he passed by the area in 1829. The channel scenery is spectacular with both the north and south shores rising up steeply to almost 750 m in some places.

Shopping and Food

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


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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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.

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