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Peter Mansbridge joins the search for Franklin

Peter with the crew of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

By Peter Mansbridge

So why should David Common have all the fun?

He's been in the Arctic covering the search for the Franklin ships for a couple of weeks now, and doing a great job.  Well move over David!

This weekend I'm flying up to spend a few days prepping a two night extended look at the search, from why it's happening to what it's accomplished and why we should care.

These broadcasts will air next Monday and Tuesday nights on the National.

After Wednesday's National, I caught the redeye overnight flight to Edmonton, got on an early morning flight to Yellowknife and then Cambridge Bay from where it's a Twin Otter to a remote beach and then a Coast Guard chopper onto the ice breaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Anyone who knows me knows I love the north and spend a good chunk of time in it, both professionally and personally. And I love this Franklin story.

Chatting with the crew.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm in it beyond just covering it. I'm a member of the Canadian Arctic Research Foundation which is one of the private partners in the search, as well as a promoting body for sustainable arctic development, which includes monitoring climate change to helping arctic communities deal with the challenges of a new century.

But this weekend is all about journalism and I'm excited about the places I'll be going to and the dedicated researchers, scientists and northern residents I'll be meeting to help tell the story.

I'm particularly excited about a planned visit to the Inuit community of Gjoa Haven on King William Island tomorrow night where I hear quite an evening is planned.

The next few days will be hectic but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

I'm often asked, "Where is the most interesting place you've been?"

My answer surprises many because they know I've been all over the world for the CBC and that I've been lucky enough to have seen some incredible things.

But my answer is always the same,"Canada's Arctic - there's no place like it."