Epic voyage planned for Canada's 150th anniversary
Trip to start in Toronto and finish in Victoria after transiting Northwest Passage
Canada's three oceans will be the centrepiece of an epic 150-day voyage to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
The Students on Ice Foundation is planning to take an icebreaker on trip that will begin in Toronto and end up in Victoria next summer, transiting the Northwest Passage on the way.
"It's never been done before," said Geoff Green, the foundation's president.
"It just seemed like a perfect thing to do to celebrate Canada's 150th."
Thirty spots will also be reserved for everyday Canadians, who can apply starting in January.
"The goal is to have enough diversity that everybody will be able to see themselves in some member of the expedition team, including newcomers," said Green.
Most of the funding is coming from the Canada 150 Fund, which is also supporting initiatives such as Reconciliation Canada's Reconciliation in Action program and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Canada Mosaic. Additional money is coming from private sponsors and philanthropists.
"It's very much a voyage of reconciliation, as well as celebration and giving space and time for that story to be shared, and try to build some greater understanding and connection between the peoples of Canada, and what reconciliation really means," he said.
The trip sets sail from Toronto on June 1, 2017, is expected to arrive in Victoria 150 days later, on Oct. 28.