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The The New Northwest Passage: A Voyage to the Front Line of Climate Change Paperback – International Edition, October 4, 2012

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"Lots of people dream of quitting the rat-race, buying a boat and sailing away to the Caribbean or the South Pacific. But few do the first two and then embark on a voyage through the Northwest Passage. Hats off to Cameron Dueck: he acted, made good, and now he's written a compelling book about it." Ken McGoogan, author of The Fatal Passage Quartet "In an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones, Cameron Dueck sets out to find the 'Arctic Grail.'" - Michael Byers, author of Who Owns the Arctic? "The book is an engrossing string of vignettes about life in the real Arctic, not the Arctic of tourism brochures and adventurers' tales. Dueck has a faithful and sympathetic ear for the people of the Arctic and how their lives are changing." - Clive Tesar, World Wildlife Fund "Cameron Dueck's account of this journey makes a wonderful read - exciting, amusing, and above all, interesting." - E.C. Pielou, author of A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic ??The New Northwest Passage nicely captures the joys and pitfalls of an Arctic journey.? - Kenza Moller, Canadian Geographic ?In the hands of a good writer like Dueck, the story of the trip is engaging and hard to put down.? ? Jim Blanchard, The Winnipeg Free Press ??Dueck presents an important portrait of a people and place in flux.? - David Leonard, Quill & Quire

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In the summer of 2009 Cameron Dueck and the rest of the crew of the Silent Sound completed a journey made by fewer people than have climbed Mt. Everest; they sailed through the infamous Northwest Passage. These waters are normally locked in ice, but due to climate change it is now possible to sail here for a few short weeks each summer. Their voyage from Victoria to Halifax carried them through raging storms and mechanical breakdowns and took them into sea ice that threatened to crush their hull. But more importantly it brought them face to face with modern Arctic life in tiny, isolated Inuit communities where the challenge of climate change is added to the already crushing load of social and economic woes. Each person they met along the way added their story to the colourful tale of life in the Arctic; a unique place where the cli¬mate change experience is affected by the critical and ongoing debates over sovereignty, resources and cultural assimilation.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Great Plains Publications; with colour photos edition (October 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926531361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926531366
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,832,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just completed reading the New Northwest Passage given to me at Christmas by an elderly aunt who said, "I thought you'd have something in common with this guy". She was dead on.

My wife and I lived aboard our sailboat in Victoria,BC, during the author's trip preparations. I did hear about Silent Sound, but sadly we never crossed paths. I have been a sailor for over four decades and relate to many aspects of the joys and challenges of extended cruising, in unknown waters, sometimes with novices. Also, I have spent many years now travelling to the NWT, Yukon, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Labrador working with the Inuit in areas of mental health and social development. As is the case with many authors who I read, I was prepared to disagree with Dueck's insights about the Inuit people, as many non-aboriginals just don't "get them". But I found myself nodding and smiling at his assessments of life up North, and the generous character of the people. Over the years I may have had the chance to meet more healthy leaders, Elders, and youth than he did, and so I am more optimistic about their future. Nevertheless, I felt the author presented a fair and honest portrait of these remarkable people and their territory, and was really fortunate to have experienced the depth of their hospitality, and to share it with us in a compelling read.
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The book, The New Northwest Passage by Cameron Dueck, was well written and described the shortfalls and strengths of his boat, the stress during times of worry with fog, ice and rough weather, as well as the happy encounters with the native people, the beautiful northern lights and the whole adventure of being in a less traveled landscape. I learned things I didn't know but I have not really changed my mind to thinking man is the main cause of the warming trend. Obviously there have been other times of climate change throughout the ages. I also had not realized that Canada played such a large part of the Northwest's Passage history. At any rate the adventure of reading the book was rewarding.
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I loved reading "The New Northwest Passage". At first I hesitated to read about a sailing adventure and about the Arctic, two topics I knew nothing about. I had read some books on climate change though. But once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. I especially appreciated all the research Cameron Dueck had done on the history and the background of customs and lifestyles of the people he and his crew had visited on this voyage. "The New Northwest Passage" is very educational about an area of North America that most of us will never see and most of us hardly ever hear about. Cameron Dueck's passion for sailing, for the outdoors and for adventure just jumps at you from the page. His writing style is beautiful and easy to read, even for someone who isn't familiar with the topics and is an ETL (English as Third Language).
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If you are an armchair adventurer as I am, you might find this record of a dangerous journey to be just the thing. There is a film, which I had seen first, of this same journey and so whilst reading I had these wonderful pictures playing in my mind - pristine landscapes, mournfully isolated villages, joyfully hospitable people.
The author manages to convey the risks well enough for me to think that the crew were all quite MAD, in the British sense of the word. But then, if it weren't for those who are willing to set out from the shore, we'd all know a lot less about our world, wouldn't we?
Although my family and I leave a rather small footprint, I wouldn't call myself an environmentalist. However, the author helps make the connection between climate change and survival for those who live in the remote communities of Canada's far north. Having grown up on the Canadian prairies one might not think I had anything in common with those living in Sachs Harbour or Tuktoyaktuk, but I found there was a similarity in the kind of hospitality the author spoke of, the simple "you're welcome to come to our house and do your laundry" sort of hospitality, and of course, the connection to the land for one's survival. Weather is everything for people who farm or people who depend on hunting/fishing for their survival. I wanted to meet those people and share a meal together - although perhaps not a meal of Beluga whale and caribou kidney. I could "feel" what it would be like to sit around the table and hear their stories.
What I found most surprising and fascinating is the way the author conveyed the realities of life on the Silent Sound during those months. This was also one of the reason why I am so thankful that I could enjoy this adventure vicariously.
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