Protecting the NW passage has become a burning issue in Canada. The global warming has resulted in the ice melting and the crust becoming thinner. This has posed security problems as earlier this area was covered by ice and not easily reachable. Thus protecting the NW passage has become critical for national security. Recently John Harper the Prime Minister has already stood ground against the USA regarding the NW passage.
The stakes are high and Canada needs to establish a firm sovereignity over the NW passage. It is about control of the polar archipelago consisting of over 20000 islands. During most of the times in the year, the islands are fused together by the ice making it a 3000 km wide landmass with a length of 900 km.
The recent meltdown offers a unique opportunity for Canada. The NW passage might become navigable and hence, decrease sea distance between Asia and America. Increasing sea temperature will also offer fishing opportunities, but the dangers of drugs and weapons coming from the unmonitored route is potentially a high risk. Protection of the passage for environmental reasons is also very important and we need to lead the way in this.
Notable cruise ship tourism arrives in Canada with the opening of the Northwest Passage. While regular tourism is an enormous source of profit for the Canadian government, cruise ship tourism arrives with a specific set of customers, customers who tend to live large and spend big.
Cruise ships in the Northwest Passage have had an easier time with the increasing snow-melt due to environmental factors, and now is the time of year when they start pouring through. This passage is known for its incredible displays of natural beauty, with fjords and glaciers offering views that are unique to this part of the world. These breathtaking landscapes often include the rare polar bear and Arctic seal, animals that most people will only ever see in zoo’s or on television. Eager to take advantage of those visitors from these voyages, Canadian businesses have been busy building up their advertising and merchandise, as they fight to see which landlubber can be attracted the most to these seafaring adventurers.
Canada has seen an increase in this type of tourist lately, with cruises in this part of the word being selected for their beautiful vistas, even if it is freezing out.