This map shows North America and the 38% of the land area north of the 56th parallel.
The 253-metre ship Crystal Serenity left Anchorage, Alaska, in mid-August on its way to become the largest ship ever to navigate the Northwest Passage. It will carry more than 1,000 passengers and 600 crew.
The referenced article below highlights a new phenomena - arctic cruises in North America.
The Bank of Canada governors met in Whitehorse, Yukon this week to deliberate on Canada's economic outlook. The Bank Governor, Stephen Poloz, said the Canadian economy would be "very choppy" through the summer. Canadians can look forward to low growth (sub-2%) in the years ahead.