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northwest-passage

Overview

Northwest Passage Territorial Trail is not a park in the conventional sense. Located in and around the hamlet of Gjoa Haven on King William Island, it is part of a larger goal to provide an informative tour about the quest by Europeans to find a Northwest Passage and the search for answers concerning the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition that failed to find the passage.

Your Northwest Passage Trail journey begins outside the Heritage Centre. This sign introduces the Nattilik Inuit before their encounter with Amundsen. Enjoy displays on Inuit culture and history during a visit to the Heritage Centre. From the Heritage Centre, walk to the Hamlet Centre to the Northwest Passage sign on the history of the passage, and visit the Amundsen display on the second floor of the Hamlet Centre. Walk along the beach to a rock lined path leading up to the cairn dedicated to Amundsen. At the bottom of the hill, read about the first encounter between Nattilik Inuit and Amundsen and once at the cairn, celebrate Amundsen’s achievements in exploration and the relationships he formed with Inuit at Gjoa Haven.

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