Northern People, Northern Knowledge

Creator(s): Canadian Museum of Civilization

The First Canadian Arctic Expedition ranks as one of the boldest undertakings in the history of exploration. Leaving Nome, Alaska, in the summer of 1913, these Canadian explorers mapped most of Arctic Canada. Aided by the Inuit, the scientists travelled by dogsled, creating and correcting maps of the Canadian Arctic. The expedition was practically out of contact with Canadian society for three years, returning in 1916 to a war in Europe they knew nothing about, and with impressive artefacts and geological research which can be found in museums across Canada to this day.

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