In the eighteenth century, a great many explorers criss-crossed Canada in search of new lands and passageways. The Maritime Museum of British Columbia conjures up the exciting story of these explorers.

Which explorer has both a city and an island in Canada named after him?
In the eighteenth century, a great many explorers criss-crossed Canada in search of new lands and passageways. The Maritime Museum of British Columbia conjures up the exciting story of these explorers.

Which explorer has both a city and an island in Canada named after him?

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Captain George Vancouver 1758-1798

Maritime Museum of British Columbia

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English navigator and explorer who began his career in the Royal Navy, serving under Cook on his second and third voyages. In 1791 he was appointed to command an expedition of discovery of the northwest coast of America, setting sail in the Discovery and the Chatham. He reached the Strait of Juan de Fuca in May of 1792. After surveying this area he moved on to Puget Sound where he made extensive surveys. This area is named after Lieutenant Peter Puget of the Discovery. Sailing north Vancouver discovered that Vancouver Island was actually separated from the mainland, and that the body of water they were sailing in did not lead to a northwest passage. In the area of Point Grey and Burrard Inlet Vancouver met with Valdes and Galiano, and they proceeded together sailing northward as far as Queen Charlotte Sound. Vancouver then sailed down the west coast of the island to accept secession documents from the Spanish who had occupied the territory since 1789. Vancouver is credited with completing the circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. His accomplishments are remembered in the naming of Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver.
English navigator and explorer who began his career in the Royal Navy, serving under Cook on his second and third voyages. In 1791 he was appointed to command an expedition of discovery of the northwest coast of America, setting sail in the Discovery and the Chatham. He reached the Strait of Juan de Fuca in May of 1792. After surveying this area he moved on to Puget Sound where he made extensive surveys. This area is named after Lieutenant Peter Puget of the Discovery. Sailing north Vancouver discovered that Vancouver Island was actually separated from the mainland, and that the body of water they were sailing in did not lead to a northwest passage. In the area of Point Grey and Burrard Inlet Vancouver met with Valdes and Galiano, and they proceeded together sailing northward as far as Queen Charlotte Sound. Vancouver then sailed down the west coast of the island to accept secession documents from the Spanish who had occupied the territory since 1789. Vancouver is credited with completing the circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. His accomplishments are remembered in the naming of Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver.

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This explorer has both a city and an island in Canada named after him:

1. Caption James Cook
2. Jean-Francois La Pérouse
3. Captain Georges Vancouver
This explorer has both a city and an island in Canada named after him:

1. Caption James Cook
2. Jean-Francois La Pérouse
3. Captain Georges Vancouver

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The Prince of Wales Heritage Interpretation Centre highlights the ingenuity of Northern peoples. Excavations at a site where they fished for beluga have revealed a number of objects including this old lamp.

What is this Aboriginal lamp called?
The Prince of Wales Heritage Interpretation Centre highlights the ingenuity of Northern peoples. Excavations at a site where they fished for beluga have revealed a number of objects including this old lamp.

What is this Aboriginal lamp called?

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Joseph Idlouk examines a very old qulliq or seal-oil lamp found on rocks along shore.

The Prince of Wales Heritage Interpretation Centre

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In 1972, a stone lamp was collected at Kuupuk, a beluga whale hunting site on Richards Island, near the community of Tuktoyaktuk in the Mackenzie Delta, NWT. The site was occupied appoximately 400 to 500 years ago by the early Inuvialuit/ Mackenzie Inuit. A qulliq was used for cooking, heating and lighting.
In 1972, a stone lamp was collected at Kuupuk, a beluga whale hunting site on Richards Island, near the community of Tuktoyaktuk in the Mackenzie Delta, NWT. The site was occupied appoximately 400 to 500 years ago by the early Inuvialuit/ Mackenzie Inuit. A qulliq was used for cooking, heating and lighting.

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This Aboriginal lamp is called:

1. Qulliq or Kudlik
2. Hurricane lantern
3. Kerosene lamp
This Aboriginal lamp is called:

1. Qulliq or Kudlik
2. Hurricane lantern
3. Kerosene lamp

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The Inuit of the Arctic built a hide vessel that was ingeniously designed for hunting marine mammals, waterfowl and caribou. The Inuit Heritage Centre has a number of these vessels on display.

What is the name of the Aboriginal boat displayed at the Inuit Heritage Centre?
The Inuit of the Arctic built a hide vessel that was ingeniously designed for hunting marine mammals, waterfowl and caribou. The Inuit Heritage Centre has a number of these vessels on display.

What is the name of the Aboriginal boat displayed at the Inuit Heritage Centre?

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Cleaning a caribou skin

The Inuit Heritage Centre

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Ladies beaded amautiq

The Inuit Heritage Centre

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Iglu exhibit with a mannequin of a small girl and other items inside.

The Inuit Heritage Centre


© The Inuit Heritage Centre


Caribou skin kayaks

The Inuit Heritage Centre

© The Inuit Heritage Centre


Clarence Tillenius, from Winnipeg, painted this fall caribou crossing diorama with instruction from the elders

The Inuit Heritage Centre

© The Inuit Heritage Centre


This Aboriginal boat is a:

1. Kayak
2. Canoe
3. Catamaran
This Aboriginal boat is a:

1. Kayak
2. Canoe
3. Catamaran

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Maritime Museum of British Columbia
This explorer has both a city and an island in Canada named after him:
3. Captain Georges Vancouver

The Prince of Wales Heritage Interpretation Centre
This Aboriginal lamp is called:
1. Qulliq or Kudlik

The Inuit Heritage Centre Question
This Aboriginal boat is a:
1. Kayak
Maritime Museum of British Columbia
This explorer has both a city and an island in Canada named after him:
3. Captain Georges Vancouver

The Prince of Wales Heritage Interpretation Centre
This Aboriginal lamp is called:
1. Qulliq or Kudlik

The Inuit Heritage Centre Question
This Aboriginal boat is a:
1. Kayak

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Relate intriguing facts about western and northern Canada
  • Increase their interest in Canadian history and culture
  • Gain an appreciation for the variety of museums in Canada

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