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Vessels | Victoria, British Columbia to Alaska | Aleutian Islands, Alaska | Little Diomede Island, Alaska | The Yukon, Canada | Sachs Harbor/Ikaahuk, Northwest Territories | Holman/Uluqsaqtuuq, Victoria Island | Coppermine / Kugluktuk, Nunavut | Cambridge Bay/ Ikaluktutiak, Nunavut | Gjoa Haven/ Ursuqtuuq | Spence Bay/Taloyoak, Northwest Territories | Arctic Circle Crossing Initiation | Excursion onto the Ice | Laurier 2000 Photo Album | Saint Lawrence Island Polynya Project 2001 | SLIPP 2001 Photo Album | The Arctic Rose Tragedy
Gjoa Haven/ Ursuqtuuq

Ursuqtuuq means the "place of plenty of blubber", to reflect the once large abundance of seal catch here. Gjoa Haven is located on King William Island, the same island where the Franklin expedition disappeared. It was named after Roald Amundsen's ship the Gjoa when it overwintered there on its way through the Northwest Passage.



An old Hudson's Bay Company boat, now permanently beached. (Photo by A. Balsom)


A Gjoa Haven elder honoring the Nadon, Simon Fraser, and Sir Wilfrid Laurier crews with a traditional drum dance. He is dressed in caribou skins and dances with a skin drum. (Photo by A. Balsom)


Left: Captain Norman Thomas of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier, playing the good sport and attempting a drum dance himself. (Photo by A. Balsom)


A Gjoa Haven elder throat singer accompanying the drum dancers with music. (Photo by A. Balsom)




Strikingly beautiful sled dogs. (Photos by A. Balsom)