In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada's Arctic. The ships and crews vanished, prompting a massive search that continues to this day.

In September 2014, an expedition led by Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus. Two years later the wreck of HMS Terror was located. Historical research, Inuit knowledge and the support of many partners made these discoveries possible. Public access to the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site of Canada  is not allowed without a permit from Parks Canada. See Superintendent's Order (under Plan your visit) for details.

Research on the wrecks is ongoing and can be followed on the Expedition web site.

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