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The Franklin Expedition

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.

A breakthrough was made in September 2014 when an expedition led by Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus. The Victoria Strait Expedition brought together the Government of Canada and public, private and non-profit organizations. The use of both state-of-the-art technology and 19th-century Inuit oral testimony made this historic discovery possible.

Explore this section to learn about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 Expedition. Follow the ongoing work of Parks Canada and our partners as we explore the wreck of HMS Erebus and continue the search for HMS Terror.

Mission Erebus and Terror 2015: Dive into Canada’s Arctic mysteries

Parks Canada and its partners returned to the Arctic in the summer of 2015 to continue the archaeological excavation of the wreck of HMS Erebus and continue the search for HMS Terror.

Join the team as it unravels the mysteries surrounding the 1845 Franklin Expedition.  

Explore: Photos and Videos

Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Team and partners have recorded every step of the search for Franklin’s lost ships.

Take a look:

• Photo Collection
• Video Collection