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    The Hunt for Investigator
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    Underwater images of HMS Investigator with comments - Multimedia Gallery
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    Parks Canada finds HMS Investigator and discovers three grave sites - Multimedia Gallery
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    Discovery of HMS Investigator - Multimedia Gallery
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    2010 Arctic Surveys - Multimedia Gallery
  • Archeology at Parks Canada
    Archaeology at Parks Canada

Parks Canada 2010 Arctic Surveys

“Investigate with Us!”

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Parks Canada's search for historic shipwrecks and associated land sites on the Web

Parks Canada led two separate Arctic archaeological surveys during the summer of 2010 in search of three vessels associated with the 19th-century pursuit of the North-West Passage: the continuing search for Franklin's HMS Erebus and HMS Terror and a new survey related to HMS Investigator and its associated land sites at Aulavik National Park. Parks Canada has been pleased to share our efforts as we attempt to solve the mystery of these lost ships.

The first days of the project conducted at Aulavik National Park delivered a number of exciting discoveries including the shipwreck of HMS Investigator, the grave sites of three British sailors, and new information on McClure’s Cache site.

Parks Canada is also pleased with the results of the continuing survey in search of Franklin’s vessels, given that a sizeable survey area of 150 square kilometres was searched.

Given the physical and logistical challenges associated with travelling and working in the Arctic, few Canadians experience first-hand the beauty and history of our most northerly places. Parks Canada is pleased to bring this to you through our web content and social media opportunities. Be a part of the search and follow our progress as we continue our attempts at solving the mystery of Franklin’s lost ships, conduct further follow-up work on HMS Investigator and its related sites, such as McClure’s Cache, and learn more about how early Arctic exploration and the search for the North-West Passage shaped the development of our country.

Parks Canada is the proud steward of Aulavik National Park of Canada, one of our most northern and unique protected landscapes, and the designated federal custodian of HMS Erebus and Terror National Historic Site of Canada, two vessels of paramount importance to the Arctic's history.

The search for the North-West Passage has captured public imagination for more than 160 years. Parks Canada invites you to continue following the fascinating work of our archaeologists and learn about the history surrounding this epic part of Canada's past. Visit our site again, as updates will be added as more information comes available.