Imagine a unique opportunity where countries all over the world come together to share, to learn, and to explore as a team. Starting March 2007 until March 2009 International Polar Year is a global gathering of nations to explore the North and South Poles.
Many nations have come together to learn more about the people, the land, and the environment of the North and South Poles. Special scientific projects, teaching information for schoolteachers, and government initiatives are all part of International Polar Year.In recognition of the uniqueness of Canada's North, we bring together in this feature many fascinating online resources about the North.
Discover the vast range of natural beauty in Canada's National Parks in the Arctic region. Find out why our marine resources need protection and play a crucial role in the preservation of many endangered species. Explore unique historic sites that unlock the secrets to Canada's past. Learn how the first Aboriginal peoples of the North lived with the land and discover the tales of adventure of early European explorers.
Did you know that 100 years from now, the temperature changes in many of our National Parks may be more than twice the global average? Find out more.
Discover online the many recreational opportunities and natural features of the North. Experience kayaking, bird watching, wilderness hiking and even dogsledding. Discover some of the wildlife that inhabit the Northern parks, from mammals and birds to vegetation and the natural heritage of each area.
Have you ever wondered what the story is behind an endangered species? How climate change has affected the ecosystem of a particular park? Find here the stories of the North described from fascinating points of view.