Things to do
Visit the Nattilik Heritage Centre in Gjoa Haven, the community closest to the national historic site, and learn about Inuit culture on King William Island and how Inuit knowledge contributed to the discoveries of the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Take part in a community event, such as the annual Umiyaqtutt Festival which celebrates Inuit culture and the role of Inuit knowledge in the discoveries and ongoing understanding of the Franklin Expedition story. Take a short walk around Gjoa Haven’s iconic harbour and visit the plaque and cairn dedicated to Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who sheltered for two winters here aboard his vessel, Gjøa, on his way through the Northwest Passage in 1903.
The shipwrecks themselves are not yet publicly accessible as the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site is currently in the process of developing site visit guidelines. See Superintendent's Order for details.