01 Jul 2022 | Arctic History

How Leif Erikson Found the New World

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We now know that Christopher Columbus was not the first person to reach the New World. It certainly wasn’t a ‘new world’ to the people who lived there for millennia or even new to Europeans with evidence of Norse exploration and trade long before Columbus.  Leif Erikson, a Norse (Norwegian) explorer, would land on Baffin Island […]

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05 May 2022 | Arctic History

How Iqaluit Helped in World War II

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The Iqaluit Airport is more than the gateway to much of the Canadian Arctic, it has a long history that includes having a role in one of world’s largest events. This dynamic city formed on the banks of the Sylvia Grinnell River became a permanent settlement in an effort to support the Allies and fight […]

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13 Apr 2022 | Arctic History

The Remarkable Expedition of Shackleton and his Crew


The story of Sir Ernest Shackleton is a truly remarkable example of human endurance and the will to survive. An attempt to be the first humans to cross Antarctica would soon become a test of their spirit and a series of unfortunate events. After sailing into a particularly cold Antarctic summer their ship would become […]

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