At Dundas Harbour find the lonely remains of an RCMP station dating from the 1920s.
30,000 pairs of black-legged kittiwakes and 160,000 pairs of thick-billed murres crowd the rocky ledges on this island almost completely covered by an ice cap.
It was from Qaanaaq that seven of Knud Rasmussen’s expeditions set out, and it was also from here that the American explorer Robert Peary embarked on his journey to reach the North Pole in 1909.
The inhabitants, Inughuit, are fine artisans and beautiful small carvings and jewellery can be purchased.
Adolphus Greely, Sir George Nares and Elisha Kent Kane all travelled these waters with varying degrees of success.
The Sound was named by William Baffin after Sir Thomas Smythe, promoter of voyages to find a Northwest Passage. Only 48-72km wide and 88km long, it is often packed with ice and provides favorable conditions for wildlife viewing.
Your activities will center around the school where you will have a chance to meet members of the community and learn about their way of life.
At Croker Bay, have a chance to Zodiac cruise though this scenic body of water and marvel at icebergs, freshly calved from the glacier at the head of the bay.
It was two years before search parties were launched. Aside from the bodies of three souls buried here, only relics were found as clues to the disappearance. Until recently, the three graves had left no indication as to the fate of the rest of the British party.
Such is the interest in this story, the Canadian government recently announced a new initiative to locate the missing Franklin vessels.
Bid farewell to the Arctic as your flight departs south.