Northwest Passage 100th Anniversary 2003-2006
In September 2003, Gjoa Haven celebrated the 100th
anniversary of Roald Amundsen and his two year stay in our safe
harbour during 1903-1905. Amundsen then sailed west and became the
first mariner ever to navigate the Northwest Passage. Nunavut Tourism
and Nunavut Government plan to celebrate the centenary of the
Northwest Passage from 2003-2006 in our area.
On September 6th, 2003, the Norwegian Ambassador
Ingvar Halvden and his wife Elizabeth visited Gjoa Haven to unveil a
plaque commemorating Amundsenís historic voyage and the 100 year
History of our area:
1847-1859 - Sir John Franklin and his ships
the Erebus and Terror were frozen in ice near Gjoa Haven. Franklin and
his 130 men perished nearby. The search for Franklin led to the first
discovery of the Northwest Passage.
1903-1905 - Roald Amundsen wintered in Gjoa
Haven for 2 years and then became the first mariner to sail through
the Northwest Passage.
1920-1922 - Knud Rasmussen, a Greenlander
traveled to Gjoa Haven on his epic journey of discovery.
A visit to Arctic Canada is a once-in-a-lifetime
experience. Photograph muskox, arctic fox, arctic tern, plover, snow
geese, a variety of shorebirds and dozens of other arctic wildlife
species in their native habitat. From May-August experience the 24-hr
sun and its affect on your metabolism and internal clock. Travel on
the treeless tundra by ATV, look for ringed seals or fish for arctic
char in the Arctic Ocean.
Come visit Gjoa Haven in 2004. Our community of
Gjoa Haven (marked with an X on the map below), is located 800 km
above the treeline. It is fly-in only (as are all Nunavut communities)
via Edmonton and Yellowknife.
Gjoa Haven is planning to host various
activities during the summer of 2004 to help commemorate Amundsen's
Gjoa Haven Schedule of Events for 2004
May 8-15: Hamlet games, igloo building
contests, dog-team races, bannock making contests, sled races, drum
dancing, games and activities every night at our community center. All
events are free and open to the public.
August 1-15: We start with a fishing derby
sometime around Aug 1. Everyone is invited to try and catch the
biggest char. Entry is free and cash prizes are paid for the biggest
fish. Our local heritage center has traditional crafts and historic
artifacts on display. Other local activities will be advertised as
they are finalized.