Expedition Arctic

Nov 25th, 2013 - Feb 17th, 2014

“Retrace the steps of this epic adventure of exploration and discovery in Canada’s Far North”

Backgrounder
The inspiration behind the Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913–1918 came from its leader, Manitoba-born explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson. His original idea was to search for unknown lands in the region of the Beaufort Sea with the American Museum of Natural History as his sponsor. However, the Canadian government of the time was anxious to assert its sovereignty over any new-found islands. It therefore intervened and became the Expedition’s only backer. The Canadian government then agreed to the urgent request of the Geological Survey of Canada that a major program of scientific research be added to the Expedition’s mandate. In this way, the Expedition became the first multidisciplinary scientific mission to the Canadian Arctic.

“Experience the hardships and successes of the 1913-1918 Canadian Arctic Expedition, a five year odyssey that encountered new lands, established new settlements and made new scientific discoveries in the Canadian North.”

A travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 28 2013, 4:30 to 7:30pm

Image of compass: Stefansson's Compass, about 1913 © Canadian Museum of Civilization G-74

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