Ellesmere Island - Lake Hazen to Tanquary Fjord in the Canadian High Arctic

Quttinirpaaq National Park is a Canadian national park. Located on the northeastern corner of Ellesmere Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, the most northerly extent of Canada, it is the second most northerly park on Earth after Northeast Greenland National Park. In Inuktitut, Quttinirpaaq means "top of the world".  In order to get there, one must fly to Resolute and from there, one must take a Twin Otter plane on a four hour flight further north.  The flight requires a refueling stop at the Eureka Military Base half way up the Ellesmere Island.  The plane is equipped with large balloon tyres to enable it to land on a grassy tundra.  During the summer, there is 24 hour daylight. The starting point of the trek is Lake Hazen, located at the latitude of 81 degrees north and approximately 1,000km south of the North Pole.  Lake Hazen is located to the north of the Earth's magnetic pole making compass navigation impossible.  

 The location of Ellesmere Island.

The location of Ellesmere Island.

 The 100km long trekking route from Lake Hazen (in the middle of the map) to Tanquary Fjord (on the lower left part of the map) traverses the Quttinirpaaq National Park.

The 100km long trekking route from Lake Hazen (in the middle of the map) to Tanquary Fjord (on the lower left part of the map) traverses the Quttinirpaaq National Park.

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 Lake Hazen

Lake Hazen

 Lake Hazen

Lake Hazen

 Lake Hazen

Lake Hazen

 Lake Hazen

Lake Hazen

 Lake Hazen

Lake Hazen

 Lake Hazen

Lake Hazen

 The Henrietta Nesmith Glacier

The Henrietta Nesmith Glacier

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 Henrietta Nesmith Glacier

Henrietta Nesmith Glacier

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 Turnstone Glacier

Turnstone Glacier

 Turnstone Glacier

Turnstone Glacier

 Turnstone Glacier

Turnstone Glacier

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 Adams Glacier

Adams Glacier

 Adams Glacier

Adams Glacier

 Tanquary Fjord and mummified Muskoxen

Tanquary Fjord and mummified Muskoxen

 Adams Glacier

Adams Glacier

 Adams Glacier

Adams Glacier

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 Lewis Lake

Lewis Lake

 Garfield Range

Garfield Range

 Garfield Range

Garfield Range

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 Lewis Lake

Lewis Lake

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 Lewis Lake

Lewis Lake

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 Camping by Adams Glacier

Camping by Adams Glacier

 Lewis River, we were aiming for the hills on the left on the horizon

Lewis River, we were aiming for the hills on the left on the horizon

 Part of the Ad Astra Icecap

Part of the Ad Astra Icecap

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 Lewis LAke

Lewis LAke

 Arctic wolf

Arctic wolf

 Parks Canada station at Tanquary Fjord

Parks Canada station at Tanquary Fjord

 Tanquary Fjord

Tanquary Fjord

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 Old supplies in the Parks Canada Station at Tanquary Fjord

Old supplies in the Parks Canada Station at Tanquary Fjord

 An antique Bombardier snow machine at the Parks Canada camp

An antique Bombardier snow machine at the Parks Canada camp