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Actor Jared Harris awarded RCGS’ Louie Kamookak Medal

Inaugural award honours the legacy of the late Inuit historian 

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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

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EXCLUSIVE: Sneak peek at “The Terror” Episode 5

Watch an exclusive teaser clip from next Monday's episode of The Terror

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Nive Nielsen as Lady Silence in Episode 4 of The Terror (Photo: Aidan Monaghan/AMC)

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“The Terror” recap: Episode 4

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin in Episode 3 of AMC's The Terror

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“The Terror” recap: Episode 3

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Ciarán Hinds, right, as Sir John Franklin, and Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames in the premiere episode of AMC's “The Terror.” (Photo courtesy AMC)

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“The Terror” recap: Episodes 1 and 2

Our experts dissect the debut episodes of AMC’s new series about the Franklin Expedition

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Louie Kamookak during a visit to the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

People & Culture

Remembering Louie Kamookak

Author Kenn Harper pays tribute to the life, legacy and work of his fellow historian

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Louie Kamookak, obituary, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Franklin expedition

People & Culture

Remembering Inuit oral historian Louie Kamookak

A tribute to the acclaimed oral history expert and RCGS Honorary Vice-President, who passed away this morning

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Parks Canada

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The work table with finished parts, plans, tools, and materials for the construction of a model of the iron storage tank located in Terror's stern.

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Building a scale model of HMS Terror

On condition of anonymity, Canadian Geographic photo editor Jessica Finn caught up with the man building Terror.

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Owen Beattie at his home in Edmonton

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An interview with Owen Beattie

Insights from the man whose work helped haul the attempt to solve the Franklin mystery into the modern era

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Parks Canada’s Ryan Harris with a fin, one of the pieces of equipment divers will be using while exploring the Franklin wreck site

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Equipment for underwater exploration at Franklin shipwreck

The gear divers are using to view the wreck

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The Victoria Strait expedition crew aboard CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

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Captain’s log: The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition comes to a close

One last day of diving and searching before the ships head south

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Parks Canada’s underwater archeologist team completes dive operations after a long day.

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Captain’s log: Today we dive

Briefs on a busy day of underwater archeology and associated work

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Captain’s log: Reliving the find

How events transpired on the Sir Wilfrid Laurier as new of Franklin discoveries developed

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“Serendipity” led to Franklin find

More details emerge on the historic discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s ships

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A crew member on the Martin Bergmann prepares as the ship sails off on the Victoria Strait Expedition last month

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The Martin Bergmann resumes the Franklin search

As winter weather approaches, searchers focus on whatever areas they can hunt while they can

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Image captured by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) showing two small cannons among the scattered timbers of the shipwreck

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Divers hope to see Franklin wreck with their own eyes this week

High winds that have hampered underwater work forecast to lighten

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Preparation of the Martin Bergmann, before it set sail on the Victoria Strait Expedition

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Franklin search vessel Martin Bergmann hits a shoal – details

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The Martin Bergmann

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Franklin search vessel Martin Bergmann hits shoal

No injuries reported as the ship returns to Cambridge Bay

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Captain Noon helms the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Sir Wilfird Laurier, seen here in mid August 2014 near Cambridge Bay.

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Captain’s log: Clear sailing

Continuing great conditions make for busy days

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Sunset in the southern search area

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Captain’s log: Beautiful day

More great weather means lots of action from the Laurier in the Victoria Strait Expedition

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Canadian Ice Survey from Sept. 1, 2014.

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Decisions, decisions

Facing sea ice, the One Ocean Expedition Voyager search team debates how to access their ideal hunting grounds

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Scott Youngblut

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Captain’s log: A perfect day for work

Great conditions allow for plenty of action from the Laurier

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One Ocean Voyager alongside the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

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Captain’s log: Transit, transfers and tramping

Victoria Strait Expedition ships meet to refuel and restock

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Arctic fox photo

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Captain’s log: Photo ops and back to work

Great animal sightings and the official surveying resumes

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Tyrone Burke

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Canadian Geographic writer on searching for Franklin

Tyrone Burke talks about his role in this summer's search and the challenges of looking for the Franklin ships

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Pilot Andrew Stirling gives a briefing on helicopter operations aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

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Captain’s log: Safety first

Fire drills, survival suit fittings and helicopter briefings greet new guests to the Laurier

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Crew from the Martin Bergmann pull their zodiac onto an island in the Queen Maud Gulf

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Looking for nautical clues on land

With poor conditions hampering the search on the water, Parks Canada archeologists take to the ground

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Captain’s log: A day of transition

A weather change, a mid-day launch and an upcoming rendezvous

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Photo: courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Captain’s log: Long days

The short Arctic field season means taking advantage of every opportunity

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Preparing to offload the Canadian Hydrographic Service survey launch Gannet from the deck of the Laurier

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Captain’s log: A Sunday tradition

A classic breakfast to help keep time, then back to work

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Helicopter and Coast Guard crew members landing to service navigation beacon.

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Captain’s log: Fogged in

Reduced visibility slows work, but only briefly

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A look at the ice in James Ross Strait

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Captain’s log: Into James Ross Strait

Work continues after passing through sea ice

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Great conditions greet the Victoria Strait Expedition team

Ice-free waters, nearly 24-hours of sunlight and placid conditions make for productive searching

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Exploration

Captain’s log: A stop in Gjoa Haven

The exploration history of an Arctic hamlet

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Dr. Robert Park working with the LiDAR mapping system in Douglas Bay, Nunavut.

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Captain’s log: Surveying the Arctic

New tools create maps of archaeological sites

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The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition sets course for its first search area

Discussing the potential challenges of the team’s tools en route to the hunt

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History

Start of 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition delayed by weather and other challenges

Search for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships faces unpredictable conditions

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History

Captain’s log: Captain Noon shares his first report from the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

Introductory insights into the Canadian Coast Guard’s role in the search area

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Yves Bernard, a petty officer of the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit, and Ryan Harris, a senior marine archeologist with Parks Canada, raise the side-scan sonar.

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New tools will cover more ground in this year’s search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

Technology used to track down the lost ships

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Canadian Hydrographic Survey launch, CSL Gannett

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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

This year's search is about much more than underwater archaeology. The Victoria Strait Expedition will contribute to northern science and communities.

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Jim Balsillie

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New directions

Jim Balsillie, the co-founder of BlackBerry, has set his sights on a fresh challenge — finding the lost Franklin ships

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Looking out from the Canadian Coast Guard's CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

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Finding Franklin

This summer’s Victoria Strait Expedition will bring cutting edge technology and unprecedented resources to the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

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Photo courtesy Shell

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Exploration expertise: Shell Canada

Shell Canada lends its vast and long-standing experience in Arctic resource exploration to the 2014 expedition

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The hunt for the Franklin ships: drift theories

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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HMS Terror thrown up by the ice

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The hunt for the Franklin ships

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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Boats from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

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The hunt for the Franklin ships: Point of abandonment

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: Inuit testimony

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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History

The Franklin Expedition: The Searchers

From Franklin’s widow to 21st Century tech entrepreneurs, many have sought to find whatever remains of the Erebus and Terror

History

The Franklin Expedition

Even the leadership of a hardened northern explorer couldn’t save the Franklin Expedition

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Sonar scan of the sea floor

Exploration

Mapping the seafloor

How an innovative sonar technology may help map parts of Canada's previously uncharted Far North

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Photo courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

History

The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition hits the water

The search team launches its side-scan sonar near the waters where last year’s hunt ended

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Erebus and Terror in the Antarctic

History

The Franklin Expedition’s ships: The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Franklin’s ships were hardened veterans of polar travel, and technological marvels of their age

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People & Culture

PM’s northern tour

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