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Follow The Climbs - Nunavut:
Barbeau Peak & Ellesmere Island Traverse

It's 2017 ... which means that it's Canada's 150th Birthday! And, as luck would have it, this is also the Summits of Canada team's final Canadian highpoint! This year the team will be tackling Barbeau Peak in Nunavut during the month of June.

Situated at the tip-top of Canada, Barbeau is about as remote a location as you can find anywhere on the planet, let alone in the vast Canadian wilderness.

This 2,616 metre, (8,583 feet) summit sits stoically in the middle of Ellesmere Island's Quttinirpaaq National Park and crowns the northern part of Canada's Arctic Archipelago.

To share in the experience and to learn about this magnificent and truly unique Canadian location, indigenous culture and more, take advantage of CanaTrek's pretrip online & interactive "Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants" Hangout Sessions that starts on May 18th.

With an aim to help increase your geographic knowledge, a number of great Canadian Geographic lesson plans are also provided.

On top of that, there is also a fun and exciting CanaTrek Prayer Flag 150 Contest which students can enter to share and take part in Canada's 150th celebrations.

Click the links to the left (or below) for details regarding this year's climb in another remote and beautiful Canadian landscape that is rich in arctic flora and fauna (off the ice-cap), muskox, caribou, arctic hare, arctic fox and wolves that live amid the mountains, ice-caps and scenic valleys.

Barbeau Peak, Nunavut
Ellesmere Island, Nunavut
Cdn Arctic Wildlife & Northern Lights

For more information and details about the highpoint of Nunavut, click below:
Barbeau Peak

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
CanaTREK Prayer Flag 150 Contest


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Expedition Itinerary


Barbeau Peak Agenda/Itinerary

This year's adventure learning trip includes an Ellesmere Island Traverse and Barbeau Peak Summit Expedition, and is scheduled to take place from:
June 16 - June 29, 2017

Team Members:  
Len Vanderstar Eric Gilbertson
Brian & Laura Friedrich Serge Massad

Expedition Schedule
June 14 - All team members have arrived in Resolute
June 15 - Buffer/preparation day / gear check
June 16 - The team takes flight by ski plane to the ice cap very close to Barbeau
June 17-20 - Approach and Summit of Barbeau Peak
June 20-29 - Descend from the ice cap and trek out to Tanquary Fjord or Lake Hazen landing strips (each about 50-60 miles away, mostly on glacier, but some tundra)
June 30 - Flight back to Resolute
July 1 - Flights home from Resolute

As usual, team progress can be viewed via the Maps & Route page (for live position tracking) as well as the Journal page (for current details and status updates).

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About Quttinirpaaq National Park

The following provides a snapshot of interesting details regarding Quttinirpaaq National Park and the iconic landscapes and areas that the Summits of Canada team will travel through. (Note - information is compliments of Parks Canada’s Quttinirpaaq Visitor Information Package.)

There are four national parks in Nunavut representing various examples of Canada’s 39 natural regions - Quttinirpaaq (Eastern High Arctic), Sirmilik (Eastern Arctic Lowlands), Ukkusiksalik (Central Tundra) and Auyuittuq (Northern Davis).

Quttinirpaaq, Inuktitut for “Land at the Top of the World”, is a vast, ancient, sprawling landscape in the extreme high Arctic that has the expected: ice caps enclosing mountains, kilometres thick glaciers, worn mountains, and sparse tundra. But it also has the unexpected: the highest mountain in eastern North America (Barbeau Peak) and a thermal oasis in the Lake Hazen area. Lake Hazen, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the world above the Arctic Circle, has remarkably lush vegetation and supports higher densities of wildlife than the rest of the park.

Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut, Canada

Located in Canada’s Nunavut Territory, Quttinirpaaq National Park was established as a national park reserve in 1988 and was established as an official national park in 1999. Canada's second largest national park, Quttinirpaaq, is 37,775 square km in size and is located on Ellesmere Island, and is on the northern tip of the most northerly piece of land in North America.

Inuit Culture: Ancient peoples have a long history on Ellesmere Island, starting with the arrival of the Palaeo-Eskimos about 4,500 years ago, followed by the Last Dorset cultures and the Thule people who arrived during the past thousand years. Archaeological sites give testimony to the resiliency of these people and their ability to survive in this extreme northern climate.

Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut, Canada

Quttinirpaaq National Park is a polar desert – it is a cold region with little precipitation. Winters are very cold with some of the lowest temperatures recorded in Canada. In contrast, summers, though short, can be surprisingly warm, particularly in the Lake Hazen area. Coastal areas of the park are generally cooler and receive more precipitation than the interior. Winds throughout the park tend to be light, except on the ice caps. There are 24 hours of daylight from May to August and 24 hours of darkness from November to February.

Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada
Ellesmere Island, Nunavut
Quttinirpaaq National Park
Satellite View of Barbeau Peak


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