Resolute is one of the most fascinating communities in Nunavut. Because of the long winter night in the extreme north of Nunavut, its Inuktitut name is Qausuittuq meaning ‘place with no dawn’. Located on Resolute Bay, it was a critical junction along the Northwest Passage in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was named for the British ship, HMS Resolute, abandoned in 1850 while searching for the Northwest Passage and the lost Franklin expedition.
The community of Resolute was started much later, by the military in response to a growing threat from Russia after the Second World War with the forced relocation of Inuit from Northern Quebec. Resolute has evolved into a meeting place for a wide range of scientists and an eclectic mix of extreme adventurers who use the community as a launching point for their work
Essential experiences include:
- Wildlife viewing: Polar bears that frequent both the community and area, and beluga whales, seals and walruses in the nearby waters, as well as migratory birds
- Exploring the interesting history showcased in its buildings and Cold War era plane wrecks that are located nearby.
- Trekking through Tupirvik Territorial Park’s ancient seabed rich with fossils dating back 400 million years