North Pole Route & Tracking

Quttinirpaaq National Park,
Ellesmere Island, Canada

Facts Ellesmere Island, Canada

Robert Edwin Peary Sr. (1856-1920) was a US Navy officer and American explorer who went on several expeditions to the arctic. His best-known trip occurred in April 1909 when he led an expedition that claimed to be the first to reach the geographic North Pole. Here’s the twist: Matthew Henson, explorer and part of the expedition, is thought to have reached what they believed to be the North Pole narrowly before Peary.

Their expedition started on Ellesmere Island, Canada’s most northern island.

Interesting facts about Quttinirpaaq National Park

  • Polar expeditions often started from Quttinirpaaq National Park
  • “Quttinirpaaq” in Inuktitut language means “top of the world”

  • Glaciers cover one-third of Quttinirpaaq
  • Quttinirpaaq is the second most northern National park in the world
  • (Northeast Greenland National Park is the most norther park in the world)

  • Evidence shows traces of human activity from around 5000 years ago even though Quttinirpaaq is one of the most remote locations in the world

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