Google Street View capture the most northern part of Canada – Quttinirpaaq National Park in Nunavut


Photo: Parks Canada/Ryan Bray

Fewer than 50 people go to Quttinirpaaq National Park each year. Those who make the long trek will have a lot to say about the stunning landscapes, but given the distance, most Canadians will have to take their word. They could tell you it’s home to archeological sites that are an incredible 4500 years old, or that it’s the northernmost destination in Parks Canada’s network of protected spaces, or that it lies roughly 800 km from the North Pole. They could tell you that it’s the second-largest national park in the country. Or, that it’s the jumping off point for North Pole voyageurs with coordinates of 81.4672° N, 72.1091° W.

Featuring wilderness and isolation at its most extreme, Quttinirpaaq (pronounced ‘koo-tin-ir-pa-ak’), as the Inuktitut (the local Indigenous language) name suggests, really is the ‘top of the world.’ Located at the northern tip of Ellesmere Island in the High Arctic, it is a vast landscape that offers thrilling adventure to those who are fortunate enough to explore it. Ancient indigenous people have a long history on Ellesmere Island, starting with the arrival of the Paleo-Eskimos about 4500 years ago. Archaeological sites give testimony to the resiliency of these peoples and their ability to survive in this extreme northern climate.

The initiative is part of Google Street View’s goal to create the world’s most comprehensive, accurate usable map by generating a digital mirror of the real world through a realistic/immersive experience on the web.

You can explore Quttinirpaaq National Park in Nunavut on Google Street View.


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