Qaummaarviit Territorial Historic Park, once home to the Thule People, is located on an island and accessible by ski, dogsled, or snowmobile during the winter months, and by boat during the open-water season. Visitors can see the remains of the Thule sod houses and artifacts dating back more than 750 years ago.
Ellesmere Island lies in the extreme north of Canada, and is the second largest island – after Baffin Island – on the Canadian archipelago. It was from Ellesmere’s Cape Columbia that Peary set out in 1909 to walk to the North Pole. In the extreme north, Quttinirpaaq National Park is a mountainous and glaciated country. In this predominantly dry Arctic waste, pockets of (relatively) warm and moist temperatures enable plants to grow and animals to exist, such as in the area around Lake Hazen. Here can be found muskoxen, Peary caribou, arctic foxes and wolves, lemmings, and more than thirty species of birds. Most trips to Quttinirpaaq begin in Resolute Bay. To the south end of Ellesmere Island, Grise Fiord is a very small community with good hunting conditions and a beautiful Arctic landscape that can be viewed during canoe or snowmobile tours.