Welcome to Resolute
A clutch of minuscule homes in a wind-lashed gravel desert on Cornwallis Island (known as Quasuittuq, 'Place with no Dawn') is Canada's worst-climate community. It was founded in 1953, when several Inuit families were lured here from Pond Inlet, as well as Inukjuak, Québec, with false promises of a better life, in order to shore up national sovereignty. Visitors pass through heading for the North Pole, Quttinirpaaq National Park or scenic Grise Fiord – Canada's northernmost civilian community.
Look for marine fossils at Tupirvik Territorial Park or fly to National Historic Site Beechey Island, where the ill-fated Franklin expedition wintered in 1845–46 before vanishing with little trace.