Great Canadian Parks / Northwest Territories

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The Parks / Northwest Territories / Tuktut Nogait National Park



 


The interior of the park was once used by the prehistoric Thule Inuit who fished and hunted caribou along the Hornaday and Brock River valleys. Archeological sites include the food caches and caribou fences of the ancient Inuvialuit ancestors. In 1771, the first European on the Arctic coast, Samuel Hearne, came to look for copper deposits. Between 1821 and 1852, the British sent explorers into the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. One famous expedition, led by Sir John Franklin, was subsequently lost. Whalers entered the area after 1900 followed by missionaries, the Northwest Mounted Police and the inevitable fur traders.

 

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