Winter Harbour, Melville Island

Melville Island is an uninhabited island of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It is Canada’s 8th largest island. It shares its shores with the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and is home to the largest mountains in the western Canadian Arctic.

The Island saw it’s first European visit from British explorer Sir William Perry in 1819. That winter Perry found himself stuck on the island during what has been recorded as one of the most successful attempts to traverse the Northwest Passage; the place where he found himself marooned is now appropriately called “Winter Harbour.” A large sandstone rock marking Perry’s wintering site called “Parry’s Rock,” was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1930.

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