Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site

The Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site is the first national historic site to be jointly managed by Inuit and Parks Canada. Learn about the role of Inuit knowledge in the discoveries of the shipwrecks from Sir John Franklin’s legendary 1845 expedition.

Inuit traditional knowledge

Learn how traditional knowledge and oral histories contributed to the discoveries of the wrecks.

Ongoing exploration

Parks Canada and Inuit are working in partnership to research, document and preserve the wrecks.


See the latest artifacts recovered from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.

About the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site

Nature and science

Climate change, marine biology, and underwater ecosystems.

Culture and history

Inuit culture, Franklin Expedition history, archaeology, artifacts, and more.

Stewardship and management

Cooperative management, Superintendent’s order, news releases, filming and imagery requests, contact information.

Visiting Gjoa Haven

Activities and experiences

Things to do in Gjoa Haven, Inuit culture, the Umiyaqtutt festival, and more.

Plan your visit

Visit Gjoa Haven, the community closest to the national historic site.

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins, wildlife safety, and visitor guidelines.

Contact us

General inquiries:
1-867-975-4673 (Iqaluit office)
1-888-773-8888 (toll free)


Hours of operation

The national historic site is not yet open for visitation.

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