Remote photo exhibit celebrates 1960s High Arctic research
Photos and slides will go on display this summer in Tanquary Fiord on Ellesmere Island
A new photo exhibit will open in Canada’s most inaccessible national park this summer to mark the work done four decades ago by the Defence Research Board.
As a student, Victor Jones spent six summers in Tanquary Fiord on Ellesmere Island starting in 1968.
“There were a number of students recruited from McGill University to come and work up North and to help with all the research going on,” he says. “Both oceanographic and glaciological as well as geological.”
Jones has collected a series of photos and slideshows from that time that will go on display this summer in the building that still houses some of the equipment and tools used 40 years ago.
But few people will see the exhibit first hand.
Tanquary Fiord is now part of Quttinirpaaq National Park — the northernmost park in Canada. Quttinirpaaq receives only a handful of visitors each year who arrive by charter flights.
“I'm hoping Parks Canada will continue to make the information and stories and anecdotes and information about what was carried out there available online and through brochures so other Canadians can appreciate what they have up there as a natural resource and wonder,” Jones says.
But first, Jones and his wife are making the trip North to share some of those memories with parks staff.
“And to give us a better idea of what it was like in the ‘60s and ‘70s,” says Gary Enns, with Parks Canada.
The Defence Research Board is now part of Canada’s Department of National Defence.