The Seven Wonders of Nunavut

Nunavut Territory

Don Hutton

In what political jurisdiction does the geographic centre of Canada lie?

What Canadian political jurisdiction extends over all other political jurisdictions in Canada with the exception of the Yukon Territory?

Three islands in Canada are greater in area than Great Britain. What are their names? Two of these Islands and most of the third lie within what province or territory?

What island in Canada extends from east of Halifax, Nova Scotia to west of Thunder Bay, Ontario?

What political jurisdiction in Canada extends from east of Halifax, Nova Scotia to as far west as Kamloops, British Columbia?

What political jurisdiction in Canada crosses three time zones?

What political jurisdiction in Canada has a north/south dimension equal to the distance from Winnipeg to Mexico City?

What political jurisdiction in Canada contains most of the world's largest archipelago?

What bay in Canada is two-thirds the size of the Mediterranean?

What political jurisdiction in Canada has the longest coastline?

What island in Canada extends to within eight degrees of the North Pole?

What political jurisdiction in Canada extends from eight degrees south of the North Pole and farther south than Edmonton?

To the nearest ten thousand, how many islands are there in Canada?

In what political jurisdiction in Canada is the world's largest uninhabited located? What is its name?

Pangnirtung

Ron Mongeau

The most spectacularly beautiful Arctic community in Canada. Known as " The Switzerland of the Arctic", Pangnirtung is a Hamlet of 1450 people situated between the mile-high peaks of the Cumberland Peninsula and the chilling depths of the Pangnirtung Fiord.

The kayak

Keith Wilkinson

The quintessential expression of Canadian self-reliance in the face of adversity, the ancient Inuit sealskin kayak has inspired generations of human-propelled swiftwater, flatwater and ocean-going vessels made of the wonder materials of each era. Always lightweight, manoeuverable, rollable and waterproof -- the kayak is the original, environmentally sane sport utility vehicle. There's nothing quite like the surprise in the movie, "Nanook of the North" when the Inuit hunter climbs out of his kayak and is followed immediately by his whole family. Unlike its beautiful sister-ship, the birchbark canoe, the kayak comes with a roof and a skirt for its paddler. As a symbol for the Canadian Mental Health Association, the kayak was featured with the slogan, "putting your life back in your own hands".  How much better the life of Pi would have been if he'd had a kayak.

The Fossil Forest, Ellesmere Island

Mary Ellen Thomas

So few people have seen this waste landscape that has miles and miles of millions of years old fossils exposed to the elements.

Mount Asgard

Michel Bonin

Unique mountain, near a glacier, located in a beautiful national park (wilderness). With midnight sun, absolutely magnificent. A very special shape, unique in the world (no doubt). I wish my English would be better to describe it.

Robin Leggett

Mt. Asgard also known as 'Sivanitirutinguak' (by the Inuit) is located in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island…. Though it is not a well-known in Canada, it is known around the world in rock and mountain climbing circles. If it was in southern Canada this mountain would garner as much attention as other national icons, such as Percé Rock and Mount Robson.

Mount Asgard was featured in the opening scenes of the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. In the scene James base-jumps off the top.

The only other comparable geographical feature would be Devils Tower.

This has to be one of Canada's 7 wonders.

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Piyush

It's the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world.

The Nastapoka Arc

Marshall Tannahill

A highly distinctive feature on the map of Canada at the Quebec-Nunavut border in Hudson Bay, the greatest natural ‘wonder’ of our country has greatly eluded public notice. This, itself, is a wonder! Not only unique in the world, extraordinary in its remarkably even shape, the Nastapoka Arc deserves to be rated as Canada’s greatest natural wonder because we are left only to wonder at how, at that immense scale, with a 450 kilometer direct tip-to-tip diameter, such an amazingly curved form in hard Canadian Shield rock came to be.

A visual survey of the globe reveals that the 600 kilometer long Nastapoka Arc is the largest, consistently even (that is, smooth, relative to its size), most perfectly symmetrically curved, natural coastal land formation in the world. It is prominent on our map as the huge, evenly rounded coastal curvature, in the southeast quadrant of Hudson Bay.  A folded-in-half Google Earth photo of this one-third circle reveals the whole Arc to be highly symmetrical and the inner 80% of it is perfectly symmetrical! That is, the whole image of the Nastapoka Arc’s coastal edge, when folded back on itself from the middle of the Arc, matches very closely, but it matches exactly for the inner 80% of its curvature!  

What appears like a much-eroded inner echo of the Arc, the Hopewell-Nastapoka-Long Island complex that together forms what seems like an eroded ring maintaining the mainland’s contour, officially constitutes, according to Parks Canada, Canada’s longest island chain! Out beyond these, but still within the area between the tips of the Arc, is the incredible zigzagging ‘geo-scribble’ that is the Belcher Islands.

Amongst others scientists, world famous Astrophysicist, the late Dr. Carl Sagan in his co-authored book  ‘Planets’, speculated that the Nastapoka Arc might be the remains of what seems to have been a massive meteorite impact. Were this Arc ever found to be a segment of crater rim, a Nastapoka crater would be the world’s largest known, and one of its oldest.

It is important to note that the necessary formal geological indicators that would serve as evidence of an impact, or for any other specific cause for the circular contour of this immense, even-shaped coastal formation in Hudson Bay, have not, as yet, been discovered.

Hence, there is, to date, no official, conclusive, confirmed origin hypothesis for Canada’s remarkable Nastapoka Arc. This gigantic, anomalous, relatively smooth and even coastal curvature apparent on every full map of Canada is simply, technically, in size, strangeness and mystery our country’s greatest natural wonder!