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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition sought to solve one of the world’s greatest mysteries – what happened to Sir John Franklin, his crew and ships when the 1845 British Arctic Expedition ended in tragedy. With the support of generous private partners, such as the W. Garfield Weston foundation, and public organizations, Canadian Geographic Education has created activities for intermediate students to bring the excitement of exploration into your classroom.

Download the complete set of learning activities here.

Access the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition learning resources in Inuktitut here.

Download individual activities here:
Faces of the Franklin Expeditions
Geography’s Effects on History
Explorers: Job Posting
The Search
Discovering the Science Behind the Story
Traditional Inuit Knowledge

Explore the expeditions through this interactive timeline.

Take a closer look at the geography of the expedition through this interactive map.

For more information on the 1845 British Arctic Expedition and all subsequent searches, please visit:
Canadian Geographic
Parks Canada


Victoria Strait Expedition Videos



The partners of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition discuss how geography directly and indirectly impacted the planning, execution and success of the expedition.



The partners of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition explore the pivotal role that traditional knowledge played in the search for the Franklin ships.



The partners of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition take you inside the excitement of searching to solve a nearly 200 year-old mystery.



Scientists who were on the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition explain the incredible work they are doing to increase Canadians’ knowledge and understanding of the Arctic.



The partners of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition explain some of the ground-breaking technology that was used to discover the missing HMS Erebus.



The partners of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition share their excitement and experiences of locating the HMS Erebus.



The partners of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition recount the planning, challenges, excitement and hard work on this year's expedition.

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