Fury and Hecla Strait is located at the northern end of FOXE BASIN
, connecting the basin with the Gulf of BOOTHIA
, and separating Melville Peninsula on the mainland and Baffin Island to the north. It is 190 km long and as it is only about 50 km wide it is very often jammed with ice. The strait was discovered in July 1822 by William Parry and it naturally aroused interest as a possible link in the NORTHWEST PASSAGE
; Parry's way was blocked by ice but a land reconnaissance confirmed that the strait led to open water. Parry named the strait for his ships, HMS Fury
and HMS Hecla
. Joseph Bernier attempted to traverse the strait in 1911, but was also prevented by heavy ice.
Parry, Sir William Edward
Parry ranks among the great navigators for penetrating the Arctic Archipelago, for showing how ships can survive and men work through an arctic winter (courtesy Library and Archives Canada).
Links to Other Sites
A brief profile of the community of Igloolik from the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. Also features many links to local organizations and programs.
A superb online exhibit about the search for the Northwest Passage. Historic maps and images from books show how the Inuit assisted foreign led expeditions into the Canadian Arctic and how European explorers gradually accepted Inuit techniques of travel and survival. Contemporary maps show the lasting achievement of the expeditions: the mapping of the Canadian Arctic. From the Toronto Public Library.