Gjoa Haven is a community that is closely tied with the lore of the Northwest Passage. It is in this area that Sir John Franklin’s attempted expedition through the passage met its untimely demise. In 1903, Roald Amundsen was attempting to traverse the Northwest Passage in his ship, the Gjoa. He became stuck in what he considered to be the finest harbor in the world, in what is now Gjoa Haven.
Cambridge Bay is currently the administrative and business centre of the Kitikmeot region. Nestled among rolling hills and tundra, Cambridge Bay is located on Victoria Island and represents an important stop for ships traversing the Northwest Passage.