Nanisivik, "the place where people find things", in Strathcona fjord. A lead and zinc mine was running from 1976 to 2002. It was on a beach near the mine that Vagabond stayed for two winters, between 1981 and 1983, during an expedition in the Northwest Passage to the magnetic North Pole. The beach has not changed!
Frank May took us to Nanisivik last Sunday. It takes just over 30 minutes by car from Arctic Bay, the 36 km track is well maintained, even excellent. Frank has lived in Arctic Bay "only" since 1985 and therefore could not remember Vagabond! He was mayor for 4 years and gladly shares his memories. Some elders remember the boat overwintering more than thirty-seven years ago.
Today Nanisivik has grown into a small Canadian Navy base, just up and running, primarily to refuel ships. Its creation was decided when a Russian flag was deposited on August 2nd, 2007 at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, at the North Pole.