Taloyoak | Tecla

Taloyoak

Yesterday we made our way through the virtual ice at the entrance of James Ross Strait, 180 km long – running between King William Island and the Boothia Peninsula. As we made our way out of the fog surrounding the pack ice, we knew we had come a long way.

We set all sails and went wing to wing on a gentle breeze.

Tecla sailing wing to wing

As we came to the narrow part of the strait we were doing 5 knots still under sail, with the nights starting to become slightly darker. We arrived in Taloyoak and put our expedition crew on shore with the dinghy (jacky black).

Taloyoak means “large hide” describing an ancient stone hide or blind used by hunters to herd caribou for the kill. Taloyoak is also known as Spence Bay. It is in the heart of the North West Passage. In 1932 John Ross pinpointed the exact location of the North Magnetic North Pole on this location. In modern days it is more known for the landscapes, the wildlife in the area and relative easy acces.

(pictures by Joanne Richardson)