Smoking Hills

  • Smoking Hills
  • North West Territories

The final day of leg 11 was a day filled with natural wonders. The early risers on the ship were greeted by a spectacular sunrise, and after breakfast, we gathered on the bow to admire the Smoking Hills, located near Cape Bathurst in the Northwest Territories. These hills get their name from their crude oil that has been burning for centuries and creates scattered smoke clouds. The Canadian Arctic Expedition passed by this site in 1914 and 1916, but local communities nearby are familiar with the flora and fauna that can be found here, such as caribou, muskoxen, and grizzly bears.