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Beechey Island

Beechey Island is a small island located in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut, Canada. It is located in the Queen Maud Gulf, off the northern coast of Cornwallis Island, and is the northernmost island in the eastern portion of the archipelago. It is approximately 8 km wide and 12 km long, and is home to a variety of wildlife including seals, walrus, polar bears, and numerous species of birds.

Beechey Island is best known for its historical significance as the site of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, in which Sir John Franklin and his crew of 129 men attempted to navigate the Northwest Passage. The expedition ended in tragedy when the crew became stuck in the ice and all perished. In 1854, the crew's graves were discovered on Beechey Island by a search party led by John Rae.

Today, Beechey Island is a popular destination for polar exploration, as it is located in a region of the Canadian Arctic that is relatively ice-free during the summer months. The island is also home to a variety of archaeological sites, including the Franklin Expedition graves, as well as Inuit sites dating back to the 19th century. In addition, the island is home to multiple research stations, including the Beechey Island Research Station, which is operated by the University of Alberta and is used for research into the Arctic environment.

Excursion tips for a day in Beechey Island

As a tourist in Beechey Island in Canada, there are numerous activities to explore and enjoy. Here are a few ideas for a day in Beechey Island:

1. Visit the Beechey Island Historic Site and explore the remains of the Franklin Expedition.
2. Take a guided tour of the island and learn about its history and culture.
3. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, and wildlife watching.
4. Visit the nearby Prince Leopold Island and take in the stunning views of the Arctic Ocean.
5. Try your hand at traditional Inuit arts and crafts.
6. Take a boat tour around the island and spot some of the local wildlife, such as walruses, polar bears, and whales.
7. Enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants and sample some of the delicious local cuisine.
8. Spend the night camping and take in the beauty of the midnight sun.
9. Visit the local museum and learn about the history and culture of the Inuit people.
10. Relax on the beach and enjoy the stunning views of the Arctic landscape.

Experience Beechey Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Beechey Island. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Beechey Island

Beechey Island in Canada has a cold and severe climate. During the winter months, temperatures range from -25 to -10 degrees Celsius, with strong winds and snowfall. In the spring and summer, temperatures range from 0 to 12 degrees Celsius, with occasional rain. During the autumn months, temperatures can range from -10 to 0 degrees Celsius and there is often snow. Overall, the climate in Beechey Island is cold and harsh throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Beechey Island

Our weather forecast for Beechey Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
May. 30th 2024 May. 30th 2024 max: -2.1 °C
min: -11.2 °C
15.5 m/s
27.7 m/s
74.6 %
18.8 m
85.1 %
1,013 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
May. 31st 2024 May. 31st 2024 max: -3.0 °C
min: -10.8 °C
9.4 m/s
9.4 m/s
19.9 %
24.1 m
83.0 %
1,017 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 1st 2024 Jun. 1st 2024 max: -2.1 °C
min: -10.8 °C
7.9 m/s
7.2 m/s
10.0 %
23.5 m
82.5 %
1,020 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 2nd 2024 Jun. 2nd 2024 max: -0.7 °C
min: -9.5 °C
7.6 m/s
6.8 m/s
4.6 %
24.1 m
79.9 %
1,021 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 3rd 2024 Jun. 3rd 2024 max: 0.4 °C
min: -6.6 °C
16.3 m/s
28.1 m/s
17.0 %
24.1 m
84.8 %
1,024 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 4th 2024 Jun. 4th 2024 max: -0.7 °C
min: -3.7 °C
33.5 m/s
49.3 m/s
17.2 %
24.1 m
86.6 %
1,029 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 5th 2024 Jun. 5th 2024 max: 0.2 °C
min: -6.7 °C
19.9 m/s
39.0 m/s
4.4 %
24.1 m
83.5 %
1,027 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 6th 2024 Jun. 6th 2024 max: 0.8 °C
min: -5.9 °C
18.7 m/s
33.5 m/s
58.4 %
24.1 m
81.6 %
1,018 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 7th 2024 Jun. 7th 2024 max: 0.5 °C
min: -5.8 °C
14.2 m/s
21.6 m/s
6.9 %
24.1 m
81.0 %
1,022 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 8th 2024 Jun. 8th 2024 max: 1.5 °C
min: -3.8 °C
12.6 m/s
15.1 m/s
2.4 %
24.1 m
85.1 %
1,022 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 9th 2024 Jun. 9th 2024 max: 1.3 °C
min: -5.6 °C
7.6 m/s
7.2 m/s
25.1 %
24.1 m
83.6 %
1,019 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 10th 2024 Jun. 10th 2024 max: 0.6 °C
min: -5.3 °C
6.1 m/s
5.8 m/s
33.1 %
24.1 m
85.4 %
1,019 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 11th 2024 Jun. 11th 2024 max: 0.5 °C
min: -5.2 °C
7.6 m/s
6.8 m/s
65.5 %
23.9 m
89.8 %
1,020 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jun. 12th 2024 Jun. 12th 2024 max: 0.8 °C
min: -5 °C
6.8 m/s
6.5 m/s
58.3 %
24.1 m
90.6 %
1,021 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00

Cruises to Beechey Island

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Scheduled ship calls in Beechey Island, Canada
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 10th 2024 Saturday, 10th of Aug. 2024 Silver Endeavour 06:00 am 04:00 pm
Aug. 24th 2024 Saturday, 24th of Aug. 2024 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 2nd 2024 Monday, 2nd of Sep. 2024 Silver Wind Expedition 03:00 pm 10:00 pm
Sep. 5th 2024 Thursday, 5th of Sep. 2024 LE BOREAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 16th 2024 Monday, 16th of Sep. 2024 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 2nd 2025 Tuesday, 2nd of Sep. 2025 Silver Endeavour 03:00 pm 10:00 pm
Sep. 6th 2025 Saturday, 6th of Sep. 2025 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am

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