Lady Franklin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Lady Franklin Island is truly breathtaking in its appearance, looking as if the ocean had risen within 500’ (150 m) of the Rocky Mountains’ summits, leaving only the tops exposed!  The rock here is some of the oldest on Earth, having been formed some 2.5 to 4 billion years ago.

 

Barren, rocky and exposed to the full wrath of the weather, the island is home to breeding seabirds, ducks and walrus. With a bit of luck, it's possible to see Atlantic puffins and even the rare Sabine’s gull. In spite of its bleak and desolate appearance, one is still likely to find polar bears here. In summer, with little food available until the sea begins to freeze, they lounge along the shoreline living off of their fat reserves.

 

The island was named by Arctic explorer Charles Francis Hall as a tribute to the wife of English Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin.