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Kekerten Park is a reminder of the European and American Arctic whaling days of long ago. Located on Kekerten Island, about 50 kilometres south of Pangnirtung, the park area was first used as a whaling station after the island was charted by Scottish whaler William Penny in 1840. Soon after, Kekerten and the surrounding Cumberland Sound became a major location for whaling by both the British and the Americans. Knowledge of whales, the area and of Arctic survival made the Inuit people essential allies in the arctic commercial whaling industry.

Today, a three hour boat ride will take you to Kekerten Park where you will find the remnants of this bygone era described by signage along an interpretive trail. Among the many features of the site are the foundations of three storehouses built in 1857 by Scottish whalers, large cast-iron pots once used for rendering whale oil, blubber-hauling pins and the remains of a whaleboat ship.


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