Mercyhurst College

Department of Geology


The Kazan Trip: on the path of J. B. Tyrrell

In June of 2005, after I defended my dissertation, Rachel and I left for a 1,000 mile trip from Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan to Baker Lake, Nunavut. Over the course of 54 days we retraced much Joseph Burr Tyrrell's second trip to the barrenlands of Canada. Tyrrell was a Canadian geologist most famous for surveying Canada's subarctic regions during the late 19th century.

The region we crossed includes the largest parcel of remaining wilderness in the world (excluding Antarctica). The Kazan River is densely covered in archaeological sites from the Inuit, who lived on the land in Tyrrell's time and hunted the barrenland caribou which migrate through this area twice a year. In addition to the caribou, the region is also home to the barrenlands grizzly, musk ox, and wolverine .


For more info on Tyrrell: JB Tyrrell Digital Collections (University of Toronto website)

Trip Photos