Canada Announces Arctic Station Location

OTTAWA, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Canada has chosen a small hamlet on the Northwest Passage as the location for the country’s High Arctic Research Station, officials said.

Cambridge Bay was chosen over Resolute Bay and Pond Inlet, arctic researchers say. All three Nunavut sites were short listed in 2009 as possible locations for the research facility, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News reported Tuesday.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans to visit Cambridge Bay on Tuesday with Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who once lived in the community of 1,500.

The High Arctic Research Station was announced in 2007, and $2 million was allocated for the feasibility study on the proposed station in the 2009 budget.

Longtime arctic researcher John England at the University of Alberta said he was pleased with the chosen location.

“Cambridge Bay gives you wonderful reach into the Northwest Territories and Nunavut,” he said, “with even farther reach into the Yukon.”

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