About the Northwest Passage Hall of Fame

The Northwest Passage (NWP) is a navigable route first explored as a possible trade route to Asia. For centuries, many explorers and vessels have attempted to breach the NWP, the most famous being the Franklin Expedition. The first vessel in history to sail from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean via the Northwest Passage, the first vessel to sail the more northerly deep water Northwest Passage route and the first vessel to circumnavigate North America is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) vessel, the St. Roch. This historic vessel is currently housed in the Vancouver Maritime Museum, a Canadian National Heritage Site.

To celebrate the heroic effort of many explorers who contributed to the discovery of the Northwest Passage, the Vancouver Maritime Museum initiated the Northwest Passage Hall of Fame to honour individuals, vessels and expeditions who have successfully navigated through the entire Northwest Passage.

Each year, the Hall of Fame will induct one individual, vessel and expedition to the Hall of Fame.

More information, images, videos and other materials will be added to this website regularly. We invite you to come back often to see what’s new, and explore the rich heritage of the Northwest Passage, new information about the Hall of Fame, and the history and stories of expeditions and travels.

If you have any NWP-related information and materials that you’d like to share on this website, please contact our curator at curator@vanmaritime.com.