Project Launch: Fort Conger

The Early Age of Arctic Exploration

by Ross Davison
July 2, 2013
CyArk is proud to announce the launch of Parks Canada’s Fort Conger on the CyArk website. Fort Conger is the third project made possible by CyArk’s Data Donation Partner Program and a collaboration between CyArk, SarPoint Engineering Ltd ., Parks Canada , and the University Calgary.

Established on Canada’s northern Ellesmere Island in 1881, Fort Conger served as the base camp for the first northern polar scientific expedition. Throughout the next few decades, the site would house numerous expeditions from a diverse range of countries. Though it would take until 1991, the Peary shelters at Fort Conger are now designated as classified federal heritage buildings.

Today these buildings provide a rare glimpse into the age of early arctic exploration and illustrate the endurance and fortitude of the explorers and scientists in such unforgiving climates. However, with the launch of the Fort Conger on the digital archive, you can now explore the area without the fear of losing a toe or two to the cold.

We owe thanks to the explorers and pioneers that built the original structures, Sarpoint’s team who documented the site in 3D, and the University of Calgary for producing beautiful models and animations from the data. Fort Conger now find its place alongside Pompeii, Mount Rushmore, Tikal and other world heritage sites in the CyArk archive. Chris Tucker of SarPoint said of the partnership “Donating the data to CyArk is a great opportunity to ensure the safety and longevity of the data, while also bringing global attention to Fort Conger and SarPoint.”

With permissions and funding provided by the University of Calgary and Parks Canada, Sarpoint Engineering donated the 3D data and 3D models of the site to CyArk for archiving and development into a heritage project. The project as it exists on CyArk today is the result of Sarpoint and the University of Calgary's hard work will feature 3D models created by Professor Peter Dawson and Dr. Richard Levy of University of Calgary, video fly-throughs and historic photographs. We are proud to provide a home for this collection of work for free access on

So let’s get exploring, eh!
Scanning the remains of Fort Conger