Established in 1960, the McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) is one of the longest-operating seasonal field research facilities in the High Arctic. The station is located 8km inland at Expedition Fjord, Nunavut, on Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian High Arctic, and consists of a small research hut, a cook house and two temporary structures.
The station is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Some of the most detailed environmental information in the Arctic, including topographic map data, has been collected here.
The station serves as a resource not only for McGill but also other universities, NASA, the Polar Continental Shelf Project, the Geological Survey of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature.