The distance to the North Pole is 1,087 nautical miles (1,251 mi; 2,013 km), or 64 km (40 mi) closer than the distance from Point Barrow, Alaska (the northernmost point in the United States) to the Pole.
Murchison Promontory is situated in Nunavut on the northern part of the Boothia Peninsula in the northern Canadian Arctic. The northernmost point on the promontory is Zenith Point with coordinates .
Murchison Promontory is part of the Kitikmeot Region (Qitirmiut).
The area was first explored in April 1852 by Canadian Captain William Kennedy and French explorer Joseph René Bellot while searching for traces of John Franklin's lost Arctic expedition. The strait was then named after Bellot.
In 1937 Scot E. J. "Scotty" Gall passed the promontory on his ship "Aklavik" on the first crossing of the Bellot Strait travelling from the western shore to the eastern for the Hudson's Bay Company.
- Querying Geographical Names of Canada Archived 2011-06-08 at the Wayback Machine at Natural Resources Canada
- Murchison Promontory Archived 2012-09-27 at the Wayback Machine at the Atlas of Canada
- "Somerset Island". Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-25.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) at Oceandots
- Zenith Point Archived 2012-10-02 at the Wayback Machine at the Atlas of Canada
- Francis Leopold McClintock at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
- The Columbia Gazetteer of North America 2000 Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
- Bellot Strait at The Canadian Encyclopedia
- University of Calgary, Scotty Gall