Auyuittuq National Park Reserve
Address City
Parks Canada, Nunavut Field Unit, P.O. Box 278 Iqaluit
Province Country
Northwest Territories Canada
Postal Code Phone
X0A 0H0 867-975-4673
 
Fax: 867-975-4674

Location: The park is located near Pangnirtung on Baffin Island in Nunavut. You will travel by either boat or snowmobile to reach the park from Pengnirtung, depending on the season.

Season: The park is open all year

 
Pangnirtung Fiord
Photo courtesy Parks Canada
 
You will need 9 map sheets at a scale of 1:250,000 to cover the entire park. Available from the Canada Map Office, (613) 952-7000, fax (613) 957-8861, or in Canada 1-800-465-6277. To hike Akshayuk Pass you'll need the Pangnirtung map, 26I.
 
Schwartzenback Falls
Photo courtesy Parks Canada
Hiking: By Foot, One Way, Overlord To Windy Lake Is 14 km, Windy Lake To Summit Lake Is 19 km, Summit Lake To Glacier Lake Is 18 km, Overlord To North Pangnirtung Fjord Is 93 km. The Trails Are Marked With Inukshuks. Persons hiking off the main trail must have self-rescue capability.
A young Snowy Owl
Photo courtesy Parks Canada
 
The rugged terrain, changeable weather, and hazards such as river crossings make Ayuyittuq a place where you must exhibit a large degree of self-reliance and responsibility for your own safety when looking for adventure in this beautiful wilderness.

Mountain Climbing: The continuous daylight of June and July make those months ideal for climbing. Mountain climbers and persons hiking off the main trail must have self-rescue capability.

 
Backcountry and Cross Country Skiing: There is extensive backcountry skiing in the park. Persons skiing in the backcountry or on the glaciers must have self-rescue capability.

Winter Camping: You can do wilderness ski touring or ski-mountaineering.

 
Skier in Auyuittuq National Park.
Photo courtesy Parks Canada
 
Dog Sledding: You can travel by dog-team in winter to view wildlife near Broughton Island.

Kayaking: There is great sea kayaking for the experienced arctic kayaker but currently there are no guides supporting the area.

 
Parks Canada staff does orientation and registration before any visitor enters Auyuittuq National Park Reserve. In Auyuittuq the difficult trails are marked by Inukshuks, human-shaped cairns of rock. They indicate safe routes across moraines and rivers, and routes that minimize damage to delicate environments. Inukshuk is the Inuktitut word for "That which has the likeness of man." In Auyuittuq they were built to guide hikers. Nunavut, Canada's central and eastern Arctic region has 5 proposed National Parks. These are: North Baffin Island National Park Reserve, Wager Bay National Park, North Bathurst National Park, Tuktut Nogait National Park (Nanuvut section) and Southampton Island National Park.
 
 
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