Parks Canada

Ivvavik National Park

From Inuvik, fly through the British Mountains and join Parks Canada and your Inuvialuit hosts for a multi-day Arctic base camp experience st Sheep Creek. Hike to Inspiration Point and Halfway to Heaven. Perhaps you’ll glimpse the Porcupine caribou that calve here each spring. Listen to the stories and share the culture of your Inuvialuit host.  Throw a fishing line in the river. Perhaps you’ll catch a Dolly Varden for dinner. Trips are offered in June and July.

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Raft the Firth River

Raft the untamed waters of the Firth River on a private or commercially guided trip and wind your way through wide mountain valleys, narrow canyons and coastal plains to the Arctic Ocean.

Tuktut Nogait National Park

Make an Arctic Dream come true with a Parks Canada guided base camp trip into one of Canada's most remote national parks. Admire the stunning Brock River Canyon. Hear the stories and share the culture of your Inuvialuit host. Experience a place that many dream about but few ever visit. Hike through a landscape of rolling hills, wild rivers, precipitous canyons, and stunning waterfalls, featuring a variety of unique wildlife and vegetation. Endless daylight will urge you forward. This park, 170 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and 40 kilometres west of the hamlet of Paulatuk, was established in 1998 to protect the calving area of the Bluenose West caribou herd. Tuktut Nogait (pronounced took-tut neg-guide) refers to a young caribou from the time it drops, wobbly-footed, on the tundra, until roughly one year of age.

Historic sites include ancient tent rings, caches, rock alignments, meat drying areas and hunting blinds. Parks Canada guided base-camping trips now make this hiker's paradise easier to get to. Hike for five days in a place where the sun never sets.

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Paddle the Hornaday River

Paddle the pristine Hornaday River along a watercourse rich with birdlife. From vast expanses of tundra and deep canyons, to scenic waterfalls, Tuktut Nogait is a spectacular location for paddlers. Crystal clear rivers have carved magnificent canyons deep into the tundra, leaving sheer cliffs spiked with crumbling rock spires. Calls of peregrine and gyrfalcon echo off the canyon walls. The tundra is crisscrossed with the tracks of caribou, muskoxen, moose and grizzly bear. This land and its wildlife have supported aboriginal peoples for thousands of years.

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Aulavik National Park

Plan your trip into an Arctic dreamer's world. Aulavik National Park is on Banks Island, the most westerly island in the Canadian Arctic archipelago. It lies 250 km northeast of the nearest community, Sachs Harbour, and 750 km northeast of Inuvik. There are no facilities, campgrounds or developed trails.

Aulavik is home to the endangered Peary caribou and to the highest density of muskoxen in the world. In the Inuvialuktun language, Aulavik means a "place where people travel". Paddle the Thomsen River, one of Canada's most northerly navigable waterways, during a self-guided trip or with an outfitter. This slow moving river runs north through the heart of the park for 160 kilometres. From your canoe, watch the shaggy muskoxen and hear the wolves howl. Keep an eye out for cultural artifacts and archaeological sites, including tent rings and food caches, as you journey through this ancient landscape, where aboriginal people have travelled for nearly 4,000 years.

Covering 12,000 square kilometres of Arctic lowlands, the park was established in 1992 as part of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.

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