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Auyuittuq National Park Nunavut | Map, Hiking, Activities, History, Guide

Auyuittuq National Park Nunavut | Map, Hiking, Activities, History, Guide

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Auyuittuq National Park Nunavut Canada

Contact Info

Phone Number
+1 867-473-2500
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National Park Info

Area (Milllion Acres)
No. of Visitors
Visitor Services Info
Pangnirtung Office, P.O. Box 353, Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada, X0A 0R0, Phone: 867-473-2500, Fax: 867-473-8612, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qikiqtarjuaq Office, P.O. Box 122, Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada, X0A 0B0, Phone: 867-927-8834, Fax: 867-927-8454, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Things NOT to do
Long-drop rappelling • Paragliding • BASE Jumping • Parachuting • Parasailing
How to get there?
First Air and Canadian North offer scheduled flights to Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq via Iqaluit from Montreal, Ottawa and Yellowknife.
When to go?
Facilities Available
Emergency Contacts
What to See Around
Akshayuk Pass (most popular skiing and hiking destination in the park)

Auyuittuq National Park Travel Guide:

Sweeping glaciers and polar sea ice meet jagged granite mountains in Auyuittuq National Park of Canada. Established in 1976, Auyuittuq - an Inuktitut word meaning "land that never melts" - protects 19,089 km 2 of glacier-scoured terrain. Located in the eastern Arctic, on southern Baffin Island, the park includes the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, the Penny Ice Cap, marine shorelines along coastal fiords, and Akshayuk Pass, a traditional travel corridor used by the Inuit for thousands of years. Whether you wish to climb Auyuittuq's rugged peaks, ski on its pristine icefields, or hike the scenic Akshayuk Pass, this park offers unique opportunities to experience the beauty and majesty of the Arctic.


Akshayuk Pass is the most popular skiing and hiking destination in the park. It is a 97 kilometre natural corridor between mountains and ice that will immerse you in what this landscape has to offer. There are nine emergency shelters spaced about one day’s travel apart. You won’t find any campgrounds or services in the park except for outhouses located near the shelters. Despite there being no defined trail to follow, the pass follows a glacial valley and significant landmarks. The striking views of Overlord, Odin, Thor and Asgard peaks will guide you through this spectacular landscape.


Akshayuk Pass is the park’s prime summer hiking destination. A traverse through the pass will usually take 8 - 12 days or you can do shorter trips of 4 - 6 days from Overlord to Glacier Lake or Summit Lake and back. There are no maintained trails in the park. Always plan extra time for travel in the park and a couple of extra days in the communities, particularly as weather and river crossings can affect your schedule any time in the season.

Climbing & Mountaineering:

Auyuittuq’s glaciers, rock cliffs and mountains provide world-class opportunities for rock climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering in an arctic environment. Potentially harsh conditions and a lack of local rescue services make mountaineering in this park inadvisable for all but the most experienced of climbers. Are you prepared for self-rescue? In emergency situations, technical rescue equipment and personnel have to be brought in from outside of Nunavut.


Ski travel in Akshayuk Pass is usually best accomplished along the Weasel River and Owl River valleys. Metal edged skis with skins, snowshoes or boots with attachable crampons are recommended. The Akshayuk Pass traverse can normally be accomplished in 7-10 days, not including transportation to the park. Keep in mind that weather may delay travel for one or more days.

Although your skis can take you to many peaks and glaciers, most actual ascents will require technical climbing skills and equipment.


There are many great bouldering areas in the park. Contact park staff for more information.

Visitor Safety:

IMPORTANT: As a safety requirement, it is mandatory for all visitors to register, pay a fee and participate in an orientation prior to entering the park. Please make arrangements with the park office at least two weeks in advance of your trip.

Visitors to Auyuittuq National Park should be experienced in and well-prepared to endure the challenges of backcountry travel. They should be prepared for unpredictable weather and rugged terrain.


No roads lead to Auyuittuq. The only way to reach this Arctic community is by airplane. Most people in town get around by cars, trucks, snowmobile or ATV.

  • A taxi service is provided by Jim`s Taxi (867-473-4014).
  • Vehicle rental is available through Sak`s Rental (867-473-4778/1354)
  • Cargo services are provided by J.R. Enterprises (867-473-8719).


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