Quttinirpaaq National Park is home to a number of land mammals such as: polar bears, arctic wolves, arctic foxes, hares, caribou and lemmings. This list includes several but not all of the land mammals that reside in the park. Some of the marine mammals within Quttinirpaaq include: walrus, seals and whales. Amongst the different species of marine mammals there are several rare ones that live in the park. These include but are not limited to the Beluga Whale and the Harp Seals. Quttinirpaaq is also called home by a large variety of fish and a vast variety of bird species as well. Wildlife lovers are sure to be impressed by the many animals that co-exist within the boundaries of the park.
Another fascinating point about Quttinirpaaq National Park is that it is located on the most northerly tip of Canada. This is also the most northerly park on earth! Due to the remote location of the park, the main access point is the Tanquary Fiord Airport, which is operated by Parks Canada. The nearest town to the park is Eureka.
If you come to visit this park there are many activities available for you to do. Some choices include: ski touring, back country camping, hiking, snow machine access and dog sledding. Depending on the degree of adventure you are seeking and the time of year that you visit you are sure to find a wilderness adventure that will appeal to you. If you are looking to hike or camp it is recommended that you visit in the summer months. There are a variety of trails that offer different degrees in difficulty but all offer amazing views. You will definitely want to have your camera handy! If you choose to visit in the winter months you are encouraged to use caution. There is very extreme weather in the Park and this is not suitable for many people. There are licensed and qualified guides available to you through the park. They are there to help you find the right travel options to make the most out of your visit. Visitors who are not experienced in wilderness adventure may want to contact the Quttinirpaaq National Park directly before visiting. The Park officials will be able to direct you to trails and also advise you of safety tips that will be very important for your stay in the park.
A wealth of natural wonders and geological treasures, Quttinirpaaq National Park is a true gem amongst Wilderness enthusiasts. The park was established in 1986 and has since become well known and loved to the many visitors that venture out each year.