Nunavut National Parks: Auyuittuq National Park

Immense glaciers and drifting polar sea ice form a surreal contrast to the ancient granite mountains of Auyuittuq National Park. Located on the southern portion of Baffin Island, the park is home to one of the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, known as the Penny Ice Cap, as well as numerous marine shorelines, coastal fjords and towering mountains.

Established as a Nunavut National Park in 1976, Auyuittuq—known as the land which never melts—is an unbelievably beautiful 19,089 km2 stretch of glacier-cut terrain, fierce glacial streams and some of the most spectacular natural scenery on earth.

The park also contains a variety of terrestrial and marine mammals and intense blooming flowers that carpet the park during July and early August.

Auyuittuq offers visitors the opportunity to experience activities including hiking and backcountry camping in Akshayuk Pass, ski-touring on the extensive icefields, travelling along the northern fiords, or climbing the park's challenging peaks.

As with all parks in Nunavut proper trip preparation is essential. Please contact the park office in Pangnirtung for a complete package of trip-planning information, including a list of licensed guides and outfitters. Due to the remoteness and natural hazards of the arctic environment, travel in Auyuittuq is recommended only for those who are highly self-sufficient and experienced in wilderness travel and their chosen activities.

Photo by Ansgar Walk