Nunavut National Parks: Sirmilik National Park

Located on the northern tip of Baffin Island near Lancaster Sound, Sirmilik National Park is unique among Nunavut National Parks as it protects an expansive and ecologically significant portion of Eastern Arctic Lowlands and Northern Davis natural regions.

The geography of Sirmilik National Park varies dramatically across each of the park regions: Bylot Island, Baffin Island and the Borden Peninsula—it is perhaps one of the most geographically diverse of all the Nunavut National Parks.

Bylot Island is a spectacular area of rugged mountains, icefields and glaciers, coastal lowlands and seabird colonies. Oliver Sound is a long, narrow fjord with excellent opportunities for boating, hiking and camping. Borden Peninsula is an extensive plateau dissected by broad river valleys.

Sirmilik translates from an Inuktitut word meaning “the place of the glaciers”, and as you can imagine, the park is an exceptional place to view and photograph glaciers. The park also has a rich legacy of cultural resources and, much like other Nunavut National Parks, a history that dates back thousands of years.

The park is home to beluga whales, seals, walrus, caribou, arctic fox, arctic hare and wolves, and Bylot Island is recognized as a migratory area for narwhals. Sirmilik is one of eight Canadian national parks that contain polar bears. A major seabird colony is located in the area of Baillarge Bay.

For more information on Sirmilik National Park and the other Nunavut National Parks check out the Nunavut Parks website.

Photo by Mike Beauregard