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Discover Wonderful Nunavut Camping at Ukkusiksalik National Park!

Ukkusiksalik National Park is located in Nunavut, just south of the Arctic Circle. Covering more than 7,900 square miles, it is filled with coastal mudflats, rolling tundra, amazing cliffs and rugged coastlines. Established in 2003, the park became Canada’s 41st park and it is the sixth largest park in Canada. Rich in human history, the Inuit people inhabited the park from 1000 AD until the 1960’s, and they still hunt in the region today. More than 500 archeological sites have been found ranging from fox traps and food caches to tent rings. Wildlife living in the park include polar bears, grizzly bears, the Arctic wolf, caribou, seals and the peregrine falcon. Plant like tends to be typical low tundra bush, including dwarf birch, willow and mountain avens. River valleys have small patches of boreal forest. With so much to explore, Ukkusiksalik National Park really is an amazing Nunavut camping destination!

Considered to be high arctic, the park’s climate is considered arctic-maritime. Low temperatures, high wind and relatively little precipitation make are common. The park has North America’s highest wind chill and the largest snowdrifts. The weather in the park is strongly influenced by a steep mountain range at the southern end of the park. The steep mountains combined with the close proximity to Hudson Bay lead to drops in temperature and strong fog during summer. Blizzards are common during autumn. While the bay isn’t usually ice free until July, temperatures range between cool and very warm May through September. There are no fees to enter the park. The only time the park is very accessible is during the short summer months, from the beginning of July to early August.

Guides and experienced outfitters can take you out on guided day hikes, taking you along rolling tundra around Wager Bay. The process of boating to the park is an adventure in and of itself. Boating to the park offers you a chance to see the many marine animals that can be found around the park, including polar bears, beluga whales, seals and the occasional narwhal. This is the safest way to view polar bears and kayaking is discouraged due to the threat polar bears pose. The best way into the park tends to be by plane, since ice and other complications can greatly delay or impede boat travel. The summer months come with never ending sunlight, meaning you can take full advantage of the short window of visitation, setting out for a hike even at 3 in the morning! This rugged and beautiful park tucked away to the north is an amazing Nunavut camping destination that you will never forget!

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