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Vuntut National Park Offers Terrific Yukon Territory Camping!
Established in 1995, Vuntut National Park is still a pretty undeveloped park. No established roads or trails can be found within the park. Covering about 2,700 square miles of land, it is located in the northwestern corner of Yukon Territory. It is surrounded by other beautiful natural habitats, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the west, Ivvavik National Park to the north, Black Fox Creek and Old Crow River to the east and south. Vuntut National Park combined with the Ivvavik National Park and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge represent international efforts to protect a beautiful region and the wildlife that call it home, including the largest herd in North America of thousands of porcupine caribou. Rugged and remote, Vuntut National Park is an amazing Yukon Territory camping opportunity for hardy outdoors enthusiasts!
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The climate in the park can be unpredictable and temperatures can change drastically with little warning. Snow is possible any time of the year, although summer months do tend to be warmer with much less snow than winter. June and July are prime insect months, so be prepared to deal with mosquitos and flies. Always be prepared for any and all weather, and know that weather can cause delays so bring extra food, clothing and fuel. The park is very wild, so all visitors need to be aware of the potential hazards in the park. Wildlife encounters can be dangerous, so be prepared to camp in bear country and keep a safe distance from animals. The remote location of the park means that you will most likely have to handle any emergencies that come up, so experience in the wild is a must. There is a daily fee of CA$24.50 and an annual pass costs $147.20.
Vuntut National Park is any outdoor enthusiasts dream. Rugged landscapes, beautiful mountains, grassy meadows, wetlands and foothills fill the park. Hikers can spend hours exploring the beauty of the park. Visitors can canoe down the Old Crow River or in one of the many lakes found in the park. Winter snow makes for excellent skiing opportunities. The wide range of wildlife include caribou, lynx, grizzly and black bears, moose, mink and half a million birds use the park every year for breeding, molting and a starting point for their winter migration. The rugged beauty of this park, combined with its remote location and lack of human intervention, makes it a terrific and untouched Yukon Territory camping destination!
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