Auyuittuq National Park


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Auyuittuq National Park

(ouyo͞o`ətək, –ətŭk'), c.8,290 sq mi (21,470 sq km), E Baffin Island near Pangnirtung, Nunavut Territory, Canada; est. 1972. Located on the Cumberland Peninsula, it was the first Canadian national park to be created N of the Arctic Circle. The park includes scenic fjords, glaciated mountains, numerous glaciers, and the extensive Penny Ice Cap.

Auyuittuq National Park

Address:PO Box 353
Pangnirtung, NU X0A0R0

Phone:867-473-8828
Fax:867-473-8612
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/auyuittuq
Size: 19,089 sq. km.
Established: 1972. Status was elevated from national park reserve to full-fledged national park in 1999.
Location:Situated almost entirely above the Arctic Circle, on the north shore of Baffin Island's Cumberland Peninsula. Most visitors enter Auyuittuq through the park's southern entrance at Overlord, a 28-km trip from the community of Pangnirtung. Travel to the park from either Pangnirtung or Qikitarjuaq can be arranged with local outfitters; travel is either by boat or snowmobile, depending on the season.
Facilities:Visitor center, boat charter, hiking trails.
Activities:Camping, hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing (including whale watching). The majority of park visitors come in July and August and spend most of their time in the southern part of the park.
Special Features:Auyuittuq ("the land that never melts") is a rugged mountain tundra park featuring active glaciers, deep valleys, spectacular fjords, and many species of arctic mammals and birds. Park is dominated by the Penny Ice Cap, which covers one-third of the park area and is a vestige of the last Ice Age. With ice as thick as 300 meters in places, the ice cap provides an excellent record of past climates and has been the base for several major scientific studies into climate change and global warming. Auyuittuq has a rich legacy of prehistoric and historic cultural resources that tell the story of occupation by the modern Inuit and their ancestors for thousands of years.

See other parks in Nunavut.
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For some of the most stunning scenery on the continent, head to Auyuittuq National Park, where you'll find several massive glaciers and a deep, narrow mountain pass.