Ivvavik National Park


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Ivvavik National Park

Address:Western Arctic Field Unit
PO Box 1840
Inuvik, NT X0E0T0

Phone:867-777-8800
Fax:867-777-8820
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/yt/ivvavik
Size: 9,750 sq. km.
Established: 1984.
Location:On the north slope of the Yukon Territory. Access to the park is by air charter service from Inuvik, NT, which is 200 km east of the park. Inuvik, the largest community in the region, has daily flights from southern Canada and may also be reached via the Dempster Highway.
Facilities:None.
Activities:The most popular recreational activity in Ivvavik is whitewater rafting on the Firth River, which includes 130 navigable km from Margaret Lake to the Beaufort Sea. The rapids range from Class I to Class IV. Other activities include backcountry camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and kayaking.
Special Features:Ivvavik is the first national park in Canada to be established as a result of an Aboriginal land claim settlement. It encompasses a variety of arctic and subarctic ecosystems, which range from the height of land in the south, through mountains, foothills, and river valleys to the coastal plain and the Beaufort Sea. Park is the summer home of the 125,000+ Porcupine caribou herd, which migrates annually from the forested valleys of north-central Yukon to calving grounds on the Beaufort coast. Spring migration peaks at the end of May and early June. Archeologists have discovered the remains of eight distinct cultures that have traveled through the northern Yukon and there is evidence that human habitation could extend back 30,000 years.

See other parks in Northwest Territories.
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