Aulavik, meaning “ place where people travel ” in Inuvialuktun, protects more than 12,000 square kilometres of arctic lowlands on the north end of Banks Island. The park encompasses a variety of landscapes from fertile river valleys to polar deserts, buttes and badlands, rolling hills, and bold seacoasts.

Featured things to do

Paddle though the Heart of Aulavik National Park on the Thomsen River!

The gentle Thomsen River runs the length of Aulavik National Park. Paddlers are rewarded with a multi-week journey through rich arctic tundra, full of wildlife like muskoxen, hundreds of species of wildflowers and ancient archaeological sites. 

You may camp anywhere you like, except at archaeological sites.

Whether hiking or paddling, there are an endless number of beautiful sites to choose from.  A good quality tent, able to withstand fierce winds, is crucial for a comfortable visit. 

Hike through Untouched Arctic Lowland Tundra in Aulavik National Park

Though it doesn’t have a single marked trail, Aulavik National Park is a hikers’ paradise. Trek through rolling lowland tundra in the rich Thomsen River corridor, exploring ancient native sites, encountering muskoxen and Arctic wildlife and enjoying scenic vistas. 

Getting here

Box 29
Sachs Harbour NT X0E 0Z0

Hours of operation

The park is accessible year-round.
Visitor services are available, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 867-777-8800
Fax: 867-777-8820

A family of cyclists and a heritage lighthouse

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