We rarely head out for an outdoor adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and most times everything will go right. However, sometimes the unexpected happens and when it does, it's important that you are well informed and well prepared to minimize the negative impact of unfortunate circumstances.

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Visitors to Ukkusiksalik National Park must travel with an experienced guide or outfitter. A guided group traveling in this park must carry appropriate gear, be self-reliant and able to handle any medical or wildlife-related emergency.

Careful pre trip planning is essential. Please contact the Parks Canada office in Naujaat at 867-462-4500 or the Field Unit office in Iqaluit at 867-975-4673 for detailed pre trip information.

Parks Canada search and rescue capabilities are limited and there can be lengthy delays due to weather and lack of available aircraft. Take every precaution to keep yourself out of danger. We highly recommend bringing a GPS and an Iridium satellite phone. All high arctic communication systems may be unreliable.

Polar bears are far more abundant in Ukkusiksalik than in most other national parks in the Arctic. Several encounters are likely on any trip. Because of this extreme danger, visitors must travel in the park with a properly equipped and trained guide who is experienced in polar bear country.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part as visitors by making sure you seek out the information you need to stay safe and make well-informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a visitor center to speak with our employees for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable visit.