Visitors and winter sunset in Wapusk National Park © Parks Canada
Visitor Safety in Wapusk National Park
Wapusk National Park offers spectacular scenery, wildlife, and opportunities to experience northern culture and history.
The remoteness of this area and limited rescue capabilities increase the risk from natural hazards. Be prepared to deal with extreme weather, unpredictable terrain and travel in polar bear country. Severe cold in winter, coupled with snow conditions and lack of landmarks, mean even routine winter travel can be hazardous.
To help ensure the safety of our visitors, Parks Canada engages in visitor risk management and visitor safety planning, builds and maintains facilities (such as hazard signs and fenced compounds), and works with other government departments and non-governmental agencies to provide trip planning and safety information, as well as search and rescue services.
Learn more about risks associated with a park visit:
Contact us if you have any questions.
To get the most from your visit and limit your impact on the park, please observe the following:
- Be self-reliant and prepared to be responsible for your own safety.
- Be properly provisioned and equipped, and have the level of knowledge, skill and physical fitness required for the activities you plan to undertake.
- Obey the rules and instructions of the commercial operator you are travelling with.
- Consider the safety information and advice provided by Parks Canada, and observe any regulations that are in place to help you stay safe.
- Seek out additional advice from park staff if you are uncertain about the hazards and risks you may encounter.
- Be prepared for medical, wildlife and weather-related emergencies.
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