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Auyuittuq National Park of Canada

Rescue Capability

Rescue facilities and services are very limited in Auyuittuq National Park. In the event of injury or mishap, weather and travel conditions may delay rescue for many days - or make it entirely impossible. The only first aid available to your party is the expertise your party holds. You must be prepared for self-rescue.

  • Auyuittuq National Park Warden Service is equipped and trained to provide basic rescue services including first aid, patient stabilisation and evacuation in non-technical terrain.
  • For high-angle technical evacuations, assistance from outside of Nunavut is required.

Air Support

  • There may not be an aircraft stationed in Pangnirtung or Qikiqtarjuaq.
  • Air access may be delayed, sometimes for many days, due to poor visibility, weather conditions or high winds.
  • Weather conditions at the aircraft's point of departure and flying conditions on route to the rescue site may delay or preclude immediate response.
  • Aircraft will not land if the terrain is unsuitable for a safe landing. This restricts rescue capabilities in Auyuittuq National Park.

Emergency Equipment

  • Emergency equipment caches are located in yellow buckets at strategic locations within the park. Please consult with park staff for current location.
  • Emergency radios are provided in all emergency shelters and operational cabins. Instructions for use, communication schedules and call signs are provided at these locations.
  • Radio signals can be distorted and limited by weather, mountainous terrain and sunspot activity. In an emergency, continue transmitting your message even if there is no response, someone may be able to receive your message.
  • Cache barrels are found near major river crossings to assist travellers who lose gear while crossing rivers. Locations and contents of cache barrels will be covered in your orientation.
  • Satellite phones are the preferred means of making contact for emergency or other purposes.


Do not forget to de-register! Users who fail to de-register place an unnecessary burden on the park's limited search and rescue capabilities. Parks Canada may seek to recover the cost of any search and rescue initiated for park users who fail to de-register.

The information that you are required to give park staff during the registration process, such as a detailed description of your itinerary and equipment, will become very important if a rescue is required.

Visitors travelling in the park must be self-sufficient, self-reliant, and able to handle medical or wildlife-related emergencies on their own. All parties must carry appropriate gear. Take every precaution and keep yourself, and those who may be called upon to rescue you, out of danger. Are you ready?