Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada
Emergencies and Rescue Capability
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Limited rescue capabilities
- The Quttinirpaaq National Park Warden Service has a limited ability to carry out rescues in the national park. The park is large and remote and there are very few park staff.
- Highly technical rescues may need outside assistance. Assistance may have to come from outside Nunavut.
- No aircraft are stationed in the park. The nearest aircraft are stationed in Resolute Bay, which is four hours away.
- Air access can be delayed for many days, due to poor visibility, weather conditions or high winds.
- Weather conditions at the aircraft’s point of departure and flying conditions en route to the rescue site may limit rescue capabilities.
- Aircraft will not land if the terrain is unsuitable for a safe landing. This restricts rescue capabilities in Quttinirpaaq National Park.
Emergency equipment and facilities
- Basic rescue, first aid and survival equipment is located inside the park buildings at Tanquary Fiord and Lake Hazen Warden Stations.
- Emergency radios are provided in the park buildings at Tanquary Fiord and Lake Hazen. 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.
- The nearest nursing station is in Resolute Bay. The nearest hospitals are in Iqaluit and Yellowknife.
Do not forget to de-register! Users who fail to de-register place an unnecessary burden on the limited search and rescue capabilities. Parks Canada may seek to recover the cost of search and rescue from park users who fail to deregister.
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?