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Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada

Visitor Safety

Polar Bear Safety in Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada

Polar Bear
© Elizabeth Seale

In Quttinirpaaq National Park, polar bears can be found in coastal areas. They have also been known to travel in the Lake Hazen and Tanquary areas.

Report polar bear encounters, sightings, tracks and signs to Parks Canada staff as soon as possible. Use a radio or satellite phone if possible.

If you are nervous about bears, or uncertain of your ability to deal with them, consider hiring a guide from one of the communities. Guides are knowledgeable and experienced at travelling in bear country. When hiring a guide, ask about their experience, how they will avoid encountering polar bears, and their plan of action should you encounter a bear.

If you choose to travel in polar bear country, take the necessary precautions. The more people in your group, the greater the chances of deterring a bear. Read the following pamphlet carefully: