Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Communications Systems

Satellite phones are becoming more and more popular with travellers in Nunavut. Check with the park office on the satellite services available before you rent a satellite phone to bring on your trip. As this service becomes more and more reliable, it will become the most recommended form of communication for backcountry travellers.

Single side-band radios are the most common form of communication used by local people out on the land. However they can be unreliable and you may not be able to reach anybody.

Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) are being carried more often into remote areas. Be sure to register your PLB with RCMP in Pond Inlet or Arctic Bay before your trip. When activated, they send a distress signal to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario who will initiate a rescue from there. Once activated, the signal is non-reversible; these are to be used in a life-threatening situation only.

Check in advance with local outfitters to see if satellite phones or single side band radios are available to rent. You may have to rent or purchase these before your trip begins from suppliers in the south. PLBs cannot be bought or rented in Pond Inlet or Arctic Bay. You must bring them with you. Contact us for more information. Remember if you are travelling in cold weather that any batteries must be kept warm to ensure their longevity. We recommend carrying them in an inner pocket.

Navigating in and around Sirmilik National Park. Sirmilik National Park lies within the zone of compass unreliability. GPS units are the preferred mode of navigation.