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Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Rescue Capability

  • Sirmilik National Park Warden Service has very limited rescue capabilities and will likely have to call upon outside agencies to assist in any rescue.
  • For high-angle technical mountain climbing evacuations, assistance from outside of Nunavut is required.

Air Support

  • No aircraft are stationed in Pond Inlet or Arctic Bay.
  • Air access may be delayed, sometimes for many days, due to poor visibility, weather 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, which restricts rescue capabilities in Sirmilik National Park.

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 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?