Ivvavik National Park of Canada
Hiking Near Sheep Creek. © Parks Canada
With its open terrain and abundant wildlife, Ivvavik is an ideal setting for an arctic hiking experience. Wildlife viewing, photography and birding are all popular activities for park visitors traveling on foot. As you travel from the rolling mountains to the river valley to the coastal plain, the vegetation and wildlife changes in step with the changing landscape. By the end of the journey, you are likely to see some of the natural inhabitants of the park, such as caribou, grizzly bears, wolves, foxes, muskoxen, gyrfalcons, and golden eagles.
The hiking season extends from mid-June until mid-August. A particularly beautiful time to visit is the end of June and early July, when the tundra is carpeted with wildflowers and the caribou are migrating through the park. Hikes can be extended into the third week of August when the autumn colours are at their peak. However, hikers who are enroute that late in the season must be prepared for winter-like conditions and delays due to heavy fog.
Babbage Falls © Parks Canada
While there are no designated trails in Ivvavik, the hiking opportunities are endless. All hiking takes place by following approximate routes, directions leading from one general area to another, and following unmistakable landmarks such as creeks, rivers, valleys, lakes, eskers, and hills. Your intended hiking route should be thoroughly investigated using topographic maps and, if possible, air photos. Contact the Park Office to discuss your plans. You must supply a detailed description of your planned route on 1:50 000 scale before your departure to the park.
Air access points for hiking include Sheep Creek, Margaret Lake, Komakuk Beach and Stokes Point.