Ivvavik National Park of Canada

Search and Rescue

Practising swiftwater rescue skills
Practising swiftwater rescue skills.
© Parks Canada / Karsten Heuer, July 16, 2002

Ivvavik is one of the most isolated parks in North America, and rescue services and facilities are limited. Although the park's Warden Service is trained in swiftwater rescue, marine search and rescue as well as first aid, evacuation and park search & rescue operations may be delayed by poor weather conditions, geography or aircraft availability. The only first aid available to your party is the expertise your party holds. Consequently, park visitors must be self-sufficient, self reliant, and able to handle emergencies on their own.

You are responsible for your own safety.

We expect you to:
  • be self-reliant and responsible for your own safety;
  • have the required equipment, knowledge, skills and physical fitness;
  • consider the public safety information and advice provided by Parks Canada;
  • seek out additional advice from park staff if you are uncertain about the hazards and risks you may encounter;
  • comply with the public safety registration and de-registration program;
  • be prepared for medical, wildlife and weather-related emergencies.
When will a search be initiated?

A search & rescue response will be initiated when a group has failed to de-register and an initial investigation suggests a group is overdue or when a distress signal is reported. In the case of an overdue group, a physical search may not occur until at least 48 hours after the de-registration date has passed. 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 for rescuers trying to locate you.