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Torngat Mountains National Park of Canada

Weather

Hiker scanning for bad weather Hiker scanning for bad weather
© Parks Canada / Sheldon Stone

The local weather in Nain or Kangiqsualujjuaq is rarely representative of what is to be found in the park so it is not wise to extrapolate weather conditions from these communities. The weather in the park is variable and changes quickly. You will have to be well prepared for all types of weather when travelling to the park and to expect the worse.

Hikers approaching low clouds Hikers approaching low clouds
© Parks Canada / Sheldon Stone

The climate of the park is influenced by both altitude and latitude and the nearby Labrador Sea. The best weather typically occurs from mid-July to mid-August, although sudden and heavy fog can appear at any time during the summer and early fall, especially in coastal areas. The Torngat Mountains are especially famous for intense winds, which can roar down unexpectedly from the mountains along river valleys and ravines, creating hazardous conditions within minutes. Strong winds, long spells of rain, and fog often impede travel in the park and might force you to extend you stay beyond what you had planned or provisionedfor .

Summer snow Summer snow
© Parks Canada / Sheldon Stone

During the winter months temperatures can fall below –25°C for prolonged periods. The combination of these temperatures with strong winds and reduced daylight can create a severe winter environment.

Climate has a dramatic effect on the degree and severity of natural hazards found within the Torngat Mountains. For more information on the risk posed by weather, see Visitor Safety .