Auyuittuq National Park of Canada

Climate and Weather

The Polar marine climate of Baffin Island provides long cold winters and short cool summers, with sub-freezing temperatures year-round at higher elevations.

Skiers should take note that air cooling and becoming denser above the Penny Ice Cap drains to the valleys below as tremendous winds. These "katabatic winds" are often associated with glaciers. In Auyuittuq National Park they can blow up to 175 km/hr, creating severe storm conditions in Akshayuk Pass even when the glaciers above are relatively calm and sunny.