Common menu bar links

Quttinirpaaq National Park

Experience the Top of the World: A Northern Iconic Experience

Be one of the few to set foot in this amazing landscape!
© Parks Canada/ Fred Lemire

Walk in the footsteps of ancient hunters, polar explorers, and military scientists whose adventures are woven into the story of Quttinirpaaq National Park. Challenge yourself in this vast, rugged land. High above the Arctic Circle, hike through patches of brilliant yellow Arctic poppies beneath the 24-hour sunshine. Cross wild rivers and traverse immense valleys.

Travel past glaciers that reach down from tall, rugged peaks. Watch muskoxen graze near Arctic wolves. Look towards the horizon; the North Pole is only 800 km away.

Be one of the privileged few to set foot in this extraordinary place. Book one of nine seats on a Parks Canada charter from Resolute to Tanquary Fiord. Join a 14-day hike with Black Feather wilderness guides or create your own adventure in Canada’s most northern national park.

Partner Logo

What's included in the Parks Canada experience?

All photos © Parks Canada/ Fred Lemire

If you like to get away from it all and travel on your own or with friends and family, the Parks Canada charter is for you. We’ll fly you into the Quttinirpaaq National Park where you can begin your own independent backcountry hiking adventure!

  • Chartered Twin Otter flights between the town of Resolute and Tanquary Fiord, Parks Canada’s base of operations in Quttinirpaaq National Park
  • Celebratory supper at Tanquary Fiord on your last night
  • Safety orientation
  • Parks Canada backcountry fee
  • Quttinirpaaq cap and sticker

What’s included in the Black Feather experiences?

If independent backcountry hiking is not for you, Parks Canada has partnered with Black Feather: The Wilderness Adventure Company to provide two guided experiences in Quttinirpaaq National park. Want a guided backcountry adventure? Choose the Ad Astra Trek. Prefer taking photos on shorter hikes? The Ellesemere Basecamp is for you.

Ad Astra Trek
Circumnavigate the Ad Astra icecap in one of Ellesmere Island’s spectacular hiking areas. Travel with experienced Black Feather wilderness guides and explore the wilderness of Quttinirpaaq National Park. This guided trip requires a minimum of four participants to run and is restricted to people between the ages of 16 to 66.

Ellesmere Basecamp & Photography
Grab your camera and head into a stunning landscape to photograph mountainous and glacial vistas. Watch grazing muskoxen and see if you can spot Arctic wolves, Arctic foxes, and the different bird species that call Quttinirpaaq National Park home. The Black Feather basecamp will be your High Arctic home as you go on day trips in search of the perfect photo! This guided experience requires a minimum of four participants to run and is restricted to people between the ages of 16 to 66.

Which trip is for me?

The Parks Canada Iconic Experience is designed for people with experience navigating and completing multi-day backcountry hiking routes. There are no marked trails and varied, unstable terrain, including steep inclines and river crossings. Quttinirpaaq National Park is isolated and visitors should be able be prepared to wait multiple days if in need of rescue.

Would you rather a guided trip or basecamp experience? Our partner Black Feather will help you find the perfect adventure.

What are the details?

Parks Canada Charter
Dates: 1–15 July 2016
Departs: Resolute, Nunavut
Seats available: 8
Cost: $8,000
To book: Call 867-975-4673 or email

Black Feather Trips
Dates: 30 June to 16 July 2016
Departs: Resolute, Nunavut
Seats available: 8
Cost (early bird ): $14,995
Cost: $15,395
To book: Call 1-888-849-7668 or email


This is one of Parks Canada's unique Northern Iconic Experiences.
Discover the others here.