Vuntut National Park of Canada

Activities


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Vuntut National Park of Canada offers a range of wilderness opportunities for the experienced back-country enthusiast from canoeing the Old Crow River to hiking in the mountainous part of the park to winter ski trips. Visitors to Vuntut National Park of Canada should be prepared to explore the park on their own. There are no facilities or developed trails in the park.


Park Use Permits

All overnight visitors to the park are required to register prior to starting their trip and to de-register upon completion of their trip. Failing to deregister is a violation of Park Regulations. If you fail to check back in you may be financially responsible for the search.

You can register in person at the John Tizya Centre in Old Crow or by phone. Visitors are required to delineate their anticipated travel routes and itinerary in advance of receiving a permit. This information will aid in search and rescue efforts should they be needed. When registering you will be notified of any area closures or known hazards along your proposed route.

Aircraft Landing Permits

An aircraft landing permit is required before ANY aircraft (fixed-wing or rotary) can land in Vuntut National Park of Canada. Each request will be evaluated individually. You must apply for your landing permits three months in advance of the start of your trip.

Natural Hazards


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Wildlife encounters have the potential of being hazardous. Visitors should be aware of and follow safe practices for traveling in bear country. They should know the proper procedures for bear encounters, food storage, camping and personal hygiene in order to minimize the likelihood of problems with bears. Parks Canada recommends carrying bear spray. Firearms are NOT permitted.

Other wildlife species that could potentially pose threats to visitors include female caribou or moose with calves, bulls in rut or muskox.

Dense concentrations of black flies and mosquitoes occur during the summer (late June-July) and may result in severe insect harassment.

Climate has a dramatic effect on the degree and severity of natural hazards found within the park. The weather is variable and can change quickly. Strong winds can pick up suddenly and temperatures can rise or fall as much as 15° C. in a few hours. Snow can fall at any time of the year. Be prepared for delays due to weather and carry extra food, fuel and clothing. Know the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and be prepared to treat it.

Search and Rescue

Vuntut National Park of Canada is a remote wilderness park. Search and rescue operations are constrained by lack of park facilities, geographical location, weather conditions and small numbers of park staff. Rescue services are basic and there can be lengthy delays due to weather and the availability of both aircraft and rescue personnel. (Aircraft have to come from Inuvik or Dawson City).

Trip Safety

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Park visitors must be aware of the inherent risks of traveling to and within Vuntut National Park of Canada. The geographic isolation of the park can compound the severity of any incident. Visitors must plan their trips well, be knowledgeable, experienced and self-sufficient to ensure a safe trip.


Regulations

  • Overnight visitors are required to register; and, to de-register upon completion of their trip.
  • Removal of natural or cultural objects from the park is prohibited.
  • All garbage must be packed out.
  • All park waters are closed to fishing.  
  • It is illegal to hunt, feed, harass, approach or cause any undue stress to wildlife.
  • Firearms are NOT permitted. 
     

Topogarphic Maps

1:250,000

If you are looking for an overview of Vuntut National Park, three map sheets cover the entire park at the 1:250,000 scale:

  • Old Crow (116 O and 116 N)
  • Davidson Mountains (117 B)
  • Blow River (117 A)

1:50,000

For any trips involving route finding, hikers should use 1:50,000 scale topographic maps. To order the specific map sheets relevant to your hike, you need to know where you will be hiking. Government of Canada Topographic Maps may be ordered from: