The Government of NWT has travel restrictions in effect that may impact or prevent you from travelling into Aulavik National Park. For details on entry into the territories, including restrictions and mandatory self-isolation for residents, visit:
Aulavik National Park is one of the most isolated parks in North America, and rescue services and facilities are limited. It is important for visitors to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, and capable of handling emergencies. Parks Canada has a search and rescue team based in Inuvik, however, rescue operations are dependent on weather, aircraft or staff mobilization response time. Additionally, due to the impacts of COVID-19, mountain and swift water rescue services are greatly reduced in the Western Arctic, and could take up to a week to access the park based on resource availability.
Aulavik, meaning “ place where people travel ” in Inuvialuktun, protects more than 12,000 square kilometres of arctic lowlands on the north end of Banks Island. The park encompasses a variety of landscapes from fertile river valleys to polar deserts, buttes and badlands, rolling hills, and bold seacoasts.
Featured things to do
Hours of operation
The park is accessible year-round.
Visitor services are available, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list
Ivvavik National Park
Rafters from around the world meet up in Ivvavik National Park. The Firth River slices through canyons and mountain valleys to the Arctic Ocean. A fly-in base camp offers hikers access to an Arctic landscape of tors, peaks and rolling hills untouched by the last Ice Age.
Pingo Canadian Landmark
Pingo Canadian Landmark protects a unique arctic landform: ice-cored hills called pingos. Rising out of the flat tundra, these hills provide a distinctive backdrop to the community of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
Saoyú-ʔehdacho National Historic Site
Saoyú-Ɂehdacho National Historic Site celebrates the traditional lifestyles of the Sahtúgot’įnę – “the people of the Sahtú.” Visitors to Canada’s largest National Historic Site learn about the teaching, healing and spiritual places as conveyed through oral history.
Tuktut Nogait National Park
Arctic rivers, waterfalls, canyons and tundra combine to provide habitat for caribou, muskoxen, wolves and other arctic species.