Park Radio System
Two-way radios are located in Emergency Shelters. Radio reception is variable and can be impossible at times due to weather and atmospheric conditions. These radios may also be used to confirm pickup arrangements with outfitters in Pangnirtung or Qikiqtarjuaq.
Park radios are monitored : 09h00 to 17h00 Year round Monday - Friday
They may be monitored at other times during the summer as well. This will be covered during your orientation.
As a safety precaution, we recommend visitors carry a satellite phone. Keep in mind that local topography and weather conditions can limit reception. Some satellite phones may be available for rent in Nunavut, but you would be best advised to rent one at home to bring on your trip. A satellite phone is the best way to make contact with rescuers in case of emergency. We recommend satellite phones above all other communications methods.
Single side-band radios and programmable radios
These radios are used by Parks Canada staff. They are also the most common form of communication used by local people out on the land. However, they can be unreliable and you may not be able to reach anybody.
SPOT devices can be used to allow family and friends to track your progress on your trip as well as to initiate a distress signal. This signal is non-reversible and is to be used in a life-threatening situation only. Visitors should be aware that the SPOT satellite network has poor coverage at high latitudes and that signals can be obstructed in valleys such as Akshayuk pass. They are NOT considered a reliable method of communication.
Make sure that you have advised your family and friends who may be tracking your “okay” messages that the absence of a message does not necessarily mean you are having problems. It most likely means you are temporarily not transmitting. During your registration we will collect information about your unit in the event that there is a need to check the activity from it.
Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)
Personal locater beacons are being carried more often into remote areas. Be sure to register your PLB with RCMP in Pangnirtung or Qikiqtarjuaq before your trip. When activated, they send a distress signal to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario who will initiate a rescue from there. Once activated, the signal is non-reversible. PLBs should be used in life-threatening situations only.
Please note that even when a PLB has been activated, it could still take from eight hours to several days for help to arrive. Be prepared to handle emergencies with the skills and equipment your party has brought.
Contact the Park Office in Pangnirtung (ph. 867-473-2500) for more information on communications systems.