For visitor safety, it is mandatory to register all trips into the park prior to entering and to de-register upon exiting.

During the registration and orientation process you will be provided with information about Auyuittuq National Park, its special features, key hazards, risks, mitigations, regulations and expectations associated with your activity in the park and surrounding area. When available, other relevant information will also be shared such as route conditions, weather, water levels, area closures, and recent polar bear sightings.

If you plan on travelling on Inuit-owned land, contact the Qikiqtani Inuit Association at 1-800-667-2742 to request permission.

ALL visitors to Auyuittuq National Park MUST attend a mandatory orientation session, register, pay the applicable fees, and obtain a valid park entry permit.

Registering and de-registering

  • To register your trip:

    Contact the park by phone or email to schedule your registration session two or more weeks in advance if possible. Plan to spend about 3 hours at the Parks Canada office for your orientation, registration and payment of park fees.

  • To de-register your trip:

    Within 24 hours of leaving the park, visit the Parks Canada office in Pangnirtung or Qikiqtarjuaq to complete your de-registration form. If you are unable to visit, please phone the park office.

    Your de-registration date is the day that you anticipate exiting the park. It is essential that your planned de-registration date be as accurate as possible. Failing to de-register within 48 hours of this date may initiate a search response.

  • What information will you need to provide when you arrive?

    • The name, address and phone number of each group member and an emergency contact for each member;
    • A de-registration date (the day you plan to exit the park);
    • The name(s) of the local outfitter(s) that you plan to use;
    • Your flight information;
    • A list of your equipment (brand, number, colour, etc.), your satellite phone number and / or SPOT ESN (if applicable);
    • The type of activities you will undertake; and,
    • Your detailed in-park trip plans.

Pre-trip checklist

  • Before booking my travel I have:

    Contacted Parks Canada in Pangnirtung or Qikiqtarjuaq.

    Made a reservation to attend a mandatory orientation and registration session (~ three hours) and allowed sufficient time before my trip to do this (taking flight and weather delays into consideration).

    Received and thoroughly reviewed the Auyuittuq National Park Visitor Information Package.

    Received and thoroughly reviewed the Safety in Polar Bear Country brochure.

  • For hiking or skiing I have:

    Provided Parks Canada with a detailed itinerary of my planned trip including any side trips.

    Ensured that my skills and experience are equal to the needs of the trip.

    Contacted local outfitters to arrange for transport into the park.

  • For expeditions, mountaineering and / or glacier travel I have:

    Contacted Parks Canada well in advance to discuss routes and plans.

    Ensured that my skills and experience are equal to the needs of the trip.

    Requested and received permission from Parks Canada to create a base camp and / or cache, if applicable.

  • To setup a base camp or caches (a permit is needed in advance) I have:

    Provided Parks Canada with details of my planned trip including base camp locations, cache content and location.

    Requested and received the necessary permit(s) for my planned activities from Parks Canada.

Post-trip checklist

  • Upon leaving the park I will:

    Contact Parks Canada to de-register.

Environmental conservation practices

  • Environmental conservation practices

    • Choose routes on durable terrain.
    • When travelling across steep terrain use rock outcrops or snow.
    • Select campsites in durable locations where signs of your occupation will be minimal, especially for base camps or if you are travelling in a large group.
    • Use biodegradable soap and only when necessary.
    • Dish and excess cooking water should be strained and poured into a shallow sump hole away from campsite and 100 metres away from water sources. Strained food particles should be packed out with garbage.
    • Pack out everything that you packed in. Do not leave garbage in the outhouses. This includes unused toilet paper! Pack it out.
    • Do not build cairns (rock pile or Inuksuk), markers, or leave messages in the dirt.
    • When at emergency shelters, use the outhouse facilities provided.
    • When away from outhouses, human waste must be deposited on the land at least 100 metres away from the main travel route. and water sources. To help it degrade more quickly leave it exposed to the air and sun. Used toilet paper may be carried out or deposited in the next outhouse.