Quttinirpaaq offers spectacular scenery, wildlife, and opportunities to experience Inuit culture and learn about northern places. But there are a host of dangers associated with travel in this northern wilderness. The remoteness of this area and limited rescue capability increase the risk of the challenging natural hazards. All visitors must be prepared to deal with extreme and rapidly changing weather, unpredictable river crossings, high winds, and travel in polar bear country. You must be self-reliant and responsible for your own safety.
We rarely head out for an outdoor adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and most times everything will go right. However, sometimes the unexpected happens and when it does, it's important that you are well informed and well prepared to minimize the negative impact of unfortunate circumstances.
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Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part as visitors by making sure you seek out the information you need to stay safe and make well-informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a visitor center to speak with our employees for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable visit.
Due to limited satellite phone reception at northern latitudes, only Iridium satellite phones work in Quttinirpaaq National Park at this time.
If you do not have an Iridium satellite phone, we recommend you carry a single side bound radio. Check with the park office to ensure that you have the correct frequencies, antenna and radio monitoring schedule.
Personal locator beacons (PLB) are being carried more often into remote areas. Be sure to register your PLB with RCMP in Resolute 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; these are to be used in a life-threatening situation only. Rescue may still be many hours or days away.