You must purchase the proper topographic maps before arriving.Route planning is easiest with 1:250,000 maps but you should navigate with the appropriate 1:50,000 maps. Use the Canada Map Office on-line search tools for finding topographical map coverage. The map office does not sell maps but can provide a list of map distributors and further information about maps.

  • Canada Map Office

    Centre for Topographic Information
    Natural Resources Canada
    615 Booth Street, Room 180
    Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, K1A 0E9
    Telephone: 1-800-465-6277
    Fax: (613) 947-7948
    Email: 
    Web Site: Natural Resources Canada Maps

Maps that you receive are up-to-date only to the year indicated on the map. Care must be taken when using topographic maps to prevent unnecessary accidents.


Quttinirpaaq lies within the area of compass unreliability. GPS receivers are your best bet for navigation. Keep in mind that you should keep batteries warm and even the best unit can fail. Bring a backup unit, extra batteries and the right maps. Since arctic weather can change rapidly, there may be times you are required to navigate in reduced or zero visibility conditions. In white outs or in poor visibility, you may need to re-evaluate if it is safe to travel.


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