For visitor safety, it is mandatory to register all trips into the park prior to entering and to de-register once done. If you plan on travelling on Inuit-owned land contact the Qikiqtani Inuit Association at 1-800-667-2742 for permission. During the registration and orientation we can point out areas of interest along your route. This information helps make your trip safe and enjoyable. We also provide information on the hazards present in the park, and the risks associated with the activities you plan to undertake. You will be briefed on current route conditions, weather, water levels, area closures, park regulations, polar bear sightings and much more.

To register your trip:

  • During the operational season (approximately May - August), this session will take place at one of the operations stations in the park. Allow one to two hours for registration and orientation. Sessions are available during office hours, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ask your charter company to contact park staff at Tanquary Fiord to provide your estimated arrival time.
  • Prior to May, book a time at the Parks Canada office in Iqaluit during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m).
  • You must contact the Park office a minimum of 48 hours ahead to book your orientation time.

To de-register your trip:

  • Within 24 hours of completing your trip you must contact Parks Canada Staff to de-register.
  • Visit the Parks Canada station in Tanquary Fiord, or phone the Iqaluit office 24 hours a day and leave a message to indicate that your party has successfully completed your trip.
  • If you wish to speak to a Parks Canada staff person please call during office hours.

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 (date 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 or inReach information (if applicable).
  • The type of activities you will undertake.
  • Your detailed in-park trip plans.

Pre-trip checklist

  • Before booking my travel I have:
    • Contacted Parks Canada in Nunavut.
    • Received and read the Quttinirpaaq National Park Visitor Information Package.
    • Received and read the Safety in Polar Bear Country brochure.
    • Allowed sufficient time when I arrive at the park to attend a mandatory orientation and registration session.
  • For hiking or skiing from Tanquary Fiord May-August I have:
    • Provided Parks Canada with a detailed itinerary of my planned trip including any side trips.
    • Ensured my skills and experience are equal to the needs of the trip.
    • Contacted Parks Canada to arrange an orientation and registration session.
  • For travel before May I have:
    • Provided Parks Canada with a detailed route description of my planned trip.
    • Ensured that my skills and experience are equal to the needs of the trip.
    • Booked my flights accordingly to attend an orientation and registration session in Iqaluit.
    • I have booked a time for my registration and orientation.

Post-trip checklist

  • Before leaving the park I will:
    • Contact Parks Canada to de-register.
    • Complete the Nunavut Visitor Survey.

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 your toilet paper! Burn it or pack it out.
    • Do not build cairns (rock pile or Inuksuk), markers, or leave messages in the dirt.
    • Leave human waste exposed to air to degrade quicker in the sun and air. Do not cover it. Please use an area 100 metres away from main routes and water sources.
    • When at operational stations, use the outhouse facilities provided.