Resolute Bay, Nunavut, is the launching point for trips into Quttinirpaaq National Park. Currently, First Air (1-800-267-1247) offers regular flight service to Resolute from Iqaluit. First Air and Canadian North flies to Iqaluit through Ottawa or Montreal.
Getting to Quttinirpaaq from Resolute Bay
Access is by chartered aircraft on a Twin Otter from Resolute Bay. A return flight from Resolute Bay to Tanquary Fiord costs about $60000, depending on fuel costs. Other locations in the park have additional fees. Twin Otters can carry eight to nine people and up to 1200 kilograms, so it is most economical to coordinate with other travellers. Park staff may be able to help you coordinate your flights.
Kenn Borek Air offers charters directly from Resolute Bay. Charter companies are very busy during the summer and their availability will vary. Make your travel arrangements well in advance.
Parks Canada also offers a charter flight in July, at a reduced cost, as part of our Top of the World experience.
Getting to Grise Fiord
You may wish to make a side trip to the picturesque community of Grise Fiord (Ausuittuq - "the place that never melts"), Canada's most northerly community with a population of 148. It is about 360 km northeast of Resolute Bay on the southern shore of Ellesmere Island. Arrangements for accommodations and outfitting services can be made through the Grise Fiord Inuit Co-operative at 867-980-9917. Kenn Borek Air provides air service between Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord.
A recent innovation in High Arctic tourism has been the advent of icebreaking cruise ships. Among other destinations, the cruise ships sometimes stop for a brief visit to Quttinirpaaq. Contact the Parks Canada office in Iqaluit for details.
If you are shipping supplies from an international location, please at least an additional allow 4-6 weeks for these items to clear customs on top of the normal shipping time.
Weather conditions in the north may dictate your travel schedule. Be flexible enough to allow for lengthy delays in your plans.