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 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.

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


Registering and de-registering

  • To register your trip:
    • Make a reservation for your orientation at the Parks Canada office in Pond Inlet at least 48 hours in advance by phone or email.
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    • Orientations are conducted during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Orientations will not be started past 3:30 p.m. Please consider this when making your travel and trip plans, and allow appropriate time for your orientation.
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    • If you are beginning your trip from Arctic Bay, please schedule your flights accordingly to allow time for your orientation and registration to take place in Pond Inlet or Iqaluit.
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    • This can take 60-90 minutes depending on what type of trip you are going on.
  • To de-register your trip:
    • Within 24 hours of exiting the park, visit the Parks Canada office in Pond Inlet or contact them by phone at 867-899-8092. If you wish to speak to a Parks Canada staff member, please call during business hours.
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    • Failing to de-register within 24 hours of this date will initiate an investigation by park staff.
  • 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;
    • 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 Pond Inlet.

    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 Sirmilik National Park Visitor Information Package.

    Received the Sirmilik National Park interpretive brochure/map.

    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.

    Provided Parks Canada with a detailed route description of my planned trip.

  • 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.

  • For a sea kayaking trip I have:

    Provided Parks Canada with details of my planned trip.

  • If I am starting my trip in Arctic Bay I have:

    Booked my flights accordingly to attend an orientation and registration session in Pond Inlet or Iqaluit.

    Contacted local outfitters to arrange for transport into the park.


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.
    • Minimize the use of soaps and, when necessary, use biodegradable soap.
    • Dish and excess cooking water should be poured into a shallow sump hole away from your campsite and 50 meters away from water sources.
    • Pack out everything that you packed in. This includes toilet paper! Pack it out.
    • Do not build cairns (rock pile or Inuksuk), markers, or leave messages in the dirt.
    • Please do not cover human waste as it will degrade quicker in the sun and air. Please use an area away from main routes and water sources.