Things to do
Ukkusiksalik is a glimpse into pristine Barrenlands terrain with its abundant Arctic wildlife and birdlife. Boat along Wager Bay watching for polar bears and caribou, hike along the Sila River, see the impressive reversing waterfall and visit the remnants of a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. Travel by boat and on foot and, in early spring, take advantage of long days to snowmobile into the park across sea ice.
The richness of Ukkusiksalik lies in its very high concentration of wildlife and its numerous cultural sites. With its mudflats, rolling hills, tundra banks and rich tidal and marine areas, Ukkusiksalik represents the central tundra natural region in the Parks Canada system. This landscape provides habitat for a diverse array of wildlife. Polar bear, caribou, muskox, wolf and fox are abundant. Golden eagle or peregrine falcon may be seen soaring overhead as they scan for siksiks (ground squirrel), lemmings and arctic hare. The marine life is richer still, so you will likely capture pictures of seal, whale, fish and polar bear in your seascape images.
Hop into a boat with a local outfitter and cruise the waters of Wager Bay, the best and safest way to sightsee the landscapes of surrounding Ukkusiksalik park, its wildlife and marine life.
Jump onto a snowmobile and ride atop frozen Wager Bay into Ukkusiksalik’s icy winter landscape, watching for seals, caribou and polar bears and experiencing the wild Arctic under the Midnight Sun.
Hike along the Sila River, see the impressive reversing waterfall and visit the remnants of a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post.