Experience the ultimate in backcountry hiking in the land of narwhals and polar bears, ancient glaciers and midnight sun. Pick the perfect experience and head out hiking across Northern Canada! Get the most from the wild when you download the Parks Canada App with all-new trail maps to use offline and hiking inside tips.

Yukon

Visitors hiking near Black Fox Creek Valley in a vast arctic landscape of rocky peaks and tundra valleys.

Vuntut National Park

Length: Hiking routes need to be explored thoroughly by map first and discussed with the Parks Office.
Time: Exploring the park is a multi-day adventure.
Level of difficulty: Best for serious backcountry experienced hikers only. There are no services, facilities, or trails in this 4,345 square-kilometre arctic wilderness.

Set off on an adventure into the Yukon’s only fly-in community where the Vuntut Gwitchin people still live with the rhythms of the Porcupine Caribou herd, just as their ancestors have for generations. Throughout summer, hike under the light of the midnight sun, your boots brushing the yellow cinquefoil and pink Alaskan phlox wildflowers. Be one of the very few visitors each year who get to experience this sweeping landscape rich with ancient culture, rocky peaks, tundra valleys and wildlife.

Ivvavik National Park

Length: Hiking routes need to be explored thoroughly by map first and discussed with the Parks Office.
Time: This will be a multi-day trip to some of Canada’s least explored territory.
Level of difficulty: Best for experienced hikers only.

Around 100 people visit Ivvavik each year to explore the unique landscape of the Northern Yukon and Mackenzie Delta, and although there are no designated trails, this incredible park offers up endless hiking opportunities. Explore the tundra between late May and mid-July to experience the magic of brushing wildflowers against your boots under the midnight sun in the company of the migrating caribou.


Northwest Territories

Aulavik National Park

Length: Hiking routes need to be explored thoroughly by map first and discussed with the Parks Office.
Time: Exploring the park is a multi-day adventure.
Level of difficulty: Routes are tailored for different skill and fitness levels. Best for experienced hikers only.

With more than 12,000 square kilometers of easily navigated arctic lowlands to explore on the north end of Banks Island, Aulavik, which means ‘place where people travel’ in Inuvialuktun, is a hiker’s dream. You will love the abundance of wildlife along the Thomsen River corridor where you’ll discover the highest concentration of muskoxen in the world and other rare arctic species.


Nunavut

Quttinirpaaq National Park

Length: Hiking routes need to be explored thoroughly by map first and discussed with the Parks Office.
Time: Exploring the park is a multi-day adventure.
Level of difficulty: Solo expeditions are recommended for only the most experienced backcountry hikers. Black Feather Wilderness accepts guests aged between 16 and 66.

Be one of the very privileged few who visit the top of the world and experience the raw, wild beauty of Quttinirpaaq. Circumnavigate the Ad Astra icecap; see jagged black peaks and massive glaciers; watch grazing muskoxen and hear Arctic wolves howl. There are no marked trails here and the terrain is varied and unstable. Join the Black Feather guides for a trip into the high Arctic with the people who know it best.

A couple walks in the tundra with mountains in the background.

Akshayuk Pass

Auyuittuq National Park
Length: 97km
Time: 8 days
Level of difficulty: Best for experienced backcountry arctic wilderness hikers only.
Best time to hike: July and August. Although the park can be hazardous throughout the last week of July and the first week of August thanks to high water levels and the corresponding risk in crossing mountain streams.

Hike the Akshayuk Pass, a traditional Inuit travel corridor which takes in breathtaking mountain scenery along a 97km-route connecting Pangnirtung Fiord in Cumberland Sound with North Pangnirtung Fiord off Davis Strait. Chose to make the five to six day return trip along the southern portion of the trail from Overlord to Summit Lake or hike the entire trail from North Pangnirtung Fiord to Overlord, which takes around eight days (one-way)!


Newfoundland and Labrador