Wilderness of the Auyuittuq National Park

By: Douglas Scott

Baffin Island is the largest island in the Canadian Arctic. The Island is one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world. With fewer than 10,000 people mostly small Inuit groups are scattered across the island.

The island is named after English navigator and explorer William Baffin, who carried out research in Baffin island in 1616. Most of the island sits above the artic circle creating a barren and treeless world.

Iqaluit was formerly Frobisher Bay, the largest settlement on the island. The Iqaluit airport is a modern facility that doubles as an alternative landing site for the US space program.

All food is expensive in Baffin Island as most things have to be imported. Camping food is expensive but is available in numerous shops. Many of the small restaurants in town serve local produce such as Caribou steaks and Muktuk which is whale.

Pangnirtung is the last port of call before you enter the big wilderness of the Auyuittuq National Park. It is a small Inuit town of about a thousand people.

Auyuittuq National Park is located in the eastern Arctic, on the southern side of Baffin Island, the park includes the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, the Penny Ice Cap, marine shorelines along coastal fiords, and Akshayuk Pass, a traditional travel corridor used by the Inuit for thousands of years.

Auyuittuq National Park is the land that never melts is located on the east coast of Baffin Island and straddles the Arctic Circle. and was established as the first national park north of the Arctic Circle in 1975.

The fjords and valleys of Baffin Island contain some of the largest and most spectacular rock walls on the planet

Polar bears are known to travel through the pass from one coast to the other in search of their favourite meal, the seal.

Baffin Bay is the wintering ground for Narwhal Walrus Beluga and bowhead whales, and harp and bearded seals. The island is the nesting ground for millions of birds thick-billed murres, kittiwakes and fulmars.

The Island is one of several Arctic hot spots, areas where the combination of temperatures that have risen on average a degree Celsius per decade. The Barnes ice cap is found in the central part of the island and it has been in retreat since at least the early 1960s.

This a holiday for hitch hikers, explorer, or climbers who would need to wrap up warm.

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