Leave no trace

Torngat Mountains National Park


There are no designated campsites or facilities in TMNP. Visitors may camp anywhere except at archaeological sites. Visitors should practice “no trace camping” practices. Please tread lightly on the land as you explore the Torngat Mountains and leave the park’s natural and cultural treasures unimpaired for future generations. This includes:

  • Leaving rocks, plants, bones, antlers, and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Leaving artefacts or features that look, even remotely, like an archaeological site undisturbed. These include tent rings, graves, blinds, fox traps, and food caches. These can be almost indiscernible to the untrained eye.
  • Leaving stone cairns or inuksuks untouched. These may be of historical or cultural significance. Do not build cairns or other markers on the landscape. These detract from others’ sense of discovery and wilderness experience and can be misleading.


Use a reliable cook stove and be prepared to cook in windy conditions. The availability of wood is limited to scarce driftwood along the shoreline and slow growing shrubs in valleys. Do not build fires on moss or tundra to avoid the risk of an underground fire.

Managing Waste

Pick up and pack out all your litter or burn it when possible. Minimize the use of soaps and, when necessary, use biodegradable soap. Residual soap should not be dumped in lakes or streams. Pack out human waste whenever possible or bury it under rocks away from main travel routes and water sources. If travelling near the coastal areas of the park, it is acceptable to deposit your waste in a shallow pit below the high water mark.

Drinking Water

Fresh water is available from countless streams and ponds in the Torngat Mountains. Visitors are advised to filter (<0.5 microns), treat (iodine or chlorine in warm water), or boil all drinking water.

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