How to Get There
Aulavik National Park
Accessing the park
Map of Aulavik
Aulavik National Park is located on northern Banks Island, the most westerly island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Aulavik lies 250 kilometres northeast of the tiny community of Sachs Harbour and 750 kilometres northeast of the town of Inuvik. Aulavik is an isolated wilderness park. There are no facilities, campgrounds, developed trails or road access.
© Parks Canada / James McCormick
Chartering an aircraft is presently the most common and practical means of accessing the park. Aircraft charter services are available from Inuvik, on the Northwest Territories mainland, 750 kilometres southwest of the southern park boundary. Inuvik, population 3,450, is the largest community in the region and is serviced by the Dempster Highway and by daily flights from southern Canada.
If your group is small you may be able to share a charter flight with other visitors. Similarly, you can keep travel costs down by dovetailing your flight - flying in when another group is flying out. Park staff may be aware of flight sharing opportunities.
Please note: after being dropped off in the park, visitors are on their own until the plane returns to pick them up. Poor weather can easily prevent the plane from returning on schedule. Be sure to carry extra supplies and plan on at least two extra days in case of a delayed flight.
Visitors must apply for a free Parks Canada Aircraft Landing Permit when registering for a trip. Aircraft charter companies will ask for your landing permit before leaving. No aircraft is permitted to land in Aulavik without one.
Note: Aircraft charter companies must also have a current National Parks Business License to land in Aulavik National Park.
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 777-3555/3777
Fax: (867) 777-3388
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