Tuktut Nogait National Park


Tuktut Nogait National Park is open for visitation, however, given its remoteness and Parks Canada’s limited search and rescue capabilities in the western Arctic, recreation activities are prohibited in some areas of the park.

Tuktut Nogait is one of the most isolated parks in North America, and rescue services and facilities are limited. If you are considering visiting the park, read the FAQ below. It is important for visitors to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, and capable of handling emergencies. Parks Canada has a search and rescue team based in Inuvik, however, rescue operations are dependent on weather, aircraft, and staff availability. Additionally, due to the impacts of COVID-19, rescue services are greatly reduced.

The landscape and wildlife of the 18,890 sq km national park is seen by those privileged few willing to travel 170 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Tuktut Nogait National Park features rolling hills, three major rivers, steep canyons, waterfalls, barren-ground caribou and the continent’s fiercest predators.

    Frequently asked questions
    Who can visit Tuktut Nogait National Park?

    Effective April 1, 2022 anyone regardless of vaccine status can enter the NWT, and self-isolation plans are no longer required.


    Are there restrictions for paddling the Hornaday River?

    Access to the canyons downstream of Uyarsivik Lake on the Hornaday River is prohibited. This includes La Roncière Falls.

    For non-commercial paddling groups, Parks Canada highly recommends a minimum of two watercrafts per party to maximize the ability to self-rescue. Additionally, each party will be required to carry a communication device (i.e. Garmin inReach), and submit contact numbers prior to registration.

    All paddlers must obtain a Parks Canada permit and must register prior to entering Tuktut Nogait National Park.

    Are there restrictions for hiking in Tuktut Nogait National Park?

    Hiking is permitted anywhere in the park, except into the canyons surrounding the Hornaday River downstream from Uyarsivik Lake. This includes the canyons surrounding La Roncière Falls.

    All hikers must obtain a Parks Canada permit and must register prior to entering Tuktut Nogait National Park.

Activities and experiences

Paddling, Red Chairs

Plan your visit

Photo Gallery, Fees, How to Get There, Orientation, Registration, and De-Registration, Tourism Links, Aircraft Use

Important bulletins

Important announcements, notifications, and active superintendent orders.

Safety and guidelines

Climate, Water quality, Wildlife, Hazards, Route finding and navigation

Nature and science

Learn about the natural environment of the park

Culture and history

Learn about the cultural treasures of the park

Stewardship and management

This page provides links to park management plans at Tuktut Nogait National Park of Canada

Contact us

 Telephone: 867-580-3233
 Email: infoinuvik-inuvikinfo@pc.gc.ca

Hours of operation

Tuktut Nogait National Park Visitor Centre Hours

Open year round. 

Tuktut Nogait National Park is open with restrictions. 


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