Camping and overnight accommodations
Quttinirpaaq National Park
Accommodations in the communities
Your Quttinirpaaq National Park experience begins in the community of Resolute Bay, the closest commercial airline access point to the park. You may also wish to make a side trip to Grise Fiord, Canada’s most northerly community, located 360 km northeast of Resolute Bay on the southern shore of Ellesmere Island.
Find a hotel, bed and breakfast or other accommodations.
South Camp Inn & North Camp at the Airport
Grise Fiord Lodge
Weatherhaven sleeper tent at Tanquary Fiord
Stay in a unique semi-private accommodation built for the High Arctic! A cross between a tent and a cabin, the Weatherhaven at Tanquary Fiord is a rugged insulated tent with a solid floor and interior walls.
The tent is divided in half: each side has two bedrooms, as well as a cozy shared living area with a couch, desk and heater. All four bedrooms in the unit are equipped with one double bed; each room can accommodate a maximum of 2 people. Visitors also have access to a shared kitchen, pit toilets, and picnic tables to enjoy a post-hike dinner with a view of glaciers and wildlife.
Enjoy the ease of relaxing in homey comfort of the Weatherhaven after a long day of exploring the tundra. For information on how to book, contact us.
- One Weatherhaven unit with four separate double bedrooms is located at Tanquary Fiord.
- Reservations are required.
- No pets.
- Though the accommodation is booked for the duration of your visit, not night by night, the fee is based on a nightly fee.
Inside the unit
- The unit is divided into two halves, each with its own entrance. Each side has two bedrooms, as well as a cozy shared living area with a couch, a desk and a heater.
- Bedrooms have one bed with a double mattress. Sheets, pillows and duvet are included.
- Battery powered lamps and headlamps are provided for the bedrooms.
- Equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguisher.
- There are no washroom or cooking facilities in the unit.
- Outhouses and solar shower.
- Fully equipped visitor kitchen tent, with propane stove/oven, pots/pans, dishes and utensils. Water can be obtained from the creek behind the kitchen (boiling water prior to consumption is advised).
- Visitor centre with power to charge cameras, electronic devices etc.
- Picnic tables.
- Benches with scenic view.
- Small museum showcasing artifacts from research done at Tanquary Fiord in the 1960s.
What to bring
- Slippers or indoor shoes.
- Food, drinks, and snacks for the duration of your trip.
- Appropriate clothing and gear for your planned trip in the High Arctic.
This list is not exhaustive. Park staff can help you with additional pre-trip planning.
- Food and garbage must be properly stored inside at all times.
- Cooking is not permitted in the unit
- Smoking is not permitted within the unit.
- Visitors must be shown how to safely operate diesel heater before use.
- Damage deposit will be charged if unit is damaged - cost will be dependent on state of the unit.
Backcountry camping in Quttinirpaaq
Pitch a tent where no one has camped before – well, maybe not for a thousand years! With its 37,775 km2 of High Arctic terrain, Quttinirpaaq offers an endless number of stunning locations to set up camp. There are no designated campsites in the park; visitors can camp anywhere except at archaeological sites and designated areas of special preservation.
Select campsites in durable locations where signs of your occupation will be minimized, such as areas with little or no vegetation. Avoid camping near potential wildlife habitat such as sedge meadows. Appropriate site selection is especially vital for base camps or if you are travelling in a large group.
Camping equipment should be lightweight and durable, and able to withstand harsh conditions such as cold weather and strong winds. As fires are not allowed, backcountry campers will have to carry white gas (or naptha) and portable stoves. Learn more about camping safety.
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