Safety and guidelines

Quttinirpaaq National Park

The remoteness of this area and limited rescue capability increase the risk of the challenging natural hazards. All visitors must be prepared to deal with extreme and rapidly changing weather, unpredictable river crossings, high winds, and travel in polar bear country. You must be self-reliant and responsible for your own safety.

Important bulletins

Area closures, restricted activities and other important information that may affect visitors to Quttinirpaaq National Park.

Visitor guidelines

Quttinirpaaq National Park regulations, prohibited activities, registration information, environmental conservation practices and more.

Emergencies and rescue capability

Emergency services, search and rescue, and how to prepare for medical, wildlife and weather-related emergencies in Quttinirpaaq.


Connect to emergency services from Quttinirpaaq using a satellite phone, InReach device or personal locator beacon.

Camping safety

What equipment to bring, how to choose a safe campsite, and food management tips for safe camping in Quttinirpaaq.

Terrain hazards

How to avoid and prepare for rockfall and other terrain hazards in Quttinirpaaq.

Mountains and glaciers

Mountaineering and glacier travel in Quttinirpaaq can be dangerous. Plan ahead and be prepared to self-rescue.


Use maps, GPS receivers and natural landmarks to navigate in Quttinirpaaq National Park.

Polar bear safety

How to avoid and manage polar bear encounters in Quttinirpaaq, where to camp, and information on deterrents and warning systems.

Wildlife safety

Safety tips to avoid and manage encounters with polar bears, foxes, wolves, and other wildlife in Quttinirpaaq National Park.

River crossings

River crossings in Quttinirpaaq can be dangerous. Pack the right gear, plan ahead and follow safe crossing techniques.


Important information on emergency medical travel in Nunavut and travelling to Quttinirpaaq with dangerous goods.

Weather, hypothermia and frostbite

Protect yourself in Quttinirpaaq’s arctic climate. Bring the right equipment and be prepared for hazardous weather conditions.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part as visitors by making sure you seek out the information you need to stay safe and make well-informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a visitor center to speak with our employees for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable visit.

For general information on how to stay safe and a list of the 10 essential items you should bring when enjoying the outdoors visit

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