COVID-19 and your visit

Quttinirpaaq National Park

Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is currently experiencing staff shortages. This impacts our ability to respond to emergencies in a timely manner. Parks Canada is working with partners to maintain basic safety services, but visitors should carefully consider their skills, experience, and ability to stay safe and self-rescue in a remote arctic environment before embarking on their trip.

Important information about your visit to Quttinirpaaq National Park

Following the gradual easing of public health restrictions in Nunavut, Parks Canada reopened Quttinirpaaq National Park to visitors on March 18, 2022. For details, read the Information Bulletin

Due to COVID-19, services and facilities in Quttinirpaaq National Park are limited. Visitors should begin planning well in advance of their trip to ensure the services they require are available. This is an evolving situation and information will be updated as it changes.

  • Quttinirpaaq National Park's office remains closed until further notice. To reach Parks Canada staff, email or leave a voicemail at 867-975-4673. Staff will respond as soon as possible, but responses may take several days.
  • Orientation, registration, permitting and fee collection are currently being offered remotely. Visitors must contact Parks Canada staff at least two weeks in advance of their planned arrival to arrange a date and time for the mandatory orientation.
  • Transportation to and from the national park must be arranged by chartering an aircraft or booking through a tour company. Contact Parks Canada for a current list of licensed charter and tour companies.
  • Visitors must follow all applicable travel restrictions and public health guidelines from the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut.

Emergency Services and Visitor Safety

When travelling in Quttinirpaaq National Park, your party should keep in mind that you are exploring hazardous mountainous terrain in a remote arctic location with limited personnel and potentially long delays in rescue response (sometimes days). Your best resource for safety, first aid and emergency rescue is your own party. Your group must know its limitations and be able to self-rescue.

Should your party require the help of search and rescue services, support from outside Nunavut may be required. Helicopter rescue is limited by availability (helicopter and staff), weather and landing locations.

See the Visitor Safety section for more details on how to stay safe in Quttinirpaaq National Park.

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