COVID-19 and your visit

Sirmilik National Park

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

Sirmilik 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.

Changes that may affect your visit

Following the gradual easing of public health restrictions in Nunavut, Parks Canada reopened Sirmilik National Park to visitors on July 1, 2022.

Due to COVID-19, services and facilities in Sirmilik 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.

  • The Sirmilik National Park office in Pond Inlet is now open to the public. To reach Parks Canada staff, email or call 867-899-8092.
  • Orientation, registration, permitting and fee collection are currently being offered in-person and remotely. It is strongly recommended that visitors contact Parks Canada staff at least a week 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 with a licensed outfitter.
  • 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 Sirmilik National Park, your party should keep in mind that you are exploring hazardous 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 in terrain steeper than a 25-degree slope, support from outside Nunavut will be required. Helicopter rescue is limited by availability (helicopter and staff), weather and landing locations. If your party is travelling through low angle terrain, search and rescue services may be able to travel by snowmobile.

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

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